By Janine Volkmar
Special To The Press
Joe Garceau is the new musician in residence at the Westhaven Center for the Arts.
"Joe just seemed a natural, because he's so prolific," said Maria Bartlett. Bartlett is an advisory board member of the center and the organizer of the women's music nights and songwriting workshops at the center. It was her idea for the center to add a musician in residence since there has been an artist in residence for many years.
Garceau will open his songwriting process to the public on Thursdays from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., composing on the center's piano and his guitars.
To kick off his year's residence, Garceau will present a concert on Saturday, Feb. 16 at 7 p.m. Tim Breed will open
Admission is $10 general and $5 WCA members.
The center is located at 501 S. Westhaven Drive and is wheelchair accessible. Call 677-9493 for more information.
Garceau will also play in a concert at the end of his year's residence, featuring songs he writes at the center. He will also be holding songwriting workshops during the year.
A native of Wisconsin with still a trace of that accent, Garceau has lived in Humboldt County for 16 years. He's a familiar face at Mosgo's, the Beachcomber Cafe, and Trinidad's newest restaurant, the Lighthouse Grill.
"We so happy to have Joe here," said Debbie Dew, WCA's acting director. "I enjoy his energy and his creativity," she added.
Garceau and his wife Heather are active volunteers with the center, always helping with concerts whether it is setting out foods or setting up chairs. Their contributions have been invaluable to the all-volunteer organization.
Garceau himself acknowledges the positive energy at WCA. "It's pure inspiration here," he said. "I feel like this room has a great deal to do with that. This place is saturated with good vibes."
Westhaven Center features quality art shows, children's art workshops, musical events that include Third Friday Jazz, a monthly Humboldt Talent Showcase, classical concerts, and more, yoga, tai chi, and painting classes, Fourth Friday Flicks, a speaker's series, and an artist in residence, Howdy Emerson, who is there on Fridays from 1 to 4 p.m. The center's website is www.westhavencenter.org.