Fiber, Paint, Glass, Wood — Open Studios Artists Gather in McKinleyville

(Clockwise from top left) Beth Kabat's market bags, Robin Friedman at work, "Heading Home" by Linda Parkinson, "Goldfinch" by Elaine Benjamin

(Clockwise from top left) Beth Kabat’s market bags, Robin Friedman at work, “Heading Home” by Linda Parkinson, “Goldfinch” by Elaine Benjamin

Beth Kabat of Thimbleberry Threads has invited three other North Coast Open Studios artists to participate at her studio, 4460 Dows Prairie Road in McKinleyville. Painter Linda Parkinson, glass and mosaic artist Robin Friedman, and card designer and pyrographer Elaine Benjamin will join Kabat for the second weekend of the event – Saturday and Sunday, June 13 and 14, from 11am to 5pm.

Kabat will have a hands-on demo of her unique silkscreen technique where she blends colors on the screen as she prints. She invites visitors to roll up their sleeves and print with her. In textile art for 35 years, Kabat’s popular products include T-shirts, market and book bags, pillows, and wall hangings. Her designs incorporate animals, symbolism, constellations, nature, and landscapes.

Parkinson is a well-known Humboldt artist who also works with Humboldt Wildlife Care Center in rehabilitation and education. She gets up close and personal with many of the birds – especially raptors – that become some of the subjects in her vibrant art. She will have original paintings, reproductions, and cards available for purchase.

Friedman has been doing mosaics for 10 years, after retiring as a school teacher. Her love of teaching comes through in her classes at Parasol Arts in Eureka. Her joyful use of color – in tile and glass – is also a reflection of her own enthusiastic personality. Friedman loves the repurposing aspect of mosaics and will have small grab-bags of vintage Italian tiles for sale, as well as her frames, trivets, switch plate covers, and her wearable art necklaces, bracelets, and earrings.

Benjamin has participating in all 16 previous Open Studios events as Blue Chair Press, at her former location in the historic Blue Lake Advocate press building. After paring down and moving her business to a home studio, she joins her friends for a collaborative open studio at Kabat’s in McKinleyville. She uses her graphic design background for hundreds of greeting card designs, and recently took up woodburning (pyrography), selling her unique pieces at the Arcata Artisans Cooperative Art Gallery. Her popular tool T-shirts – from block prints – are now printed by Kabat and will be available at the event.

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