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“A Life in Color” Presentation with Kaffe Fassett and Erin Lee Gafill

May 22, 2021, 11:00 am12:00 pm

Cost: $15

Experience the close connection between internationally renowned textile designer Kaffe Fassett and his niece, award-winning artist Erin Lee Gafill. First, witness a behind-the-scenes dialogue between Kaffe and Erin as they discuss their creative influences and shared family history, delving into personal processes and challenges as makers, alongside stunning images from their Color Duets collection. Then, join the pair for a live question-and-answer session, continuing the conversation and bringing you, the viewer, further into their inner sanctum.


General Public: $15

MMA Members: Free with code SUMMER (memberships will be confirmed before link is sent)


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Special Thanks to our Sponsor Bambace – Peterson






Speaker Bio: 

Tom Birmingham

Tom is a photographer, artist, writer, videographer, and teacher. In 1998, he worked with his wife Erin Lee Gafill to create the nonprofit organization The Big Sur Arts Initiative, bringing arts and cultural enrichment to the under-served populations of  California’s Big Sur Coast. In 2008, he was named a Champion of the Arts by the Arts Council for Monterey County. For over a decade, he has taught photography at Rancho La Puerta in Tecate, Mexico and Tenuta Spannocchia in Siena, Tuscany, Italy. Since 2007, he has led annual “Awaken The Artist Within” art tours in Italy.  In 2018 he created the “I Can’t Draw and You Can Too” program, and in 2020 co-created the

Drinking From a Cold Spring Creativity Immersion Program. Tom is the founder of 26 Letter Press, a small press located in Big Sur, California, dedicated to crafting beautiful books.


Erin Lee Gafill

A fifth generation California artist, Erin is the recipient of the Jennifer Hill Prize from the Carmel Plein Air Festival, and has been elected Best Local Artist three times by the Monterey County Weekly. In 2001, she was honored as the first American artist-in-residence at the Hamada International Children’s Museum of Art in Hamada, Japan. In 2008, she was named a Champion of the Arts by the Arts Council for Monterey. She is the founder of the nonprofit arts education organization, The Big Sur Arts Initiative, creating award-winning programming serving the Big Sur Coast for over a decade and garnering recognition from the Turner Foundation, the Packard Foundation, First Night Monterey and the Arts Council for Monterey County.  She is a founding signature member of the Monterey Bay Plein Air Painters Association (MBPAPA), and an artist member of the Carmel Art Association. Erin is the author of two books, Drinking from a Cold Spring, A Little Book of Hope and Color Duets.


Image: Courtesy of the artists