Location: United States
Lori Mole http://lorimole.com is a contemporary painter who combines her background of graphic design, art and music to create “The Music Series”. She recently moved to Orcutt in Santa Barbara County, CA from the Sonoma County Wine Country.
California born and raised, she grew up in the small farm town of Orland playing the piano and clarinet, marching in Mr. Fairlee’s band. Lori received high school scholarships for graphic design and worked at local print shops. She graduated from CSU, Chico with a BA in Art focusing on Gallery Management and Printmaking.
Operating her own Sonoma County galleries for 20 years awarded her multiple titles including “Top 100 Galleries of American Crafts in the USA” and “Best Art Gallery of Sonoma, Napa and Marin Counties”.
Exhibiting her watercolors at her gallery led to connecting with “Wild About Music”, Austin, TX. Gallery owner Shelley Meyer stated “She has a recognizable style with her bold keyboards and interpretations of music.” The gallery honored Willie Nelson with a themed show which highlighted Lori’s painting titled “Trigger” after his guitar.
The de Young Museum, San Francisco’s “Bouquets to Art” event traveled to Santa Rosa. Lori’s painting “Dancing in the Dark” was selected and translated into a floral arrangement. Her artwork is collected by music lovers of all generations. She exhibits in juried and invitational shows throughout the U.S. and in 2002, was selected as the artist for the Sedona Jazz on the Rocks Festival.
Lori worked with Healdsburg, CA stone sculptor, T Barny as his Marketing Director for 10 year’s bringing his career to the next level. She now paints in acrylic, devoting her time to her own work in her Central Coast studio.
Lori Mole - Curriculum Vitae
California Girl Born Creative in 1962. Painting “The Music Series” since 1992.
Highlights from over 400 resume entries
Education Bachelor of Fine Arts, Studio Art & Gallery Management, CSU, Chico 1985
Selected Solo Shows
ARTexpo, New York 2018
Costa de Oro Winery, Santa Maria, CA 2018
Hudson Street Wineries, Healdsburg, CA 2012, 2013, 2014
Statements Gallery, Healdsburg, CA 2006 – 2009
Gallery One, Petaluma, CA 2003 & Group Shows thru 2014
Wolfard & Co., Santa Rosa, CA 1992 – 2003
Selected Invitational Shows
Amsterdam Whitney Intl. Fine Art, Chelsea, NY 2018
ARTAVITA - ART San Diego, CA 2018
de Young Museum “Bouquets to Art”, Santa Rosa, CA 2014
Mills Pond House Gallery “Art of Music”, Long Island, NY 2005
Wild About Music Gallery, Santa Monica, CA 2004-2006
The Jazz & Blues Company, Carmel-by-the-Sea, CA 2004-2005
Sedona Jazz on the Rocks “Poster Artist”, Sedona, AZ 2002
Mendocino Arts Center, Mendocino, CA 1996 – 2004
Wild About Music Gallery, Austin, TX 1996-2001
Gallery Propreitor for over 20 Years
Statements Gallery, Healdsburg, CA 2006-2009
Wolfard & Co., Corte Madera, CA 1993
Wolfard & Co., Santa Rosa, CA 1986-2003
ART BIZ – “Working in the Arts”
T Barny Gallery & Sculpture Gardens, Healdsburg, CA 2005-2014
Cultural Arts Council of Sonoma County “Secretary”, Board Term, 1994-1997
Montgomery Village Shopping Center “President” of the Board, 1992-1995
Juror, Outside Exhibits & Over 55 Speaking Engagements
PAINTING Selected Publications & Awards
“Certificate of Excellence”, ARTAVITA Award, 2018
Lori Mole “50 Paintings My 50th Year” Book, 2012
Wild About Music Gallery in “Celebrate Austin” Hotel Guest Book, 1997
COAST and A&E Magazines, Featured Articles, 1996
GALLERY Selected Publications & Awards
T Barny “Three Decades of Excellence” Book Featured Page, 2011
Wolfard & Co. “Best Art Gallery in Sonoma, Napa & Marin Counties”, 2003
The Press Democrat “Front Page, Business Feature”, 2001
Wolfard & Co. “Top 100 Galleries in the USA”, 1995 – 2000
California artist Lori Mole paints with a musical heart.
When I was 3 years old, Louis Armstrong was playing his trumpet in the Disneyland parade. He set his trumpet down, looked right at me and threw me a kiss. It was like magic and I fell in love with music.
