2020 Natural Histories

January 17 - February 22

Natural Histories, an exhibit celebrating western landscape in painting and photography.  The exhibition will include recent paintings by Paul Roehl and photography by Claire Lerner.

Carl Cherry Center for the Arts, Carmel

2019 Santa Cruz Open Studio Tour 

October 5 & 6 +  October 19 & 20

I will be featuring my current work "New Work - Non-Objective Color Studies" as part of the Santa Cruz Open Studio event.  Please email me for location or check the Open Studio Studio website. 

Santa Cruz Open Studio


2019 Celebrate 10 - Invitational Group Exhibition

June 7 - 14

Robert Blitzer Gallery, Santa Cruz, CA

2019 Abstract - Invitational Group Exhibition

April 5 - 26

Robert Blitzer Gallery, Santa Cruz, CA

2019 Hot House

April 6 - 29

This exhibit is a euphoric visual landscape of flora and fauna, featuring a range of media—works strong in color, eccentric in design, and loaded with enthralling details.

Carl Cherry Center for the Arts, Carmel, CA

2018 Spoleto Study Abroad, Italy - Visual Arts Instructor

July - 3 Weeks

This three-week, hands-on immersion program allows students to slow down and observe the beauty surrounding them while studying an artistic discipline of their choice. Students live like local Spoletini during their time abroad and explore the surrounding towns on weekly day trips throughout the Umbria region.

2018 Artists & Mentors

September 4 - 29

Artists & Mentors is a group exhibition on view at The Painting Center in New York City featuring twelve painters who also teach and inspire students in the classroom. Golden Artist Colors began working with the Alliance for Young Artists & Writers nearly five years ago with an objective to recognize and showcase the talent of artists across the US who have also been recognized as mentors of their students – youth who recently received awards through Scholastic Art & Writing Awards. 

547 West 27th Street, Suite 500 (5th Floor)
New York, NY

Artist & Mentors Painting Center Link

2018 Artists as Teachers

February 24 - April 8

Featuring Artist-Educators of Monterey County's Accredited Fine Art Photography Programs

Panel Discussion Feb. 24 - 4pm with Reception to Follow

Center for Photographic ArtsCarmel, CA

2018 Hearts for the Arts - Arts Council Santa Cruz County

February 1 - 13

Annual Fundraising Exhibit

Artisans Gallery, Santa Cruz, CA


2018 Pajaro Valley Arts TAKEAWAYS: Art to Go!

Jan 17 - March 4

Annual Fundraising Exhibit

Watsonville, CA


2017 Art Sale for Robbie

June 17

A benefit art sale for Robbie Schoen
All renowned local Santa Cruz artists

Museum of Art and History, Santa Cruz, CA

2017 All Hands on Deck

June 14 - July 7

Radius Gallery, Tannery Arts Center

Benefiting the Arts Council of Santa Cruz County - " Driving Creativity, Innovations & Vibrancy."

Arts Council of Santa Cruz County

Santa Cruz, CA


2016 Nancy Dodds Gallery 20th Anniversary

7th & San Carlos, Carmel, CA


My paintings will be on display during and after this event.

Nancy Dodds Gallery

2016 After Robinson Jeffers: Photography from Poetry

November 18 - December 9

Carl Cherry Center for the Arts, 4th and Guadalupe, Carmel, CA 

I was invited to exhibit one of my photographs in this exhibition.

For this exhibition, the Carl Cherry Center curates original photographs from the Monterey Peninsula in collaboration with the poetry of Robinson Jeffers’ verse, creating lyrical arrangements that explore how image and text resonate. 

Photographers for the exhibit include Ansel Adams, Edna Bullock, Wynn Bullock, Brad Cole, Matt Connors, Steve Crouch, Eduardo Fujii, William Giles, David Gubernick, Claire Lerner, Roman Loranc, Rosario Mazzeo Tom Millea, Jeff Nixon, Robert B. Taylor, Roger Vail, Brett Weston Don Worth and Steve Zmak, among others.

Carl Cherry Center for the Arts

2016 Santa Cruz Open Studio Tour 

October 8 & 9 +  October 15 & 16

I will be featuring my current work "Birds in Flight" as part of the Santa Cruz Open Studio event.  Please email me for location or check the Open Studio Studio website. 

