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Meridian Fine Art Gallery moving to Upstairs Art Gallery

Stock Schlueter, Rams Horn Creek A.M., oil on linen, 24 x 35

Stock Schlueter, Rams Horn Creek A.M., oil on linen, 24 x 35

ARCATA – Meridian Fine Art Gallery, a fixture in the Arcata arts scene for two years, held its last show in March. Curator Joseph Wilhelm is now devoting his attention to the Upstairs Art Gallery, a second venue, located across the street from the recently renovated Arcata Theater Lounge.  The gallery, formerly known as the Umpqua Art Gallery, is located at and sponsored by the Arcata branch of Umpqua Bank.

“This is not your average art show in a bank lobby,” Wilhelm said. “This space functions as a true gallery and we’re blessed to have the company of well-known talent and exceptional emerging artists.”  The gallery is located in the bank’s mezzanine, a quiet spacious avenue dedicated to its purpose.  An anniversary show is being held this month featuring many favorites from Meridian including Humboldt artists Derek Bond, Michael Harris, Ken Jarvela, Jim McVicker, Theresa Oats, Kathy O’Leary, Leslie Kenneth Price, Stock Schlueter and Peter Zambas.

The gallery is located at 1063 G St. A public reception will be held from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Friday, April 10 during Arts! Arcata.

Live music will be performed by Cadillac Ranch.  “We will continue as we had at Ninth Street with many of the same artists our visitors have come to expect along with some special guests,” Wilhelm said. “The mission for the gallery stems from a belief that a lively community fosters artistic expression which reflects and adds to its culture.”

For more information about the exhibit, call 826-7184 or visit


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