Art Exhibit at Arcata Marsh Interpretive Center
During July and August, watercolor paintings and ceramic tiles by Jody Bryan will be on display at the Arcata Marsh Interpretive Center. Shows featuring local art and photography are sponsored by Friends of the Arcata Marsh. The Interpretive Center, located at 569 South G Street in Arcata, is open to the public Tuesday through Sunday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and on Mondays from 1 to 5 p.m. Masking rules follow Humboldt County recommendations: currently, masks are strongly recommended but not required inside the building. For more information, call (707) 826-2359.
Growing up in Southern California, I went to Catalina Island on our family’s boat, Vaquerito. After completing college and getting a secondary credential in 1965, I moved with my own family to the island and put my art skills to work. Scenes of the island’s coves filled with boats, historical sites in the interior, and lovely places around the town of Avalon became my focus in watercolor and line-and-wash drawings. Ceramics were another interest, but watercolors were my passion.
I attended Otis Art Institute, Chouinard Art Institute, UCLA, and CSU-Long Beach, always studying drawing and painting. I taught in the Long Beach Unified School District and established a graphic design and screen print business in the 1970s, which is still ongoing.
I have loved painting with watercolor since that first introduction at Otis. To render objects realistically is a skill that many seek to master, but for me, that is not what making art is about. I want to translate each subject into a unique vision that allows viewers to see in new ways, too. I want to interpret the world, not mirror it.
My work can be seen at www.jodybryanart.com.