Exhibition History & Curriculum Vitae

ACADEMIC DEGREES

2009 MFA-Interdisciplinary Arts, Goddard College, Plainfield VT    

  • Thesis: “Letters of Thought: A Conversation with Art and Life”  In a series of letters to her friend and creative partner a written narrative is created about Self-Awareness, Intuition, Spirituality, the Creative Process and Artistic Collaboration.

1995 BFA, Painting, Rivier College, Nashua, NH

1995 Bachelor of Art Education, Rivier College, Nashua NH

TEACHING

2007- present, Art Instructor, Mystic Arts Center, Mystic CT

2009 Visiting Artist, Katherine Kolnaski School, Groton, CT

2009, 2010 & 2011 Visiting Artist, Holderness School, Holderness, NH

  • Created a comprehensive two-week art curriculum and facilitated it o thirty high school students. Themes of the curriculum included self-discovery, personal expression, altered book making, mixed media painting and collage techniques.

2009 Deerfield Community School, Deerfield, NH, Art Educator,NH Public Schools

  • Developed and taught 1-8th grade art curriculum
  • 1995-2008 Private Art Instructor

1996-present Private Art Instructor 

  • ongoing development of individual art lessons in drawing, painting, collage and mixed-media

SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2013 Laura Gaffke: Connections & Celebrations, The Lighthouse Gallery, Groton CT, August-March

2012 “Laura Gaffke: Joyful Moments”, Studio M, Mystic, CT, June

2009 Laura Gaffke: “Life Conversations”, Jonathan Edwards Winery Gallery Stonington, CT June/July

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2014  “Holiday Gift Show”, Mystic Arts Center, Mystic CT

2014  “Laura Two Tina Collaboration: Two Artists One Surface, Studio M Gallery, Mystic CT

2014  “Kindred Spirits” Annual Members Exhibition, Mystic Arts Center, Mystic CT

2013 “Salon Des Independence XXXIV”, Hygienic Art Gallery

2013  “Les Petites Oeuveres en Ete, Spring Bull Gallery, Newport, RI

2013 “All Member’s Show:Gathering Color” The Artists’ Cooperative Gallery of Westerly

2013  “Laura Gaffke: Expressions” West Gallery: Simsbury Library, Simsbury, CT

2013  “Handmade for the Holidays” The Lighthouse Gallery, Groton, CT)

2013 “Holiday Open Studio” Above Elite Studios, Westerly, RI

2013 “Fine Art Salon” Mystic Arts Center, Mystic, CT

2013   “Art=Gift”, Hygienic Art Gallery, New London, CT

2013   “Kindred Spirits”,  Annual Members Exhibition, Mystic Arts Center, Mystic, CT (January)

2012 “Printemps”, Cate Charles Gallery, Stonington, CT

2012 “Seventh Crossing”, Hygienic Art Gallery

2012 “Cooperative Annual Regional Exhibition”, The Artists’ Cooperative Gallery,

2012 “Connecticut Woman Artists Member’s Exhibition”, Gallore Gallery, Middletown, CT (July)

2012 “RAW Hartford, Natural Born Artists”, The Russian Lady, Hartford, CT  (Sept.)

2012 “A Gathering of Printmakers”, Hygienic Art Gallery, New London, CT (Oct./Nov/)

2012   “Art =Gift”, The Hygienic Art Gallery, New London, CT

2011 “Winter Relief: Burnishing the Cold”, La Grua Center, Stonington, CT (Jan/Feb)

2011 “Love Exhibition” Honorable Mention, Expressiones, New London, CT (Sept)

2011 “Holiday Fine Arts Salon”, Mystic Arts Center, Mystic, CT

2011  “Winter Lights”, Expressiones, New London, CT

2011 “Art=Gift”, Hygienic Art Gallery, New London, CT

2011 “Good Tidings, Great Art”, Above Elite Studios Open Studio, Westerly, RI

2010   “Hygienic XXXI Salon des Independents”, Hygienic Art Gallery, New London, CT

