Julia Pozsgai in The Shop

Free Opening Reception

Thursday, October 6

3–5 pm

Visit the display in The Shop:

October 6–22

Thursdays–Saturdays, 10 am–4 pm

Julia Pozsgai’s enthusiasm for nature, color and music is expressed everywhere in her artwork, from painting to jewelry to textiles.

Julia’s work has been available in The Shop for the past year, and has consistently delighted customers, who are drawn to the bright colors and whimsical imagery of her art and jewelry as well as the usefulness of her handcrafted bags, pouches and cases.

Creative since her teenage years, Julia studied 3D art and furniture making at Autistry in San Rafael and later enrolled in art classes with Alchemia in Petaluma where she became the first artist-in-residence with a focus on painting, textiles and ceramics.  

In 2014, Julia started her own art business and studio, Pansy Creations, in Sonoma with the support of Casa Allegra Community Services of Marin. In addition to other services and supports for adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities, CACS helps entrepreneurs with dreams and a passion to establish their businesses and develop their careers. This is achieved with the support of mentors who can guide refinement of skills for art and business.

This year, for the first time, Julia has invited some of the mentors to present a sample of their art.  It is her way of saying thank you for their help in building her confidence as an artist. Mary Neuer Lee has guided Julia in jewelry and metalwork and will present some of her unique Kintsugi jewelry at the show. Camille LaPointe-Lyons has provided support in painting and will feature her award-winning watercolors. 

Edward’s Peaches by Camille LaPointe-Lyons

Julia loves to express creatively. In her own words, “I like painting the intricacies of patterns, and how the birds might reflect themselves or be with family. I draw with color and shapes from my imagination. It makes me feel calm to paint and create art. I choose to make art because it is peaceful, loving and magical.”

With the support of her mentors, Julia has made her mark as an artist in the North Bay over the last eight years with art exhibitions at the Arts Guild of Sonoma, the Museum of Sonoma County, as well as jurying in to call-to-artists shows. She has had five successful one woman shows, and participated regularly in the Art Walk of Sonoma, has painted trophies for the Sonoma International Film Festival awards, and has won recognition for some of her creations in the Sonoma Community Center’s Annual Trashion Fashion event. 

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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.


Please email Tod Thorpe, Director of Development at tod.thorpe@maringarden.org to discuss your gift to Marin Art and Garden Center