A native Californian, I grew up hearing and playing music. First, it was piano lessons and then playing the clarinet and flute in Mr. Fairlee’s marching band. Still today, when I see a marching band on TV or in a parade, I tear up because I feel such a deep connection. This emotion inspires me to create what I call “The Music Series”.
The series started out in watercolor, with acrylic drizzles expressing the movement. Classical music played in my art galleries of 20 years. “The Music Series” was originally called the “Symphony Series” but soon evolved to all types of music: jazz, country, blues, opera and, of course, rock and roll. I now paint in acrylic, many times adding graphic notes or lettering to create bold and dramatic designs on canvas.
I want people to see the music. My work is based on instruments, not figurative musicians. I feel this creates more of a timeless visual message. The paintings typically depict gallery scenes and music venues.
I like to think that I’m creating on a positive “note”. It’s funny how people react to my work. Musicians instantly try to read the notes. Music lovers are reminded of a concert, a musical theatre event or even dancing on the porch. A song can “Take Me There”, back through decades of time. Where does the song in your heart take you? Have you found the hidden heart in every painting?
Featured at ARTexpo, New York 2018, the original is 24"x20". It is available at $1400. Canvas Giclée Limited Editions of 50 are available of "Curator's Choice" ranging in size from 10"x8" to 60"x40". Contact Lori at www.LoriMole.com
I started playing the piano at a young age. It's my favorite instrument; I just love those keyboards. I set this grand piano in a museum setting complimenting the walls with a "music within my heart" painting. The crossword says it all: Music is what feelings sound like.
Featured at ARTexpo, New York 2018, the original is 14"x11". It is available at $425. Canvas Giclée Limited Editions of 50 are available of "The Piano Room" ranging in size from 10"x8" to 60"x40". Contact Lori at www.LoriMole.com
"The Piano Room" was reviewed by one of the Top 10 Galleries of Chelsea in New York. Amsterdam Whitney Gallery's Curatorial Review Committee noted: We were "most impressed by your superb oeuvre such as "THE PIANO ROOM" which resonates with a profound visual narrative as you reveal the invisible within the visible through spatial aesthetics.
Featured at ARTexpo, New York 2018, the original is 8"x8". It is available at $250. Canvas Giclée Limited Editions of 50 are available of "Toast the Oak" ranging in a square format size of 10"x10" to 24"x24". Contact Lori at www.LoriMole.com
"The spiritual artistic journey that you portray in "TOAST THE OAK" was quite impressive and was a triumph of personal expression and imaginative experimentation of technique and texture. We salute you on your aesthetically absorbing oeuvre which reverberates with a dynamic textural sense and powerful visceral shapes." Ruthie Tucker, Executive Director of Amsterdam Whitney Intl. Fine Art, Chelsea - New York 2018.
"I highly appreciated your artworks published on your website and after a close look at your artwork. I believe that your vibrant art research, together with your creative imaginary like in your 'Toast the Oak', will bring personal and unique inputs"... into "Little Treasures", an exhibition scheduled for 2019. Paola Trevisan, Director & Curator of Trevisan International Art, Bologna, Italy - 2018.
Featured at ARTexpo, New York 2018, the original is 48"x36". Canvas Giclée Limited Edition Prints of 50 are available of "Under a Bowl of Stars" ranging in size from 10"x8" to 60"x40". Contact Lori at www.LoriMole.com
"We were enthralled by the emotive quality of "UNDER A BOWL OF STARS", which reflects your fine talent and vibrant visual intensity." Ruthie Tucker, Executive Director of Amsterdam Whitney Intl. Fine Art, Chelsea - New York 2018.
Featured at ARTexpo, New York 2018, the original is 24"x20". It is available at $1400. Canvas Giclée Limited Editions Prints of 50 are available of "The View" ranging in size from 10"x8" to 60"x40". Contact Lori at www.LoriMole.com
Many times I enjoy putting a painting within a painting or a "VIEW". This idea comes from my huge background of owning art galleries and hanging many shows. It also showcases the New York skyline which I had recorded in my sketchbook. Like wine, it breathes in a mood with atmosphere.
"Your compelling "THE VIEW" conveys your unique artistic vision of capturing the impalpable as you seize the essence of the emotional and physical experience. We are so pleased with your marvelous art and the positive energy of your stellar compositions." Ruthie Tucker, Executive Director of Amsterdam Whitney Intl. Fine Art, Chelsea - New York 2018.