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Posted on: October 10, 2022

“Intersections” Opens at Third Street Gallery

2022 Intersections

The City of Moscow and the Moscow Arts Commission invite the public to attend the opening of Intersections, an exhibition of new work by John Larkin and David Herbold, at the Third Street Gallery from 4 - 6 p.m. on Thursday, October 20.

Larkin and Herbold’s work will be available to view on the 2nd floor of the Third Street Gallery inside Moscow City Hall, as well as in The Box Gallery on the 1st floor. The artist reception, which coincides with Moscow’s 3rd Thursday Artwalk, will also feature refreshments by Moscow Brewing Company and the Moscow Food Co-op, live music by Allison and Janet Anders, and a special presentation of UI Art + Design student paintings on the 3rd floor of the gallery. 

The exhibition will be available for public viewing from October 20, 2022 – January 6, 2023. Third Street Gallery is located inside Moscow City Hall at 206 E. Third St. and is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, excluding federal holidays. 

About John Larkin
I was born the fourth of six boys in Zaragoza, Spain in 1960, and lived in Europe and Asia as a child, graduating from Kubasaki High School in Okinawa, Japan. Go Dragons! I got a degree in sculpture from the University of Idaho in 1984 and worked as a freelance industrial designer specializing in bicycle helmet design until retiring recently. Since then I have been keeping busy building a studio, traveling, making knives, sculptures, and paintings. I live in Moscow with my wife, Melissa Rockwood.

I am “red-green” color blind. As a result, all tortoiseshell-colored cats look green to me. Now, I have been informed that cats are not green, but they are most certainly 100% green to me! Cat Green. Knowing this makes me wonder what kind of odd colors I'm using in my paintings which in turn opens up the question of art and perception.

Looking at art, we have the rare opportunity to see through another person’s eyes. In that way it can act as a bridge between people. When we experience the world as seen by another human it helps us understand each other.

There are so many beautiful things to see in the world; a band of sunlight on a wooden floor, a stand of rustling aspen trees, cloud shadows moving over a hill. I take photos, but they rarely capture the sense of wonder I feel.

So for me, making art is an attempt to express the essence of that beauty. “Style” follows without thinking, because I see the world in my own unique way, green cats and all.

About David Herbold
I was introduced to art at a young age. The first gift I can remember buying for my parents was a ceramic vase from a potter’s studio up the street from the house where I grew up. I was very lucky to have supportive parents and public schooling that always had thriving arts programs. In high school, I had a dedicated ceramics course with an amazing teacher (thanks Cindy Irby). My first job at 14 was working at a handmade tile factory. I graduated from high school and was off to Bozeman, MT, (where I was born) to attend Montana State I was already set on pursuing art for my undergraduate degree. I learned valuable lessons from my mentor Michael Peed about making narrative ceramic work and how to approach and maintain making art as a life pursuit. I have been very fortunate to have lived in Germany for two years of my youth and studied art in Italy for a year in college. Since graduating with a BFA from Montana State in 2000 I hopped around quite a bit but have always maintained a studio practice and a bushel of other jobs. In 2008 I moved to Moscow to attend the University of Idaho to pursue an MFA in Studio Arts. I received my MFA in 2011, married my wonderful wife the day before graduation and we started our life together. We continue to live in Moscow with our 2 sons and pets.

I love making things. I also love collecting materials and objects. I am not sure what happens first: an idea for a piece or the idea to make use of materials I have collected. It is always easier for me to start from something and change it. I enjoy working in diverse media and mediums but clay is my comfort blanket. I continue to use clay, but I have been spending an increasing amount of time in my studio with found materials and functional objects.

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