Summer Musings 2020

Day at the Beach by Ruth Stanton

Summer Musings 2020
Tuesday, July 7 through Saturday, August 22


Due to the current climate of unrest and uncertainty that we are all experiencing right now, the Lamorinda Arts Alliance thought it was appropriate to name their summer member show using the word "musing." 

Musing is a period of reflection or thought that can include a variety of emotions from happy to sad to nostalgic. This show has some serious work and some light-hearted and fun “musings,” like a look back at a wonderful vacation. Some pieces might be about looking forward to better times ahead with feelings about current events.

Please note our open hours on the right; masks and social distancing required.

Saturday, July 11th - Opening Reception 
For artists and their guests 
This is a "soft" opening with no music or refreshments 

Saturday, August 22nd - Closing Reception 
Open to the public with refreshments and live music 
(pandemic guidelines for gatherings TBD)

Artist Spotlight: Roberta Welburn-Milstead

Roberta Welburn Milstead
Unleashed A  16x16 collage  $360
 

"I grew up in Boston, a city that had its own unique historical identity. It was during those early educational years that I learned New England was also rich in another significant way… literature. 

In fact, it was my appreciation of the writers in the 18th and 19th centuries (Thoreau, Dickinson, Emerson and Alcott) that I learned to value the ponderings of solitude, nature and identity. This intrigue may have shaped the essence of my journaling, a discipline I do almost daily.

Roberta Welburn Milstead
Unleashed B   16x16 collage  $360

As a child, I loved the endless colors of a rainbow… most colors with unique names could be found in a box of Crayola crayons. My first memory of distinguishing color and their related families could be attributed to my grandfather. 

It was not until years (and 3 children) later that I went back to school. I attended Moore College of Art in Philadelphia, where I developed a passion for photography, and soon graphic design would follow. The darkroom held a mystique that I loved. The technical education was challenging, but the gratification that followed was surreal...inviting me to experiment even further. 

Roberta Welburn Milstead
Unleashed C  16x16 collage  $360

It became clear to me photography and graphic design could easily become allies. I transitioned to the Bay Area over 6 years ago and during this time, my work also transitioned. I scratched and explored a new body of work. My influences often include words and text, which could be social or political. Most often the elements I respond to are often hidden within the layers of the piece. 

Like most artists, I’m still excavating." 

Click here to learn more about Roberta's work.

Roberta Welburn Milstead
Unleashed D  16x16 collage  $360


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Artist Spotlight: Lynn Glenn

Lynn Glenn
Rain in Winter  36x36 mixed media  $1600 

"After my youngest child started kindergarten, I finally had the time to take my first art class, along with 100 other people in the park in Northridge, California. I just loved the class. I made a life changing decision. I would return to college and add an art major to my BS degree in education. I decided art was something I just loved doing. I could use my teaching skills imparting that love to others. At the same time, my husband also made a life changing decision - to accept a 6-year job offer in Lausanne, Switzerland. Off our family of four went to a new life.

Lynn Glenn
The Blue Collection   36x36 mixed media  $1600


In Switzerland, the Ecole des Beaux Arts is THE place to study art. It is the College of Fine Arts. The one requirement I could not meet regarded age. At the age of 32, I was too old, unless I was able to find professors who would agree to have me as an “eleve libre” (part-time student).

Lynn Glenn
Heirlooms   36x36 mixed media   $1600


I was determined to become a student there and take the art lessons I craved. After learning to speak French, taking classes to prepare a credible portfolio, interviewing in French, I was accepted and found professors willing to have me in their classes. 

Lynn Glenn
Ancient Treasure  36x36 mixed media   $1600

In addition to drawing and painting, I spent 6 years walking through old cities in Europe, visiting the art museums, seeing extraordinary art exhibits and absorbing the new cultures, history and colors surrounding me.

All the above informs my art. I was most attracted by the colors and textures. They are present in most of my work. I continue my art journey - studying mixed media and abstract art, and working solo in my studio."

Click here to learn more about Lynn's work.

Lynn Glenn
Excavated Treasure    36x36 mixed media  $1600


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Artist Spotlight: Dee Tivenan

 Blue Tulips  30x40 Mixed Media on Panel    $1500



"The five of us are in a critique group. We met through classes and shows and have been friends for a number of years. We have been able to watch our art change and grow. We are happy to support Fro, who is creative and works so hard.

