Awaken the Artist Within, February, 2022

Erin Lee Gafill & Tom Birmingham
with The Sea Ranch Lodge, LyndonDesign Gallery, and KGUA radio

  • Observation | Interpretationall month, exhibition at the LyndonDesign Gallery
  • Community Paintouts Saturdays, 11 am at the Sea Ranch Lodge, with weekly guest artists
  • Wet Paint ReceptionsSaturdays, 4 pm in the Cafe at the Sea Ranch Lodge
  • Make & MendMondays , 4 pm, stitching socials in the Fire Place Lounge at the Lodge
  • Awaken the Artist Withinonline, Fridays, 9 am, explore creative practices with Erin and Tom on Peggy’s Place on KGUA
  • Awaken the Artist Withinin person – February 24 & 25, Creativity Workshop – Gualala Arts Center – (Information & Registration)
  • A Legacy in the Arts – Slideshow & Talk – February 25, 7 pm – Gualala Arts Center – $10
  • A Day of InspirationSaturday, February 26, 11 am – 6 pm at The Sea Ranch Lodge

Register to receive information about all these programs.

Each week of February you’ll receive a video prompt of the creativity activity in Peggy’s Place on Fridays, and an invitation to join the event on Zoom.

Registrants are automatically entered to win a weekly drawing for an original art piece by Erin or Tom!

The Artists –

Erin Lee Gafill, Big Sur

Erin’s month-long residency at The Sea Ranch Lodge focuses on a new body of work inspired by the Sonoma and Mendocino coast.

Her paintings were most recently featured in the summer exhibition at the Monterey Museum of Art in Color Duets – Kaffe Fassett |Erin Lee Gafill.

Work produced this February will be presented at the Morris Graves Museum of Art in Eureka, beginning June, 2022.

Tom Birmingham

Tom Birmingham, Big Sur

Along with his wife, Erin Lee Gafill, Tom has traveled the world painting, photographing, and writing.

Birmingham publishes works about creativity and inspiration through his small press – 26 LetterPress.

He is on the creative arts faculty at Rancho la Puerta in Tecate, Mexico. He is currently working on his memoir, Road Work.

Gage Opdenbrouw, Occidental

Born and raised in Northern California, Gage Opdenbrouw is an award winning painter, teacher, and woodworker, who until recent times, traveled frequently both to paint and to teach.

He now teaches online courses at Washington Studio School, in Washington DC, and Winslow Art Center, near Seattle.

He recently had a solo show at B Sakata Garo Gallery in Sacramento, and had two solo exhibitions in 2020, “Midsummer Sun in an Empty Room” at SHOH Gallery in Berkeley, and “Silent Music” at Washington Studio School, where he teaches regularly.

Paul Rickard, Arcata

A lover of California and the Great Northwest, Paul Rickard is an artist and songwriter from Humboldt County, California. His songs, original watercolor paintings, and sculptures draw from the natural beauty of the windswept, marine landscape. Rickard studied art briefly in New Zealand and wood sculpture in Indonesia, graduated from UC Berkeley, and served in the Peace Corps with his wife Nancy. Rickard is a career educator and currently serves on the faculty of Humboldt State University. He lives with his family on a hand-built homestead top of Fickle Hill in Arcata, California with wife Nancy and his yellow lab, Daisy. Paul and Nancy’s children are Heather, Hazel, and Oliver.

Kate Warthen, Marina

I consider myself a contemporary/abstract landscape painter – sometimes including architecture.

Oil paint is my primary medium because I find that it offers the most intense color experience due to its layering ability and inherent rich depth of color.

Watercolor, pastel, and graphite are also favorites because of their immediacy and short drying time. Most of my paintings are done on site/out doors, sometimes being completed in my studio in Marina, CA.

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