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EUREKA >> Humboldt State University First Street Gallery presents, Humboldt Bay Landscape Painters: Paintings by Andrew Daniel, Mimi LaPlant, Kathy O’Leary and Stock Schlueter. This exhibition of Humboldt County, California artists runs until Nov. 2.

As part of First Street Gallery’s series addressing the subject of the Humboldt Bay, these four artists have focused their attention to the regional estuary and its environs at the center of the place they call home. They depict its beauty and unique features in a variety of oil and acrylic paintings. The Humboldt Bay, the second largest enclosed bay in California, is an intersectional landscape where industry, recreation and wildlife meet on the shore and in the water. In light of this dynamic setting, the artists of Humboldt Bay Landscape Painters offer viewers a unique and intimate perspective.

The paintings of the Humboldt Bay Landscape Painters invite contemplation and consideration of the environment. Relying on direct observation, these four artists use the immediacy of their surroundings to inspire their paintings, which are often painted on location. Each painting exemplifies a process of settling the mind and connecting with the natural world — becoming sensitive to the moment, the light and the subtle movements of a landscape. Their intention is to depict something transitory, sublime or momentous and beautiful for the viewer.

Humboldt Bay Landscape Painters is produced by students enrolled in the Humboldt State University Art Museum and Gallery Practices Program. A public reception for the artists was held on Saturday, Oct. 4 during Eureka Main Street’s monthly Arts Alive event.

The gallery is open Tuesday through Sunday, noon to 5 p.m. and is located at 422 First Street, Eureka. Admission is always free. Those planning group tours are encouraged to call ahead at 707-443-6363. To learn more about the exhibition, the artists and to see examples of their art, visit the gallery’s website.

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