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.

Moving Out of the Frame – an update

September 6, 2015

Book Cover - Moving Out of the FrameSales of my memoir at Norfolk Press and my gallery are going well.

Get your copy of Moving Out of the Frame from

This memoir of my professional life was featured in the Marin Independent Journal on July 20.

Gallery Route One Solo Exhibition

September 4, 2015

Eating Plastic Environmental Art Piece

Where to See “Eating Plastic”

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


11101 Highway 1

Point Reyes Station, CA

September Exhibitions

  • 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

You Can Help Save the World

Pick up a free postcard at the gallery and help save the world from environmentally un-friendly packaging for the cost of a postage stamp.  Learn more

Eating Plastic

September 4, 2015

Eating Plastic Environmental Art Piece

Eating Plastic

Eating Plastic represents a dining room in which a manikin couple and their baby sit at a table eating plastic food. Their clothing is made from plastic fruit nets. Their food and the decorative collages on the walls are all made from plastic food containers. It is a colorful statement about a serious health problem.

The intention is to raise consciousness about the dangers of plastic food containers, not only for life in the ocean, but also for humans. Warmed plastic leaches into food and drinks and becomes part of our bodies. Plastic in the ocean is causing the death of birds and other sea life.

How You Can Spread the Word and Save the World

Visitors to the exhibition at Gallery Route One in Point Reyes can pick up free postcards to mail to stores and manufacturers to encourage them to use biodegradable packaging. The installation is both a caution and a confession about consumer choices. I have been using discarded materials for consciousness raising exhibitions for over 50 years. I was an Artist in Residence at Recology San Francisco, and the de Young Museum.

Help Save the World…Send a Postcard

Below is the copy for the free postcard to help spread the word. Feel free to copy this and give it to stores, mail it to manufacturers and give it to friends for their use in raising consciousness. If we stop buying toxic things and purchase things in biodegradable packaging, the message will eventually get through, just as it has been with plastic bags. Meanwhile enjoy your food in safe packaging and see how much better it tastes.


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.



Queen of Hearts

July 31, 2015

Queen of HeartsIn West Marin my own work can be seen this month in Gallery Route One’s Box Show and in Essential Summer at Sometimes Books in Point Reyes Station. 

 Queen of Hearts, is on display at Gallery Route One.

Art Contemporary Marin Special Event

July 31, 2015

Art Contemporary Marin PostcardArt Contemporary Marin, a nonprofit organization for encouraging and presenting contemporary art in Marin has exhibitions that are continuing in August at the Bay Model Visitors Center and the Mill Valley Community Center and on August 15 a special event in memory of Jim Boyce at the Marin French Cheese Company.

On the Radio

July 31, 2015

Book Cover - Moving Out of the FrameOn July 30, do tune in to KWMR-FM at 4 PM for Vickisa’s interview with me about my tenth book, Moving Out of the Frame, available from This memoir of my professional life was featured in the Marin Independent Journal on July 20.  

Joyful July

July 26, 2015

Book Publishing News

This is my second memoir and I am excited to share it with you.

Book Cover - Moving Out of the FrameMy new memoir, Moving Out of the Frame, published on June 23 by Norfolk Press in San Francisco, is doing well. The book covers my reflections on 50 years of  California arts history with entertaining and inspirational stories and many colorful illustrations of art installations. I gave readings in June in San Francisco, Stinson Beach and Point Reyes Station.

The books are available from Norfolk Press, Claudia Chapline Gallery, Point Reyes Books and Book Passage in Corte Madera. My poetry books and first memoir, Falling Up the Stairs are also available from

Claudia Chapline Gallery

The Gallery is located at: 3445 Shoreline Highway, Stinson Beach, CA 94970

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 assemblage made from found objects.

When visiting my gallery on weekends, please stop in to see the Stinson Beach Gallery. It is possibly the smallest and neatest little gallery in Marin.

Speaking in Dreams

Photographer Cheryl Maeder and abstract painter Julie B Montgomery work in different mediums but both use their expressive talents to tease memories and experience that hang just out of our conscious thought. Each, in their own voice, are expert guides, their work evoking a sense of calm and well being.

Across the street is made, a gallery of fine craft and two doors south is Emmeline Craig’s Blissful Gallery.

Other Art Venues

I donated a sculpture to Gallery Route One’s Box Show that will open on July 26. My artist’s books are showing at Sometimes Books in the same building. I am looking forward to installing the show I curated for Art Contemporary Marin at the Red Barn in Point Reyes National Seashore last March, with additional women artists who are working to raise consciousness through art for everyone to care for all the creatures who share the planet with us.

Art Contemporary Marin Postcard

I show my assemblage and paintings at Abrams/Claghorn Gallery in Albany. It is a beautiful space and they sold a painting of mine in their opening preview show of gallery artists. Robby Abrams, the owner, sent me this email below. He has a good staff and sense of display.

Robby says, “We are actively looking for functional artisans and makers to round out the gallery.

If anyone has any artist friends, colleagues, acquaintances etc please refer them to our email: or call us at 510-526-9558

Below is a sampling of what we are looking for, but we are open to viewing different work as well.

