Check out the artists and walls featured in this year's event.
Artists for the Eureka Street Art Festival are chosen by the committee of organizers, based on a number of factors (including subject matter, available spaces for artwork, and curating a diverse selection of artists and works). For more information, please contact us.
Dave van patten
Dave Van Patten is a Long Beach/ Los Angeles based artist focused on illustration and comics, however this has not prevented him branching out into larger work. Van Patten is a prolific muralist, participating in the world renowned mural organization, POW!WOW! in 2016 and 2017, allowing his tiny comic drawings to span across entire buildings. The bulk of his inspiration is pulled from dark humor comics, 1960's surrealism, psychedelic garage rock albums, and modern societal absurdity. Dave has done album artwork for bands such as The Grateful Dead (Live Concert Series,) Les Claypool of Primus, Burger and Lolipop Records. His work has been published in Juxtapoz, Vice, NPR, MEL Magazine, L.A. Weekly, Intentional Quarterly, and L.A. Record Magazine. He has self-published several graphic novel "zines" and twisted “children’s books for grown ups.” Currently, he is adapting a short story from Portland-based Arthur Bradford into a full length graphic novel.
Anna Sofia Amezcua
Anna Sofia Amezcua was born in San Francisco in 1977. She has a BA from Sarah Lawrence College where she studied painting, dance and literature. In addition, she attended Oxford University, and studied Movement Based Expressive Arts at the Tamalpa Institute in Marin County.
Anna Sofia’s paintings use color and physicality to express visceral emotion and felt experience. Her process is intuitive, expressive, gestural and informed by movement and dance, as well as an acute sensitivity to color. In her work, she delves beneath the surface to encourage and validate deep emotionality and a sometimes explosive, definitely powerful, experience of womanhood.
Anna Sofia is a public arts educator, facilitating ongoing workshops from California to New York. She has exhibited her works both nationally and internationally and is included in various private collections including that of Alexander Cockburn. She lives and works in Eureka, CA.
Xavi Panneton approaches his craft with a unique perspective delivered by his history of creating work across many genres. First immersed in the Washington D.C. graffiti scene of the early 90s, Xavi Panneton was later a foundational member of the West Coast world of Visionary Art and continues to expand minds as he traverses an evolving aesthetic where design meets the uncharted territory of our collective consciousness.
Working primarily in acrylics and aerosol, Xavi Panneton wrangles a variety of influences into a single, cohesive whole. His mesmerizing pattern work and alternating use of hard and soft lines evoke meditative states, keeping the viewer grounded in a world of simple beauty. Within this tension, a creative drama unfolds and gives way to a hypnotic presence in his work that is at once intriguing and familiar on a cellular level.
Xavi Panneton is an internationally recognized artist, who has created murals and installations across the world and has painted live alongside of some of the most well-known electronic artists and psychedelic acts on the planet, leaving a transformational mark on every space and community into which he has been welcomed.
Growing up surfing the California coast, hunting the elusive “secret” spot, memorizing entries from Bank Wright’s classic Surfing California, the diverse beauty of this state’s coastline has captivated me from an early age, and continues to inspire my artwork to this day.
I’m currently residing on the beautifully remote Humboldt coast of Northern California with my wife and three kids. We dig it here. Beaches, forests, rocks, rivers and all that.
So it’s appropriate that by far the longest running thread in my visual explorations has been the California coast. The moods, topographies, geologies, and our interaction with it all is varied enough to inspire several lifetimes of art. I’m doing all that I can with the short time I have left.
As an artist i see myself as a medium controlled by the aethers around us. When i start painting the work changes and evolves into something new, ideas work themselves out and usually leave me with the answers I am looking for. Reflection upon environmental sustainability has been an underlying theme in many of my works, as well as impermanence, art deco, and the inversion of our own self manifested realities. As different as these subjects are, i try and imbue them into my most of my works. I have been painting for 14 years now, mostly in Humboldt County. I had an art studio in the Buhne studios building for 6 years, it is there that i learned many techniques and developed a style influenced by many talented and likeminded painters of the area.
Was born in Oakland, California in 1949. He grew up in Willow Creek a small town about forty miles inland from Eureka. After high school he attended College of the Redwoods and went on to the University of Northern Colorado, where he received a B.A. in fine arts.
