'Rise, Hummingbird, 2017' design and image by Catherine Herrera, Contact for License, All Rights Reserved best original FINAL

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'Rise, Hummingbird, 2017' design and image by Catherine Herrera, Contact for License, All Rights Reserved best original FINAL
‘Rise, Hummingbird, 2017’ design and image by Catherine Herrera, Contact for License, All Rights Reserved.


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California Artist Catherine Herrera, Coastal Wood and Shell Sculpture in honor of coastal life and culture

New Releases: Branching Out


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Solstice has just passed, offering the longest day of the year. San Francisco has been a balmy near 80-degrees, a refuge from the souring heat inland.

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In my last post, I wrote about sitting out while the nerve in my arm healed. Well, MRI’s revealed additional tears and fractures from the fall, including my right foot and leg. I’ve been stuck at home, but, I have been using the time to further the goals set at the start of the year, keeping focused, and preparing for when the foot is healed and I can get back to filming.

In between editing, and writing, I have been working still on the California coastal wood, shell and rock sculptures I started back in 2015 as part of a larger project, The Spirit Dolls.

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This new series branches out to reflect on my love for coastal California, an homage to the great Pacific Ocean, along side I have lived most of my life. I am contributing 5% of sales to the mission of raising awareness through education about California coastal life and culture.

These unique, one-of-a-kind wood sculptures are designed to delight their collector.  People often have an immediate connection to the one or another of the pieces.

I am delighted when the spirit of the coast and sculpture connects with the spirit of the viewer. Some pieces remain with me, but other scupltures are available for sale.

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'Specks of Gold: Hidden Treasures,' presentation by Catherine Herrera, filmmaker and artist, about 'Bridge Walkers' installation, March 04, 2017. Contact for License.

Early San Francisco History at The Mint

A year’s hiatus from public presentations was a necessary step to focus on the compressed nerve found in my right arm. This year is focused on new treatments and strengthening the muscles, and, returning to exhibiting and public presentations.

I gave a presentation on March 04, 2017 at the San Francisco History Days about my art and films over the last 15 years, and the focus of my work since returning to the Bay Area: tracing my family history. It was a great pleasure to be able to share more about my great great great grandfather, who was born in San Francisco in 1857, and the challenges we face in going back beyond 1852, crossing that divide of statehood and a time of extreme transition for the local area. In fact, San Francisco at that time, like today, attracted people from all over the world, expanding the City’s population in a span of a few short years from roughly 500 to over 35,000 residents.

Over the weekend, my 3-screen video installation ‘Bridge Walkers: Protecting Sacred Sites in San Francisco and Bay Area’  screened during the event that attracted over 6,000 people, and resulted in the SF Fire Department coming out to enforce capacity codes!

It was also a great opportunity to inform more about the New Almaden Mine, and how valuable the source of cinnabar, used in extracting gold, was to the nation, making it possible for the country to advance very quickly economically, no longer bound to import the ingredient from the Rothschilds, and save the long voyage overseas.

The New Almaden Mine has been a source of amazing history, and pride in the role our family played during such a crucial time in our nation’s history.

Naturally, my search is not complete. The presentation offered an opportunity to discuss the importance of the ‘Open Doors to a Healing’ Project, and collaboration with local San Francisco and Bay Area archives, universities and librarians to strengthen local genealogical and historical information and bring forward the voices, history and experiences of people to create a more inclusionary experience for local people researching family history, and to uncover together hidden specks of history that hold treasures to so many people seeking the full history of their families in San Francisco and the Bay Area.

Stay tuned for postings about upcoming screenings of the short documentary ‘Bridge Walkers,’ which is nearing the final stages in preparation for distribution and submissions.

Completing this film feels timely in light of the need for greater education about the importance of sacred and burial sites and how Native and non-Native peoples can come to positive resolutions that take into consideration the voices of tribes, and, the needs of local communities. Over the last year, the unfolding events at Standing Rock highlighted the importance of discussing how burial sites are treated, what collaborative efforts can preserve and protect sacred sites and led to greater exchange with the public and local tribes.

As production gives way to post-, gearing up for the color and sound correction, festival submission fees, any and all donations are appreciated. Donations can be made by secure transaction through PayPal.

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Summer Delights – ‘Swirling, Whirling Energy, oil on paper, 2013.’

I’ve been in San Francisco for nearly 11 years, and still, I adjust to the chilly, foggy summers, and, delight when I have the chance to visit Bay area destinations with warmer weather! My skin warm, my spirit soars!

Today’s feature,’Swirling, Whirling Energy,’ was created in 2013, during one of those warm summer spells.

Enjoy the long holiday weekend!

New Projects Launching!

Admittedly, I have not been keeping my blog up-to-date over the last year and a half. The Good News is that my creative time was divided between exhibiting work at various places here in San Francisco and Bay Area, and, further developing the Spirit Doll Project.

Before I go on too long, trying the impossible of catching up on everything in one sitting, a quick posting from the latest releases this May from the Spirit Doll series –

Here is ‘Robin Girl, 2015,’ featured in the ‘Capturing Resilience’ exhibit at U.C. Berkeley’s Phoebe A. Heart Museum of Anthropology in a show bring together the work of four Coastal Native California artists in the museum’s remodeled entryway.

I was honored to be included with the next generation of California Native artists and to learn more about their experiences and common points where our paths meet.

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I’ll be sharing more about the Spirit Doll series and materials soon.

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