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.

January News

January 27, 2015


Inside I am showing my Motion Drawings from life and works on paper by Harold Schwarm and other artists from my collection. There is also casting of a portrait head of me by Harold Schwarm.

New in the garden are recycled metal and wood sculptures by Phillip Glashoff and stainless steel sculptures by his son, Chad Glashoff.

Phillip  Glashoff - Pigs Fly SculptureChad Glashoff sculptuer


The following haiku is one of two included in Robert Epstein’s “The Sacred in Contemporary Haiku”that was published last month. It is a 260 page book filled with beauty that is available from Amazon.

yoga practice 

viewing the Shiva moon 

from the lotus position

AIM Festival in Mill Valley

July 24, 2014

Artist video

The AIM Festival in Mill Valley on June 8 showed a 9.5 minute video “Mindscape,” featuring the art of four Marin artists: Claudia Chapline, assemblage; Stephanie Jucker, painting; Tom Killion, printmaking; and Christina La Sala, sculpture. The video team was Hana Dahl, Linh Huynh, Paula Venables and Hannah Yerington who conceived and produced the film. Here is the link.

Ashes to Art

July 24, 2014

After the gallery garden fire on December 7, 2013, I spent the next month taking care of the cleanup and repairs to the building. My daily practice of writing poetry was interrupted until late January when I wrote Ashes to Art which was published in San Francisco Peace and Hope’s summer 2014 Online Journal.

    After the fire my life changed

    debris cleared I am rain-washed

    infused with energy for repairs  

    enhancements to make order

    beauty in my life


    After the fire I grew taller stronger

    I can see clearly connect my thoughts

    appreciate all the gifts of space and time

    loving everyone who shares

    this greening field

Summer at the Gallery

July 24, 2014

The Claudia Chapline Gallery  will be open through from Noon to 5 through Labor Day. My very knowledgeable assistants will be on hand to assist you when I am away. Heidi Sandvoll is a West Marin Artist. She is primarily a painter doing expressionistic, figurative work that lend itself to a story telling narrative.  Even though painting is her main art form, she likes to explore many different materials creating sculptural and installation work. She has a broad knowledge of art and enjoys talking about it.  She would love to talk about the work we show at the gallery so come by for a visit with her on Sundays. Georgia Gibbs from Fairfax is an landscape abstractionist whose work emphasizes color relationships. She will be working on Saturdays through August.

Marco Fuoco’s cedar carved heads

The sculpture garden has a collection of five carved cedar sculptures by Marco Fuoco, a well-known sculptor and painter from Sacramento. (See photo) Inside the gallery you can see some of my water paintings and some of Harold Schwarm’s new folded paintings and a collection of Northern California art in all media.

When in Stinson Beach be sure to see the Stinson Beach Gallery with paintings by Stephen Martin, Made Contemporary Craft and the Blissful Gallery


July 24, 2014

    shaded bench

    covered with lichen

    scent of old roses   

    Frogpond, Vol 37:2

Merry May

May 16, 2014
Good News

Three of my poems were selected for forthcoming issues of the following literary journals:Frogpond, Mariposa and the Marin Poetry Center 2014 Anthology:

  • covered with lichen
  • scent of old roses


Cha Cha Assemblage piece by Claudia ChaplineMay 31-June 1, I will be at the Glashoff Sculpture Ranch, 5402 Williams Road in Fairfield 94534, showing my assemblage constructions and drawings by Harold Schwarm, from 12-5 P.M., and you are invited to the party.

The Party, with live entertainment, is free. There are 30 artists participating with Philipp and Chad Glashoff who will have their studios open.

Directions:  OFF HIGHWAY 80  (near Fairfield) Go North on Suisun Valley Rd for 5 miles, turn right on Williams Rd. Red Gates on the Left.

Print out this invitation to show at the gate.

Waterfall by Claudia Chapline

Meanwhile back home in Stinson Beach, my gallery is showing my water abstraction paintings among other things from my collection. Here is an image of the right half of a recently commissioned diptych of a waterfall.

Bird Watch Review

March 13, 2014
In the current issue of Frogpond, the Journal of the Haiku Society of America, Michelle Root-Bernstein wrote about Bird Watch:
 “In this first collection of haiku, remarkable for its evocation of the northern California sand spit and salt water estuary where the writer-artist makes her home, over 150 poems take us through the four seasons on land and sea, in mind and heart.” Harvest moon / noctiluca swimming / my own light forgotten.”

Old Song Book On Display

March 12, 2014
Wood Assemblage“Old Song Book,” a wood assemblage, will be on display at Sometimes Books in Point Reyes Station, March 1 through June 1.


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