Redwood Curtain Theatre is pleased to host drawings by Louise Bacon Ogden in the theatre gallery during the months of February and March. Known by many in Humboldt County as the former owner of Strictly for the Birds, Bacon-Ogden retired from retail in 2004, and pursued more traditional art with a strong enthusiasm. She started with classes through HSU Extension and discovered a joy in drawing the natural world around her.
A regular volunteer at the Humboldt Wildlife Refuge and an avid birder herself, Bacon-Ogden often finds bird treasures that become her art subjects. “I draw nests and wings (left by predators) that I then turn over to Refuge management for educational purposes.” While her drawings aren’t always of birds, they are often representative components of the cycle of life in a bird’s world. In addition to birds, subjects might include spiders and bugs which serve as bird food, flowers which provide nectar to hummingbirds in addition to bird nests, eggs, feather and wings.
Always drawn to black and white imagery, Bacon-Ogden has studied various medium since her first graphite drawing class just after retirement. Even after studying something like watercolor, she always finds herself gravitating back to drawing, using pen and ink, graphite, scratchboard and Sumi-e (Japanese ink wash). “I enjoy learning new mediums,” she says, “but each new medium I learn helps to cement the things I like about drawing.”
Bacon-Ogden’s drawings will be on display in the gallery at Redwood Curtain Theatre for the months of February and March, and through the theatrical production of Women in Jeopardy. The Redwood Curtain theatre and gallery are located at 220 1st Street, Eureka. For additional information about Arts Alive at Redwood Curtain Theatre, Louise Bacon-Ogden’s art show or the upcoming theatre production visit www.redwoodcurtain.com or call the theatre at 707-443-7688.