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king queen chairs © Lauretta Lowell
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Puff the Magic Dragon, 2011 Assemblage 18"H X 20"L X 8"W © Lauretta Lowell
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Half Breed, June 2010 Assemblage Sculpture © Lauretta Lowell
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Possum and Catfish Pie, June 2010 Assemblage 22 X 14 X 7" Inches © Lauretta Lowell
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Eco Warrior, April 2010 Assemblage Sculpture © Lauretta Lowell
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Monkey or Man, May 2010 24" X 15" © Lauretta Lowell
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Palace of Pearls, February 2010 Mixed Media Assemblage 20" X 12" © Lauretta Lowell
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King Me, May 2010 Assemblage © Lauretta Lowell
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Special Edition, June 2010 Assemblage © Lauretta Lowell
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Money toBurn, May2010 Mixed Media Assemblage © Lauretta Lowell
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I'm Just A Bird In A Guilded Cage, 5/2010 Assemblage 17" H X 5" W X 6" D © Lauretta Lowell
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Good Dogs, February 2010 Mixed Media Collage 14" X 14" © Lauretta Lowell
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Jerry Mahoney Box, 2010 Mixed Media Assemblage 16"H X 10"W X 7"D © Conrad Lembers
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Roller Baby, Sweetie Pie, Fly Girl, 7/09 Mixed Media Assemblage © Lauretta Lowell
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Wile E. Coyote, 2010 Assemblage Art 14"H X 6"W X 5"D
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Phantom, 2010 Mixed Media Assemblage 16" H X 13" W X 6" D © Conrad Lembers
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Sue Felt Trapped, 3/10 Assemblage
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Smile for the Birdie, 2010 Assemblage Art 12" H X 6"W X 9"D © Conrad Lembers
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Betsy's Box, 2010 Mixed Media Assemblage 10" H X 8" W X 5" D © Conrad Lembers
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Zora the Fortune Teller, 5/09 Mixed Media Assemblage © Lauretta Lowell
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Hand of Fatima or Hamsa, 10/09 Mixed Media Assemblage © Lauretta Lowell
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Red Head Necklace, 10/09 Jewelry © Lauretta Lowell
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Fly, 10/09 Jewelry © Lauretta Lowell
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Lizard Eye Necklace, 10/09 Jewelry © Lauretta Lowell
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Hungry Hill, 10/09 Mixed Media Assemblage Altar © Lauretta Lowell
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My Heart Has Wings, 10/09 Mixed Media Assemblage Altar © Lauretta Lowell
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Stepford Monkey, 8/09 Mixed Media Assemblage © Lauretta Lowell
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Giseppi, the Organ Grinder's Monkey, 7/09 Mixed Media Assemblage © Lauretta Lowell
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Frisky, 1/09 Mixed Media Assemblage © Lauretta Lowell
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Garden of Good and Evil, 5/09 Mixed Media Mosaic 12" X 12" © Lauretta Lowell
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Princess, 5/09 Assemblage © Lauretta Lowell
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Madam Butterfly, 6/09 Assemblage © Lauretta Lowell
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Door Knob Box, 6/09 Cigar Box Assemblage © Lauretta Lowell
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In Sync, 12/08 Assemblage 48"H X 24"W © Lauretta Lowell
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Bulldog Box, 11/08 Mixed Media Assemblage © Lauretta Lowell
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Asian Tranquility, 1/09 Mixed Media Mosaic 12" Round © Lauretta Lowell
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Wish, 4/09 Assemblage © Lauretta Lowell
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Zebra Box, 2/09 Collage, Mixed Media © Lauretta Lowell
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Frida Kahlo Totem, 11/08 Mixed Media, Assemblage © Lauretta Lowell
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#13 Eyes in the Back of my Head, 11/09 Assemblage 12"H X 7"W X 6"D © Lauretta Lowell
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Wild Abandon Necklace, 11/09 Jewelry 16" Long © Lauretta Lowell
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Song Bird in the Wild Necklace, 11/09 Jewelry 17" Long © Lauretta Lowell
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Queen of Hearts, May 2010 Assemblage Art 12" X 5 " © Lauretta Lowell
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I Think I Have a Frog In My Throat, April 2010 Assemblage © Lauretta Lowell
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Happy Trails to You, 3/09 Mixed Media Mosaic 12" X 12" © Lauretta Lowell
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Lunch with a Crow, 5/09 Mixed Media Mosaic © Lauretta Lowell
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Early Bloomer, 5/09 Mixed Media Assemblage © Lauretta Lowell
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Imagine Altar, 3/09 Assemblage Altar © Lauretta Lowell
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Lily Altar, 10/07 Assemblage Altar © Lauretta Lowell
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Gardenia Altar, 10/07 Assemblage Altar © Lauretta Lowell
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Sally Sells Seashells, 4/09 Mixed Media Assemblage © Lauretta Lowell
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Ha Cha Cha, October 2010 Assemblage 14 X 9 X 6 Inches © Lauretta Lowell
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Rosebud, October 2010 Assemblage 16 X 7 X 5 Inches © Lauretta Lowell
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The Gypsy in Me, September 2010 Assemblage 26 X 18 X 12 Inches © Lauretta Lowell
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Cloverland Circus, September 2010 Assemblage 8 X 4.5 X 13 Inches © Lauretta Lowell
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Later ~ It's About Time, October 2010 Assemblage 17 X 6 X 6 Inches © Lauretta Lowell
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The Aviator, 4-8-11 Assemblage 9"H X 10"L X 3"W © Lauretta Lowell
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Frida Kahlo Teak Chair, September 2010 Mixed Media 38 X 24 X 24 Inches © Lauretta Lowell
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Frida Kahlo Mosaic Sculpture, October 2010 Mixed Media Sculpture 20 X 7.5 X 7.5 Inches © Lauretta Lowell
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Carnival Cabaret, April 2011 Assemblage 18"H X 12"W X 4"D © Lauretta Lowell
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Caprice, Patron Saint of Whimsy, April 2011 Assemblage 18" Tall X 4"wide © Lauretta Lowell
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Quick Facts
Birthplace
Jacksonville, FL
Birth year
1951
Lives in
Palm Desert, CA
Works in
Palm Desert, CA
Representing galleries
Whimsical Curiosities ; Art & Soul Gallery ; Gallery 873 , Sm’ART Gallery & Studio, Gracie’s Emporium
Tags
Lauretta Lowell Assemblage Artist, assemblage art, arts-education sculpture, collage/assemblage mixed-media, California Assemblage Artist Lauretta Lowell, mixed-media, surrealism, digital, sculpture
Statement

