Slideshow and Lecture by Erin Lee Gafill
Doors Open – 6:45
Reception/Meet the Artist – till 7:30
Slideshow, followed by Q/A – 7:30
Erin Gafill traces her roots in the arts back to her great-great grandmother, artist Jane Gallatin Powers. Powers, the spiritual godmother of Carmel-by-the-Sea’s art colony days. After the 1906 San Francisco Earthquake, Jane and her husband Frank, president of the Carmel Development Company, hosted artists, poets and writers in their seaside cottage. After a privileged childhood in Gold Rush Sacramento, Jane was celebrated in her own lifetime, yet died penniless and alone in war-torn Rome in 1944, her luminous paintings were all but forgotten. This is a riches-to-rags story of discovery, transformation and redemption, the history of Carmel’s first woman in the arts and her enduring legacy.
Erin Lee Gafill is an award-winning artist, writer, and teacher living in Big Sur, California. For three of the last four years, Gafill has been voted “Best Artist of Monterey County by the MC Weekly readers’ poll. She is a Artist Member of the Carmel Art Association. Along with her husband, Tom Birmingham, she teaches in Mexico, in Italy, and around the US.