Artwork by Joyce Jonte’ and Natalie DiCostanzo is being featured this month at the Arcata Artisans Cooperative Gallery, 883 H St. in Arcata. An Arts! Arcata reception is planned tonight from 6 to 9 p.m., with a wine pour to benefit Bayside Community Hall.
Jonte’ — who is also showing work at Holly Yashi in Arcata — has been drawing and painting all of her life, carrying paper and paints on every trip. Inspiration surrounds her.One of her new paintings, “Conversation with a Sparrow,” for instance, was inspired by a sparrow that flew into the gallery and perched on one of fellow artist Betsy Roberts’ wire nests.
“I talked to him calmly and he allowed me to pick him up gently and carry him outside where he flew off joyfully,” said Jonte’, who also explained the inspiration behind another new work, “I Think I’ll Just Fly Away.”
“Wistful days of summer are upon us — dreaming of afternoons at the river among the butterflies,” she said.
DiCostanzo uses various methods in her functional ceramic designs including a potter’s wheel, slabs and extruded hollow forms. Her display includes vases, small trays, wall vessels and more.
“The early Sumerian writing was a triangle form pressed into clay. It was called cuneiform,” she said. “I just like the fact that anything pressed into wet clay stayed put and I liked the patterns. In reality, I think writing was developed by merchants to keep track of transactions. The first form is just a vase, the second is a teapot (a mailbox form) and the third is based on what the Chinese called a pilgrim bottle (a canteen). I guess my interest in ancient history and archaeology still influences my work. The mailbox form to me is unique in that four sides make a containment (not six).”
Arcata Artisans is entirely owned and operated by 25 local artist members. For more information, call 707-825-9133 or go to www.arcataartisans.com.