Art by Jerilynne and Loren

Jerilynne Nibbe

Jerilynne received her B.S. in Art Education form Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana, in 1963. After teaching art and Adult Education ceramics for two years in Indiana, she moved to California with her husband, Loren.

She took a ten-year break from teaching to raise a family and start a pottery business. For over twenty years, she sold her ceramics at the Santa Barbara Beach Art Show.

In 1979 Jerilynne returned to full time teaching at Crane School in Montecito where she taught studio art and developed and taught a digital component for the art program. During her time at Crane, she continued to develop her own artwork and became a technology mentor, training teachers throughout Santa Barbara County to incorporate technology into their classrooms.

Her interest in monotype began in 1992 when Crane School awarded her an Eldon Boyd grant to study printmaking at the Graphics Workshop in Santa Fe, New Mexico. There she spent a month working with Ron Pokrasso and exploring monotype. The experience was life changing. She incorporated printmaking throughout the art curriculum at Crane and began to produce and show her own monotypes.

Watercolor has been one of her passions since college days, and she has continued her study by taking classes and participating in workshops. The Adult Education classes that she has taken over the years have been a source of both inspiration and skill building. Of particular importance has been her time in Rose Margaret Braiden’s classes where she has learned to love the transparency and fluidity of watercolor and to appreciate its long history.

In 2003 she retired from Crane Country Day School after 24 years of teaching studio art and digital imaging. She is delighted to have time to devote to making art and taking a more active part in shows and exhibits around town.

The major influence in Jerilynne’s life has been her husband and fellow artist, Loren, who has always given her his unfailing support and encouraged her to grow as a person and an artist.

Loren Nibbe

Loren Nibbe received a B.S. and an M.A. in History from Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana, in 1963. He became interested in art by auditing a class in ceramics (to be close to his girl friend and future wife). After teaching two years in Indiana, he moved to California and did work toward his Ph.D. in history at the University of California, Santa Barbara.

His art avocation became a vocation in 1970, and he taught Ceramics at Santa Barbara High School until 1989. During that time, he continued to develop his own work, exhibiting with the Ventrua Potters Guild and local art associations, and sold his large saggar-fired pieces through galleries in Santa Barbara, Cambria, Laguna Beach, and Encino.

In 1990 Mr. Nibbe turned his attention full time to computer technology and took a hiatus from doing or teaching art for over a decade. He served as Technology Advisor to Santa Barbara City schools and the Santa Barbara County Education Office. From 1998-2001 he was the Educational Technology Specialist for the Ventura County Superintendent of Schools Office. During that period, he served on state level committees for the development, implementation, administration, and evaluation of educational technology programs. He helped schools throughout California write technology grants and train their teachers to integrate technology into the curriculum.

Loren Nibbe retired in 2001 and has returned full circle to his art. However, he did not return to "throwing" pots or slab construction. Currently, he is making clayprint monotypes on Reemay canvas, that may be "stretched" like a painting or put behind glass like a print. He also uses Photoshop and Studio Artist software to create digital art prints.

Influences on Mr. Nibbe include:
• First and foremost, his wife of over fifty years, Jerilynne Nibbe, who as a printmaker, watercolorist, calligrapher, painter, and potter has always inspired him, and as a "great teacher" has always encouraged him.
• The Internet that allows daily visits to "virtual" galleries, museums, and artist studios all over the world.
• The literally hundreds of "live" galleries, museums, workshops, craft fairs, and exhibits he and his wife have visited over the years.
• Last but not least, Mitch Lyons, who first in 1994 and again in 2002 showed him the clayprint process that has changed his life.