Welcome to The Wild Rivers Coast Art Online Gallery for artists living and working in Crescent City, California. Each artist's portfolio or website can be viewed by clicking on the artist's name so you can view more of the art that interests you. We hope you enjoy perusing this wonderful collection of art.
John Helgeson spent most of his career as an art director. Earlier he worked in traditional print making techniques, now he works only in the digital medium. His prints were selected to be included in “Recent American Prints,” a group exhibit of contemporary American prints that toured Asia. It was sponsored by the Library of Congress and the United States Information Agency.
His prints have won awards at the California State Fair in Sacramento, the Palace of The Legion of Honor in San Francisco, Art in Public Places (DNACA) and “Celebrating The Creative Arts of Older Americans” in Crescent City, California, the Del Norte County Fair in Crescent City, California, and the Azalea Art Festival that is held in Brookings, Oregon.
John's work has been exhibited in group showings at Library of Congress, the Brooklyn Museum of Art, the deYoung Museum in San Francisco, California, the Achenbach Foundation for Graphic Arts at the Palace of The Legion of Honor in San Francisco, the San Francisco Museum of Art, The San Francisco Public Library, the Oakland Art Museum, and in many other group exhibits. It is represented in permanent collections at the Library of Congress, the Achenbach Foundation for Graphic Arts in San Francisco and the Brooklyn Museum of Art.
Lloyd Kirkpatrick spent his 43 year career as a calligraher/graphic designer working mostly as a free-lancer with various advertising agencies and art services both in San Diego and Cincinnati, Ohio.
After retiring from the commercial art world and moving to Crescent City it wasn't long before Lloyd renewed his old love of drawing and painting. "As a youth I was an avid painter and even after a 40 year hiatus I resumed the affair as if I had never left and with the benefit of 40 years of mature insight. This decision has proven a good one allowing me a liberating freedom of expression as well as my work being welcomed by a larger audience than my calligraphy allowed."
Muriel Northrip made a reputation for her art in Northern Idaho and East Washington and Oregon in the 1960-70's. She moved back to Northern California in the 1970s, then moved to Alaska for 13 years. In the mid-'90's she moved back to Crescent City and started to paint what she sees every day; redwoods, beautiful rivers, and ocean scenes.
Muriel works in oils, acrylics, pen, and charcoal, and someday hopes to even start doing watercolors. She works on large canvases, finding it difficult to scale down to smaller works on canvas. She loves the freedom she feels when she works on large canvas.
Muriel's works range from stormy seascapes and placid ocean scenes, to animals and mountain scenes, to giant Redwoods and babbling streams, and Fairies and Whimsy. Muriel is not shy about trying anything new or different.
Gale Steelman I am a nature and wildlife photographer who has been exploring the western United States with her camera, in pursuit of beauty, for 12 years. My favorite theme is wildlife. What I enjoy doing the most is capturing the beauty and intelligence of each animal as up close and personal as possible. I feel that their intelligence shines through their behavior, their interaction with each other and, of course, through their eyes. In fact, I never print a photo that doesn't show crisp, clear, sparkling eyes somewhere in the picture.
Though this is the digital age, I like to do photography the old fashioned way....and that is to carry out the process myself from start to finish. I shoot, image, print and frame each photo taking care that all of the steps of the creative process are done to the best of my ability. To me photography is about the emotional impact of the subject brought forth with a high degree of technical skill which brings the photos to life.