In 1973 he started showing in the galleries in and around Humboldt County. At this time he was primarily a water color artist, and was selected in the California Statewide Water Color and Drawing Survey Exhibition in 1982 through 1887. In 1985 he started working in oils. In 1988 he was selected to The Fifty-Second National Midyear Exhibition in Youngstown Ohio. Since then he has been in galleries in Washington D.C. Indiana, Ohio, Washington, Oregon, and throughout California.
In 1994 he was an award winner in the California Small Works Show at the California Museum of Art,at the Luther Burbank Center for the Arts in Santa Rosa, Ca. He was also selected in 1995, 1996, and 1997. In 1994 he was a Gold Award winner in California Discovery Awards competition. He is currently showing at the John Pence Gallery in San Francisco, Ca., The Fairmont Gallery in Sonoma, Ca. and The Highlight Gallery in Mendocino, CA and the Sewell Gallery in Eureka CA
Rachel K Schlueter b.1960 Cook county, Chicago, Ill
Growing up in Chicago, I quickly gleaned the importance and thrill of contributing to community and culture. My first group art exhibit was at the Art Institute of Chicago, when I was four, in 1964 -Chicago public schools incorporated the Head-Start program, the focus was art, and little kids got to paint, exhibit and feel connectedness.
My love of the art and community combo began a long time ago. Once bitten I am forever seeking opportunities to play a part in community and society on the art level. 2018 brings Eureka Street Art Festival and with it, new levels of involvement and creative possibilities.
"The process of painting and art making is so far-out, to me, that I'm on my knees before I start. I mean it's humbling because creating is a gift and I don't take it for granted."
Rachel lives and works in Eureka Ca., with her husband Stock and three cats. Her studio is located in old town Eureka at 208 C street studios and hall gallery. Open for first Saturday "Arts Alive!" 6-9pm
Julie McNiel creates paintings, drawings, animated films, installation and performance art. She has published poetry in numerous ‘zines, and has received many fellowships, awards and residencies, including a California Graduate Fellowship, Ingrid Nicholson Trust Grant, Victor Thomas Jacoby Grant, Oregon College of Arts and Crafts Senior Artist-in-Residence, an Earthwatch Institute Artist Fellowship, and the Cadogan Fellowship for painting from the San Francisco Foundation. Julie earned a BFA in Illustration, 1988, from the Academy of Art/University of San Francisco and an MFA in Painting, 1999, from the San Francisco Art Institute.
Johnathon DeSoto is best known for creating geometrically based art panels and mixed media pieces that are concerned with the political dynamics of the current day. He uses reclaimed wood, photography, painting and common construction and household materials. Stylistically, his work is constantly playing with the balance of “traditionally” feminine and masculine themes in an attempt to consider what it is to be a whole, thriving, contemplative being and society in an interconnected and intentional way. He is an artist born and raised in Humboldt county and received and ASN from college of the redwoods. He has no formal art training or education, but takes pride in the being part of a tradition of organic/folk art and maintaining a connection to the common person.
Brandon Knok is an Arcata-based artist who has painted a number of murals throughout Humboldt County and the Pacific Northwest. His early interest in punk, skateboarding and guerilla art culture led him to discover a love of graffiti and art making. By his late teens, he was experimenting with spray cans, borrowed surfaces and late-night missions to produce his art. Currently Brandon’s work is inspired by the complex emotion and human experience that can be captured through portraiture. With a balance of meticulous attention to detail and an ability to create depth and contrast, his skills are best seen in his large, grayscale, realistic portrait pieces in public spaces, and found objects.
Matthew Marshall was raised in Trinidad, where he and his wife Stacie live currently, and has a B.A. in Studio Art from Humboldt State University. Matthew is the Executive Director of the Redwood Coast Energy Authority; while his “day job” currently doesn’t leave as much time for art as he would like, he began showing professionally in 1997 and continues to produce paintings, drawings, block prints, and sculptures every chance he gets.
Matthew’s work is primarily focused on the themes of nature, history, and the human figure. Matthew comes from a family of artists and his father, William Marshall, was a photographer and a big fan of Eureka’s many great murals, often taking out of town guests to see them. In light of that Matthew wanted to use one of his dad’s photos as the basis for this mural project, and chose one that featured a heard of elk from Redwood National and State Parks to also commemorate this year’s 50th Anniversary of Redwood National Park being established.
Brian Tripp is Karuk, and was born in 1945 in Eureka and graduated from Del Norte County High School in Crescent City. A traditional dancer and singer, he is actively involved in the ceremonies of northwest California and is deeply committed to Native American sovereignty and to the struggle this involves.
