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The River Washes Away All My Sins Group Show

Things have been mega busy this summer- I’ll catch everyone up soon with some of my activities and work I’ve been doing. For now- I wanted to share that there is a really nice group show up at the Neapolitan Gallery in the Ampersand Bar called The River Washes Away All My Sins but it’s coming down soon (July 31st is the last day). I have a painting in this show as well which you can see below (though it’s always better to see paintings in person!)

woman drowning


I hope you’re all having a lovely summer. More soon! xo


The River Washes Away All My Sins Group ShowThe River Washes Away All My Sins Group Show

Universe: the Art of Existence at Modern Eden Gallery


I am so pleased to share that this month one of my paintings is hanging in the group show, Universe: the Art of Existence, curated by Michael Cuffe of Warholian.

girl holding heart and strings attached to fox

My painting, “We shall need each other” is 12″x12″ acrylic and mixed media on a wood panel.

I’m excited and honored to have my work up at such a lovely gallery as Modern Eden, alongside so many amazing artists as this show provides. Michael’s vision was to give all 60+ artists the theme of the cosmos and quickly turnaround a new piece for the show which has been a great success.

universe opening

The opening for the show was in April and it was amazing! Seeing the work up close and in person is well worth the visit as was meeting so many great people. There is a great write up with lots of terrific photos all by Michael Cuffe of the opening on the Warholian site.

Lisa Kurt Universe show

There are still a few days left to view the show, it is up until this weekend, May 3rd with a closing reception this Friday May 2, 2014 6-9 pm. If you’re in the Bay area please get out there and see some awesome artwork!

If you’re not in the bay area but are interested in viewing the show or possibly purchasing a piece, take a look at Modern Eden’s online collection of the Universe show. (All available works are available for online purchase)

Thank you!

*The first and fourth photo are by Michael Cuffe



Curated by Michael Cuffe / Presented by Modern Eden Gallery Opening Reception: Saturday April 12th, 2014 6-10 pm Exhibition Dates: April 12 – May 3rd, 2014

Location: 403 Francisco St, San Francisco, CA 94133


Broken Hearts Collide Show

ghosts connected to heart


For the month of February this piece is hanging in the Broken Hearts Collide group show at the NeverEnder Gallery in Reno. It’s a good show with some really strong work – you should all go check it out while you can! Art shows are typically free to see and opening and closing receptions are as well; it’s a great way to spend an evening, meet some new people in your community, and view and maybe even purchase some local art. All the pieces at the Broken Hearts Collide show are for sale- including mine- consider supporting your local artists! 🙂

Thank you sale! 20% off!


Why wait for Black Friday? Why leave the house!? Let’s celebrate Thanksgiving and the holiday season early!

I’m so thankful for all of the people who have shown support in one way or another for my work, this sale will offer 20% off in my Etsy store and will last 6 whole days!

Starting Wednesday 11/27/2013 through Monday 12/2/2013. Prints are a great gift and I am even adding new prints in my store today in time for the sale.

Use the code THANKS13 upon checkout for 20% off your order!

If you are holiday shopping, my shop will close Wednesday December 18, so be sure to get your order in before 5pm that day to ensure delivery by the holidays (international customers should order by this week).

Thank you all!!

The Biggest Little Art Show, Icons of Nevada

Sarah Winnemucca

I’ll be participating in the upcoming Biggest Little Art Show, “Icons of Nevada”. The opening reception on Thursday December 5th from 5-7pm is a free fundraising event. It’s a tiny works group show – all pieces are sized 2.25″ x 3.25″- the size of a playing card; all work will be for sale and 50% goes right to Sierra Arts.

My piece is titled, Sarah, and the subject is Sarah Winnemucca; she was a Paiute princess and an activist. She was somewhat controversial but nonetheless an incredibly interesting person. Come see my tiny painting in person- it really is just 2.25″ x 3.25″- hard to believe until you see it. 😉

There will be some really great art to see along with some tasty food from Wild River Grille. I hope to see some familiar faces for a fun night and a good cause!

