“Preferring the Poetic”by Elaine Coombs has been purchased by the San Francisco Arts Commission on behalf of the City and County of San Francisco for permanent display in a new public building – the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner.  The piece was chosen last fall and will be installed in the fall of 2017. 



6.15.17 ELAINE COOMBS AND HEATHER PATTERSON; Second State Collaborations

Coombs and Pattersons’  unique collaborative artwork was selected  by the curators at Imagery Estate Winery to grace the labels of  a suite of four wines bottled in 2016.  Now, the original artwork used on the labels is featured in Imagery Winery’s exclusive wine club tasting room.  This is ‘Structural Elements Naturally Connected, 2016.

Artwork in progress at Elaine Coombs’ studio.



Umerlik just returned from a week in residence at Vermont Studio Center where she was exploring acrylic on raw canvas.  She wanted to blend her oil and watercolor painting styles. After several days of experimentation, she found that she needed to develop something new and had success with a staining process.  She was channeling Motherwell’s strong independent forms and is happy with the outcomes.  She plans to continue these explorations in her own studio.  We’re looking forward to showing these strong new pieces.




Miami, OK selected Denise Duong  and 4 other artists to create over-sized art for their inaugural Mural Fest 66.  Their goal was to artistically enhance Miami by adding murals to buildings as part of the Miami Arts & Humanities Council’s efforts to create and distinguish the 66 Cultural District.  Duong was excited by the challenge of creating something on such a large scale and hadn’t done much planning prior to arriving at her ‘canvas’.  She had decided on a cloud theme and had done several large murals in her past.  She arrived with paint and let her imagination guide her hand.  See the event video here





Salt Lake City just aquired  Raglands’ energetic splashy 16 foot tall sculpture “Expression” to add to their public art collection. “Expression” paints the skyline of the Broadway District and  represents the artistic “Expression” of making art with control, movement and color.  The colorful paint marks on the handle and ferrule adds to the believability and patina of the piece.  The dynamic sculptural form ignites the skyline with a flowing splash of fluidity as a symbolic “Expression” of the arts.