Brian Tripp's photographs will be wheat pasted onto the Carson Block building as part of a collaboration with the Northern California Indian Development Council.
Soodie Whitaker was born in Los Angeles, in 1973. He moved with his family to Humboldt County, settling in Ferndale, where Soodie lives today.
Whitaker became interested in art at an early age, where he would draw all over the walls in the house where he grew up. He was inspired by his Ferndale elementary school teacher, Mr. Jack Mays, to pursue his artistic endeavors. As a result, Soodie is interested in inspiring young children to become artists. He began painting in high school and continued his art education at College of the Redwoods. Soodie has been a working artist at The Studio, since 1999. His work quickly began to evolve into the highly stylized paintings now on display at The Studio.
Soodie Whitaker draws a fine line between biography and mythology; his imaginative paintings pair Star Wars characters, mythological creatures, and pop culture celebrities, with friends, family, fellow artists and teachers.
While capturing the essence of his subject matter, Soodie takes liberties to stretch and grow features and ligaments creating a theatrical presence on his large-scale canvases. His large wide-eyed portraits stare onto his audience with a puppet-like gaze. He lays layer upon layer, moving and scaling body parts throughout the painting process.
Soodie's work often features dialogue between characters or placed on characters in hand-painted text. When asked why he chooses to include writing in his work he replied, “I enjoy comic books. In my paintings I reference a comic book style. Ever since I was little I've collected Star Wars figures. Some of my paintings are inspired by these figures. The stories and dialogue are my own and come from stretching my imagination.”
Whitaker's work has been exhibited locally at the Morris Graves Museum of Art, First Street Gallery, Old Town Art Gallery, and the Cheri Blackerby Gallery. He has also exhibited his work at the Lincoln Gallery in Eugene, Oregon, Art Enables in Washington, D.C., and with Circus Terminal, an international traveling exhibition.
Born in Inglewood, Chris Johnson explores California as an artistic subject with the double-consciousness of observer and participant, figuratively oscillating between being on stage and watching from the audience.
Through painting and ceramic sculpture, Chris Johnson invites the viewer to explore narratives of place: memory, time, absence and representation. He reminds us of the numerous reasons why so many have flocked to California, for mild weather, long hours of sunlight, and the variety of natural scenery and open landscapes.
Chris had his first solo exhibition in 2017 at the Cheri Blackerby Gallery titled, The Hidden Treasures of California. His work created a unique visual narrative about place and identity, where the artist assumed multiple roles as tourist, traveler, resident, and historian.
Living in Texas and throughout California, I learned drawing, acrylic, oil, watercolor painting, stained glass, mosaic, fiber arts, and ceramic sculpture. After relocating to Humboldt County in 2013, I was able to transform my part time art practice, from taking occasional community art classes, to attending The Studio as a full time artist.
Art allowed me to take my mind off of work, like going into a vacation world and where I was healing my feelings.
I paint what I like to remember. I made a lot of landscapes about local history. Trinidad used to be a whaling town. I’ve been aware of pollution and my artwork brings awareness to pollution. There is a lot of plastic in the ocean and birds eat it.
I have been working on paintings of the culture of the Creamery, and local events going on. I like the colorful signs and the shape of the building. I wanted people to be interested in it.
My painting practice is informed by library and online research, specifically: the history of Humboldt County, cultural influences, early settlements of California and migrations to the West Coast.
It’s surprising, the artistic life.
Anyone who saw her at work or witnessed the prolific amount of art she produced since joining The Studio in 2004 would agree, Betty was in love with the process. A dedicated visionary artist, with an unmistakable style, Betty exuded a zest for life and an appreciation for living in the moment that is present throughout her work. Betty drew much of her inspiration from her own life. This contributes to the vibrancy of her work and thematic qualities. She had a genuine and honest connection to the topics she chose.
Her still life subjects range from The Still Life of Prunes to The Still Life of Blue Cheese Dressings and her food sculptures are often hilariously huge. Betty's food series that lead to her solo show, Betty's Banquet, began with Betty's love for food. She appreciated the culinary arts and began collecting menus from her favorite restaurants. She then made notes on which items she had tried and created a list of different food dishes to use as inspiration to create her art. Betty paired her food art so that each item was represented in a painting as well as in clay. Betty did an entire series of food art based off of Luke's Joint's menu, which was shown at his restaurant. Betty's Still Life Of Food art had something for everyone to relate to. She made tacos, strawberry shortcake, Betty's burger and fries, corn on the cob, and pineapple upside down cake with elaborately decorated cake stand, just to name a few.
