Guest Curator Kate Eilertsen

Since The Studio opened late in 2016, Marin Art and Garden Center has been bringing you a wide range of exhibitions, including sculpture, photography, interactive digital art and more. We have been extremely fortunate to work with Kate Eilertsen as the guest curator for many of these exhibitions, and we are delighted to share the news that she has recently been appointed the Acting Executive Director of di Rosa Center for Contemporary Art in Napa.

We have been so fortunate to have Kate lead the development of our visual arts program in The Studio. Her familiarity with artists working throughout the Bay Area and her exceptional eye have resulted in a series of outstanding exhibitions featuring artists working in a variety of media and styles, all inspired by the beauty and complexity of the natural world. Kate is a natural communicator and her artist conversations have helped us understand the artistic processes in new ways. We are grateful for her leadership and inspiration and for making The Studio at Marin Art and Garden Center a dynamic venue for the visual arts.

Kate began working with us in 2017, bringing us digital artist and photographer Nicole Katano’s work in “Intangible.” The natural world has been a common thread through many of the exhibitions Kate has curated for us, including “Gathering Distance” with large-scale landscapes by Christopher Evans, “In Flight” with works by Peter Hassen and Dick Morisawa, “Exotic Aquatic,” a combined installation of works by Erick Dunn and Erica Woolsey,  “Illuminations,” from painter Larry Thomas, and most recently, “Rooted in Wonder: Frances McCormack and Miya Hannan.” 

Horizon IV by Larry Thomas

Kate also brought us “Reinvention,” the large-scale geometric sculptures of Francis Collins, the retrospective “Betty Wilson: Exercises in Form, Composition and Color,” and “Kitchen Memories,” showcasing mid-century selections from Kathleen Thompson Hill’s collection of vintage kitchen implements.

Sculpture by Francis Collins 

Earlier this year, Kate was kind enough to share her thoughts about working at Marin Art and Garden Center and helping to develop our visual arts program, in the video featured above. We hope you will join us in wishing Kate the best with her new role; we are also pleased to share the good news that Kate will be curating our next exhibition in The Studio, “Abstract Nature”—with prints by Katherine Warinner and sculpture by Nick Taylor. This show, postponed from spring 2020, will open on Friday, March 12, 2021 and run through Sunday, April 25.

Blue Skies by Katherine Warinner 

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IRS Guidelines for Gifts from Donor Advised Funds to Support MAGC Events

Thank you for your interest in giving to the Marin Art & Garden Center events from your Donor Advised Fund (DAF) or Family Foundation.

We sincerely appreciate your generosity and support!

To ensure your gift follows the current IRS guidelines for DAF/Family Foundation support of an event, we would like to share the below guidelines with you.

  • Raffle tickets, tickets to galas and other special events, auction items, and benefits conferred in connection with a DAF/foundation grant are not permitted.
    • IRS has specifically ruled that fair market value associated with fundraising events cannot be separated, a practice known as “bifurcation.”
      • For example, with Edible Garden, if the price of the ticket is $200 and the FMV fair market value (non-tax-deductible amount) is designated to be $50, the donor must pay from sources other than her DAF/foundation for the full value of the ticket ($200) and not just for the non-tax-deductible amount ($50).
    • We recommend you confer with your financial advisor to confirm if any of these examples of how donors may still use their DAF to support an event would work for you:
      • A donor could sponsor the event, and not attend, and pay fully out of the DAF/foundation.
      • A donor could sponsor the event using DAF/foundation funds and attend by purchasing an individual ticket through non-DAF/foundation funds.
      • A donor could sponsor the event, join the event as a guest of another donor/table guest, and pay fully out of the DAF/foundation.
      • A donor could sponsor the event and host the afforded number of people at their chosen level as long as they pay for the seats at the lowest ticket price ($200 for Edible Garden) outside of their DAF.
        • As an example, a $1,500 sponsor that covers 2 guests, could pay for their sponsorship with $400 from a different source of funds, and then give an additional gift of $1,100 out of their DAF.


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