April 17, 2009

Claudia Chapline Gallery is open Saturday and Sunday 12-5 and by appointment 415-868-2308 

Fred Blackman, Mixed Media on paper from the 1960’s

exhibition dates: July 11 – September 7

Fred Blackman was an abstract expressionist who died in mid-career.  His work is in the collection of the Legion of Honor in San Francisco.  After early success with printmaking, he worked with oil, oil pastels, pastels and ink on board ro achieve simplified, personal imagery with line and color.


Claudia Chapline acquired this rare collectio from Hank Baum Gallery when the dealer retired I 1995.  The works on exhibition are evocative of 1960s artists Altoon and Gorky.  The play of line and shapes of color express an exuberance and the spirit of the artist’s time. 

Coming event:  

Friday, August 21, 2009     5:30 p.m.

West Marin Review  Reading

Woodacre resident Albert Flynn DeSilver, named Marin County’s first Poet Laureate in 2008, reads excerpts from volume 2, West Marin Review and introduces the “Poetry Chair” created in collaboration with fellow West Marin artist Todd Pickering . Visit: http://www.marinpoetrychair.org/index.html


 Exhibition Dates: June 6 – June 28, 2009

Americana paintings by Jon Frances

Opening Reception: June 6, 5 – 7 p.m.

Iconic views of cars and trucks, Airstream trailers,  California bungalows, movie and motel facades by Stinson Beach artist Jon Francis.  Nostalgic images bathed in the glow of the golden hour strike a chord in in the heart of Americana.


Stopped For Awhile


East/West Fusion:  April 5 – May 25, 2009 

Opening Reception April 5, 3 – 5 pm

Harold Schwarm and Janette MacKinlay

Two artists whose contemporary art works use forms and materials familiar in Asian art show at Claudia Chapline Gallery.


Janette MacKinley's organic assemblages and Harold Schwarm's scroll paintings.


Art on the Farm:  March 8 – March 29, 2009

A group exhibition of 45 plein air painting of West Marin ranches and farms.


“Pastural”  Julia Ross, Water Color


Color 4 showing paintings by Claudia Chapline, Etta Deikman, Paul Redaelli, and Harold Schwarm

Through March 1, 2009


Paul Redaelli, Sacred, Mixed Media on Paper


ART NEWS for July-August 2008

Check out the new Sofia Harrison glass/word mosaics in the gallery window.


I am President of the Board of Directors of Art at the Cheese Factory, an exciting new non-profit venue for showing art in Marin County.  www.artatthecheesefactory.org


The gallery has a large collection of Paul Redaelli’s color field paintings on rag paper and board in sizes 26×40, 22×26, and 16×20.  $400 – $800 unframed.


July 6-Sept 2:  Waves, Michael Knowlton and Nancy Stein

Two West Marin artists show contrasting approaches to the same subject – waves.  Michael Knowlton, Stinson Beach artist and surfer, paints large oils on canvas with brilliantly colored images from the insides of the waves.  

Michael Knowlton


Point Reyes Station artist Nancy Stein walks the beach.  She creates elegant pastels and etchings from her views of the waves crashing against the beaches of West Marin.

Nancy Stein

Nancy Stein says “What I seek in painting waves is something that the human being knows but the camera lens misses.  It has something to do with movement and the sheer brevity of the form. Walking by the sea will transform a bad mood.  We delight in the million shades of gray – the wave, a shape shifter silvered with olive and lavender – a flash of white in a night ocean.  At the same time we feel the ocean’s fierceness and know that the sea has it’s own imperatives which remain a mystery.  In some way, the wave is our kin, riding it’s brief individuality out in a great ocean that is very close to the fluid in our veins.”

Michael Knowlton is a versatile artist whose paintings document the interests and issues of time and place.  The exhibition of wave paintings is one aspect of a large body of mature work.  He recently showed his satiric anti-war paintings at Zero One Gallery in Los Angeles.

The artists will be present at a reception open to the public on July 12 from 5 to 7 P.M.


The Bryn Craig exhibition of oil and watercolor paintings is on display at my gallery, 3445 Shoreline Highway, through June 29, 2008.  These beautiful paintings have been compared to Hopper in their use of contrasting light and dark interior and exterior views of Marin.  Point Reyes Series, Shell Beach is an oil on canvas, 24 x 36 inches.


Look closely and you will see the two figures on the beach, a typical Craig device.

oil on canvas

L Ranch, oil on canvas



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