A special memorial retrospective show of the ceramic sculpture of Colinda Gutierrez is featured at this month’s Arts Arcata, Friday July 12 from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Fire Arts Center, 520 South G Street, Arcata.

A sculpture by Colinda Gutierrez.

A sculpture by Colinda Gutierrez.

Colinda was a long time member of the center who passed away in February from cancer.

“We could think of no better way to pay tribute to Colinda than to exhibit her art and celebrate her talent” said show organizer Janis Taylor. “Because she did not often offer work for sale, few people realize how extraordinarily gifted she was. This way, everyone gets a chance to enjoy this exquisite sculpture.”

In addition to the ceramic display, a booklet of photographs will be available for sale.  The show and booklet are entitled “Colinda Gutierrez, A Natural Artist.”

The great passions of Colinda’s life were   love of nature and pursuit of artistic excellence. Combined, these passions plus a strong work ethic , powerful creative drive and a tremendous inborn talent  resulted in Colinda’s creation of an exceptional body of art work with as much variation, complexity and depth as the artist herself.

In addition to sculpture,  Colinda also created stained glass, water colors and drawing as a master  of many mediums.  As a skilled painter she developed techniques in using stains in the

A sculpture by Colinda Gutierrez.

A sculpture by Colinda Gutierrez.

manner of water colors resulting in fish and animal figures that are extremely accurate and lifelike. It is rare to find a person who is equally strong as a painter and sculptor and it is impossible to say which is better:  the forms or the surface decoration. Both aspects resulted in artwork that is greater than the sum of the parts.

Colinda was devoted to the Fire Arts Center and worked tirelessly maintaining the garden, fixed things, completed chores and did whatever she could to help. She was universally liked and respected.  “The center is a better place for her membership and her loss is acutely felt”  said creative director Elizabeth Johnson.

The show will be available for viewing every day until the August Arts Arcata at the Fire Arts Center. The center is a ceramics and glass studio open to the public. For more information call 826-1445.