writer artist musician

gallery & shop exhibits, music performances, writings and workshops

northern California & beyond

2020 activities cancelled till further notice.

2019 December Interview in “Creative Conversations” on Unknown Gifts. December Art: Led workshop on abstract painting process, College of the Redwoods.

October Music: Eureka Heritage Tour of Homes.

August Book signing, Bayside Books. August Art (Ongoing): Art Instructor, The Old Steeple.

July Art, Ferndale Arts Gallery.

June Journal Keeping Workshop, Humboldt Library.

June Book signing, Chapman’s Bookery.

May Journal Keeping Workshop, Trinidad Library.


Nov Art: Ramone's Old Town Coffee House, Eureka. Solo show. Book signing.

October Writing: Novel “Annie California” published. Book signing, Arcata Plaza. July-Sep Art: Redwood Art Association Gallery, Eureka. Solo show, "You Are Here," Gallery 5

July Writing (ongoing): Started Blog Jam

Jan Music: Trinidad Art Gallery with Tim Breed


Oct Music & Art: Stokes Hamer, Arcata. Art with Howdy Emerson; Music with Matt Brody

Aug Music: Trinidad Art Gallery, Trinidad Artisans Market, both with Matt Brody

Jul Music: Simmons Gallery, Trinidad

Jul Writing: Interview with Janet Carey about artistic process:

May Music: Trinidad Trading Post with Matt Brody

Jan Art: Just My Type Letterpress, Eureka. Solo show.

Book News:

Winner of Ruth Marcus Memorial Writing Scholarship, Humboldt Area Foundation, for Margaret to complete her manuscript, "Annie California." Completed September 2016, submitted for publication.


Nov Music: Trinidad Library, Celtic-inspired songs

Oct Art: Strawberry Rock Gallery, Trinidad

Sep Music: Stokes Hamer for Arts Arcata

Aug Art: Taste of Bim (through Sep), Eureka

             Humboldt IPA (through mid-Oct), Eureka

Jul Art: Airbnb, Boston area (ongoing)

Jul Music: Trinidad Art Gallery with Rick Park

Jun Art: Redwood Art Association Gallery (through mid-Aug) solo show: "Are You Painting the Ocean?"

            Coast Central Credit Union Gallery (through July), Arcata

May Art (ongoing): Mary Rose Gallery, Perry, Iowa

May Music: La Poste, Perry, Iowa

                 Simmons Gallery with Matt Brody, Trinidad

Apr Writing (ongoing): Monthly column in Senior News (15,000 circ.) on creative therapies

Apr Music: Lighthouse Cafe, Trinidad

                Mind's Eye, Ferndale

                Cornucopia, Eureka

Mar Music: Interview KHUM with Lyndsey Battle

                 CD Release Concert, Westhaven Center for the Arts, "Coast" CD (available now)


Sep Art: "Big Rock Creek," Blue Lake Studio: Mark C. Petri photographs & Kellermann poems

Sep Music: Humboldt Herbals, with Rick Park, Eureka

Aug Music: Trinidad Art Gallery; Stokes Hamer in Arcata, both with Rick Park

Jul Art: Redwood Art Association Gallery, group show: "Plein Air Artists," Eureka

Jul Music: Trinidad Fish Fest with Matt Brody

Jun "Art in the Garden," plein-air painting event with 22 artists, Patrick's Point

Jun Art: Maclay Family Fishing Gallery, paintings (through Dec), Trinidad

Jun Art: Blue Lake Studio, solo exhibit "A Lot of Blue Paint" during North Coast Open Studios

May Art: Ramone's Coffee House

Mar Art: Stokes Hamer

Mar Music: Trinidad Library

Mar Art: Redwood Art Association Gallery

Feb Art: Blue Lake Studio, solo exhibit, gallery opening


Nov Art & Music: Old Town Antique Lighting, solo art exhibit; music with Matt Brody

July-Sep Art: Strawberry Rock Gallery

May Art: Westhaven Center for the Arts, member show

Apr Art & Music: Joyful Healer, McKinleyville, 2-person show with Howdy Emerson


Nov Music: Blessing of the Fleet, Trinidad

Nov Art: Willow & Rags, Arcata

Oct Art & Music: Joyful Healer

Sep Music: CL Leathers

Interview with Margaret Kellermann

Owner & resident artist, Blue Lake Studio

What do you do?

Art, music, writing, art, music, writing; that's all I do. Well, I also lead workshops. But the workshops are focused on art, music and writing. So really it's just art, music and writing. 

What kind of art?

For the past few years, I've been working on abstract seascapes in acrylic, because I can thin it to show layers or keep it thick to show texture. In early 2015 I opened Blue Lake Studio & Gallery in Blue Lake, California, to showcase the work of a featured guest artist along with my work each month. At the same time, I instigated Blue Lake Art Night, held every Second Saturday of the month, to encourage even more community spirit. 

What kind of music?

Original Celtic folk. I write songs, sing and play guitar and some improv piano. I play well with others, though I also tend to run with scissors. (See "workshops in art," above.) With different bands, I've performed at the Northwest Folklife Festival and the Portland Folklife Festival. These days I play out an average of three times a month, during art nights, at coffeehouses, outdoor events, and other venues. 

What kind of writing?

Well, that's a long story, but I'll keep it a short story. I've published six books, mostly poetry and nonfiction, all of it encouraging people to use their creative gifts. One of the books I wrote as Margaret D. Smith is A Holy Struggle: Unspoken thoughts of Hopkins (WaterBrook Press, a division of Random House, 1994). Another is Journal Keeper (Eerdmans, 1992, 1994), a handbook on starting and keeping a journal.

Is that it?

Well, it keeps me busy. Also, I have 5 very young grandchildren I'm hoping will soon know they are already artists, musicians, or whatever they love to be.