The Four Paths Art Studio, a creation of the AB334 enrollees and
staff of Humboldt County, announced their first art gallery
showing on March 1st, 2003.
While it was easy to identify homeless folks on the street who
suffered from a chronic mental illness, it was not easy to employ
them. Finding housing was easier than finding jobs. Out of
desperation and frustration, the creation of the Four Paths Art
Studio was developed.
Early on, the enrollee’s decided that they wanted to be their own
boss. They didn’t want to work for other people and run the risk
of displeasing them and getting fired. The enrollees wanted to
create things and sell their work. They wanted to do art. That
was the beginning of the Studio.
Thanks to the AB334 State Grant, Humboldt County Mental Health
was able to rent a storefront building to house the Art
Gallery/Studio in. The art that has evolved out of the studio is
The folks who are in the group have flourished as well. Many
people have gone from being homeless, on drugs or alcohol to
being housed, off drugs and alcohol and on appropriate
medications. They are now part of a group and culture that
surrounds them with support and hope.
Early on the staff and enrollee knew we would need help
developing the Gallery and Art Studio. Dottie Russle, a local
artist from Phillipsville has been driving up to Eureka on
Fridays to help us get our project off the ground. She has
donated many supplies and always is available with ideas and
encouragement. She was the glue that held all of us all together
those first couple months when we were wondering if our project
The next big piece to the puzzle fell into our laps when another
local artist, Jan Ramsey, who created the Art For Life Studio
offered to help us put the gallery together. In one day she
transformed our space from an empty dream room, into a beautiful
gallery full of art. Jan has been kind enough to loan us some of
her pieces for our gallery and has also given us many ideas about
how to display our work.
AB staff and enrollee would like to thank everyone who had a part
in the creation of this project. During this time of budget woes,
some things are working. Please come visit our galley.
The Four Paths Art Studio recognizes exceptional men and women
who have overcome extraordinary circumstances and challenges, and
experienced a turning point in their lives. There are many
artists represented in each month’s show. It is our hope that
viewing this artwork will help inspire others to follow their
Humboldt County Mental Health Services