Jeff Langdon, Gilbert Castro and Michael Edwards are the featured artists for February at Arcata Artisans, 883 H St. An Arts Arcata! reception is set for 6 to 9 p.m. Feb. 14.
Langdon works in many media, including alternative photography, lost object sculpture, hand built guitars and cast militant garden gnomes. This month, he’s displaying a diptych of the Midway Drive-in near Indianola cutoff. The photo panels are incorporated into lightweight DML stereo speakers.
Castro works in both fine silver jewelry and hand-built ceramic tiles and wall plaques. He draws inspiration from nature and the beauty of the North Coast. Redwood forests, the ocean coastline and a variety of wildlife are reflected in the designs of his ceramics and jewelry pieces. He also uses images from Mexico in pieces such as his Dia de los Muertos tiles.
Castro began his artistic career as a reconnaissance photographer in the U.S. Air Force during which time he traveled extensively in the Pacific. He realized early on that there was something special in the creation of lasting images of nature and the world.
Edwards says from an early age he had his eyes on the ground. “I was constantly picking up rocks. I suppose I’m part crow, attracted to bright, shiny objects,” he said. “This later translated into full pockets and an extra heavy backpack on all camping trips. Eventually I became interested in lapidary (cutting cabochon gemstones) and under the mentorship of my uncle began making jewelry at age 15.”
He continued his jewelry education metalsmithing at Cabrillo College and received a bachelor’s degree in art (jewelry/metals emphasis) at Humboldt State University. He has shown his work at local and national craft fairs and has been employed by various jewelry stores on the North Coast as a bench jeweler.
“I utilize both cast and fabrication techniques in my metal work,” Edwards said. “I enjoy my bench time, especially the careful consideration of process when designing an object. Serendipity almost always enters the process and provides a departure point for further exploration in my next work. Ultimately the highest compliment I’m paid is to see one of my works being worn.”
The cooperative Arcata Artisans features work by its 25 local member-owners all year. A wide variety of creations at this fine art and craft cooperative include stained glass, printmaking, ceramics, metalsmith, woodwork, hot cast glass, weaving, photography, frame-worthy greeting cards and painting. For more information, call 707-825-9133 or go to www.arcataartisans.com.