In Flight   30x40 Mixed Media    $1500


I was born in Detroit, Michigan and was raised in Highland Park, Illinois. My mother was a housewife, volunteer and someone who was always making things. She made clay sculptures, needlepoint pillows and sewed clothes and costumes. My father was in advertising. I remember sitting around the dinner table making up advertising jingles and slogans for his clients. Even though none were ever used, it was creative and fun. My sister was a dancer. She knew this is what she wanted to do by age 2 and a half. She continued to dance until she was 50. Then there was me. My mother called me 'doodlebug' probably because I was doodling on everything. When we were growing up, people said 'Janet is a dancer - what does Dee do?' For lack of something concrete, my dad said, 'She’s diversified.' It stuck.

Meditation   30x40 Mixed Media   $1500


I was the kid who was too afraid to take an art class in high school because I didn’t know how to draw. I did lots of other things (social, sports and doodling), but secretly admired those who painted.

When I went to college, I majored in Special Education. I always had an affinity for working with children and people, and to be completely honest, I didn’t want to work twelve months a year. I fell in love with ceramics and the potter’s wheel in college and also dabbled in watercolors.

Moving Still Life   53x6 mixed media  $4800


When I graduated, I moved to Washington state to live by the mountains and ocean. I also continued pottery. My first special education job was with severely disabled adults who had spent most of their lives lying on institutions floors. But a law requiring compulsory education had passed and being young, and beginning to drink coffee, I immersed myself in the job along with other recent graduates. We helped toilet train, teach very basic sign language and developed relationships with these young adults. Two experiences there really affected me. I realized that anyone can learn, no matter how severely disabled, and that play is very important. I have always viewed myself as a bit silly and have learned to laugh at myself. I wrote a curriculum to teach profoundly disabled adults to play and began using it as well as teaching other teachers.

Transparency  48x36 Acrylic   $2160


After 5 years in Washington, I realized I wanted to go back to school. I moved to San Francisco and started a doctoral program in Educational Psychology and Counseling and studied to get my Marriage, Family Therapist License. Continuing my interest in play, I wrote my dissertation on the difference between adult play and work. Six long years later I finished both. I did not have much play or creative time during those years.

Fast forward. I’ve been in private practice as a psychotherapist for over 35 years. I love the work and the people. It has been a perfect fit for me. Over the years, I dabbled some in creative outlets, but most of my time outside of work was raising my daughter and going to school and sports events. 

When I was 59, my father died. My sister in New York and I both started painting. The funny thing was we never talked to each other about it. I started taking classes and fell in love with everything about painting. Now it’s part of my daily life on an emotional and social level. I have also enjoyed the learning process that classes and experimentation bring. However, it was just this year (close to 10 years later) that I discovered how similar painting is to practicing psychotherapy. They both require creativity (thinking outside of the box), mindfulness, patience, rational self-talk vs catastrophic self-talk, being aware of feelings, community, letting go of outcomes and play. For the first time in my life, I feel I’ve integrated these two interests. I feel very lucky.

My style of painting is abstract expression. I hope the paintings evoke some thoughts or feelings for you. Even though my paintings are personal expressions, sharing the work is a privilege."

Click here to learn more about Dee's art.

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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.

Click here to learn more about Jan's work.

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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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Artist Spotlight: Judy Miller

Through the Cracks  32x24 assemblage on canvas  $675
"I love to explore the things we keep, save and what they mean to us. Through the Cracks is one in a series of these explorations. My first love is sculpture, most often using clay. I also paint with acrylics, usually with texture involved, and I also use found objects to create a variety of mixed media pieces.

Liberty  bronze sculpture   $2500

Liberty and Justice was originally created in clay after 9/11, when I felt that the Statue of Liberty needed to sit down and drop her torch.

In 2018, I felt the need to make a mold of this piece and cast her in bronze.

When the newspapers became filled with suggestions that we need to build walls around our country, I felt this image would represent what so many of us felt.







Somewhere Out There   48x36 acrylic  $650

Somewhere Out There is a painting with texture that gives the feel of opening up and letting go, but also has a feel for the sky and vastness."



Judy Miller has lived in the East Bay for 47 years. As a working artist, she has exhibited and sold her work for the last 30 years. She's also a retired Occupational Therapist, using art activities as part of her job.

Judy is a member of the Association of Clay and Glass, Lamorinda Arts Alliance, Moraga Art Gallery, National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts, and ACCI Gallery in Berkeley.





