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Muse: A Work in Progress by Joan Schirle

  • Arcata Playhouse 1251 9th Street Arcata, CA, 95521 United States (map)
Photo by: Leon Villagomez

Photo by: Leon Villagomez

Painter Morris Graves, who lived the last 30 years of his life near Loleta, CA, attributed much of his success as a visionary painter to the women who helped him along the way. These include his mother, Helen Malson, his dealer Marion Williard, Dorothy Miller, the MoMA curator who discovered him, the women patrons who bought his work, and the woman he called his muse, friend and painter Jan Thompson. Last November actor/director Joan Schirle brought readings of Graves'  WW2 letters to local venues, and is now working on a chamber opera about Graves. For 02Fierce she gives voice to the women who supported his journey, as well as voicing two of his contemporaries, Margaret Tompkins and Helmi Juvonen, women painters of the Northwest School.

These fabulous events can be purchased from the link on this page, at Wildberries Marketplace, by calling the Arcata Playhouse at 707-822-1575 OR at the door for $5-$10 sliding scale, no one turned away for lack of funds.

This is part of our Lunchbox series, $10 price includes a light lunch.