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6/6-20/14: YIA Gallery “Everything Under the Sun”

“Everything Under the Sun” Exhibit & Auction Preview

Art by Kathleen Lipinski

‘Mt. Tamalpais from Big Rock Ridge’
by Kathleen Lipinski. 30″x30″ limited edition giclée. Photo courtesy of the artist.

Youth in Arts welcomes summer with “Everything Under the Sun,” an exhibit curated by Jan Casey Bertrand, and an Artrageous auction leading up to our gala Summer Solstice celebration. The “Everything Under the Sun” exhibition opens June 6 at YIA Gallery in downtown San Rafael. Ten well-known artists have graciously donated work for exhibition and auction to support arts education for PreK-12 youth.

Everything Under the Sun Exhibit
YIA Gallery, 917 C Street
June 6-20, Mon-Fri, 10am-4pm
Friday, June 13, 5-8 pm for ArtWalk Downtown

“Creating art challenges the hand, heart, intellect and imagination.”
–Kathleen Lipinski, Painter

The exhibit opens June 6 at YIA Gallery and continues through June 20. The public is invited to enjoy and bid on works by Kathleen Lipinski, Jeff Long, Marilyn Fiala, Phyllis Thelen and more (see artist bios below).

Images featured on this page are of work to be included in the exhibit and auctioned to benefit arts for preK-12 students

Jeff Long

‘Yolo’ by Jeff Long, 37”x24″ archival digital print, 2011. Image photo by John Arbuckle.

'Temptation' by Marilyn Fiala.

‘Temptation’ by Marilyn Fiala. 24″x24″ oil and acrylic. Photo courtesy of the artist.














“Art is a way of making dreams come true…I hope my dreams will warm up children, and feed their own dreams.”
–Elisa Kleven, Children’s Book Author and Illustrator


‘The Paper Princess’ by Elisa Kleven. 11″x18″ giclée. Photo courtesy of the artist.



All work on exhibit will be open for “silent auction” bidding. Most auctions will close at Youth in Arts gala Summer Solstice celebration on Saturday, June 21. For more information on this special event, click here.

“Buy It Now” pricing will be available throughout the exhibit, for those who want to take one of these special works home and are unable to attend the event. All auction proceeds benefit Youth in Arts programs for PreK-12 students.

“Youth in Arts depth in supporting a variety of the arts in the education of our youth is unmatched. May it always be there. I believe it will be, if we all do our part.”

–Phyllis Thelen, Sculptor

Phyllis Thelen, River Trip

‘River Trip’ by Phyllis Thelen. 20″ ceramic, matting, wood, beach glass.


A gala Summer Solstice celebration will be held at Studio 333 in Sausalito on Saturday, June 21 at the conclusion of the exhibit. Works not yet purchased will be available for final bidding at this event. For ticket information, visit

Art by Kerri Warner

‘Mariah’ by Kerri Warner. 7″x10″ mixed media collage reproduced on wood. Photo courtesy of the artist.


“I was fortunate to have been surrounded by visual and performing arts throughout my life…I am pleased to help support Youth in Arts and encourage you to get involved in the arts in your community.”

–Kerri Warner, Mixed Media



Jan Casey Bertrand has been an art advisor since 1979 with clients and exhibitions throughout California. She has a MA in the History of Art from UC Berkeley. She belongs to ArtTable, an international organization for professional women in the arts, served on the Youth in Arts Board of Directors, and is dedicated to promoting the arts in public schools. She lives in Marin County with offices in Sausalito.

Marilyn Fiala is a painter based in Connecticut. She has lived in New York, Norway and California and has traveled widely—experiences she draws from in her paintings. She studied printmaking at the University of Wisconsin.

Britt Gerhard is a studio potter who resides in San Francisco. She experiments with simple vessel forms, color, and texture, she seeks to evoke a sense of calmness and simplicity in her work.

Britt Gerhard's raku fired vase.

Raku fired vase by Britt Gerhard, Ceramic 15″                  Photo courtesy of artist

Rachel Ann Kelly is a painter based in Sausalito. Her paintings speak of how she experiences the world: its colors, shapes, feelings, and messages. Her work has been exhibited throughout the Bay Area and she participates in Marin Open Studios.

