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Blog / News - Wednesday - Aug 31, 2011
Here is an interview by the Surf Collective NYC. I think it just may be one of the most beautiful and cool blogs I have seen. Their whole site is worth checking out.

Blog / News - Thursday - Aug 25, 2011
Here is just a taste of Letty's exhibition at the Outeast Gallery in Montauk, New York. The opening reception was last Saturday night and proved to be a large success drawing a crowd to see the new work. Included in this show were not only four brand new Faces of Surfing paintings (Bob Hurley, Aamion Goodwin, Rob Machado, and Bob McKnight), but also some of Nowak's new encaustic pieces which were also viewed for the first time. The exhibition is up until September 6th and a closing reception is in the works for September 3rd from 6 - 9 pm. The gallery is located at 65 Tuthill Road.

Blog / News - Thursday - Aug 18, 2011
Photo by W.J. Nowak
The past few weeks have been spent getting the paintings finished, photographed, and shipped for the Outeast Gallery solo exhibiton in Montauk New York. Tweleve new paintings from California will be in New York for the opening reception along with many more of Nowak's paintings. The opening reception is Saturday, August 20th from 6-9 pm and will be up through September 6th. The gallery is located at 65 Tuthill Road
Photo by W.J. Nowak

Blog / News - Tuesday - Aug 16, 2011
Letty Nowak with Richard Woolcott…
Nowak was invited to the Waterman's Ball last Friday, August 12th, 2011 at the Ritz-Carlton Laguna Niguel. "I was able to meet and photograph George Downing and Gerry Lopez for the Faces of Surfing at the event. It will be an honor painting both of them," says Letty. "It was an incredible experience to be around so many people from all walks in the industry at one beautiful event that raised over $400,000 for charity. Thank you to Paul Naude of Billabong for making this happen," she adds.

Photograph: Letty Nowak with Richard Woolcott and Cari Church

Blog / News - Monday - Aug 15, 2011
Debbie Beacham, a former World Title Surfing Champion and avid surfer today visited Letty's studio with Jan Malis of La Jolla to check out the Faces of Surfing paintings. Beacham was just inducted to the Surfing Walk of Fame in Huntington Beach during the Hurley US Open. Debbie is in the line up to be one of Letty's subjects and the stretcher for her piece is ready and just needs the canvas and paint.

Blog / News - Monday - Aug 01, 2011
Letty Nowak's painting of Richard Woolcott, founder of Volcom is now in the company's permanent collection. Pictured here is Nowak with the painting proudly displayed overhead.

Blog / News - Wednesday - Jul 20, 2011
Letty Nowak, Scott Gillen, Brooke…
Nowak ventured out with Mark and Brooke McDonald to her first art opening of Summer 2011 in La Jolla Shores last Saturday for Scott Gillen's opening reception of his paintings at the La Jolla Art Association. "It was good to see work of another portrait artist," says Nowak. "Besides his figures, he had an interesting constructed painting, and a few sky and landscapes." Scott's exhibition is open to the public and will be up through this Sunday, July 24th. The La Jolla Art Association is located at 8100 Paseo Del Ocosa.

In this photo: Letty Nowak, Scott Gillen, Brooke and Mark McDonald

Blog / News - Thursday - Jul 07, 2011
'Michael Halpbern,' oil on linen,…
With a move to it's new location at 540 Greene Street in Key West, FL, the well known and established, Lucky Street Gallery has added Nowak's Faces of Key West V portraits to it's walls. Some of the subjects on these oil on linen canvases include: Mayor, Craig Cates, Marc Bungeroth, Mona Santiago, Teri Johnston, Lauren McAloon, Frank Piku, Michael Halpbern, Bill Yankee, and Denise Chelikis of the famed Camille's Restaurant. For more information or to contact the gallery call: (305) 294-3973

Blog / News - Tuesday - Jun 14, 2011
I just had a blast celebrating my birthday in my hometown of Gull Lake, Michigan with 2 of my closest childhood friends. Here is to a year of giving my Faces of Surfing project everything I have and to making great paintings throughout it. You know it's going to be a good one when you get to eat your birthday cake with chop sticks-

Blog / News - Monday - Jun 13, 2011
As the days in La Jolla go by, the studio continues to fill with works in progress and new paintings. This is a partial view of the space as more works continue around the walls and are even making their way into the other rooms.

