Meet NCOS Coordinator Monica Topping

Photo by Ryan Filgas

Monica Topping is the coordinator for NCOS, and has organized the event for the last two years. After successfully crowdfunding the 2014 small town: BIG ART calendar, a celebration of Humboldt County art and artists, she was offered the opportunity to step into the coordination position at NCOS, which started with assisting former coordinator Taffy Stockton in 2013. After working with other artists through st:BA, NCOS felt right and it was good timing. Monica thoroughly enjoys meeting artists and visiting (and photographing!) the studios after she’s done her work organizing the event.


A Bit of Background

Photo by Ryan Filgas

Photo by Ryan Filgas

Where art is concerned, Monica is pretty crafty and has a background in photographing concerts, though journalism is where her main interests lie, and where she holds her degree from Humboldt State University. She’s really attracted to the community of artists we have and that’s what inevitably lead her to becoming involved in our crazy, wacky Kinetic Sculpture Race in 2004, then more recently with this group of painters, drawers, sculptors, print-makers, designers, photographers and anything I may have missed.

In the near future of NCOS, Monica is looking to:

  • Get more youth involved in the event
  • Participation from more, different types of artists
  • Expand the the event to include artisan manufacturing (this year we happily welcomed Humboldt’s own Dick Taylor Craft Chocolates, and Humboldt Bay Coffee Company!)

One of Monica’s favorite experiences, last year, was attending Beth Kabat‘s Open Studio. She loved that there was a hands-on screen printing demo and enjoyed watching kids get involved in the process. In addition, what she loves about Open Studios is seeing not only the personalities of the artists, but how their studios feel as well: the organization, the creations, the process, and the “creative mess” behind the refined work of each artist.