Opening Reception – 4 pm, Saturday, September 10th
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Exhibition Schedule

Show Description

Erin Lee Gafill’s fascination with the atmospheric light and color of the California Coast is explored here in work that draws from observation, but ultimately relies on a kind of intuitive sense and ecstatic expression. Thin layers of monochrome paint dissolve one over another in some tonal pieces, while others retain exuberant technicolor drips conveying process and discovery.
Wall-sized canvases were created during a winter residency in Gualala and at The Sea Ranch in February, 2022.

Artist’s Bio

A fifth generation California artist, Erin is the recipient of the Jennifer Hill Prize from the Carmel Plein Air Festival, and has been named Best Local Artist three times by the Monterey County Weekly. In 2001, she was honored as the first American artist-in-residence at the Hamada International Children’s Museum of Art in Hamada, Japan. In 2008, she was named Champion of the Arts by the Arts Council for Monterey.
She is the founder of the nonprofit arts education organization,The Big Sur Arts Initiative, creating award-winning programming serving the Big Sur Coast and garnering recognition from the Turner Foundation, the Packard Foundation, First Night Monterey and the Arts Council for Monterey County. She is a founding member of the Monterey Bay Plein Air Painters Association (MBPAPA), and an artist member of the Carmel Art Association.
In 2021, her still life painting was featured in the Monterey Museum of Art’s summer exhibition “Color Duets – Kaffe Fassett and Erin Lee Gafill”. Erin is the author of two books, Drinking from a Cold Spring, A Little Book of Hope and Color Duets.


Saturday, September 10

1 – 3 pm – Painting Demo – Attacking the oversized canvas – Erin Lee Gafill
4 – 6 pm – Opening Reception, meet the artists (Lindy Novack, pouring Spottswoode Wines)

Saturday, September 24

noon – Gallery Talk with Erin

Workshop Description (return to top)

Two-day Creative Immersion at NimbusArts, 649 Main Street, St Helena – registration – $350 + $50 materials fee
September 22 & 23 – 10 to 4 – Register Now

Tapping the Source – During this jam-packed, two-day workshop you will explore a variety of mediums and techniques to find entry into creative expression. Together we will explore elements of design including line, proportion, texture, value, contrast, color, and more. Whether you are a seasoned professional in the arts, or you’ve never picked up a paintbrush, these two days will awaken your artist within and help you to make peace with your inner critic.
While this workshop will use and demonstrate a variety of techniques, its primary intention is to help you to find your own creative voice and break down blocks that inhibit a personal creative practice. If you have any questions, feel free to contact Erin or Tom – – 
The only thing you need for this workshop is a desire to find your own creative expression. For those who already have a creative practice, this workshop offers a jumpstart of inspiration and possibly a new path forward. If you have never found a way into the creative arts, but you’ve always wanted to try, this is a great place to start.
Provided Supplies – We provide all essential materials including acrylic paints, watercolors, paint brushes, fast writing pens, collage materials, sketchbook and painting surfaces – basically everything you need to participate fully in each exercise. Feel free to bring your favorite pens, brushes, or other artmaking supplies.