Palm Desert’s Assemblage Artist, Lauretta Lowell, first became addicted to treasure hunting and collecting odd things at the young age of 7 years old, while living on military bases in Japan where her father was an Army Major. She would keep herself busy by collecting discards from other family’s trash containers (when they were relocated) and built sculptures and “tree forts”. 

 Growing up, her mother, a fashion designer and painter, was a great source of inspiration for Lauretta. She spent her high school and college years living on the north shore of Oahu, Hawaii surfing, batiking and designing bathing suits. Her artistic sense was also influenced strongly by the beauty of the islands, and the many local superstitions.

 Leaving the islands in 1976, Lauretta moved to Santa Barbara, California where she started a career in marketing and a family.  She became interested in collecting unusual antiques and machine parts for her home, a converted horse stable on three acres.   Her 28 year marketing career took her to New York, Chicago, San Francisco, Peru, Paris, England, Wales, Tahiti, and Australia. 

After the stress of her divorce, raising her two boys, and working 10 hour days, Lauretta had a stroke that took her short term memory, her ability to walk, talk, and write from her.  After five years of physical therapy, she began visiting junk stores, antique stores, and warehouses again waking up her creative juices. She found that she was drawn to vintage items from the 1930s-1950s. Her sense of humor and her self-imposed art therapy helped her heal greatly as she began creating mixed media collages and assemblages. 

