Nature photographs by Jose Quezada are on display this month and next month at the Arcata Marsh Interpretive Center. (Courtesy of the artist)

Nature photographs by Jose Quezada are on display in January and February at the Arcata Marsh Interpretive Center, 569 South G St. in Arcata. A free public reception will be held Feb. 3 from 12:30 to 3 p.m.

Quezada has lived and worked in Humboldt County for 47 years. He’s currently a freelance photojournalist for the Times-Standard after retiring from 28 years of managing workforce programs and supervising vocational counselors for Humboldt County.

“I helped start the first Head Start preschool here, spending eight years working with children and families after attending Humboldt State University,” said Quezada, who also co-owns and operates North Coast Music Together and runs two websites that highlight his work and the work of other local freelance photographers.

Other than taking one class from Juan Freixas at Swanlund’s Camera in Eureka, Quezada is a self-taught photographer.

“I draw inspiration from my brother, Roberto, who’s ‘the real photographer in our family,’” he said.

Shows featuring local art and photography are sponsored by Friends of the Arcata Marsh. The Interpretive Center is open to the public Tuesday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Monday between 1 and 5 p.m. For more information, call 707-826-2359.

To see more of Quezada’s work, go to or


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