Cabinetmaker, Watercolourist Share Works of Art – Times-Standard

The Trinidad Art Gallery features two of its members – carpenter Tom Kingshill and watercolor artist Maureen McGarry – throughout July.

McGarry mainly paints local landscapes and is also a longtime art teacher, mainly teaching local school children. She has received a number of grants from the California Arts Council to help her achieve her artistic education. This season, these funds have enabled her to teach watercolor techniques online with seniors.

“In the midst of producing artwork for the gallery during the pandemic,” McGarry said, “I found myself painting glimpses of the ocean through the obstruction of the many boulders and boulders that prevail over our northern California coastline. Our view narrows through the harshness, but we see through the open ocean and endless sky. We’ve all been through hard times. I’m hopeful we’re coming. finally to a calmer sea.

Kingshill is inspired by the great variety of woods in our surrounding landscape. He uses forage sections of local trees and, with a turn, creates decorative containers for the home. He specializes in bowls with natural edges.

These vessels challenge the artist to practice fine discernment of design while leaving the edge of the room naturally wild. The elements of smooth, mechanical precision and the natural, raw ripples of a tree’s wild surface come together to form a truly unique bowl. His pieces still exhibit the unique characteristics and grain patterns of his found wood.

On July 31, the gallery will join the rest of Trinidad in celebrating Trinidad Art Nights from 5pm to 9pm. This is the 10th year of this event, and the schedule has been changed to the last Saturday of each month: July, August, September, and October.

The Trinidad Art Gallery is located at 490 Trinity St. COVID-19 precautions are in place. An artist will be on call at the gallery. For more information call 707-677-3770 or visit

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