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Artist Reception at Montclair Gallery | Thursday, February 23, 2017

Added on by Lara Hoke.

Join me for a casual artist reception at Montclair Gallery on Thursday, February 23rd from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. This solo exhibition includes some 20 paintings and drawings created over the last several years. The exhibition is up from February 2 - March 26, 2017.

Montclair Gallery is located at 1986 Mountain Boulevard in Oakland, CA

One and half weeks in to 50 | 50

Added on by Lara Hoke.

The Sanchez Art Center in Pacifica hosts an annual 50 | 50 show. Participating artists must complete 50 pieces in 50 days.  The pieces must be done on the provided 6 x 6" panels. I'm about a week and a half in to this project. I'm enjoying the challenge. Some pieces are clearly more successful than others, but because of the time sensitivity, I can't fixate on what is not perfect. This is a good exercise for me.

Below are the pieces I have completed to date. Each drawing will be sold for $95 through the Sanchez Art Center.

Coasters and Ornaments Galore!

Added on by Lara Hoke.

Over the past few weeks, I've been working towards this weekend's Holiday Fair at Norton Factory Studios, designing new stamps and creating over 100 ornaments and coasters.  These will be on sale in addition to my drawings and paintings this weekend, December 7 and 8 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. at 3094 E. 10th Street, Oakland, CA 94601.

Lara Hoke, buffalo coaster

Lara Hoke, big cat coaster

A Painting for Norton Factory Studios

Added on by Lara Hoke.

I decided to try something new (for me) for the piece I submitted to Norton Factory Studios' silent auction. I painted a cloudscape.  I'm pleased with the result and am considering doing more. Let me know what you think!  And, if you are in town, come to the auction on Saturday night -

Sunset, Lara Hoke

Benefit at Norton Factory Studios Saturday, September 21st

Added on by Lara Hoke.

My studio building, Norton Factory Studios, is holding a benefit and art auction next Saturday evening, September the 21st at 6 p.m.  We are raising money to help build out a 1,220 square foot space into a classroom. There will be live music, beverages, a silent auction of over 25 pieces of art made by Norton Factory artists and friends, as well as a bunch of raffle items donated by our favorite Bay Area restaurants and makers.

Join us!

Southern Exposure's Monster Drawing Rally!

Added on by Lara Hoke.

I just found out that I've been selected to participate in Southern Exposure's annual Monster Drawing Rally on June 14th.  To my husband's disappointment, the event is not about drawing monsters. Rather, it is a live drawing and fundraising event with 120 artists working side by side on whatever topic they choose. Spectators can observe artists in the act of creation, providing the opportunity to watch a drawing come to life, and to purchase a work of art minutes after its completion. 

Water Monster, circa 1985

Marin Museum of Contemporary Art | MarinMOCA Exhibition

Added on by Lara Hoke.

I'm very pleased to announce that my painting Ariyele will be included in the MarinMOCA Fall 2012 National Juried Exhibition.

August 25 – September 30, 2012 
Reception: August 25, 5-7 p.m. 
Juror: Renny Pritikin, Director of The Richard Nelson Gallery and The Fine Arts Collection, University of California, Davis

Ariyele, oil on canvas

July 24th - 111 Minna Gallery's Sketch Tuesdays

Added on by Lara Hoke.

If you are in San Francisco next Tuesday, July 24th, swing by 111 Minna Gallery for their monthly Sketch Tuesdays event. I am honored to be among a handful of female Bay Area artists featured at this month's Sketch Tuesday event. 

From 111 Minna Gallery's website - 

Each month the gallery hosts an evening of live art making featuring both established and emerging Bay Area artists. Inspired by Southern Exposure’s Monster Drawing Rally, 111 Minna offers patrons the opportunity to see local artists at work and get acquainted with them. It is also a way for artists to meet each other and to be inspired by each other’s creative process.

Sketch Tuesdays offers the local arts community a place to congregate, to talk, to create and to be seen. There is usually room for artists to just drop in and start drawing, but the good seats are reserved for the invited artists.

Art is for sale at reasonable prices and will be displayed until the event closes. This is a great opportunity to become a collector and to meet some very talented people!!

Revisiting Old Friends

Added on by Lara Hoke.

Kim (close-up)

Lindsey, Brooklyn Bedroom

I was recently asked to show my work as part of a group show at a new gallery in Livermore, CA. The show is about the figure and being such, the gallery was interested in my older work, most of which is no longer in my possession. To meet the gallery's request, I pulled two half-finished paintings off the shelf, dusted them of, and started painting. It is fascinating and challenging working on pieces from the past. I was surprised to see how my brushwork has changed in the three or four years it has been since I last worked on these two paintings. It is looser, softer, less interested in edges. I have eight days to finish the paintings. Wish me luck!

You can see the original versions of these paintings here:


Lindsey, Brooklyn Bedroom


Gearing Up For Open Studios

Added on by Lara Hoke.

What a difference a month makes! Norton Factory Studios has undergone a transformation in just a few short weeks. It's been fascinating to watch the space come together - the sheet rock is up, taped, and painted, bathrooms installed, doors cut, concrete poured. 

Don't miss the opening party this Saturday!

Opening Party - June 2nd, from 5 to 10 p.m.
Art, tacos, beverages, kids activities, photobooth!
General Open Studios Hours
June 2nd and 3rd, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
June 9th and 10th, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Norton Factory Studios is conveniently located across the street from the Fruitvale BART station and behind Guadalajara restaurant in in Oakland, California.

Installation Shots From Norton Factory Studios

Exhibition Announcement: Introductions 2012

Added on by Lara Hoke.

461 Valencia Street (between 15th & 16th)
San Francisco, CA 94103
From the Gallery:
The goal of Introductions is to present examples of works from both emerging and established painters that are at the same time diverse and individual as they are cohesive, complimentary and contemporary.  Five artists captured the attention of our distinguished Jurors and won their place in this exhibition: Lynette CookJames EdmondsLara HokeHadley Northrop, and Elena Zolotnitsky.  The Gallery also invited the artists that received honorable mention to contribute a work for the show so all top 10 artists are represented. They are: Amanda Bereny, Heather Capen, Diana Lee, Sonja Navin, and Deborah Stenberg-Service.



Join E. 10th Street Studios for East Bay Open Studios 2012

Added on by Lara Hoke.

Want to participate in East Bay Open Studios, but don't have a studio you can open to the public?

E. 10th Street Studios is looking for artists to share their unique space.

E. 10th Street Studios is a 12,000 square foot warehouse conveniently located next door to the Fruitvale BART station.

Participating artists will each get two 8 x 8' modular walls.

Dates: June 2-3 | 9-10

For more information, please email Lisa Pfeiffer,

Deadline: February 17th

E. 10th Street Studios | East Bay Open Studios 2011