Elisa Kleven is a children’s book author and illustrator of 30 books, including the Paper Princess series, The Puddle Pail, and The Lion and the Little Red Bird.Her titles have been Booklist editor’s choices and PBS and Rainbow Book selections.Elisa has also illustrated books by other writers including Abuela by Arthur Dorros,De Colores by Jose Luis Orozco, Angels Watching Over Me by Julia Durano,and The Weaver by Thacher Hurd.She is a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators, and has been recognized with many national awards. In 2011, Youth in Arts created the musical theater production “The Paper Princess and the Piñata” based on Elisa’s stories.

'Cheaper by the Dozen' by Wendy Lilienthal

‘Cheaper by the Dozen’ by Wendy Lilienthal. 20″x16″ mixed media.

Wendy Lilienthal works with handmade papers, marbling techniques, imported paper and textiles, and recycled material to combine elements of sculpture, painting, and collage reflecting various cultures. She attended Parson’s School of Design and has been a working artist since the 1970’s. Wendy has exhibited her work at the M.H. de Young Museum in San Francisco, Gallery Strasse in Japan, the Pao Gallery in Hong Kong, the Getty Gallery in L.A., and the Oakland Museum. Her work has also been exhibited at the National Invitational Paper Exhibit at Syntex, Palo Alto, and at American Council Craft Shows in San Francisco.

Kathleen Lipinski has worked with Marin landscape in painting and printmaking for 30 years. Her oil paintings range in size from postcard-sized to canvases as large as 14 feet wide. Her art combines a love of nature with her dedication to realism, attention to detail, and the ability to capture the quality of light. Kathleen has exhibited at the Triton Museum, Morris Graves Museum and Jenkins-Johnson Gallery in San Francisco and New York.

Jeff Long is an internationally acclaimed painter, known primarily for his abstract works, He has lately taken up his brush in defense of Western birds and other wildlife. Referencing the classic bird illustrations of John James Audubon, Long’s monumental and highly detailed paintings depart from the master by including elements of the ecological challenges each species faces. Jeff holds a MFA from California College of Art and a BFA from Rhode Island School of Design. His works were recently exhibited at Berkeley’s David Brower Center in a show entitled “Promise and Peril: A Study in Diversity.

Phyllis Thelen creates sculptural forms out of organic materials in three basic forms: vessels, creatures, and sanctuaries. She studied at Connecticut College, San Francisco Art Institute, Dominican University of California, and the Miasa Bunka Center in Japan.  Phyllis received an honorary Ph.D. from Dominican University in 2002. Her work has been featured in solo and group exhibitions at galleries and museums, including the San Luis Obispo Museum of Art, Arts Benicia, Quilt and Textile Museums of San Jose, Napa Valley Museum, Gallery Strasse in Japan, Presidio of San Francisco, Dominican University, and Falkirk Cultural Center. Phyllis is a Founder of Art Works Downtown, the Marin Ballet Association, and Youth in Arts. She chaired the San Rafael Cultural Affairs Commission, and has been listed in Who’s Who of American Women. She received the 2010 Cultural Treasure Award from the Marin Cultural Services Commission.

Kerri Warner is a mixed media artist based in Sacramento. Her work blends conventional and unconventional materials, paints, colored pencil, book pages, inks, paper and found objects, into two and three-dimensional works. She is inspired by found objects, fragments of antique treasures, and everyday manufactured materials that were never intended to be art. Her work can be found at Studio 212 in Sacramento, Studio 333 in Sausalito, and Berkeley Rep Gift Store.

“Surround [yourself] with a circle of true friends and caring teachers who light the way for you and assist you in bringing your work into existence. Listen to them, learn from them while your creative spirit grows in strength with each new creative act.”
–Rachel Ann Kelly, Painter

R Kelly.leaves in the windSM

‘Leaves in the Wind’ by Rachel Ann Kelly. 24″x36″ acrylic, graphite pencil. Photo courtesy of the artist.