Artist Spotlight - Jan Lainoff

Fluid Stroll   7x11 acrylic   $200
Pre-virus: Life is a straight forward line with complications few.
It’s only the occasional mild distraction that walks our imagination forward. 

Boundaries   10x10 mixed media   $200
Covid-19 birthed boundaries, constraints, shelter-in-place isolation 
and prayer-like precautions to ward off the unknown disease & contagious fear. 


"As an artist, I’m split:  I love words. I love art. I love reading.

Growing up in a Kentucky family of two boys & two girls, I was the oldest daughter.
The family ‘Artist’ was the youngest daughter. Me, well, I was 'The Mouth.' Sometimes ‘Big’ preceded ‘Mouth.' Affectionately, most days.

In high school, I became a speech student, careening between Debate & Oral Interpretation. Somewhere along the way, I fell in love with voices and the power of words. Speech Student became Speech-Language Pathologist, where I commenced with purpose & passion. I could give voice to the non-verbal, whether it be sign language, picture systems, dedicated speech devices or today’s talking computers. The art my sister taught me, I used as a tool for self-expression, a bridge into the speaking world.

Then came retirement:  I love words. I love art. I love reading.

So… I paint. My canvases tell a story. Read what you will into them."

Procession   20x16 mixed media   $300
Mandated social distancing is amended into ‘physical' distancing 
as we rediscover WE NEED EACH OTHER in our fluid stroll. 
Our commute becomes a decreed six feet of separation or six feet under. 

Scarlet Horizon  11x16 acrylic   $200
Death mocks newspaper headlines. 
 The slot machine numbers become our shared horizon. 
‘How to’ 1,2,3,4: avoid, sidestep, dodge, escape... 
the promised... more deadly…. second wave?

Waiting for Godot   21x25 mixed media   $400
Life transmogrifies into a meme/silhouette, an existential waiting 
for the arrival of the elusive, the invisible... that’s already among us.

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Artist Spotlight - Pam McCauley

Detachment  -  20x20 acrylic and collage on wood panel  $550

"My memories of painting start at a young age. My mother was a painter so it was always a part of my life. I remember my parents dragging my sister and myself to art exhibits all over the Los Angeles area, particularly a Monet Exhibition. After graduating with a BA in fine art from Occidental College, I taught art in the Los Angeles Unified School system.

Releasing  - 12x15 acrylic and collage on wood panel  $200

I love the practice of painting. Moving and placing paint on a surface gives me a freedom beyond our earthly limits. Over the last 2 years abstract painting has become a passion and challenge. I like to translate emotions to the canvas using color, form, line and texture. For Abstractly Speaking, I have concentrated mostly on form and line, using collage and acrylic."

Sending Up A Prayer  - 12x12 acrylic and collage on wood panel  $150

Too Much  -  20x20 acrylic and collage on wood panel  $550

On The Loose  -  20x20 acrylic and collage on wood panel   $550

Learn more about Pam's work at pammccauley.com. Visit our YouTube channel to see our May/June virtual art show - Abstractly Speaking.

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Artist Spotlight: Susan Erickson

Birds of Paradise  24x18 mixed media  $375

"I am an artist without a cause - or an artist that causes and creates huge messes as I paint, collage, mark, distress, sand and glue paper on wood substrates. For many years, I’ve collected bins of paper with interesting words, images, patterns and color. Many of these “paper treasures” come from old books, magazines, and more to include pictures of animals, birds, flowers, words and alphabets. I find great pieces of paper in many interesting places including garbage cans, telephone poles, sides of buildings and even the street.

Garden Hideout  24x24 mixed media  $625

Graffiti Wipeout represents images that I see in Jack London Square, where I have my studio. Seeing many doors, windows, trash bins, and railroad cars marked up with graffiti influenced this piece. I like addition and subtraction of paper and paint, producing many layers of interesting mixed media.

Graffiti Wipeout   30x30 mixed media   $825

My family and I have lived in Lafayette for the last 38 years and I've been working for approximately 15 years on paper and wood. I’ve done encaustics, assemblage, printmaking, book arts and many other artistic adventures. I was part of the Lafayette Art Gallery for fifteen years and I'm currently a contributor to Valley Art Gallery in Walnut Creek and also the Moraga Art Gallery.

Being an artist always gives me something to think about and create. I’ve never been bored for lack of things to do. I tell my children that in my senior years, just give me a pair of scissors, glue and paper and I will be happy. I feel lucky to have all my family nearby and to have the opportunity and freedom to make art."

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Artist Spotlight: Pat Prosek

Crane VIII    24x30 Monoprint   $395
"Most of my work has an Asian influence and I attribute it to my mother's appreciation of Chinese art. She had a large collection of Asian pottery and I always remember the cranes, either in flight or in their posed stances. I think the curve of their neck is design perfection. I love the subjects of nature and the quiet tones of ancient Asian art. Of course, I deviate from this and lately have been using broad, bright colors."

Sundown    24x30 Monoprint   $395

"I have been drawing and painting since I was a child. I used to watch my mother design dresses and she always set me up to draw beside her. I'm also a printmaker and do etchings and monoprints. As a working artist, I show at the Moraga Gallery and Valley Art Gallery in Walnut Creek. I usually work in concert with several other artists at a studio, presently in Martinez. I was a founding member of the Lafayette Art Gallery (now defunct) and enjoyed many years there. Originally from Philadelphia, I've lived in Lafayette since the nineties."

Pat Prosek is a member of the California Society of Printmakers, LaMorinda Art Association, and the Foundation of Arts & Sciences in New Jersey. 

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Artist Spotlight: Carla W. Gelbaum

Wish You Were Here #1   30x40 Acrylic    $3000
"This painting showcases a joyful relationship between the past and present, manifesting a new reality that dares to be both nostalgic and full of enthusiasm for the future. It includes images of impossible encounters and of a setting that blends my dreams and memories. With the implication that a photo is being taken, this painting is a reflection both of my life and my wish that my loved ones, from the past and the present were here with me now."

First Bloom   18x24 Acrylic   $450

Third Bloom   18x24 Acrylic   $450

"The flowers in these paintings are a humanistic and optimistic response to the cold and cynical world we face today. They fill each canvas, bursting forth with the power of life and hope.



I have been painting with acrylics for about 15 years - however, I have always been a working artist. It is part and parcel of who I am!

I received a B.F.A in Design and a M.F.A. with distinction in Printmaking, at the California College of the Arts. Besides acrylics, I have used watercolor paints and made monotype prints.

Carla W. Gelbaum has lived in Moraga for the past 22 years. She is a member of the Lamorinda Arts Alliance and the Lamorinda Arts Council.


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Artist Spotlight: Jill Landau

To the Barn  24x30 Oil   $1100

"I have a connection to farms and barns and white houses, as my grandparents had a farm in upstate New York that my family went to as a child. This is about that experience - and also always about light and color."

Summer House   24x18 Oil    $700

"I have been painting most of my life or making art in one form or another; I taught for many years also. I have a BFA in painting, but I like printmaking too, and I have a press at my studio. I do not make my living as an artist, but it is an integral part of who I am and what I do. Originally from the East Coast, I have been in California for about 45 years and currently live in Walnut Creek."

Water Tower   18x22 Oil    $650

Jill Laudau is a member of the California Society of Printmakers.

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