Santa Cruz Good Times

Sunday
Apr 26th
Text size
  • Increase font size
  • Default font size
  • Decrease font size

In Recovery

AE_MarcYokoDaliLocal benefit held for artist Marc Gould
When a vacation in the Mt. Hamilton countryside ended tragically on Sunday, June 27 with a fire and three friends being airlifted to a trauma center for second- and third-degree burns, few people thought 57-year-old Aptos artist Marc Gould would never paint again, let alone survive.

Fortunately, after three skin grafting procedures for his arms and hands, and a great amount of pain medication, Marc left the hospital on July 13 and is undergoing physical therapy in Oakland.

Since the accident, the Santa Cruz art community has rallied behind him and organized a benefit art show in his honor to be held at The Mill Gallery on Aug. 6. At the exhibition, guests will hear live music, have the opportunity to purchase some of Marc’s art or other community artists’ works and participate in a raffle with prizes donated by local businesses. All proceeds will go to Marc’s recovery costs, hospital bills and living expenses.

“It’s going to be a celebration of Marc and the people who have been supportive of him,” says Noah, his 27-year-old son and fellow artist, who will curate the exhibition. “I think it has helped him to heal a lot, knowing that people are in his corner.”

The fire that put Marc, Noah, and their friend Glen Kimmel in critical condition erupted at a cabin on Sawtooth Road where Marc’s wife Kim Dowling, friend Gary Ruble, two other companions and them were staying for the weekend. The incident occurred when Marc mistook an unlabeled jug of lamp oil for a jug of water when making coffee on the stove. When the liquid steamed, Marc picked up the saucepan to pour and an explosion occurred, engulfing the kitchen, him and Kimmel. Noah’s second-degree burns were the result of putting out the flames on his father. Kimmel remains at the hospital in serious condition due to the third-degree burns on his legs, though friends believe he is on the mend.

Marc has made a name for himself since moving to Santa Cruz in 1975, with a signature artistic style that he calls “Shamandada,” which was inspired by the Dada movement that peaked in popularity around 1916 and mocked the futility of the modern world, as well as the metaphysical dealings of a Shaman.

“I do not have to make art that is fashionable or that goes with your couch,” says Marc. “I have the luxury of not having to work in any particular style or medium, to only create what I want to, not making statements about politics or the spiritual.”

While Marc’s family hopes that he will be well enough to attend the benefit, for now, they are taking his recovery one day at a time. “There will be some progress and some setbacks,” says Dowling, who is optimistic about her husband’s healing.

Nevertheless, Ruble, who has known Marc since the late ’70s through both artistic and construction endeavors, has no doubt that his friend will bounce back from this trauma with the same enthusiasm that used to take him to the top of mountains for the perfect photo opportunity. “He always has a smile on his face,” says Ruble. “And I think that’s why he’s had such miraculous improvement in the hospital.”


To learn how you can help the Gould family during this difficult time, visit Marc Gould’s blog at marcgould.blogspot.com, and/or stop by the Mill Gallery, 131 Front St., Santa Cruz, on Friday, Aug. 6 at 6 p.m. for the fundraiser and free exhibition. The artwork will remain on display through Aug. 15.

Comments (0)Add Comment

Write comment
smaller | bigger

busy
 

Share this on your social networks

Bookmark and Share

Share this

Bookmark and Share

 

We Can Rebuild You

A look back at how downtown Santa Cruz recovered from the 1989 earthquake

 

International Earth Day—Mother Earth Day

Every April 22, humanity celebrates International Mother Earth Day and Earth Day. As more than a billion people participate in Earth Day activities every year, Earth Day has become the world’s largest civic observance. The massive concern to build right relations between humanity and the living being we call Earth is evidence of humanity’s love of the Mother. In 2009, the United Nations General Assembly proclaimed April 22 International Mother Earth Day, with a significant resolution affirming “the interdependence existing among human beings, other living species (the kingdoms—mineral, plant, animal and human) and the planet itself, the Earth which we all inhabit.” The Earth is our home. Celebrating Earth Day helps us define new emerging processes (economic, social, political) focused on the well-being of the kingdoms. Through these, humanity seeks to raise the quality of life, foster equality and begin to establish right relations with the Earth. We dedicate ourselves to bringing forth balance and a relationship of harmony with all of nature. Learn about planting a billion trees (the Canopy Project); participate in 1.5 billion acts of green. Disassociation (toward Earth) is no longer viable. We lose our connection to life itself. Participation is viable—an anchor, refuge and service for all of life on Earth. Visit earthday.org; harmonywithnatureun.org; and un.org/en/events/motherearthday for more information. From Farmers Almanac, “On Earth Day, enjoy the tonic of fresh air, contact with the soil, companionship with nature! Go barefooted. Walk through woods, find wildflowers and green moss. Remain outside, no matter the weather!” Nature, Earth’s most balanced kingdom, heals us. The New Group of World Servers is preparing for the May 3 Wesak Buddha Taurus solar festival. We prepare through asking for and offering forgiveness. Forgiveness purifies and like nature, heals.

 

The New Tech Nexus

Community leaders in science and technology unite to form web-based networking program

 

Mission Critical

How reading Lisa Jensen’s reviews taught me to love film
Sign up for Good Times weekly newsletter
Get the latest news, events

RSS Feed Burner

 Subscribe in a reader

Latest Comments

 

Oral Fixations

Blown away by a Tuesday night dinner at Oswald

 

What would you like to see a TED talk about?

Hydrogen-gas cars that are coming this summer. Scott Oliver, Santa Cruz, Professor

 

Sarah’s Vineyard

Sarah’s Vineyard of Gilroy is known for crafting fine wines—and one of my all-time favorites is its Chardonnay. But this time, its Viognier has my vote.

 

Munch

East Coast meets West Coast in new meat lover’s paradise