Art Gallery celebrates anniversary
Over this Thanksgiving weekend, the Trinidad Art Gallery is kicking off its holiday gift season and celebrating its seventh anniversary as an arts cooperative.
The gallery is featuring two of its artists: Drew Forsell, jeweler, and Patty Demant, textile artist. There’ll be a reception Saturday from 1 to 5 p.m., with food, drinks and live music by Howdy Emerson and J.D. Jeffries, as well as a wine pour to benefit the Trinidad Coastal Land Trust.
Over seven years ago, some Trinidad artists recruited a small group of locals to turn the beloved Trinidad house that was left to the Trinidad Land Trust by artist Ned Simmons into an art gallery.
Demant creates luxurious scarves characterized by natural colors, natural fabrics, and the shapes and textures of a variety of leaves. Her process, Eco Printing, is actually an ancient fiber art from Australia. It uses only natural fabrics such as silk, wool, and cashmere, linen, cotton and hemp. A multi-step event taking anywhere from two days to several weeks, it begins by wrapping natural fiber bundles around leaves, such as eucalyptus, alder, maple, oak and black walnuts. These are bound tightly around copper pipes and immersed in a pot full of mordants, such as iron and vinegar. The bundles are simmered for hours, then removed, cooled and opened the next day. Demant says, “It is like Christmas to open the bundles. I will never look at a leaf again without wondering if it will print.”
Forsell describes himself as an accidental jeweler. When he moved to Seattle in 1990 he was working in photography with the blooms in his garden as a Washington State Master Gardener. Then, he took a part-time job with a jeweler and his direction changed. Now, he makes a wide array of jewelry, using aura quartz infused with gold vapor, pearls, garnets, peridot, amethyst, citrine, labradorite, moonstone, aquamarine and other precious and semiprecious gems. His latest love has been lodolite, or Shaman’s Stone, a clear crystal with varied inclusions that make each stone unique.
“For the holidays,” he said, “I made a whole bunch of gold, brass and copper jewelry to go with Patty’s gorgeous scarves. I have a number of new Shaman’s Dream Stones many of which are wrapped in copper and gold, and of course, lots of abalone for the holidays.”
For more information about the gallery, call 707677-3770 or go to trinidadartgallery.com.
Lodolite jewelry by Drew Forsell.