ETA: There is a really lovely write-up of the event here:

Latest pieces at Noble Pie

buffalo + cetus

This month, I have three new pieces in the group show, Sensory Impressions. The show will be hanging at Noble Pie Parlor through the month of November so check it out and get one of their Thanksgiving calzones (so. so. good.). Each piece is a 5″x 7″ graphite drawing on 11″x14″ archival paper. All three pieces are part of my ghost series that I’ve been working on. The above piece is called buffalo + cetus. Each piece represents a story of childhood.

elephant + ursa minor

The piece above is titled elephant + ursa minor. The animals in each work represent a ghost and each also relates in some way to the constellation within the piece.

moth + lepus

This last one is titled moth + lepus. I don’t like to give too much away in terms of the stories wound into each work because I feel like it tells the viewer what to think, instead of what to imagine. So I’ll keep a bit of mystery to these for now.

The originals are for sale at $100 each, so let me know if you are interested in purchasing. (lisapisa77[at]



The Stranger Show at Holland Project

Holland Project Stranger Show

The Stranger Show reception last week was hopping and it was fantastic! As I mentioned before, I’d been collaborating with a high school student during the month of October to create a piece for this show. 16 students and local artists were paired together for this project and we were tasked to create something under the theme strange, hence the Stranger Show. The Holland Project has been doing this every year for the past three years and I’m so glad I got to participate this year. I didn’t take as many photos as I should have- I guess I was just really enjoying being in the moment!

My son and husband joined in the fun too. My son especially loved the piece below. It was a cool interactive piece where you pull a glow stick and it abducts the little pig into the spaceship!

aliens abducting pig

So much great art from these Hug High School kids- so many people were impressed at the level of the work. My friend Casey (who was also a participating artist) and I were talking about just what a cool space the Holland Project is; we both felt like it would’ve been our very favorite spot for us as high schoolers. To be honest- it’s definitely one of my favorite places in Reno. The event alone was impressive, with not only original art, but also music, and handmade food.

I was happy to get the chance to hang out with my student collaborator, Lupe Reyes, and I got to meet her wonderful family- it was so awesome. The wonderful surprise that came later that evening was, that Lupe and I won the judge’s pick- such an honor. Lupe got a sweet $100 gift certificate to the local art store. The night made me so happy to be part of such a cool event and amazing community. The show is up until the end of November, so check it out if you can!

Lupe and me

Collaborating with high school students via Holland Project

For the month of October, I’ve been collaborating with a local high school student to create a piece for the annual Stranger Show at the Holland Project. My student-partner-in-crime’s name is Lupe and she is super talented, smart, and loves Jack Skellington perhaps as much as I do. We’ve been working together weekly to get our piece done in time for the show and it’s been fun to collaborate with someone new. Here she is painting away on one of our panels:

student painting


If you’re in the Reno area, the Stranger Show opening reception is this Friday November 15th, 2013 at the Holland Project from 6-8pm- there will be food and mariachi music as well- I hope to see you there!

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Sketchbook: week 8 and more news!

I’m excited to share that I have some work in a group show tonight, so if you’re in the Reno area- stop by Noble Pie Parlor between 7-10pm for a great show! The work will be up for about a month- so please stop by. I have 3 new pieces- all graphite drawings on archival paper. I’ll share those images later- I promise!

This week’s sketch is inspired by one of my favorite and ubiquitous animals- the beloved feline. I decided I wanted to make a Patron Saint for Hover Cats. If you own or spend enough time around cats- you will recognize this phenomena where cats legs disappear and they become hovering beings. There is also a hover cat on Welcome to Night Vale- he sounds a little scary though. Anyway- enjoy!

patron saint of hover cats


Sketchbook: week 5 and news!

I have some great news to share this week! Because of all of your votes, I made it to the top 5 for RAW Artist of the Year in Reno! Thank you everyone for supporting me and nominating me.

Thanks also to those who keep ordering prints in the store. I do have some new prints in my shop. If you haven’t yet seen, I’ve added 3 new prints from the ghosts series I’ve been working on. Stay tuned for more on that- I have a lot more work to come.

There is a group show at Noble Pie Pizza coming up November 7th, so if you’re in the Reno area, please come by for pizza, beer, and art- should be a fun time!

I have a number of other great projects in the works, including a commission, a couple gallery proposals, continuing my ghost series, starting two new series/bodies of work, and a few secret projects up my sleeves. I wish I could get myself to paint and draw even faster as I have so much I want to share with all of you.

Here is my latest sketch for this week. I haven’t drawn a narwhal in a little while and this one has a little twist!

narwhal boy


Imagine swimming peacefully only to come up to this creature in the deep! Don’t worry though…he’s friendly and just a little curious.