Santa Cruz Open Studio


2016 Center for Photographic Art - Members' Juried Exhibition 

June 11 - July 24

Opening Reception June 11, 5 - 7pm - CPA, Carmel, CA

One of my photographs was selected for the "online" exhibition.

Center for Photographic Art


2016 All Hands on Deck

June 8-18 - Artist Reception - June 9th

Radius Gallery Exhibition at the Tannery Arts Center

Benefiting the Arts Council of Santa Cruz County - " Driving creativity, Innovations & Vibrancy."

Arts Council of Santa Cruz County


2015 Santa Cruz Open Studio Tour 

October 3rd & 4th + 17th & 18th

I will be featuring my current work "Endangered Birds & Feral Cats" as part of the Santa Cruz Open Studio event.  Please email me for location or check the Open Studio Studio Website.


2014-15 Miniatures at the Monterey Museum of Art 

Annual holiday exhibition and fundraiser. Celebrate the holiday season with three hundred artists, all museum members, who generously donate their original artwork to help raise funds in support of museum exhibitions and programming. Choose from a diverse selection of paintings, photography, prints, sculpture, and a variety of mixed media on display in the museum’s main galleries. Everyone has the opportunity to win their favorite pieces by purchasing raffle tickets, available Wednesday, November 20.

Monterey Museum of Art



October 11th & 12th + 18th & 19th

Santa Cruz Open Studios Tour 2014

I will be participating with the North side of Santa Cruz County and will be doing the Encore Weekend too. Please email me for my Open Studio location or check the Open Studio Website for more information.



Saturday, March 10 - May 5

An Unexpected Aesthetic: The Search for New Directions

Curated by : Claire Lerner

How does the contemporary photographer create under the weight of what has come before, especially on California’s Monterey Peninsula? The need to make it new requires a search for a unique direction, which in turn requires the discovery of unexpected techniques, ideas and vision through which the artist gains new insight. The burden of the contemporary photographer is the imperative to disrupt convention and continue to evolve.

Invited Artists:
Mary Cheung, Margo Jones-Duvall, Cody Edison, Janet Fine, Genevieve Hastings, Greg Mettler, Ben Nixon, Gary Shallcross, and Matthew Vogt

Opening Reception: March 10, 2012, 4 to 6 PM
Panel Discussion: March 10, 2012, 2 to 4 PM



The Technicalities and Exploration of Photography as a Fine Art Medium,

Monterey Museum of Art - La Mirada
720 Via Mirada, Monterey, CA

The Monterey Museum of Art (MMA) is pleased to offer a one-day photography workshop,The Technicalities and Exploration of Photography as a Fine Art Medium, conducted by acclaimed local photographer Claire Lerner on Saturday, August 20, 11 am to 5 pm. The class will begin at the Monterey Museum of Art-La Mirada, 

The workshop will cover the basics, including use of the digital camera, composition and exposure, and also provide an in depth understanding of photography as a fine art medium. A guided tour of Edward Weston: American Photographer, currently on exhibition at the MMA La Mirada will inspire discussion to find new meaning and understanding in the visual elements that make Weston’s photographs so compelling. After lunch, the class will explore their unique visual voice at Point Lobos



Claire Lerner Beyond the Digital Print: The Reconstructed Image

Cabrillo College, Aptos, CA

In this 10 day immersive workshop, students will explore and expand upon the idea of lens-based imagery and text as source material for collage. Studio time will revolve around investigating and recreating a variety of texts and images as a means to realize new relationships. Computer work is encouraged but will not be the workshop’s focus. Photographic field trips and digital printing demonstrations will be included as a way to explore the different possibilities surrounding the idea of the Reconstructed Image. Students must provide their own digital camera; some basic knowledge of photographic editing software is helpful but not required.

$375 - plus $50 materials fee

For more information, Cabrillo Summer Arts



Source and Resource

One Person Exhibition

Carl Cherry Center for the Arts, 4th and Guadalupe, Carmel, CA 
Reception 5-7, Friday, January 15th, 2010
For the past six years Claire has been working with the notion of fragmentary experience and the meaning that may or may not result from the arbitrary and the accidental. She places conversations and visual imagery together in categories of information such as sky, ground and conversation. Her goal is to yield an aggregate aesthetic meaning and relationship of words and vision where none existed before. The subject of water and its relationship to the human condition has been a recurrent theme in her work as she seeks to explore water as a metaphor for the subconscious mind and the human condition.




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