April 2023 - Introducing more resident artists, Spring Poetry Series, Creekside Arts in Bloom

Ella Sams

Ella Sams is a map maker, illustrator, multimedia creator, and whitewater canoeist raised in Athens, GA, currently living and working from the rural river town of Long Creek, SC.

Her work, both commissioned and exhibited, extends to over 8 states and 3 countries.

In her recent work, Ella uses locally-sourced river water and red clay to explore a visual parallel between her work commute past logging sites and the isolation that many children are experiencing due to social media culture and the permanent social effects of the pandemic.

She seeks to use art-making to grow community resilience.

Click  here to see her work.

John Fisher

 Creekside Arts is delighted to welcome back Jon Fischer, an interdisciplinary artist from San Francisco. He was a member of our first cohort last spring.

John’s roots lie in printmaking.   Born to Jewish refugees from Morocco and Eastern Europe, his work explores the concept of intertwined place and home.  His artistic practice focuses on the West Coast, using mediums such as screen printing, sound, video, and installation. Having lived and worked in San Francisco for two decades, his pieces directly tap into the local knowledge of the Bay Area, frequently employing mapping as a crucial element.  Recently, his interests have expanded to include related areas such as Humboldt Bay and the Middle East.

Fischer’s collaborative approach defines much of his recent work. For instance, his ongoing partnership with composer Danny Clay, Turntable Drawings, involves a growing collection of hand-molded records and has been presented alongside over twenty guest artists since 2006. Notably, this project has been featured in a public program at the de Young Museum in San Francisco.

Currently, Fischer also serves as a professor of Marine Engineering at the CSU Maritime Academy in Vallejo. 

Click  here to see her work.

Explore Creekside Arts

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Come see Creekside Arts for yourself during an afternoon of art, wine, snacks and music. Meet the members of Creekside Arts, tour the living spaces and studiors, see the grounds, and support us our endeavor!

Spring Poetry Series

Sundays at 4pm

Come join us for a delightful and eclectic presentation by Humboldt County poets from theLost Coast Writers Retreat will entertain and amuse. These events are RSVP as space is limited. 

Free Events for Members, Neighbors and Contributing Artists:

April 30 – Dan Zev Levinson and Jennifer Rand
May 7 –
Vincent Peloso and Joe Shermis
May 14 – (at Creekside Arts Mother’s Day Bloom) Michael Bickford and Fran Ransley

For more about the Lost Coast Writer’s Retreat, go to https://www.lostcoastwritersretreat.org/

Become a member and attend the many free members-only events.

Environmental Art Workshop

The Environmental Art Workshop with Lucy Wright Rivers is coming back on July 8 by popular demand!

Ukulele Dan is coming too!


Self-guided residencies and retreats

Creekside Arts’ self guided residencies offer a unique opportunity to reflect, create and explore in an inspiring setting among the Redwoods of Northern California. Preference will be given to applications that demonstrate a project focus on what is dear to our community: Land, place, community, nature, climate, education, and social and political consciousness.

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Creekside Arts is  designed and created to bring together artistic residencies, workshops and performances. Our goal is to create an environment in which creative artists and audiences interact in a positive and structured way to learn from and inform each other and then bring that learning into the larger Humboldt community. To that end Creekside Arts is committed to equity and welcomes people from diverse cultures, backgrounds and experiences.