Gualala Arts logo


Gualala Arts

Promoting public interest and participation in the arts since 1961.

Archive of past events: 2004 through 2014

Gualala Arts Lecture Series presents:
The Green Edge:
Adventures on the North Coast

with Paul McHugh
Monday, June 6, 2011, 7:00 p.m.
Admission is $5

Paul McHugh

After writing for twenty years on outdoor topics for the San Francisco Chronicle, Paul McHugh launched a forty-day odyssey, traveling by sea kayak from the Oregon border to San Francisco Bay. His Monday, June 6 talk entitled "The Green Edge - Adventures on the North Coast" begins at 7:00 p.m. It recounts that trip and will be illustrated with a slide show of the voyage.

Many who drive north on Highway 1 see little of the coast between Fort Bragg and Eureka, including the area around Cape Mendocino called the 'Lost Coast' because it is so remote. He will graphically relate the difficulties of rounding this and other promontories that feature treacherous currents, huge waves and hidden rocks. The trip took him past majestic cliffs and heavily forested bluffs with few safe harbors until the day he finally entered San Francisco Bay.

This account of his 400-mile journey will show the hidden coves, undiscovered charms and dangers of this pristine area from a sea-level perspective. It also includes visits to historic communities like Bodega Bay and harkens back to the nineteenth century when travelers routinely traveled to Point Arena and even Crescent City by boat along the wild coast.

Paul McHugh Paul McHugh

McHugh was born in the Florida Everglades amid a category three hurricane, which he claims launched him into a life of adventure with a certain amount of gusto. When he lived on the Mendocino coast between 1976 and 1982, he began a writing career that spanned thirty-two years, twenty-two at the Chronicle. He specialized in outdoor sports, resource use and environmental issues.

Here is an opportunity to see and appreciate the wildest parts of the coast from a perspective few have experienced. This author of three books, most recently Deadlines, a murder mystery set in San Francisco, will share insights on the environmental impact of the past and speculate on what the future holds. A $5 admission will be collected at the door.

Gualala Arts 50th anniversary logo

The Gualala Arts Center, located at 46501 Old State Highway in Gualala, CA,
is open weekdays 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., and weekends from noon to 4:00 p.m.
Please call (707) 884-1138 for more information, or email

Join us in celebrating the 50th Anniversary of Gualala Arts, 1961 - 2011

Serving the coastal communities of northern Sonoma & southern Mendocino Counties.