Monday, September 14, 2009

Monday Mural

I've been meaning to start this feature for a long time. We live in Eureka, CA in Humboldt County. It used to be that Humboldt County was known for several things....the fabulous Redwood Forests, Salmon & crab fisheries, our fine artist colony....now I think most people think of pot growers. Humboldt Gold is supposed to be premium stuff grown in remote forested areas and grow houses. I'm not proud of that, but we can celebrate the fabulous artists in our area. Quilters, of course abound, many of them winning awards at the big shows: Houston, Padducah, Pacific International Quilt Fest. and more.

If you tootle around town you can't help but see the murals. I can't even begin to count all the murals we have in Eureka tend to take for granted. So I thought that perhaps each Monday we could look at a mural. Today's mural is in an alley downtown and is called "No Barking Anytime," painted (as are many of our murals) by Duane Flatmo.


I am assuming the windows are real....you often can't tell with a Flatmo mural as they can become part of the mural.

Here's a close-up of the sign.


I'm not sure exactly how old this mural is
but I remember showing my parents this one over 14 years ago.
Duane Flatmo's work is edgy, interesting, humorous and often somewhat "cubist." Each year the artists of our county offer a weekend of "Open Studios" and invite the public into their studios. A couple of years ago we went to Flatmo's studio behind his home. He is fun, talented, generous with his time and so interesting to listen to. He made us feel as if we were the most important people to visit and showed us around. You'll be hearing about Duane Flatmo a lot on Mondays as he has painted many, many murals in Eureka.

2 comments:

dscriv said...

How fun! I will be watching for the murals. I have not see this one in person. Which Alley is it in?
Kathie

jen duncan said...

I'll be watching to see if you find any new ones from when I did Mural Mondays a couple years ago! I even found them the week we were on the cruise ship to Alaska. :-)