On Saturday (March 7, 2009), we had an opening for Augustus "Gus" Clark, a prolific and much-loved Humboldt County painter. He's been making "books" for years by laying loose sheets between heavy boards. They are really quite something, and the public response last night was incredible. At first people weren't sure what to make of them and knowing that you aren't supposed to touch art, they tended to stand in front of them a bit baffled. With a little encouragement, they were soon leafing through them with exuberance.
We also commissioned Clark to paint the covers of blank books, which were very popular. In all, we sold eight pieces last night. In the photo, Gus is holding a coffee cup in the upper right corner.
Katherine Almy, who writes a local art blog, reviewed the show.