20 comments on “Garberville’s Visionary Artist Ron Machado

  1. First of all it turned out he got pepper sprayed and not burned. Second of all he hoards garbage and trespasses. There is nothing artistic about what this guy does. Whereas I agree Garberville has its issues, I don’t think it’s fair that the author badmouths Garberville to the extent that he does.

    Tell you what, if you like Machado so much, could you PLEASE come down and pack all his crap up and take him up to Eureka?

    • Someone in Garberville attacked Ron and hurt him. He didn’t “get peppersprayed,” someone attacked Ron and sprayed pepper-spray in his face. That is a serious crime.

      Art is in the eye of the beholder. I think Ron’s art is beautiful. I think that what he does is beautiful, and the beauty of Ron’s work lies in how it contrasts with the stifling oppressive ugliness of Downtown Garberville. It always delights me to see his latest work, and I find the fact that he continues to create art in the face of so much open hostility inspiring.

      I think that Ron has every right to claim and use objects discarded by others, and has the right to show his work in public. If Garberville landowners expect Ron, or me for that matter, to respect their property rights, those landowners damn well better respect Ron’s, as well as my, right to life, liberty, and self-expression. Now, if you want to change my opinion of Garberville, you can start by learning to treat poor people like human beings.

      • Yeah. I knew a guy in Mt. Shasta that made sculptures from his own feces, would set them on the window sill to dry. I guess the people that object to Ron’s art just see it as piles of junk. People said that about Mark di Suvero too. Maybe someday he will be regarded as a later day Helen Frankenthaler. He’s so underappreciated in the cultural ghetto of Southern Humboldt.

  2. I have nothing against Ron. He seems like a peaceful soul and I wish him no harm. I’ve also seen him and his “art” a number of times, and you calling it art doesn’t make it so. And you’ll notice, Eureka has what are called “art galleries” where art lovers have a choice to enter a particular gallery and view the art… or not. I would believe the art story if he took responsibility to dismantle the art (or junk) after displaying it, but he doesn’t. I also second the previous posters request that you bring Ron and his art up to Eureka, or even better to your home, where you can personally bath in Ron’s creative juices. You’ve certainly talked the talked — it’s time to walk the walk.

  3. Please, do not consider yourself a journalist. Your narrow sighted view of our vast community is appalling and Ron should feel embarrassed to be associated with this piece. Shame on you.

  4. The emotions your words brought concerning Ron Machado, his prolific art was strong felt. Created with common castaway objects and artistic genius, his masterpieces wasted on an ungrateful community. New to the area, working downtown, I see daily the elements of the local businesses waste receptacles strung together, tied with plastic newspaper bindings, a broken wire cart wrapped in-between, sitting in the middle of mainstreet. Business owners spotting their property, have to undo the wrapped up items so they can conduct business. The way you give review of the people of the town, and defend the workings of this vandal is using the power of words in an evil way. What a waste of a gift you are producing and polluting, such trash talking…

  5. John: I really hope I make it back in time for the meeting in SoHum you plan to attend. I’m not intimidated by your strong bias and your slander of our small town. I’m fairly positive that you throw salt because SoHum is pretty particular about whom they let into the community, and you’ve proven yourself quite unworthy with your strong emotional bias and your “holier than thou” attitude.

    Your negative portrayal of a community that you couldn’t thrive in, doesn’t paint any picture of the drastic economical changes that Southern Humboldt has hid to endure, nor does it illustrate the violent and abusive addicts that walk our streets.

    You’re fake. You’re judgemental. You’re just a nasty human, and I will gladly engage you in any forum.

    Enjoy your day.

    • Talk about judgemental! I tell the truth about SoHum, the truth you are too myopic to see, or maybe it’s the truth you are too guilty of to face. Either way, calling me names doesn’t change the facts.

  6. John.
    You paint Garberville as a pit of evil.
    You obviously dont spend much time here.
    I have a store in Garberville and I help people daily.
    Including Ron.
    You really dont know Ron.
    Yes. He can be very creative.
    He also drags garbage from cans and garbage from anywhere he can and creates thousands of pounds of trash every couple of weeks. Which he likes to leave in various parking places and in front of restaurants.
    That being said. I do care about Ron and many others do to.
    He chooses to use drugs.
    He chooses to live on the streets.
    You obviously have a grudge against Garberville.
    And you are right about the greed. But… there are alot of really awesome people here. Alot of people who give back.
    We are a community like any other.
    You sir are a terrible human being for slandering a whole town when you really dont know.
    Shanda Rial

    • Hi Shanda, I know your shop, and I shop there. I also know that the G,ville Chamber of Commerce voted John Casali “Man of the Year” for harassing and stealing from the homeless. I know that people in G,ville have committed many violent acts against the poor and homeless, including that attack on Ron. No one screams or gets upset when a local person beats an old man nearly to death. No one gets upset when vigilantes shoot homeless people with paintball guns, and no one from the Chamber of Commerce is going to ask the sheriff to go after the murderers who killed at least 4 people on SoHum marijuana farms last year. As long as the Chamber of Commerce ignores the needs of the people and instead chooses to treat violent criminals as local heroes, don’t expect me to say anything nice about G,ville.

  7. I have said it before and I’ll say it again, the things you write about our community is nothing but your opinion. why do you keep slandering us and talking all kinds of horrible things? Other than the fact that you could not fit in. We have hosted you more than once and you never mention that there are good people here. Not one positive side to any of your articles. You have created our unpleasant feelings towards you by slandering our townspeople and blanketing everyone as terrible people. ! It is nauseating! Why don’t you just leave us alone and go away. BTW I am not calling you names or being rude to you, why do you hate us so and say such terrible things?

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