Gallery News for December

December 11, 2015

The Winter Show at my gallery is a mix of holiday color, visual cookies, eye candy, solstice musings, mystical paintings, collage, assemblage, crows, large and small gifts that you won’t find anywhere else.

The gallery is open on weekends from Noon to 5 pm. During the week, it is best to call for an appointment: 415.868.2308.

The Sonoma/Marin Coast Guide, available here and online is an excellent resource for news and resources in the area

Holiday Collage

The Stinson Beach Gallery in my building  has a lovely show of small local landscape paintings.

Made Gallery across the street from my gallery has a great selection of  beautiful crafts by local and nationally known artisans.


Monterey Pine Poem

December 11, 2015

The California Quarterly is publishing my poem Monterey Pine in their Winter 2015 issue.

Monterey Pine


Riding the moon

seeds full to bursting

a tree with many arms

its leaves pluck stars

a poem rocking in the wind

these hundred years


In the morning

the wood butchers said

just a trim at the first cut

finding dangerous disease

attack another cut topped  

the kingfisher’s high diving perch

the night heron’s nest

fell to the ground

with a branch then another

and more until the pine tree’s

naked trunk stood

still in the sun

its life cut

the shade sawn off  

chopped as the wind swept

through the changed light

the day after they cut down the tree

its reflection in the water lost

in the silence of vanished


Fundraiser for ART Contemporary Marin

November 5, 2015

Join me at my gallery for a fundraising auction on November 22 for Art Contemporary Marin, a nonprofit presenting group exhibitions of contemporary art throughout Marin County by local and Bay Area Artists.

ART Contemporary Marin Fundraiser

November 22, 2015, 3-5pm

Stinson Beach, California 94970


For more information, visit their website.

Beyond Baroque in Venice, California

November 5, 2015

I am busy getting ready for my reading with Doreen Stock this Thursday at Beyond Baroque in Venice, California this Thursday. Beyond Baroque Flyer

Literary News for November

November 5, 2015

Literary News


Here is a haiku that I wrote some time ago that was just published in Mariposa 33, the journal of the Haiku Poets of Northern California.


moonlight in the rain 

my dream interrupted

Art Contemporary Marin Events in November

October 16, 2015

Art Contemporary Marin, a nonprofit charitable organization for encouraging and presenting contemporary art in Marin, will have a silent auction beginning on November 13 at my gallery followed by a live auction and fundraising party on November 22. We are half way to our goal of having 50 Marin artists donating work. This will be a beautiful showing of Marin creativity. Mark your calendars now for a beautiful evening of art, wine and food. For more information, visit their website.

Where to See Work by Claudia Chapline

October 16, 2015

Claudia Chapline Gallery

I have been cleaning up the storeroom after a year of neglect. If you like collage and assemblage, ask to see the storeroom, where I keep many of my paintings and have an ever-changing display of assemblage as things come and go to new homes. The other rooms of the gallery are showing my collection of California artists including the late Harold Schwarm and Italo Scanga in one room and my own work in the other. Some of my artist’s books can be seen at Sometimes Books in Point Reyes Station. You can see more of my paintings and objects at Abrams/Claghorn Gallery in Albany.

The gallery is open on weekends from Noon to 5 pm. During the week, it is best to call for an appointment: 415.868.2308.

The sculpture garden is filled with sculptures by John Bucklin, Phillip and Chad Glashoff, Guiseppe Palumbo, and Rebecca Aviva Schwartz. On the walls are some of my assemblages made from found objects.

Where Else to See My Work

Since 2005 I have created a large body of work made from plastic food containers. Gallery Route One is hosting the first solo exhibition of this series of works in their Project Space.


11101 Highway 1

Point Reyes Station, CA


Graveson & Morvitz: Drawings and Photos in a Different Light

Claudia Chapline, Eating Plastic, An installation

Diana Marto, Lighthouse


September 18 – October 25, 2015

Reception: Sunday, September 20 3-5 PM

Salon: Sunday, October 25, from 4-5 PM


Plein Air Show

Featuring: Pierre Bouret, Jon Francis, Michael Knowlton, Jenifer Prince and others

These canvases are fresh off the easel!! Local California coastal scenes by area artists. Come enjoy the show, buy a little art and then finish the day with a little down time at the beach.

Gallery Hours

Friday, Saturday, Sunday

Noon – 5 pm, Also by appointment

Contact Brita Dorst 415.994.0921

The Stinson Beach Gallery is located at: 3445 Shoreline Highway, Stinson Beach, CA 94970 (next to my gallery in the same building)

Moving Out of the Frame Update

October 16, 2015

Beyond Baroque FlyerMy newest book, Moving Out of the Frame will be featured in a two-person reading on November 5 at Beyond Baroque Literary Arts Center in Los Angeles.

Download a Beyond-Baroque-Flyer for all the details.

If you can’t make it to the Los Angeles event, you can, get your copy of Moving Out of the Frame from

My poem Moth will be published in Oh Sister, My Sister, an anthology of sisterhood, edited and published by Jyoti Wind, available at the end of this month for $14.95 plus $3 s/h, from or 2635 Mapleton Avenue #9, Boulder, CO 80304.


Clinging to the wood between the panes

slowly fanning her soft brown cape

the grand silk moth just wanted shade

no one had ever seen a moth this large here

one told one and then another one a crowd

gathered to watch in silence her breathing

wings each long as my middle finger

that night I dreamt of my sister

with her large eyes and brown hair

dead these many years before this

moth arrived to bless my window

with the silence of brown velvet breath

days later nothing where the moth had been

later still in her resting spot I saw a small

less than one inch in length

ghostly white moth with folded wings.

Making a Difference

October 16, 2015

Eating Plastic Environmental Art PieceMy Eating Plastic exhibition at Gallery Route One in Stinson Beach and the postcard I sent you last month to use for consumer, store and manufacturer awareness is having an effect. Because consumers are choosing compostable packaging, more local stores are starting to change their food packaging. Gallery Route One made a trailer for their website. I am the first nonmember of the gallery to have a YouTube trailer. It is 1.06 minutes. Here is the link.

Help Spread the Word about Wasteful Packaging

If you want to spread the word, here is some sample language to use when requesting that a manufacturer change to more environmentally friendly packaging (or pick up some ready-made postcards at the gallery).


I like your product ________________________________

But your packaging is toxic: harmful to humans and wildlife. Please redesign your packaging to be environmentally friendly. Meanwhile, I will be looking for similar products with safer packaging, such as cardboard and paper.



How Red Comma Editions Got Its Name

September 8, 2015

Claudia ChaplineYou may have been wondering where I got the name for my publishing company. Red Comma was one of the pseudonyms of my late husband, Harold Schwarm. He gave me Red Comma and I added Editions for publishing books on poetry and art.