In 2004 she moved to Palm Desert and in 2008 she started her business Whimsical Curiosities, showcasing her assemblage creations. Her assemblage sculptures, shrines, jewelry, mosaics are designed with the intention to capture your curiosity, make you smile and feel you are experiencing something you have never seen before.

Lauretta sells her work in local and coastal fine art festivals. She has been in galleries in Palm Springs, Fallbrook and Santa Barbara, California; Arizona, Utah, Hawaii, Michigan, and Seattle. You can see her work on her website at www.whimsicalcuriosities.com.

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UPCOMING FINE ART EXHIBITIONS

Art Under the Umbrellas - January 12, 2013, La Quinta, CA, http://www.lqaf.com/cultural-events/art-under-the-umbrellas

Southwest Arts Festival - January 25-27, 2013, Indio, CA, http://indiochamber.org/southwest-arts-festival

Art Under the Umbrellas - February 9, 2013, La Quinta, CA, http://www.lqaf.com/cultural-events/art-under-the-umbrellas

ARTWALK at the Wells - February 23 - 24, 2013, Indian Wells, CA, http://www.westcoastartists.com/

Indian Wells Arts Festival - April, 5, 6, 7, 2013, Indian Wells, CA, http://www.indianwellsartsfestival.com/

Galleries:

Art From Scrap Gallery – One Person Show – Santa Barbara, CA July-August 2011

Brandon Gallery – Jewelry Collection ~ Fallbrook, CA, September-December 2010

Brandon Gallery (Two Person Show with Richard Freund) – Fallbrook, CA, August-September 2010

Art & Soul Gallery - Bothell, Washington, 2009-2010

Metal Art Gallery 873 - Ivins, Utah, 2009

Heusso Gallery - Palm Springs, CA 2009

Wentworth Gallery - Indio, CA 2006-2008

 Juried Fine Art Festivals:

La Jolla Festival of the Arts, La Jolla, CA - June 18-19, 2011

Art Under the Umbrellas, La Quinta, CA - 2009, 2010, 2011

Palm Springs Art Festival, Palm Springs, CA - 2011

Malibu Fine Art Festival - 2010

Hermosa Beach Art Festival - 2010

Calabasas Fine Art Festival - 2010

Brentwood 15th Annual Art Festival 2009

 Non-Juried Shows:

Rancho Mirage Library, displaying assemblage art in two windows December-January, 2011

Art in the Hall, Rancho Mirage, CA – December 2010

 Art Competitions:

Palm Springs 2010 Stoke Recovery Center’s 4th Annual Art Competition

You Can Tell a Book by Its Cover, Rancho Mirage Public Library, November-December , 2010

Palm Springs 2010 Annual Juried Art Show, “Reuse, Recycle, Rethink.” Won Commissioner’s Award for “Wile E. Coyote and the Roadrunner.”

Palm Springs 2010 Stroke Recover Center’s 3rd Annual Art Competition.  Won Honorable Mention for “Money to Burn.”

 Home Design Stores:

La Quinta’s Old Town Antiques, Design and Consignment - La Quinta, CA 2010-2011

Lulu’s Home Accessories - La Quinta, CA 2010-2011

PK’s Place - Alden, Michigan, 2008-2009

 Charity Involvement:

Whitewater Park Art Celebration and Benefit – April 10, 2011

Big Hearts for Little Hearts, fundraiser for children at Loma Linda Hospital 2011

Sun City Palm Desert Annual Hadassah Luncheon 2009-2010

Gilda’s Club (cancer research) 8th Annual Fashion Show and Boutique – 2009

Desert Arc, Judging Annual Art Shows and teaching art classes – 2007-2009

Member:

The International Society of Assemblage & Collage Artists

 Education:

University of Hawaii – Art & Business

University of California Santa Barbara – Interior Design

Santa Barbara City College - Journalism