The Art Walk, from 5 to 8 p.m. the first Saturday of every month in historic downtown Weaverville, provides art galleries, specialty shops, and eateries an opportunity to invite the community in “after hours” to enjoy unique hand-crafted art and jewelry, meet the artists, while enjoying refreshments.

The Trinity Arts Council extends its heartfelt concern for all who have suffered or are threatened by the wildfires. Smoke and fire on top of COVID. Many people have called the council, expressing their hope it will still hold an Art Walk for September. Understanding the need to be with friends or just a change of scene, TCAC and the galleries have decided to open for the Art Walk, Sept. 4. There will be no live music playing outside.

TCAC realizes that some businesses may need to make a last-minute decision to pass on this Art Walk. They invite everybody to share in the positive energy of First Saturday’s Art Walk on Sept. 4, 5 to 8 p.m. TCAC will make masks available at each venue.  

Participating galleries and businesses, from north to south, include:

TRINITY COUNTY BREWING CO.: Showcasing the paintings of Jessica Willis and craft brew. Willis’ work is created while immersing herself in nature and translating her experiences into colorful, expressive paintings. Through a unique layering technique developed by exploring many paint mediums, the work shows the movement and energy of the subject, usually landscapes in a particular moment in time.

MOUNTAIN GOAT KIDS: Showcasing clothing and more for children. Look for artwork from local “kids.” Located between Angela’s Bead Art and Tammie’s Books.

UP NORTH CONFECTIONERY & MERCANTILE: Featuring the unique earrings from Hazy Rae Designs and spectacular treats of the culinary arts variety.  

MAIN STREET GALLERY: Featuring mother and son artists Stefani Lynne Thomas and Michael Hopko in September.  

Thomas, a second-generation Californian, moved to Trinity County in the 1970s to raise her family. Inspired by year-round mountain streams, lakes, wilderness and the changing seasons she developed as an artist working in a variety of two-dimensional formats including sketching, painting and batik fiber art. Thomas’ style of Impressionistic Realism evolved as she continued to create new works while pursuing a teaching career in the Trinity Unified School District.

Thomas titles this group of oil paintings, created during the COVID-19 pandemic, “From Close to Home.” These works include, landscapes, representative of favorite sites visited both before and during the lockdown, and plein air scenes from Stefani’s home in the Weaverville Basin.

“These paintings display how place can bring joy and peace in a time of isolation and despair” states Thomas.

This is what Stefani had to say about her son Michael, “He is dedicated, driven and an adventurous risk taker. As an artist he is devoted, skilled and fulfills his aesthetic visions in the highly demanding medium of hot glass. I am amazed, proud and grateful that Michael developed a passion for glassblowing as young adult and has become the master gaffer that he is today. His glass sculptures exude life’s brilliance as he perceives it.”

OLSON STONEWARE: Featuring new designs in wheel-thrown pottery by Greg Olson including personalized stoneware pottery, jewelry, cottage and lodge décor, children’s toys, and fine gifts.

TRINITY COUNTY VISITOR & INFORMATION CENTER: Continuing exhibit by Jennifer Aho and acrylic paintings in “Fluid Art.”

GOLD RUSH JEWELERS: Featuring the birthstone for September, the sapphire. Traditionally a favorite stone of priests and kings, the sapphire symbolizes purity and wisdom. Sapphires are thought to ease pain and reduce stress.

EARTHDANCE STUDIOS and GALLERY: Artists Pam Yearout and Elizabeth Watson live in Lewiston and have been influential in supporting the arts in Trinity County for many decades. They are the originators of the Festival of Light and prior to EarthDance Art Studios & Gallery, they owned Our Space Gallery in Weaverville.

Pam has been drawing and creating art for years, and after retiring Elizabeth began painting, and together, out of a mutual love for stones, they began scouring rock and mineral shows in the Southwest and creating gemstone jewelry. Beyond beauty, the stones they choose have spiritual and healing properties and are fashioned into beautiful wearable art with a proprietary wire scroll method.

Both Pam and Elizabeth favor watercolor painting — Pam’s paintings are mostly plein air — Elizabeth’s tell colorful stories.

They will have refreshments and musical entertainment, along with plenty of congenial and lively conversation.

HIGHLAND ART CENTER: Continuing exhibit, “Works on Paper, Canvas or Board.” Featuring member’s creative expressions on three mediums – including paintings, drawings, collage, montage and mixed media options. This is the seventh invitational show in the Highland’s 2021 “Artist’s Journey” lineup; the works are impressive! Come experience great art from the hearts of local artists.

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