The masks are made in Mendocino County by Charlie Hardwick, who has been making masks for 12 years. Hardwick finds inspiration in nature and animals, as well as “wild ideas.” The masks are made of leather, which she cuts to shape with a razor knife. She then sculpts the masks and heat hardens them to retain the shape. Painting gives each mask detail and character.
”My masks are each unique, perhaps similar in design, but never exactly the same,” said Hardwick. She is able to create custom masks for individuals as well, incorporating the customer’s ideas.
The Mateel Cooperative Art Gallery in downtown Garberville has been connecting artists with the greater community for over 30 years. As a cooperative, the artists also work in the gallery and are able to assist patrons with questions about the art they see.
The featured artist for November is Swadeshi Leatherworks, a well known and loved local leather bag company that has been handcrafting large, soft, lightweight, all leather travel bags, packs, personal bags, pouches and accessories since 1969. Many guest artists will be hosted at the Mateel Gallery in December and late November to offer local options for holiday gift giving. A
White mask by Charlie Hardwick