Blog / News - Wednesday - Jun 08, 2011
Letty's Faces of Surfing series will be exhibited this Fall at Hurley's Campus in Costa Mesa, California at their Town Hall Gallery on October 28th, 2011 from 6 - 9 pm.

The exhibition will then travel to their Laguna Beach location: Hurley 225. Opening reception for 225 is November 3rd, 2011 from 6:30 - 9 pm.

Photos by Letty taken in October 2010 during her CA scouting trip to check out Hurley's Town Hall Gallery.

Blog / News - Thursday - Jun 02, 2011
Cory Patterson
LA based photographer, Cory Patterson recently called me up to come down and photograph my CA studio. It was great to have another artist in the space and his work turned out incredible. You can see more of his photography on his site:

Blog / News - Tuesday - May 10, 2011
One of the perks about painting in La Jolla is the some of the ways I get to start my day. The other morning my painting session started with a surf. Nothing like waking up to some cold Southern Californian water rushing over me as I paddled out or the dolphin that slowly swam by peaking up a couple times at the few of us that were out in the line up. Mornings like this are proving to make productive days in front of the canvas.

Blog / News - Friday - May 06, 2011
I swept up sawdust and was able to start the process of stretching the canvases. After a few hours of canvas and a staple gun, I took an afternoon break. I took off for La Jolla Shores with my new neighbor, Andy for some sushi and beach side frozen yogurt. We had a little unplanned stop in downtown La Jolla at Warwick's where we ran into a book signing by Candace Bushnell introducing her new book Summer in the City. We heard the tail end of her talk which was about her writing process. What surprised me was how similar her process was to mine... the start of the process is slow... working through the ideas. At the end it moves extremely fast- lots of hours put into the work just trying to keep up with the ideas.
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Blog / News - Wednesday - May 04, 2011
This is going to be one of those weeks of making stretchers in La Jolla. Good thing the weather is so sunny and warm because my great make-shift woodshop is partly outside (thanks to Gary, the property manager). Hopefully the neighbors won't be too annoyed with a table saw buzzing for a few hours... I have some good subjects I am about to start and want to be ready with big new white canvases. Stay tuned-

Blog / News - Saturday - Apr 30, 2011
Letty at KONK AM
Last Monday, April 25th I had the pleasure of speaking on Michael Shields Art Waves on Konk AM in Key West. It was the first time I announced current body of work, The Faces of Surfing to my Key West home and collectors who live on the island. Thank you, Michael, for the opportunity. It's always fun to catch up with you- especially on the air.

Blog / News - Friday - Apr 08, 2011
I have been lucky enough to take on another studio in California this past February. I have an exhibition (soon to be announced) this upcoming fall that I will be making the paintings for in this new space. Yes, I am still keeping my Key West studio and will be there monthly, but most of the month I will be painting full time in Cali. Lots of exciting new painting ideas and a big project coming up. So far I am enjoying the West Coast and it sure does seem to be conducive to living a pretty balanced life style and getting a lot of painting done. More to come- Letty

Blog / News - Tuesday - Dec 08, 2009
New Faces of Key West Exhibition announced at ART 612, a new gallery at 612 Fleming St. Old Town, Key West

Opening Reception: December 11th 6-9 pm
Champagne Reception: December 12th 10 am-2pm

Exhibition is on display until January 15th

Blog / News - Wednesday - Sep 09, 2009
You are invited to a drinks reception with artist Letty Nowak
Wednesday, 23 September from 6 - 9

Letty Nowak Faces
24 September – 19 December
Artist’s talk and reception Saturday 7 November 4:30

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Blog / News - Monday - Jul 20, 2009
I started a new little company called Red Bike Brand. It's a simple concept and very cool. Check it out at: I just added women's burnout tunics to the line as well. Yes, you can purchase the shirts on the website by going to the purchase icon and once you click on the thumbnails, the shopping cart will come up on the top right hand side- just click to purchase. I have had a great response these shirts and have already sold 100's of them! The stores they are currently sold in are:

Fury Surf Shack, Key West, FL
Fury Surf Shack Kid's, Key West, FL
Stay Fit Studio, Key West, FL
Suitcase Boutique, Tampa, FL
Stellar 26, Chicago, IL

If you would like to carry them in your store simply contact me or if you have an idea for another store/boutique I would love to hear about it.

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