Laurie's Biography

Laurie is an artist whose many years of working with ceramics, fiber arts, surface design, book arts and found objects find their full expression in her current work.

Much of her professional life has been dedicated to protecting our natural heritage of rivers and oceans. As a river rafting and sea kayaking guide she raised awareness of the threats to their existence. As a leader in the Stanislaus and Tuolumne River campaigns she secured funds to organize constituents for the protection of these beautiful and irreplaceable rivers.

Experiencing first hand the "collateral damage" of highly polarized environmental campaigns, she subsequently adopted the mutual gains strategy for co-creating environmental and public policy with diverse stakeholders. From 2002–2012 she served as Campus Ombudsman at the University of California, Santa Cruz, where she pioneered the use of The World Café in academic settings.

Professional Affiliations

  • Artist Conference Network, Co-facilitator, Oakland, California
  • New Fiber Group of Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz, California
  • Zen & The Arts, Santa Cruz Zen Center, Santa Cruz, California
  • WEAD: Women Eco-Artists Dialogue, Oakland, California
  • Dark Mountain Project, A global network of writers, artists and thinkers.

Group Shows

  • Aikidoka Art Works, Aikido of Santa Cruz, February 2010
  • Cabrillo 12 x 12 Show, Cabrillo College, Santa Cruz, 2014 & 2015
  • First Friday, Santa Cruz Zen Center, June–September 2016 & 2017
  • Contemporary Fiber Art Exhibit, Santa Cruz Art League, July 8–August 7, 2016
  • Open Studios Art Tour, Arts Council Santa Cruz County, October, 2016
  • New Fiber Group, Blitzer Gallery, Santa Cruz, April 2017
  • Crochet Coral Reef, UCSC Satellite Reef, Santa Cruz, May 2017
  • Imagining Safe Space, Resource Center for Nonviolence, March, 2018

Solo Shows

  • Explorations in Form & Flow, Concrete Rose Salon / Old Sash Mill, Santa Cruz, September–October 2015
  • Featured Fall Artist — Wargin Winery, Soquel, October–November, 2017

Formal Education

  • B.A. Comparative Literature / UC Berkeley
  • M.A. Humanistic Psychology / CSU Sonoma