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Eureka's whimsical folk art.

Eureka's whimsical folk art When Eureka's carpenter-folk artist Romano Gabriel died in 1977, it was feared that his garden of colorful wooden sculptures would be dismantled. But long efforts by Eurekans Delores and Ray Vellutini, their son Vincent, and the Eureka Heritage Society helped save and restore the 300 carvings; thanks to funds raised from townspeople, they're on display in a protected outdoor niche in Old Town. It's worth a detour to see these painted carvings, designated by the California Arts Council as important folk art.

You'll see bright flowers, birds, carousel animals, and whirligigs, plus a gallery of lumberjacks, soccer players, astronauts, and historical figures. All carved by hand from fruit-box slats, they represent more than 30 years of effort by the Italian immigrant. Look for the display at 315 Second Street (between D and E streets); there's parking nearby.
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Title Annotation:Eureka artist Romano Gabriel's exhibition
Publication:Sunset
Date:Aug 1, 1985
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