Betty was equally inspired by the people in her life, making portraits, as well as portraits of the animals in her life. Betty created large papier-mâché renditions of her ducks, and owls were heavily represented in her paintings, inspired by an owl her brother Rick had adopted and cared for.
Betty loved and enjoyed making art. It's as if she infused her own joy into the art she created. Betty laughed often as she was making her work; she found it to be funny.
Betty was an amazing individual. Betty created art up until the last week of her life. She had a zest for life and art and theatre that was inspiring to be around. She was fun and fiery and had a laugh and joy that inspired others to laugh and smile.
Dakota Daetwiler is a 29 year old self taught painter from Fortuna. She started painted when she was 23, although she has been into art her whole life. Dakota loves to create colorful, whimsical, sometimes dark paintings depending on her mood. Dakota also specializes in custom portraits of pets, people, murals, and more. She is constantly creating and trying to put on canvas the way she sees the world.
Courtney Karnes is a Eureka based Artist & Musician. Inspired by found objects, she strives to create her multi-media pieces using as much natural and recycled materials as possible. With an affinity for surrealism, her sculptural work is often a juxtaposition of seemingly unrelated items meant to force the consideration of synergy in randomness. As a resident of Old Town Eureka, Courtney feels a great importance for building a strong open and inclusive community. She’s happy to be collaborating on a Mural with 3 other local female Artists. Studio A2, at Mendenhall Studios, is where you can find her working on jewelry, costumes, sculptures, playing music, and occasionally hosting or teaching creative classes.
Ellie Gainey is a California-native contemporary student artist. No particular aesthetic defines her work due to her diverse training in a variety of mediums. Born in Sacramento, CA she began her artistic endeavors with drawing and stencils. After high school she relocated to Humboldt County for the first time to complete a leather apprenticeship. In 2013 she attended university in San Francisco for fine art photography. Continuing her education in leather trades, she moved to Eastern Washington to refine her skills in leather and learn cobbling. Finally in 2016 Gainey moved back to Humboldt where she has received an education in fine art at College of the Redwoods including drawing, painting, ceramics and 3D design. Ellie currently attends CR and is a community stakeholder at Mendenhall Studios. Her inspiration is drawn from the nature of reality and the struggles of humanity.
Johnathon DeSoto is a multi-disciplinary artist whose work is concerned with the personal, social and political dynamics of our current world. He is a Humboldt County native, with no formal art education. He is a member of Cooperation Humboldt, Humboldt Artist Guild and Societies for Poetic Action. Johnathon views art as a profound human expression that is essential to creating thriving, complex and powerful societies. His work is focused on the interplay of what it means to be a person with privilege, joy and abundance and what responsibilities one has to act and collectivize in order to expand access to ways of thriving. “Artists are not just a fundamental ingredient of society. Artists are cultural leaders”-
For the Eureka Street Art Festival, I will be painting a mural in Opera Alley, on the Mendenhall wall. The piece is entitled “This is the darkness of the womb, not of the tomb”. The title is a reworking of a phrase used by Valarie Kaur a Sikh civil rights activist, lawyer, educator, filmmaker and lawyer.
In the midst of clear political, economic, ecological, moral and human rights disasters, I often find myself overwhelmed. It is sometimes difficult to live in a world that is transgressing on human, political, environmental and economic fronts; where people are taught to think the worst about each other and to look out only for the narrow interests of self. It often seems like there are no meaningful avenues for personal agency and collective empowerment.
Through art, I’ve found that it is possible to reframe our complex, subjective realities. The principles of beauty compel us to look for beauty's source in the best and worst in our world. The leaves and the trees and the rubble and rot. The search for beauty causes us to search in the unexplored corners of existence, find awe and pull at the strings of transcendence. When we start pulling, destructive narratives of greed and ego begin to unravel. When we allow ourselves and others to experience a fuller range of what it means to be human, we discover new ways of being and collectively acting.
I am not happy that there is so much rubble at our feet, but I only know how to do what beauty commands. Search. Feel. Gather the building blocks and hope that when we put one stone on top of another, that something divine, substantial and resilient will be built.
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