Deborah Garber in studio1

KRCB thanks Sonoma County artist Deborah Garber for providing the artwork for this year's auction.

Garber picked up her first piece of chalk as a young child and never let go. The lush woodlands and rolling hills of her native Illinois were the sparks that ignited her love of nature in all its moods and forms. After graduating from the Rhode Island School of Design where she studied printmaking and illustration, Garber sought experience in life and art in Europe, the Middle East and Asia. For five years she lived out of a suitcase, toting a Spartan assortment of pastels. She stayed in city or countryside just long enough to absorb the spirit of place through the local language, customs and landscape, supporting herself through political cartooning, courtroom illustration, window design and translation. Seeking to feed a lifelong interest in languages and other cultures, Garber has also attended the University of Michigan, Sorbonne University, Hebrew University of Jerusalem, City College of San Francisco and Santa Rosa Junior College, pursuing studies in French, Hebrew, Arabic, Spanish, Italian, Cantonese and Russian.

Upon her return to the United States, Garber continued to build an extensive body of work and an artistic reputation through competitions, exhibitions, gallery representation and teaching. Her pastels, oils and prints are included in the collections of numerous private individuals, museums and corporations.

For many years, pastel has been her primary medium, though she periodically puts away her pastels and gets out her oil paints, alternating between the two mediums. In a departure from her usual materials, she is currently tackling the medium of mosaics. In addition, she has created a line of limited edition silk scarves based on her floral designs and sells them through several museum stores, including San Francisco's de Young Museum of Art and the Boston Museum of Fine Arts.

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Garber's painting, "A Different Season" is the official art for KRCB's 2015 Bay Area Wine and Epicurean Auction.


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