Sanchez Art Center is delighted to present its 13th annual 50|50 Show, Sept 10–Oct 10, juried by Shannon Trimble of Anglim/Trimble Gallery in San Francisco. Participating artists create 50 small artworks within a time span of 50 days, a challenge requiring dedication, creativity, and courage. With its stunning display of originality plus the affordability of the artworks, this highly anticipated exhibition at Sanchez Art Center is known throughout the greater San Francisco Bay Area and beyond. The ability of artists to share their creative work has continued to be severely impacted during this extraordinarily difficult time of pandemic—a time when we need more than ever to cherish the experience of self-expression, exploration, and joy that art provides. SAC is honored to support these artists and the wider community.
Our esteemed juror, Shannon Trimble, was tasked with the difficult undertaking of selecting just over 50 artists from the pool of 187 entrants, after reviewing each artist's submitted images of past works along with their medium and proposed theme. The show contains over 2,500 original artworks—paintings, textile works, mixed media pieces, photographs, cyanotypes, and more.
A look through the participant roster shows a mix of works by new 50|50 artists and returning favorites, such as Sanchez studio artist Jennifer Alpaugh's botanical cyanotypes, pâte de verre (glass) works by Andrea Ciak, and folded paper pieces, now with encaustic, by Goran Konjevod. Also returning is Cheryl Coon supporting new artist "cutie pie", entertaining us with cat-on-a-scanner photographs. Jan Michaels, a new studio holder at Sanchez Art Center, has created a series of lovely prayer boxes for the earth. Landscape painter Tina Birkey takes us along on a road trip from California to the Midwest. Natalie Ciccoricco creates delicate confluences of thread and natural findings. Minami Oya's beautiful works in glass explore energy portraiture. In addition, the show includes works in fiber by artists such as Kathy Tamai (shibori and indigo dyeing), Anne Bray (knotting textile strips), Betsy Vaden (wet felting), and Irene Schlesinger (embroidery on canvas), as well as numerous thought-provoking drawings, paintings, and photographs.
Sanchez Art Center will hold a two-day Opening Weekend Fundraiser on Friday, Sept 10 and Saturday, Sept 11. Ticketed and timed entries will allow supporters to safely and comfortably see the show in its entirety and make purchases. This is also a time to talk with the many 50|50 artists who will be in attendance, and to enjoy the live music and a beverage (for donation). Tickets are limited, so secure yours early at Eventbrite.com.
After the opening weekend, Sanchez Art Center will welcome visitors at no cost for an extended Public Opening on Sunday Sept 12, 11 am–7 pm, and thereafter galleries are open Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, 1–5 pm, through Oct 10. Beginning at the free Public Opening on Sept 12, art buyers get to immediately take purchases home with them. Art enthusiasts often visit multiple times to take it all in, and we welcome you to return again and again. Safety protocols for the health and well-being of guests, volunteers, and staff will align with State of California and San Mateo County guidelines. Masks will be required indoors, and we ask visitors to remain flexible as to personal space.
Proceeds from the 50|50 Show support Sanchez Art Center's programs that, for 25 years, have created community through art. Special thanks to exhibition sponsors: Art Guild of Pacifica, Bleyle Elevator, and San Mateo County Arts Commission. Our 50|50 postcard and poster were designed by SAC Operations Coordinator and artist, Linette Morales.
Don't miss this inspiring celebration of art and artists! Order your ticket to the Opening Weekend Fundraiser at Eventbrite.com. Sanchez Art Center is located at 1220 Linda Mar Blvd in Pacifica, about a mile east of Highway 1. For more information: info@SanchezArtCenter.org.