Fine Arts Show and Sale

A premier fine art show and sale returns to Mill Valley for a third year.

Eight nationally acclaimed artists have been selected to show their recent works in this event. Once again the Outdoor Art Club's historic Bernard Maybeck clubhouse will be transformed into an intimate gallery in the heart of Mill Valley.

Enjoy complimentary hors d'oeuvres and a no host bar while viewing the art and choosing your favorite works for your home or office. For your convenience, valet parking will be available at the front gate.


Jan Gauthier


Native Californian Jan Gauthier derives inspiration from her immediate surroundings in West Marin County for her floral still life and landscape photography. She achieves a unique atmosphere in her work by hand coloring traditional gelatin silver prints with oil-based pigments, imbuing the black-and-white images with warm umber and sienna tones, and adding subtle texture to the surface. Jan was the first female photojournalism graduate from San Francisco State University. She has received the Greg Robinson Scholarship for photography and the Resident Artist Grant from the Morris Graves Foundation. She has had one-person shows at the Bolinas Museum, the Triton Museum of Art and the Morris Graves Museum of Art. In addition, her photography has been exhibited in numerous galleries around the U.S.


Ellis Heyer

Abstract Painter

Painter and sculptor Ellis Heyer lists the recurring themes in her work as family, friends, pets, furniture, tools, machines, and sports activities, both indoors and out. Everything is ultimately a landscape; color is her interpretation of those spaces. Her pieces convey a great deal of humor, as well as the appeal of the eccentric. Time spent observing family life and everyday occurrences provides Ellis with an endless wealth of inspiration. A native of New York, Ellis has studied with Chester Arnold and Emily Lazarre at College of Marin. She notes, "Heaven is here on earth, my task is to open my eyes, see it and paint it."


Tom Hughes

Watercolor, Oil

Tom Hughes has been a professional artist for 20 years. Self-taught, Tom paints figures, portraits and landscapes in various media: oil, acrylic, watercolor, and alkyd. He has had solo exhibitions at galleries in San Francisco, Lake Tahoe, New England, and France - locations which inspired his work. His paintings have been featured in "American Artist Watercolor" magazine, and "Fine Art Connoisseur," for which he painted publisher Eric Rhoads's portrait in oils. Tom is featured in a book about watercolor painting skills, "Watercolor Painting by Tom Hoffman," published in 2012. Tom lives in Alameda and offers plein air painting workshops in the Bay area. The "What's New: DeFacto Blog" illuminates his process as his paintings come to life on his website.


Ane Carla Rovetta

Mixed Media

If truth is beauty, Ane Carla Rovetta's beautiful pastels are true to nature. She begins by using soils, soot, sap and amethyst stones as solutions for preparing paper to receive her handmade pastel, then uses her fingers, not brushes, to achieve her realistic images. Like the artisans of the Renaissance, Ane is committed to the practices of art and science as kindred spirits. Her formal training as a zoologist infuses the animal illustrations found in her books and scientific periodicals. Ane brings her images to life with story telling skills that are spellbinding. Her one woman shows include the Coyote Museum, Randal Museum, Point Reyes National Seashore, and her art has been included in prestigious group shows at the M.A.L.T. Fundraiser Show, and the California Academy of Sciences.


Karen Smidth


Painter Karen Smidth finds inspiration in the light, the shapes and colors, and the fragrance and music of the landscape. She describes painting as "a kind of love affair", as well as a challenge and a commitment, because a painting is only done when the whole canvas is alive. Karen does not start with a plan or palette. She notes that, "Each painting has its ugly time", when sanding and wiping down is the only solution. In life, too, Karen notes that her ultimate goal is to find peace and beauty in abstraction and then share it with others. A native of Denmark, Karen found that painting helped her commit to California: "I will never tire of this landscape and its expanses of open land and total quiet. It is a delicious, endless gift to be here." Karen studied at the Academy of Art in San Francisco and College of Marin. Her work has been shown in numerous galleries around Northern California.


Lynn Sondag


Lynn Sondag is a watercolor artist whose work explores the physical and ephemeral elements in the coastal landscape of San Francisco, as well as coastal regions abroad. Her subject matter references natural environments visited on routine walks, during which she notices and records subtle changes created by weather patterns and sunlight. Allusions to historical, cultural, and individual stories also shape the aesthetic appreciation and interpretation of her landscapes. Lynn received her B.F.A. from The Savannah College of Art and Design and an M.F.A from the California College of the Arts. Solo and group exhibitions, artist residencies and lectures have taken her all over the world, to India, Italy, Denmark, Sweden, Germany and Australia. She has lived in San Francisco since 1995.


Claudia Tarantino

Ceramic Sculptor

Claudia Tarantino uses the unique properties of porcelain to construct trompe l' oeil sculptures that are refined and detailed. Themes of nature's life cycle, as well as serving and sharing food, infuse her sculptures with luscious vitality. Mingling familiar imagery and objects, her arrangements of boxes, cookie tins, mementos, photo albums, and collections reflect her personal family history, while evoking recognition of what is common in our experience. Constructed to fool the eye of the viewer, her pieces are both nostalgic and current, capturing a moment in time both past and present. Claudia received her B.A. in Art from Dominican College, where she focused on painting. She is essentially self-taught as a ceramic sculptor. A two-time recipient of Marin Arts Council Individual Artist Grants, her work is exhibited nationally and her sculptures are in many private collections and museums.


Logan Wood


Logan Wood is a sculptor based in Marin County. She earned her B.F.A. in Studio Ceramics from the California College of the Arts and an M.F.A. in Studio Ceramics from the Rhode Island School of Design.
Logan's childhood in the Rockies frequently included boating and hiking with family. For a time, her family housed a boat in their garage, providing an imaginative refuge and a source of inspiration for her future work - often featuring nautical symbols, sea charts and topographic maps. Recent sculptures have shown influences from her exposure to the animal life of both the Rockies and Marin County.
The recipient of several awards, Logan Wood's work has been published in four books, and appears in two San Francisco installations. She currently teaches ceramics at College of Marin.


Past Marin Masters

2012 Photo Gallery

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