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Artist Spotlight: Judy Feins

River Light - 24x36 oil   $1800

"I‘m fascinated by all that I see in the natural world. My passion for portraying that beauty is the force behind my paintings. The fleeting drama of weather and atmosphere creates an unending joyful challenge.

I paint to celebrate the qualities of shifting light, long vistas of space that evoke possibility and freedom, and the brilliant tranquility of light on water. I love the cool clarity and luminosity of northern California and it’s mysterious transformative fog.

I enjoy studying and painting the layered complexities of visual phenomena, like rocks submerged in water, seen through a surface reflection of the sky, and abstracted by ripples or wind.

It’s also exciting to explore and paint the personalities of different geographical areas, and capture remnants of California’s history and culture, its coastal villages, small family farms and ranches."

Yuba River - 24x36 oil   $1800

"Both of these paintings are portraits of beautiful rivers - the Mokelumne and the Yuba. I love rivers; the movement and colors, and the free feeling of the water interacting with rocks, and the contours of the land. It has a dancing joyful feeling, always changing, mesmerizing. I love watching light sparkle on the surface and illuminate the depths. The Yuba has an extraordinary green color lit with gold. The reflection of the sunlit rocks, sky and trees make a kaleidoscope of patterns on the ripples.

I’ve been painting and drawing all of my life, but have been able to devote myself completely to it for the last 20 years. Art is a profession but also a calling for me- something that makes me feel alive in a way that is different from everything else.

More of my work can be seen on my website, as well as at Valley Art Gallery in Walnut Creek and ACCI Gallery in Berkeley. I also have solo shows in other venues - this August through November, I will have a solo exhibit at the Walnut Creek City Hall Gallery Space."


To purchase any of the artwork shown, click here to submit payment online via PayPal. Include the artist's name and title of the art in the note field. We will confirm a "no-contact" porch pickup appointment with you via email.

Artist spotlight: Danguole Rita Kuolas

Untitled - 24x18" woodblock print  $400

"From the first time that I carved a linoleum block at the age of 12, I have been a printmaker. Printmaking has been the medium in which I found my artistic voice. That voice was further amplified when I began familiarizing myself with the strong printmaking traditions of the country of my heritage, Lithuania.

My imagery comes from within. Unplanned, unexpected, evolving from one line, to a series of marks, to a shape, each step a constant surprise to me. Each plate or block causes a reaction that fuels the need to create the next. Whether etching copper, carving a wood block, assembling a collaged plate or incorporating digital media, I am fascinated by the technical and the physical aspects of creating an image. 

And that moment of lifting the paper off of the plate after running it through the press and seeing the resulting image still causes amazement. When the print is being viewed I smile at the thought that no one knows the secrets of creation that hide beneath the surface."

Festival - 18x24" woodblock print $400

"I have a BFA in printmaking and have been living in Lafayette for the last three years. I work every day in my fully-equipped studio and teach occasional workshops. I also make handmade paper and create artists’ books... art is my calling."

Beyond the Fence - 24x30" woodblock print  $300

Danguole is a member of the California Society of Printmakers, The Boston Printmakers, the Moraga Gallery and the Lamorinda Arts Alliance.


To purchase any of the artwork shown, click here to submit payment online via PayPal. Include the artist's name and title of the art in the note field. We will confirm a "no-contact" porch pickup appointment with you via email.


View Points

Judy Miller

3/17/20 UPDATE:
aRt Cottage is currently closed to the public, in compliance with local and state laws for non-essential businesses during the COVID-19 pandemic. Please stay home and stay healthy - we're all in this together!

In the meantime - click here to see a video tour of the show. Call us with purchase inquiries - we're happy to arrange payment online with a safe porch pickup.

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March is Women's History Month, which we are honoring with our next show called View Points. These nine female artists are sure to make history one day with their wide variety of professional work, including collage, monotype, bronze sculpture, woodcuts, silk paintings, photography and more.

Linda Yoshizawa

Featured artists:
  • Judy Miller
  • Susan Erickson
  • Pat Prosek
  • Linda Yoshizawa
  • Danguole Rita Kuolas
  • Carla W. Gelbaum
  • Judy Feins
  • Margaret Lucas-Hill
  • Jill Landau

View Points is on display for the months of March and April.


Susan Erickson



Anything Goes!


George Rammel
"Anything Goes" is our theme for the first show of 2020 which runs through January and February.

Come by to see the wide variety of work from talented local artists!

Gregory Vasgerdsian