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Art

George Bucquet and John Wesa Arts! Arcata Opening Reception

When: Fri., Sept. 8, 6-9 p.m. 2017

Two well known local artists, George Bucquet and John Wesa, are featured during September at the artist-owned and operated Arcata Artisans Gallery. There will be an opening reception during Arts Arcata at 6 p.m. Friday, September 8. All are welcome to come meet the artists and hear more about their processes and about what moves them to create. Wine pour will benefit the Breast and GYN Health Project. George Bucquet began casting hot glass at Penland School, North Carolina in 1984. During his seven years working there he became a resident artist. After completing his studies, George moved to Arcata, CA in 1991, where he has continued to develop new and innovative techniques for creating his original contemporary forms. George's work is found in galleries around the world and in the private collections of Rupert Murdoch, Bill Gates, Irvin Borowsky, and Bill and Hillary Clinton. His work can also be found in the permanent collections of the U.S. Embassy, Ottawa, Canada, the Musee des Arts Decoratifs, Lausanne, Switzerland, the Asheville Museum of Art, NC, the National Liberty Museum, Philadelphia, PA, Wichita Art Museum, Foundation of the Carolinas, and the White House. George says "I enjoy and appreciate many aspects of hot glass, but it's the aesthetics of cast glass that has held my attention for the last 33 years. I love the whole process of designing work and overcoming the technical challenges that seem to come with each piece. In the end, it's simple beauty that moves me most, and I feel successful and grateful when it moves others." John Wesa has been making serigraphs professionally since 1976 when he received his Masters degree from Humboldt State University. In John's own words: "I love the interaction of shapes and colors. When things are going right, the image achieves a hypnotic vibrancy. It's fun to see it seem to take its first breath and begin to live. The thing I find most exciting about serigraphy is the self publishing dynamic. I produce multiples, yet they are all originals and individual. When a good one takes off, it can acquire a social life of its own. It can pop up anywhere in the world. They can acquire a kind of currency that represents a shared value and experience. If I can produce something that makes everyone richer, that's exciting." Please visit Arcata Artisans Gallery during September to experience the work of these talented and hard-working artists, along with works in numerous media by the other 25 artist members. Open every day at 883 H Street on Arcata Plaza (707) 825-9133, www.arcataartisans.com

Price: Free

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