Lauri Kaye – Mixed Media
Lauri Marks Kaye has worked professionally as an artist since graduating from Parsons School of Design, New York City, in
1992. She first landed a job as assistant art director at Rolling Stone Magazine and eventually moved on to become art
director at NSI Design, NY, producing art and design projects for a variety of corporations and theme restaurants in Manhattan.
Captivated by the beauty and history of the southwest, Kaye decided to make Tucson her home. After years of designing
for restaurants she decided to try on a few more hats and opened a restaurant of her own, Create Cafe & Catering Company
in the center of the old pueblo. For 13 years, Create Cafe served American fare with a creative twist and made the walls
available for local artists to exhibit.
In 2014, Lauri began a new fine arts business, Create For The People, drawing commissioned and original Portrait Stories
using a variety of mediums including metal leather and glass. She is wildly enthusiastic about her on-going series called,
Tucson Portrait Stories; showcasing the people, places and events that make Tucson extraordinary. Subjects range from
local iconic landmarks such as Gates Pass, El Tour De Tucson, Sonoran landscapes, U of A Basketball, Tohono O’odham
healer, cowboy street musician on 4th Avenue, the gem show, San Xavier Mission and over 40 more. The hand drawings
weave together textual information along and are layered with photography and digital color. While Kaye uses aluminum
for most of her final pieces she loves to experiment printing on a variety of materials such as apparel, glass, wood and any
other cool materials found around town.