The Cheri Blackerby Gallery showcases the artwork of Studio artists.

It has a new exhibition every other month.

Openings are held on the first Saturday of each month from 6pm - 9pm for Arts Alive,

a local monthly celebration sponsored by the galleries and businesses of Old Town, located on the waterfront of Eureka.

The Cheri Blackerby Gallery

272 C Street

The corner of 3rd Street and C Street

Eureka, California

(707) 443-1428

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Past Exhibitions


January / February 2015


November / December 2014



September / October 2014



July / August 2014




May / June 2014


March / April 2014


January / February 2014


November / December 2013


September / October 2013

Visit our Exhibition Archive


Current Exhibition                                                 


WINGS OVER WATER                                   March / April 2015 

Wings Over Water Gallery Installation View                                Wings Over Water Postcard


The Mountain of Gold / Chris Johnson / Acrylic on Paper, 2014                         Springbird Nesting Bowl / Chris Johnson / Ceramic


Bird Song / Ardi Areson / Handmade Ceramic Tiles, Mosaic on Wood    Morphing Butterfly / Elizabeth Kordes / Mosaic on Ceramic

Circular Fountain / Bill Ruebenack


The Studio and Cheri Blackerby Gallery are pleased to present “Wings Over Water,” an exhibition of paintings, mosaics, and ceramic sculpture by Ardi Areson, Chris Johnson, Elizabeth Kordes, and Bill Ruebenack. “Wings Over Water” is home to a diverse array of winged wildlife to view and tranquil waterways to traverse.

Ardi Areson is captivated by flight, which she views as graceful and awe-inspiring. Often drawing inspiration from winged insects like butterflies and ladybugs, as well as backyard birds, Ardi creates richly-colored, handmade ceramic tiles to mosaic on wood. Ardi acknowledges the power behind the beauty, in nature. When observing the ocean, she is careful to respect the strength of the tides and enormous energy of waves.   

Chris Johnson is a bird enthusiast who enjoys studying bird behaviors, like nesting, communicating using calls and songs, mating, and courtships. Chris is a full-time artist at The Studio, which allows him the freedom to practice many art forms, including ceramic sculpture, mosaics, drawing, and painting. Chris explores the rich tradition of landscape painting as a way to challenge himself as an artist. 

The artwork of Elizabeth Kordes is inspired by her love of animals and the natural world, which features prominently in the mosaics and ceramic sculptures she creates at The Studio. Butterflies, popular in the visual arts for their brilliant colors, represent peace in Elizabeth’s work. “They are very peaceful creatures, they don’t hurt anybody.” Delicate, sensitive, and defenseless, they do not incite fear in our psyches like spiders, centipedes, or wasps. Sympathetic to the plight of animals, Elizabeth would like to focus on endangered species for her next exhibition.

Whether camping, hiking, fishing, or hunting, Bill Ruebenack is truly at home in the great outdoors. As an artist, he works exclusively in clay, and says he likes to work with his hands. His ceramic fountains and mugs feature wildflowers, picnic tables, outhouses, cabins, tee pees, and other iconography of state parks and nature reserves.

Arts Alive! Opening Receptions:

Saturday, March 7th, 6 - 9pm

Saturday, April 4th, 6 - 9pm


Visit our Complete Exhibition Archive (2005 - Present)