Happy 2018 from Artlife Original! February 15 2018

It's already FEBRUARY! Hard to believe we are this far into 2018! Stephanie here...filling in as blog post person extraordinaire for Artlife Original Studio. It has been pretty quiet around the actual studio for the first month or so of the year, but our artists have still been busy creating, traveling and hustling. Read on to learn more...


Shawn Griggs-Redeye Laboratories, Artlife Original artist

Shawn Griggs started off the year right, doing an Artist Residency in Chacala, Mexico from January 20th-February 3rd. He was able to create art and teach some of the local children during several art classes during his time there! To see photos documenting Shawn's epic experience, check out his social media pages. You will be truly inspired!




In an ongoing partnership, Shawn also got to create another awesome label for Lost Coast Brewery! Their new "Revenant Red" IPA sports the signature Shawn Griggs skulls on this colorful new label. Check it out, and don't forget to pick up some Revenant Red, too!

Congratulations, Shawn!


Sonny Wong is....well, he's EVERYWHERE! Whether he is making music, sketching, doing graffiti art or posting new items in his Etsy store, Sonny is one busy man. He was recently part of a graffiti art group show at Piante Gallery in Eureka, CA, titled "Idle Hands". The event was held in conjunction with the monthly Arts Alive! event. Although the opening event has passed, you can get a taste of what went down here: 

Check the following links below for more details to get you some fine creations from this versatile artist!



Etsy store:

Here's to continued success & awesomeness, Sonny Wong!


Andrei Hedstrom-Andrei Hedstrom Studio, Artlife Original artist


When he isn't busy running his incredible company and being an awesome father and husand, Andrei is busy working on multiple projects here in the studio. Collaborating with Shawn Griggs, Andrei is working on a large piece that blends the unique and varying styles of both artists. Here's a quick peek from an Artlife Wednesday painting session just a few weeks ago:

While there are no set plans for the completed piece, both Andrei and Shawn are excited about seeing where the journey takes them. If you're local, feel free to stop by the studio to see the piece.

Andrei is known for his large paintings, without a doubt. But lately he has taken to smaller canvases for his individual work, focusing on one of his favorite things: the natural beauty of Humboldt County. There are 4 smaller pieces in the works currently, some of them painted plein air, or outdoors. Once they are completed they will be added to Andrei's website and social media, where they will be available for purchase. Keep your eyes open for these pieces, coming soon!

And now...for future news! Andrei is formulating some works for an upcoming show later this year. We are keeping it on the down low for the time being...just hoping to pique your curiosity! This show will bring some new elements to the table, in addition to the fine art paintings we've come to know and love from Andrei. If you can't wait until later this year to view his work, you can still see his pieces hanging in the Arcata-Eureka Airport until June, and at Tuya's Restaurant in Ferndale, California. Stay tuned!

Finally, we would like to give a shout out to Artlife Original family member Jess Aldeghi, whose work is currently hanging in Mind's Eye Manufactory and Coffee Lounge here in Ferndale. We were really excited to introduce Jess to Leah Daniels at Mind's Eye, and to see them connect to bring more beautiful art to Ferndale! You can purchase both original art and prints at Mind's Eye, or via Jess' website:

In the meantime, here are a few shots of Jess' work in Mind's Eye:


That does it for now. Be sure to follow all of our artists on social media, check out their websites and stores, and of course, support artists by purchasing their work! If you know if any local artists looking to connect here in Humboldt County, forward them to Stephanie at Help us grow the Artlife Original family. Until next time...make life your art, and your!