Artists embellished medical conditions, treatments, and lampooned practitioners. The bizarre therapeutics and massive doses of medications are depicted in the show. The public in the nineteenth century, as today, was frustrated with the inefficiency of medical treatments and the high costs of medical care and drugs. With art and wit, the caricaturists elevated health issues to comic proportions and directed attention to public health problems. Sequoia Humane Society will be serving wine from 6-9 p.m.
Local artist Grant Skoglund will exhibit his collages during Arts Alive!. Skoglund was motivated to construct collages as a form of music in a visual arrangement. “Being drawn more toward music than visual arts, the notion of composing is a more familiar territory to me,” Skoglund stated. He uses images from books to render the art. “When I tried my hand at making collages it was creatively liberating.” The melody of the collections is mid-twentieth century. Skoglund will be at the store on Saturday from 6-9 p.m. The show will run through July.
Starting June 7th, WW II aerial propaganda leaflets will be exhibited at Eureka Books. Fliers were dropped over enemy territory as a form of psychological warfare. Leaflets providing “safe conduct passes” also were dispersed, which enemy troops could use to surrender. This form of propaganda was so popular with the Allied forces that one squadron of B-17 bombers was assigned to scattering pamphlets. The show will run through the end of June.
German leaflet dropped over England targeted at American soldiers.
On May 3rd celebrate your local independent bookstore with the first California Bookstore Day. Books published exclusively for this event will be available only at participating bookstores. Eureka Books will have select titles for this occasion, including The Sleeper and the Spindle by famed science fiction author Neil Gaiman, whose contribution to California Bookstore Day is an illustrated edition of a short story inspired by Sleeping Beauty.
Michael Kauffman, author of the hiking guide, Conifer Country, has a new book coming out–a field guide to all 65 species of conifers on the West Coast: Conifers of the Pacific Slope. Conifers are some of the oldest plants on the plant and include a number of world-record holders (and right here in California):
1. The largest living thing: the giant sequoia
2. The tallest living thing: the redwood
3. The oldest living thing: the bristlecone pine
Michael will be at Eureka Books on June 1, from 6 to 9 pm, during Arts Alive. He’ll sign books and answer all your conifer questions.