2010 “Culture of Creativity”, Edwards Gallery, Holderness, NH (March)

2010 “Images from the Stonington Printmaker’s Society”, Cate Charles Gallery, Stonington, CT (April)

2010 “What IS an Altered Book?”, The Riverside Artist’s Studio & Gallery (May/June)

2010 “I Love Downtown” Community Art Exhibition, Westerly, RI (May)

2010  “Spring Fling”, Above Elite Studios, Westerly, RI (May)

2010  “Long & Lean”, Mystic Arts Center, Mystic CT (April/May)

2010 “Buds to Blooms” & Grand Opening, The Artists’ Cooperative Gallery of Westerly, Westerly RI  (April/May)

2010   “Connecticut Women Artists 81st Annual Exhibition”, John Slade Ely House, New Haven, CT (May/June)

2010  “Manipulating Pigments: Relief and Intaglio” (Stonington Printmaker’s Society), La Grua Center, Stonington, CT (Sept)

2010  “A Vision of Squam”, Sandwich Artisans Guild, Sandwich, NH (Sept)

2010  “Laura Gaffke: Exhibition”, Sole Studio, Westerly, RI

2010 “Good Tidings, Great Art”, Above Elite Studios, Westerly, RI

2009 “Two Lightback”, Plum Elements Gallery, Charlestown, SC (Dec2009/Jan 2010)

2009 “Hygienic XXX Salon des Independents”, Hygienic Art Gallery, New London, CT

2009 “Members Exhibition” (Honorable Mention), Hygienic Art Gallery, New London, CT

2009 “Artist As Outsider”, The Edwards Gallery, Holderness NH (Spring)

2009 “Regional Art Exhibition”, The Artists’ Cooperative Gallery of Westerly, Westerly, RI

2009 “Holiday Fine Art & Gift Salon”, Mystic Arts Center, Mystic CT  (Nov/dec)

2009 “Making the Mark: The Work of the Stonington Printmaker’s Society”, Slater Gallery, Norwich, CT (Nov-Jan 2010)

2009 “Graduate Student Exhibition”, Goddard College, Plainfield, VT

2009 “Good Tidings, Great Art”, Above Elite Studios, Westerly, RI

PUBLICATIONS

Robin Norgren Studios, January  2014  “I find Beauty In…”  blog contributor

Spark and Inspire: 30 Days of Meaningful Insight to Spark Your Business and Inspire Your Soul, 2013, written by Robin Norgren, writer/contributor

Creating with Kindness: Notes on the Creative Process from Local Artist Laura Gaffke

Mystic Arts Center Blog, January 2013

Groton Patch, June 4, 2011 “Laura Gaffke: Home is where the Heart Is” written by Juli Mancini

Artful Blogging Magazine, Winter 2011, Tina Hirsig and Laura Gaffke’s collaborative artwork is featured as a HUB article       describing how they began collaborating and recent projects.

BlogTalk Radio, 2011, Interview by Cassie Premo Steele about collaborative work with Tina Hirsig

Narragansett Times Newspaper, 2010, “Heart to Heart with Collaborating Artists Laura Gaffke and Tina Hirsig” written by Karen Souza

LECTURES

Artist Talk: Two Artists Shifting Perspectives with Tina Hirsig, Studio M, Mystic CT May 16, 2014

Artist Talk: Life Conversations, Mystic Calligraphy Association, Mystic, CT

Collaboration: Seeing/Creating, Laura Gaffke Studios, Westerly RI, 2013

Collaborative Communities: Peer Learning with Tina Hirsig, Goddard College Residency, VT, 2008

PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS & HONORS

CWA 2011-present

Stonington Printmaker’s Society 2009-2012

The Artists’ Cooperative Gallery of Westerly ?dates

Mystic Arts Center, Member 2008-present

“Love” Honorable Mention, Expressiones Gallery 2011

Members Exhibition, Honorable Mention, Mystic Arts Center 2010

Liquitex Excellence in Art Award, 1995

PRIVATE COLLECTIONS

Private collections in The United States & England