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 www.bluelakestudio.net/home
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.
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
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.