Art Gallery cel­e­brates an­niver­sary

Times Standard (Eureka) - - ART -

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.

COUR­TESY OF THE ARTIST

Lodo­lite jew­elry by Drew Forsell.

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