Author Archives: Susan Sternau

My Summer of Love Experience

Light Show, Summer of Love Exhibit

New York  in the Summer of Love I was only nine years old and living in New York City during San Francisco’s Summer of Love. What filtered through to me was the wildness and freedom of the 1960s. Central Park in New York during the sixties was a frequent destination for my family. Suddenly the […]

Easter Island Sketchbook at Book Passage

Susan Sternau with Jeff Battis at Book Passage by the bay

Discovering a New Bookstore This spring Sausalito welcomed a beautiful new bookstore, Book Passage By-the-Bay. It is located at 100 Bay Street at the entrance to the Sausalito Yacht Harbor boardwalk. The store is light, spacious, and filled with wonderful books. Also a social center and destination, the store has been hosting many author events. […]

Ancient Animals from the Age of Empires

amazing animals of Chinese art

I just saw the most amazing exhibit of ancient Chinese art at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. The Age of Empires: Chinese Art of the Qin and Han Dynasties,  includes a stunning display of ancient animals, people, and even model houses made of earthenware that were recovered from royal tombs in Western […]

Next Sausalito Art Walk: Wednesday September 13th

September 13 ART WALK event sat Susan Sternau Studios

Please join us at Susan Sternau Studios for the next Sausalito Art Walk on Wednesday, September 13th from 4 to 8 pm. You are invited to discover one of Sausalito’s hidden gems and enjoy local art and refreshments in a garden setting.   Continue to browse art and sample treats at a dozen local businesses […]

Cool Carvings in Sausalito

ool carvings, Sybrian's Sausalito Sea Lion, Susan Sternau photo

One of my favorite cool carvings in Sausalito is one I see almost every day. It is the Miner Forty-Niner panning for gold outside our local hardware store, Waterstreet Hardware,  at the corner of Caledonia and Litho Streets. Albert, who has worked at Waterstreet since 1964, told me that Barney West carved the Miner. Barney […]

Floating Art Colony of Sausalito

Ferry Vallejo Houseboat, floating art colony

Where is the floating art colony of Sausalito? With its almost three miles of waterfront on Richardson Bay, Sausalito has been always been a great place to anchor a boat. This little town has a history as a safe harbor for ships restocking water and supplies. More recently, it has welcomed a number of retired […]

Quilts are Art: A Show of Contemporary Quilts

Quilts by Muir Beach Quilters and Friends

Quilting is considered a craft, but these days it is also most definitely one of the arts. “Out of the Blue,” a show of quilts at the Bay Model in Sausalito, showcases what is best about contemporary quilting. The quilts by the Muir Beach Quilters and Friends have similar artistic qualities to painting: they are […]

The Gingerbread House Tour: Sausalito’s Annual Tradition

Gingerbread Casa Madrona Hote & Spa

The Gingerbread House Tour and Competition: The Gingerbread House Tour and Competition is one of the reasons I love December in Sausalito. Some other reasons are the lighted boat parade, houses with Christmas lights marching up the hills, the smell of Christmas Trees from the lot in Dumphy Park. Fishing boats appear in Richardson Bay, […]

Holiday Open Studio 2016

holiday open studio 2016

You are invited to a Holiday Open Studio Art Show and Sale at Susan Sternau Studios in Sausalito Saturday, December 3rd and Sunday, December 4th Open Studio hours are from 12 pm to 5 pm on both weekend days. All original art will be 30% off for the Holiday Open Studio event. Check out all […]

Nicholas Coley Abstract Landscapes

Edge of the Wood by Nicholas Coley

Nicholas Coley Art Exhibit: Many artists fall in love with painting because of the sensual qualities of paint. Thickly brushed on oil paint is satisfying to use precisely because it is luxurious. Thick yet malleable, it can be moved around the surface of a canvas easily. The buttery quality of the paint and the richness […]