Upcoming Events

East of Nepenthe II by Erin Lee Gafill

Next up!

Saturday, December 28, Tom’s drawing workshop “I Can’t Draw and You Can Too,” returns to New Orleans, this time at Carmo, Julia Street, just a few doors from Ariodante Fine Art and Craft Gallery. The class is $60 and includes all materials.

Still running through December 28, “inside and outside” a show of my newest oil paintings at Ariodante Gallery, is on-going at 553 Julia Street, New Orleans.

Hours: Monday-Saturday 9:30 am to 4:00 pm, SUNDAY 9:30 am to 1:30pm.

Tom is the “Lagniappe” artist, with watercolors from our travels in Italy and elsewhere.

Call Laurie at (504) 524-3233 for more details.

In January, my show moves to the River Gallery in the Bluff View Art District, 400 East Second Street, Chattanooga, Tennessee.

Artist Reception 5:30 pm-7pm

Friday January 3, 2020

Show runs January 3-31.

Call Norman (423) 682-1287 for more details.

River Gallery

The River Gallery show opens Friday January 3 6pm-9pm, also featuring works by ceramicist Richard Aerni and pastel/oil painter Bill Suttles.

The show runs through the month of January.

May 7, 2020, I’ll be opening a new show at the Carmel Art Association with Mark Farina and Gerard Martin. It’s called “Still Life: Three Ways” and each of us will be offering a demo during that month.

May 14, 2020, my uncle Kaffe FASSETT and I open “Color Duet” at the Monterey Museum of Art – a two person show of the paintings we’ve created together during a decade of stolen weeks. Paintings, textiles, objects of art, studio, re-creation, pop up shop, this will be a blast! The show runs into August.

Past Events

Saturday June 22


at Carmel Art Association

“Abstracting from Nature” talk and interactive art activity with Erin Lee Gafill

Erin will be talking about her painting process, using examples of her current “The Art of Now” exhibition to demonstrate abstracting from nature.

A 30 minute talk will be followed by an interactive art-making activity.

Refreshments will be served.

For collectors and artists alike, this is a rare opportunity to gain insight into one artist’s creative process.


Carmel Art Association is located on Dolores between 5th and 6th in downtown Carmel.

Hours are 10-5 daily.

CAA’s website

June 8

Art Demo & Open House then join us for an Open House

Erin will be on hand to share all the old stories about Rita and Orson, Liz and Dick, Bill and Lolly, Henry Miller and his astrologer … and more

And then ….

The Art of Now

Art Reception

5pm to 7pm at the

Carmel Art Association

(Dolores between 5th and 6th in Carmel)

Erin presents new large scale abstracted landscapes and small light infused still life’s, never before shown. This new work expresses a simplified design and new palette, drawn from a year of regular contemplative practices – writing, walking, meditating, and painting.

Plus! Sunday June 9 join Erin for a plein aire paint out in Big Sur 10am-1pm – free for CAA Associate Members!

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The Art of Now at Esalen Institute – art making and consciousness

Sunday May 12 – Friday May 17 2019

What if you could connect with a sense of peace, power, and meaning just by taking ten minutes a day for creativity? What if this became a daily habit? There are profound benefits for every person in crafting work with your hands. It is not solely for professional artists to enjoy the deep pleasures of time spent in art-making practices. These practices bring us into the “now” and ground us in the present. They bring us into direct contact with color, play, and the natural world. They invite us to stop, focus, and respond in a personal, immediate, and joyful way.

In this workshop, we’ll use simple materials and techniques including sketch, watercolor, free writing, and torn paper design. We’ll pause, sit, and become grounded again and again in a space without fear, judgment, or anxiety. While learning key skills to record and interpret your environment, you’ll also learn to express what you see, what you think, and what you feel.

By week’s end you’ll have made artful pieces that bring you satisfaction and express your creative development, and you’ll feel the joy and serenity that come from making with your own hands. Your sketchbook will be full of paintings, writings, drawings, and notes that will inspire your return to daily life.

This creative immersion is designed for people of all skill levels and experience. Whether you are a working artist seeking to deepen your own practice, or a novice who has never picked up a paintbrush, in this workshop you’ll find a safe, creative space to experiment with new ideas.

Go to Esalen.org for workshop details, lodging information, and to register

Currently at Ventana – through November 24

Dream Time –

New Work by Erin Lee Gafill

East of Nepenthe II by Erin Lee Gafill East of Nepenthe II – 48″ x 48″

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