Two artists featured at Trinidad gallery – Eureka Times-Standard

The Trinidad Art Gallery features two of its founding members, ceramicists Elaine Y. Shore, ceramics, and Howdy Emerson, harpist and landscape artist.

After a long career in corporate finance, Shore moved to Humboldt County to be a full-time artist and grandmother.

“I soon discovered the Fire Arts Center in Arcata, now my second home and pottery studio,” said Shore, who decided to specialize in wheel-thrown and hand-built functional porcelain pieces, using a wide variety of surface decoration techniques.

Shore is currently focusing on black and white porcelain, using the technique called sgraffito. She applies a black liquid clay, called slip, to coat her white porcelain. She then carves intricate designs into the slip, creating striking black and white designs. These designs often resemble woodcuts, due to different types of lines employed to create a dynamic drawing on the clay.

Shore is known for her complex surface decoration techniques, adding textures and colors to create functional pieces that are interesting and fun to look at and touch.

“I have been refining my forms to highlight my surfaces. I draw inspiration from nature, featuring redwood trees, sea turtles, ravens, whales, California poppies and other interesting forms drawn from nature,” Shore said. “Although my work is complex, I strive to create functional pieces that are fun to use.”

Emerson wears two hats at the Trinidad Art Gallery, musician and painter. He creates landscape paintings in oil and fine-line brush paintings in ink, working on location or in his studio. He also plays a beautiful Celtic harp and has CDs available. He is a Certified Music Practitioner and has worked as a hospital staff therapeutic musician.

Known for his large oil paintings of the ocean shore, Emerson’s work had expanded to include a new genre, Chinese fine-line brush style paintings in ink on “rice paper.” The brushes come to a fine flexible point that allows very thin lines that can be varied to thicker lines as more pressure is applied. This can create dramatic line variation.  Shading is done with softer brushes using ink and watercolor.

Emerson calls the sea his inspiration. “Finding her mystical essence is my goal. I explore the sacred narrow line where the land and sea interact. I wish to honor the subtle and nuanced — the misty grey day of muted colors. In our busy lives my endeavor is to create works that allow the viewer to stop a moment and find a breath of calm,” he said.

Trinidad Art Gallery is open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Because it is a cooperative gallery, you will meet an artist with each visit. COVID-19 safety precautions are in place. For more information, go to trinidadgallery.com or call 707-677-3770.

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