Tickets are available for the live-stream replay of “Bird of the Inner Eye,” the haunting chamber opera by Gina Leishman and Joan Schirle, presented by the Arcata Playhouse and Dell’Arte International. Based on the letters of American painter Morris Graves, this original work has had over 700 online views and is back by popular demand. Tickets are $20 and the link includes viewing NOW through Sept. 17, plus a playbill and libretto. Tickets on sale until Sept. 16. More information:



The development of Bird of the Inner Eye received funding from

OPERA America’s Opera Grants for Female Composers program,
supported by the Virginia B. Toulmin Foundation.


Additional Funding from 


Kash & Melissa Boodjeh • Monica & Frank Bumb

CAOS and FACE • Debi Cooper • Karen & Charles Davy
Lori Dengler & Tom Lisle • Julie Fulkerson • Chuck Gould

Humboldt Arts Council • Mary Louise Lowry
Keith & Mariel Morison • Bonnie Neely • Felicia Oldfather
Frank Onstine • Stephanie Perrett
Lewis & Lucy Quinby • Thompson H. Rogers

Carol & Les Scher • Dale Preston & Kay Sennott

Alexandra Stillman • Lynne & Bob Wells • Robert & Desirée Yarber 


Morris Graves Foundation

Eve Simon Foundation   

Wells Fund, Humboldt Area Foundation


Pat Bitton • Bob Doran • Lawrence Fong

Marcia Frederick • Stacy Houdek • Joyce Hough & Fred Neighbor

Laura Hussey • Marla Joy • Pam Mendelsohn • Claudia & Charlie Myers

Lou Litzky & Suzanne Simpson


These lists are as of August 20, 2021. We appreciate and thank donors
who have joined us since.


To make a donation to BOTIE, please make checks payable to 

Dell’Arte Inc/Bird of the Inner Eye and send to

Dell’Arte / Attn: Jo

PO Box 816, Blue Lake, CA 95525


For information on how to donate online, go to the  

Dell’Arte website and click Support or email

MG at The Lake 1965.jpeg

Morris Graves was like a totem

one came across in the Northwestern woods, 

mysterious and majestic,

followed by birds seen with him

and by him only.

--Merce Cunningham

Morris Graves in 1965 at “The Lake”