New Art Exhibition Opens in Cloverdale November 16 2019: “Aspect”

The Cloverdale Arts Alliance Gallery, located at 204 North Cloverdale Blvd., offers its latest art exhibition, “Nest,” from September 21 – November 15. An Artists’ Reception will be held from 5:00 to 7:30pm on Saturday, September 21. Guest artists for this exhibit are Michael Costantini, Sculpture, and Richard Sheppard, Painting. Resident artists are Ralph Broussard, Laura Paine Carr, Jane Gardner, Pamela Heck, Terry Holleman, Paul Maurer and Hanya Popova Parker. Paul Maurer, Woodturning, is the featured resident artist for “Nest”.


The Gallery is a  gallery operated by local artists as a Cloverdale Arts Alliance program. A wide variety of original artwork is offered by the resident artists and invited guests. Approximately six changing exhibitions a year feature new art by the gallery artists. To see a virtual tour of the gallery, click here.

The Cloverdale Arts Alliance Gallery, located at 204 North Cloverdale Blvd. Hours of operation are: Fridays, 2:00PM - 8:00PM, Saturdays and Sundays from 11:00AM - 5:00PM.

For more information about CAA, visit or call (707) 894-4410

Contact Us:

204 N. Cloverdale Boulevard
Cloverdale, CA 95425 
Phone: (707) 894-4410

Friday-Sunday 11am - 5pm
Monday-Thursday Closed




Resident Artists 

Laura Paine Carr

Jane Gardner

Pamela Heck

Terry Holleman

Paul Maurer

Hanya Popova Parker

Richard Sheppard

Guest Artists

Kenyon Lewisi, Sculpture

Larain Matheson, Painting


Featured Resident Artist: Laura Pain Carr, Painting

Artist Statements

Laura Paine Carr, painting:

When we moved our family back to California from Oregon, our kids were amazed by the Palm Trees, one dubbing them “Hawaii 5-O trees!” To their Oregonian eyes, the Palms seemed to be everywhere, and slightly out of context.

The Victorians loved them. Palms were commonly planted on Town Squares, offering an exotic flare and, I suppose, a nod to “civilization.” Research reveals that the first palms came with the Spanish, most likely from a soldiers date, though a rumor persists that the “Serra Palm” was planted by a particular priest. Regardless, there is just one Native Californian Palm, known as a Desert Fan Palm, which provided many products for the Native Californians. The first date palms were planted at the first Mission in San Diego, as were the first vineyards. The mission needed palm fronds for Palm Sunday. It took some time for them to move up the state and to become synonymous with winery landscaping, though by the 1950’s, they were being planted extensively throughout Sonoma and Napa Counties.

The many varieties of palms in our area have caught my eye for years. I am taking this opportunity as “Featured Resident Artist” to explore those palm trees living close by, looking at them from the “Aspect” of being their neighbor. They have a fairly shallow root-ball, yet rarely does one see them toppled over from adverse weather. They rustle and sing in the wind. My favorite summer visitors, the Orchard Orioles, use fiber from them to weave their pocket-like nests. Every winter, during a raucous storm, they dump debris in the road, which in a way is rather entertaining. Red Shouldered Hawks nested in the pair across the lane from my house, until their nest blew down one night. I was sad to see them go, but know that the Oak up the hillside, is a much safer place for their home.

This project has been fun. I found in my research that the Victorian gardener was drawn to the Palm as a symbol of exotic places and fun. Photographing, drawing and painting them has been an uplifting experience, as to really see them, one must look up!

Kenyon Lewisi, Sculpture:

Much of my work involves the evolution of the landscape at any captured moment. I found this particularly influenced when my family moved to a Bandon Oregon beach house in 1976.

The dramatic random symmetry textures in that environment were incredible. I found this to be particularly relevant where rivers and streams meet the ocean. The constant evolving daily rearrangement of sand and rocks led me to photograph, cast in plaster and then mold in clay, this momentary fluid landscape.

Some of these projects became public art for the Yolo County Davis Branch Library and an 8’ x 25’ traveling dune in the lobby of the UCCS Engineering and Applied Sciences Building, Colorado Springs, CO.

My fish art, marine life and fish in particular, tend to give a reading on the health of our oceans and the condition of our apparent environmental crisis.

My focus on ceramics and geology at the University of Oregon lead me to view ceramics as a man made controlled geologic process especially applicable to architecture.

A career in custom ceramic tile manufacturing led me to my technical involvement at McIntyre Tile co. in Healdsburg and I helped make the tile for the benches along Cloverdale Blvd.

A note worthy project is sixteen 20”x20” tiles of native plants that I made for artist Vichy Sauls at Union Square in San Francisco

I am available to collaborate with you on anything from a kitchen backsplash to an entry wall. I can make your idea a reality.

Larain Matheson, Painting:

My inspiration and passion comes from the ELEMENTS; EARTH ,AIR, FIRE AND WATER: nature: rocks, landscapes, skies, ocean influence me. As Matisse says, “the artist is an explorer.”That I am! I love to explore the medium of encaustic and collage. I abstract from nature with paint and beeswax and oil, to become a new space and form. I then fuse each layer with a torch to create transparencies of layers. Living on the northern California coast influences my imagery with more abstract shapes. I have shown in galleries in Colorado and now I exhibit at the Encaustic Art Museun in Santa Fe, NM. , and locally at the Dolphin Gallery, and the Discovery Gallery where I am part of this arts collective. My work is in many collections throughout the USA.

I received an M.F.A. from U.C.L.A. where I studied with Richard Diebenkorn, and in S.F. with J. De Feo, both well-known contemporary California artists.

The layering of beeswax is a process I got hooked on. My tools are the beeswax, oils mixed with beeswax and a torch, and heat gun. I really am in the moment with this process which takes so many layers of brushing and fusing sometimes 10-20 layers. The transparency and sensuality of the wax, and of working many layers, is what delights me. Seeing the painting with many layers of wax and oil built up and fused is a magical process.

My work can be seen at and at my studio by appointment. I have been a part of the Studio Discovery Tour for about 6 years. I also continue figure paintings and drawings along with the inner landscapes I paint. I am influenced by the natural architecture of the land and the connections in life through the language of line, color and shape. My paintings try to capture that magic moment where the seen and unseen is made more “visible”.

Upcoming Exhibitions

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Past Exhibitions

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