Redwood Curtain Theatre is pleased to welcome the photographs of Matthew Filar to the theatre’s lobby gallery. Filar takes pictures all over Humboldt County shooting just about anything that interests him. The result is a body of work that depicts many sides of the scenery we are fortunate to live with every day in Humboldt County. “As beautiful as they are, there’s more to take pictures of in Humboldt County than the redwoods and the ocean,” comments Filar. Viewers of Filar’s work see images as varied as a nearly deserted barn in a field, fuel tanks against an aging industrial building and a fishing tub filled with crabs. Additionally Filar has discovered the world of sports photography – serving as the official photographer for both the Humboldt Crabs baseball team and for Humboldt Roller Derby.
Filar has been a photographer since 1975, but he started pursuing it professionally in 2004. Initially he worked with a Hasselblad camera he loved, plus he did all of his own dark room work. While he still has the old camera and all of the lenses he collected, technology significantly changed the photography medium. Filar realized he needed to change with it and bought the first of what would become multiple digital cameras and accompanying lenses. Even with the technological advancements, Filar still enjoys shooting in black and white. “I grew up looking at black and white pictures in the newspaper – I try to make my photographs look like they came from a time years ago.” Filar doesn’t spend much time in Photoshop with his pictures, working instead on the framing and composition in the original shooting. “I spend some time with Photoshop lightening the dark areas, and darkening the light areas, but generally I try to do as little as possible to the images.”
The upcoming show at Redwood Curtain theatre includes a number of newer pieces, many of which beautifully show the foggy scenery of Humboldt County. Redwood Curtain invites the public to the opening night reception for Matthew Filar on April 4th from 6p-9p, and occurring in conjunction with Eureka’s April Arts Alive! festivities. The Freshwater School Jazz Band will provide music for the evening as well.
The Redwood Curtain theatre and gallery are located at 220 1st Street, Eureka. Clark’s work will be on display in the gallery through the upcoming theatrical production of Clybourne Park,?which runs April 30 through May 23. For additional information about Arts Alive! at Redwood Curtain Theatre, Matt Filar’s art show or the upcoming theatre production visit www.yd8013.com or call the theatre at 707-443-7688.