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George Blake Retrospective at Humboldt State

Humboldt State University’s Goudi’ni Native American Arts Gallery presents George Blake: A Retrospective, Oct. 6 to Dec. 3. The exhibit features works spanning the art career of George Blake (Hupa-Yurok), from traditional carvings to more contemporary pieces.

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“Elk Antler Purse” and “Boot” by George Blake, 2015

The exhibit runs from Monday, Oct. 6 to Sunday, Dec. 3 with a reception on Thursday, Oct. 13, 5-7 p.m., beginning with a walk through the gallery with the artist at 5 p.m. The public is invited to attend.

George Blake was born on the Hoopa Indian Reservation in the Hoopa Valley of Humboldt County and is of Hupa-Yurok descent. He studied fine arts and Native American Art at UC Davis and is known for his sculpture, jewelry, regalia, and contemporary works. He is also recognized as one of the few living people skilled in the traditional art of dugout canoe building. One of these is located in the HSU library.

In conjunction with the exhibition, George Blake is receiving an honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters from Humboldt State University. The honorary degree ceremony is taking place in the Van Duzer Theatre Tuesday, Oct. 11 from 4-5 p.m. He is being recognized for his significant role in the preservation and continuation of Hupa-Yurok cultural traditions and his influence in the resurgence of Native California traditional cultural life since the 1970s. The honorary degree ceremony is taking place in the Van Duzer Theatre Tuesday, Oct. 11 from 4-5 p.m.

The Goudi’ni gallery is situated on the ground floor of the Behavioral & Social Sciences building (BSS) located near Union Street and 17th Street. Gallery hours are Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday 12-5 p.m., Thursday 12-7 p.m., Friday 12-5 p.m., and Saturday 10-2 p.m. Admission is free. For more information please contact the Art Department gallery office at (707) 826-5814 or rbg@humboldt.edu.