Connections & Celebrations…”Oh what a night Part I”

laura gaffke name on lighhouse gallery window

Kitty's drawing of the opening reception

*illustration created for me by my sweet friend, Kathleen Neal. Really set the tone for the magical evening!

Dear Tina & friends,

Last friday night proved to be incredibly special. As I had mentioned last week, Chris Rose the gallery director at the Lighthouse Gallery is marvelous to work with. He hung the show beautifully and even put together a pretty extensive brochure of my work. I thought it was a really nice touch and made a lovely keepsake for anyone who came to the show or might like to learn more about me. Each painting was photographed and placed in the book with the paintings title, size and value of the work. You can tell he put a lot of time into this little detail. I often think so much lies in the details. Don’t you?

laura's brochure collage

I wanted to add my own special touch to the night and put together fresh flowers from my garden. I also wanted there to be lovely treats for my guests. As many of you know I am no chef but I thought these came out really well and looked pretty. I got the idea to make the tomato/mozzarella appetizers from my friend Diana (she has a wonderful eye for color which is reflective in her paintings as well) and the brownies came from oggling Pinterest and looking at all of their eye candy.

appetizers for Lighthouse Gallery Opening

I think everything turned out A-Okay if I do say so myself!

laura gaffke's affirmation collage_wm

As I was laying out the work to bring to the gallery I realized I had four ongoing series I had been working on. Although all of the work tied together with intention and color they worked well together in groupings. Taking the time to write and reflect brought about a new sense of clarity. I will be sharing some of my thoughts about the work as well as photos throughout the month of August while the show is up in a series I am calling, Connections & Celebrations, Oh what a night. 

The paintings above are part of my “Affirmation Series” and are dear to my heart. Here is why…


I am a firm believer in “thoughts becoming things” and do my best to focus on the positive. This isn’t always easy so I keep a gratitude journal which helps me become more aware of the wonder and good that could easily slip by unnoticed in a busy life. Often thoughts or phrases will come to me while I work and are put into my paintings. They are a reminder to slow down, listen, and steer my thoughts towards what I wish for myself and others. Affirmations are a declaration of something that is true. If you believe it to be and take action towards that, it just may happen.

focus on the good.wm

This painting, along with several others I am happy to say will be going to the most wonderful homes at the end of the show! I cannot tell you what it meant to have so many wonderful people come out for my opening. These paintings along with several others in this series will be on view at the Lighthouse Gallery in Groton, CT until August 30th should you wish to see them in person. If you happen to see anything you like feel free to contact Chris Rose at the gallery for purchasing information (860) 445-7626 x 108.

Here are a few more paintings in this series:

be in harmony with yourself wm

“Be in harmony with yourself”, acrylic,18 x 18 inches *available

only good lies before me, affirmation painting

“Only Good Lies Before Me” acrylic, 12 x 12 inches *available

Thank you so much for following in along in my journey! Stayed tuned for more highlights of the night and to hear about the three other series of paintings.

With love & gratitude,


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4 thoughts on “Connections & Celebrations…”Oh what a night Part I”

  1. I would love to have a copy of your gallery booklet of your pieces. How could one get one. I live in KY so won’t be able to swing over to the gallery. I love your art. I think we have taken a class together under Junelle Jacobsen.

  2. Congrats Laura! Wish I could have been there. I am enjoying seeing photos of your new work. I am also glad to hear that people are supporting your work by purchasing it and making it part of their home. Bravo!

  3. Hi Paula,
    I would be MORE than happy to send you a brochure. Why don’t you email me at with your address and I will send one out to you. Although I have never taken a class with Junelle Jacobsen, I just looked at her website and think I would LOVE to! I had never seen her work and will have to add her to my blog roll. Thank you so much for sharing her with me and for all your kind comments! I will look forward to getting to know you better!
    Cheery Smiles your way…Laura :)

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