Elegant Functional Glass

  • Vases
  • Large Serving Platters
  • Whiskey/Tumbler Glasses
  • Wine Glasses

Beautifully crafted Functional Kitchen Wares:

  • Cutting Boards
  • Wooden Spoons/Servers (to toss salad, stir a pot)
  • Large salad bowls with matching Salad Serving Utensils
  • Large Serving Platters
  • Shallow Bread Bowls and Platters
  • Knife Block

Breaking News

The Sunday, July 12 edition of the Marin Independent Journal features an interview with me in the “Snapshot” section. Look for my photograph and my new book cover.

I will be interviewed live on KWMR-FM at 4pm on Thursday, July 30. Vickisa is the host of the show and we will discuss my two books. Hope you will tune in.

BTW – I didn’t send this in time to wish you a joyful Fourth of July, so I end this newsletter with a wish for a very happy month in July.


It’s a Book!

June 10, 2015

Book cover for Moving Out of the FrameMoving Out of the Frame, my second memoir, on 50 years of a creative life in modern dance, art performance, the feminist art movement, public art, international exhibitions, and her art galleries in Santa Monica, Sacramento and Stinson Beach.146 pages ISBN 978-1-60052-116-4 . 

Available from 

About Norfolk Press

Established in 2009, Norfolk Press is a book and art catalog publishing company in San Francisco with in house production services. 

Book Signings

June 23, 2015, 6-9 P.M. 

Norfolk Press, 398 11th Street, San Francisco, CA 94103, 415 / 813-1884

Publisher’s Tour with Presentations by Ray Tatar, Producing & Artistic Director of California Stage Company, Sacramento, CA and Shelly Willis, Executive Director, Sacramento Metropolitan Arts Commission, Reading & Book Signing by Claudia Chapline from her second memoir, Moving Out Of The

June 27, 2015, 3-5 P.M. Book Release Party

Claudia Chapline Gallery, 3445 Shoreline Highway, Stinson Beach, CA 415/868-2308.

Reading and Book Signing by Claudia Chapline for Moving Out Of The Frame with introduction by Charles Cunningham, Norfolk Press and Anya S. Behn, President of Pacific Rim Sculptors Group.

Claudia ChaplineAbout the Author: 

Dancer, choreographer, visual and performance artist, Claudia Chapline has been on the leading edge of California art for five decades. In 2006 she was a recipient of a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Northern California Women’s Caucus For Art. An archive of her performance art is housed in the Art Library of UCLA, where she taught dance and choreographed operas, including the West Coast premiere of the Stein-Thomson opera, The Mother Of Us All, on Susan B. Anthony. Her art has been exhibited in museums and galleries throughout the USA and in Latin America, Europe and Asia. Her art gallery in Stinson Beach was established in 1987 and continues to show Northern California artists.

Happy Spring

March 20, 2015

Gallery News

My gallery is a certified green business. I hope you are doing everything that you can to ease the effects of global warming.

The Vanishing, Pt. Reyes Barn Owl., Small

Image by Pamela Blotner,The Vanishing, Point Reyes Owl.

New Art News

The exhibition Connections, that I organized for Art Contemporary Marin opens next week with a preview program on KWMR Community Radio, March 12, 5-5:30 P.M. and public receptions at the Red Barn Gallery on Bear Valley Road in the Point Reyes National Seashore on March 13 and March 15 from 12 to 4 P.M. After March 15 the exhibition will be open by appointment only through June 30. 415./464-5125 or

The purpose of the exhibition is to encourage viewers to care for the habitats of all the living creatures who share the planet with us. Beautiful art in paintings, photographs, mixed media and artist’s books honor the birds, animals, plants, insects and sea life of coastal Marin. The noted environmental artists, members of WEAD (Women’s Environmental Artists Directory) are Pamela Blotner, Hagit Cohen, Mary Mountcastle Eubank, Deborah Kennedy, Marie-Luise Klotz, Jacqueline Mallegni, Zea Morvitz, Renee Owen, Judith Selby, Virginia Stearns and Patti Trimble. The exhibition is in conjunction with the Geography of Hope Literary Conference, Women and the Land, sponsored by Point Reyes Books, March 13-15.

Robby Abrams and Diana Claghorn have purchased the Albany Arts Gallery on Solano Avenue. They are remodeling and opening as the Abrams-Claghorn Gallery scheduled for April 11 from 3–8pm. My paintings and objects will be included in their preview show of artist who will be having solo shows in the future at their gallery of fine arts and crafts. I will send details and images when we know for sure the date and time of the opening.

Some of my box assemblage are included in an exhibition opening on Sunday, March 22 from 2-4 P.M. at Sometimes Books Gallery, at the Eubank Studio in Point Reyes Station. The gallery shows artist’s books and book related art. Below is my assemblage, Life Story.

Life Story Assemblage

Literary News

San Francisco Peace and Hope, an online journal founded in 2001 after 9/11 by artist and editor/publisher, Elizabeth Hack, has just come out with a first printed anthology. It is a journal of poetry and art and includes my poem “Ashes to Art” that I wrote in 2014 after the gallery fire of 2013. The book is available from the publisher,

The Haiku Society of America included one of my haiku in their 2014 Members’ Anthology:

night fishing
words splashing
in this spring rain

Claudia Chapline Gallery

Meanwhile, my gallery is showing selections from my collection of Northern California artists, my motion drawings and sculptures in the garden entrance to the gallery.

3445 Shoreline Highway, Stinson Beach, CA 94970

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


Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.