About Arlene

Painting in her Marin County kitchen during the 1980s

Painting in her Marin County kitchen during the 1980s


Arlene’s art draws from a composite of experiences, dreams, wanderings,  questions, feelings and visualizations. She searches for impact upon the viewer–good or bad, but never indifferent. 

Driven by her strong artistic voice and the freedom to experiment, her artwork continues to change as she explores and expands her abstract style to include mixed media and new subject matter. “I am greatly influenced by the human condition,” Arlene says.

1990s monterey 1

“To paraphrase a famous film director,” states Arlene, “every work of art must have a beginning, a middle and an end, but not necessarily in that order. My work is just that; the culmination of many beginnings, middles and ends.”

This San Francisco native recently moved from California to South Carolina with her husband of more than 50 years. The new setting, along with an exceptional studio in her home, has inspired her to paint a new series influenced by the Southern “Lowcountry,” the landscape and the people.

Aside from her long career in art, Arlene enjoys traveling, reading and especially loves spending time with her grandchildren.


Featured Artist:

IMG_3582Expressive Paintings: New Views of the Lowcountry
Presented by the Art League of Hilton Head, Hilton Head Island, SC

Neiman Marcus InCircle Event
Union Square, San Francisco, CA

University of California Medical Center
Dostal Studio
San Rafael, CA

“I want to thank you for the success of the show. According to the staff at CBCRP (California Breast Cancer Research Program), it was one of our best exhibitions yet. Thank you!

“We also heard from many of the over 600 attendees who were profoundly moved by the exhibition. It is your work that informs, challenges, enlightens and speaks to the heart of those individuals–physicians, researchers, activists, and individuals who have been impacted by breast cancer alike–who attend the conference.”

Catherine Saiki, Curator

Marin Civic Center Gallery
San Rafael, CA

“Arlene Linder displays some of the sweeping, moving draftsmanship of Picasso and a sense of social humor that is uncommon among gallery artists nowadays.”

Jeff Greer, Reporter/Columnist
Marin Independent Journal


1998 to present (show is travelling through United States and abroad)
First opening at the San Francisco Main Library Gallery before traveling to the Los Angeles Public Library, and beyond.

“The (Los Angeles) library felt it was the best, most popular exhibit they have had!

“Thank you again for being part of this amazing project, and for letting us keep your work in the hopes that many others will have the powerful experience of seeing Art.Rage.Us.

Andrea Martin, Executive Director
The Breast Cancer Fund

Susan Claymon, Project Coordinator

parents crocker museumMarin County Art Fair
San Rafael, CA

Crocker Museum
Sacramento, CA

Bay Arts Competition
Belmont, CA

“I wish to congratulate you on the acceptance of your artwork in our 8th annual juried exhibit. Your work is among the 140 accepted from a field of 940 submissions.”

–Anne Meissner, Visual Arts Director

1990s mom art openingMarin Headlands Art Center
Year-long restoration and art installation headed by Artist-in-Residence David Ireland. Arlene was chosen to have her own studio at the location.
Fort Barry, Marin Headlands, CA

Humboldt State University
Arcata, CA



Marin Society of Artists
Ross, CA


Sun City Art League
Bluffton, SC

Riverside Art Museum
(All California biennial juried exhibit)
Selected for museum’s perment collection
Riverside, CA


Bay Arts 86

University of California at Santa Barbara
Women’s Center Gallery
Santa Barbara, CA

“On behalf of the UCSB Women’s Center, we want to tell you that we enjoyed working with you and having the opportunity to show your work in the gallery.”

–Sarah Robertson and Deborah Horner, Art Gallery Curators

San Francisco Summer Show
San Francisco, CA


Hilton Head Symphony publications
2013 – 2014 Season
Paintings selected to be included in the symphony brochures and programs

Pen and ink drawings in book sold internationally
Chronicle Books

“Ladies Home Journal”
May issue, 1972

“American Home Magazine”
October issue, 1972


Art Instructor
Nystrom Elementary School’s program for learning-disabled children
Richmond, CA

Art Instructor
National Institute for Art and Disabilities (for severely disabled children)
Richmond, CA

Owner/Designer, A. Linder Creations and Mop Tops
Created wall hangings and designs for children’s rooms. Designs sold in many stores including B. Altman, Filene’s, Bergdorf Goodman, Bonwit Teller, Marshal Fields, and Joseph Magnin’s. Work featured in “Ladies Home Journal” and American Home Magazine.


San Francisco Art Institute
Bachelor of Fine Arts with honors, 1985

More Art Studies:
University of Colorado, Boulder, 1955-56
College of Marin, Kentfield, 1977-80
California College of Arts and Crafts, Oakland, 1982
Academy of Art, San Francisco,1982-83


Paris American Academy
Paris, France
Art & Fashion Contest participation and scholarship announcement

“Your work shows that you have a fine talent, and with continued effort on your part, you should be successful in realizing your goals.

–Richard Roy, Director

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