Painter to discuss his work, family history – Times-Standard
Artist Erin Lee Gafill will present an art talk and slide show Sunday at 2 p.m. at the Morris Graves Museum of Art, 636 F St., Eureka.
Gafill is a fifth-generation California entertainer and granddaughter of the founders of Nepenthe Restaurant in Big Sur. She is also an artist member of the Carmel Art Association.
Gafill’s exhibit, “California Atmosphere,” is on view at the Morris Graves Museum of Art through Sunday. His richly colored oil paintings are exhibited nationally, including several museum exhibits. His previous exhibition, “Color Duets – Kaffe Fassett and Erin Lee Gafill”, with his uncle, the internationally renowned designer Kaffe Fassett, was the Monterey Museum of Art’s featured summer exhibition. Currently, Gafill’s work is displayed at Sea Ranch Lodge and is represented locally by Lyndon Design Gallery.
In Sunday’s slideshow/talk, Gafill will share stories about growing up in Big Sur in the 1960s and 1970s, her encounters with writer Henry Miller, artists Emile Norman and Edmund Kara, and some of Hollywood’s elite. of the time, including Richard Burton, Elizabeth Taylor and Kim Novak. Gafill will showcase nearly 100 images tracing her artistic lineage back to her great-great-grandmother, artist Jane Gallatin Powers, one of the founders of Carmel-by-the-Sea and the first artist to have a studio. Powers won awards for his outdoor work, but found his artistic voice in European modernism. It was the discovery of these forgotten paintings in a Carmel basement nearly 40 years after Powers’ death that sparked Gafill’s interest in painting.
Gafill will also share her experiences of over a decade of painting retreats in Big Sur with her uncle Kaffe Fassett, the lessons she learned from those special contemplative sessions, and how she weaves the threads of her creative and artistic family heritage into his teaching and his community. work.
Admission to the Morris Graves Museum of Art is $5 for adults; $2 for seniors (65+), military veterans and students with ID; and free for children 17 and under, families with an EBT card and valid ID, and museum members.