Carole Watanabe's past
(leading to this romantic present), includes:


Establishing the first nationally recognized Gallery for the Fiber Arts in San Francisco;  
Founding the Apprentice Alliance
(a non-profit organization dedicated to placing apprentices with masters in all fields of endeavor); 

Most importantly a life-long commitment to creating supportive communities
that nourish the wild art spirit in all of us. 
Her tapestries, sculptural handmade paper works and paintings hang in private collections, hotels, banks, 
hospitals and corporate offices across the country and around the world. 

A work of art is the soul inhaling the colors of passion and getting drunk on the vibrations of diffused light
— CW

Since completing a Bachelor of Fine Arts at CCAC in Oakland, she has studied indigenous weaving with Guatemalan natives on the shores of Attitlan, traditional Japanese papermaking in a paper village in Aichi-ken, Japan and in the last 28 years, she has directed her own art school L’Art Vivant in Soreze, a rural French village as well as creating her own art gallery in Collioure on the Mediterranean where Matisse painted. 


 Currently, she is living and teaching the concept of "life as an art form" during the winters at her art school in Sebastopol, CA known as Art Heaven, and summers in the French fauvist village of Collioure where she paints and sells her work in her own gallery L'Art Vivant.

You have created so many beautiful things in this world - your art, your home, your garden, your Soreze home and studio, your friendships, and your students and mentees. You are a veritable art fairy calling a magical and sparkling path into existence everywhere you go!
I only hope that I can bring a tiny fraction of the beauty into the world that you have! But know this, each and every one of my works carries within them your spark and my quiet whisper, “thank you dear Carole for calling my soul forward.” I feel so fortunate.
— A current Art Heaven member

Carole resides in Sebastopol, California on Ragle Road at Chez la Vie, a retirement compound created with her husband, Jazz Musician, Don Watanabe. 

Carole and Don Watanabe Artist Sebastopol CA Sonoma County Art Trails