for the arts and the excitement of this annual opening night
will spark the celebration as Sanchez Art Center hosts its
hottest event of the year, the thirteenth annual Arts
on Fire Gala Opening Night, on Friday, April 17, from
6 to 9 p.m. This Pacifica tradition delivers an evening loaded
with fun for the entire family. In addition to the fine visual
art presented in the juried show, the entire facility will
be aglow with fiery demonstrations, belly dancing, and music.
Gala Opening Night Spectacular will get a mighty kickoff by
the Terra Nova High School Drumline and Jazz Band, under the
baton of Michael Pens. Asia & Arabesque Belly Dance troupe
will shake things up in the Sanchez Concert Hall, and lighting
up the night in the Sanchez Courtyard will be Curtis Finger’s
fire dance performance. Tonal Recall will provide live music
in the West Gallery. An Art Boutique will offer custom-painted
children’s sport helmets, custom skate decks, art books, and
Note that this year the celebration will begin at 6 p.m. instead
of 7 p.m. In addition, we will offer a Barbecue Dinner, your
choice of Hamburgers and Veggie Burgers – $5; and Gourmet
Desserts – $2 to $5.
Art Center invites the entire community to attend this free
event, thanks to the generous support of Art Guild of Pacifica,
Art4Moore Foundation, Bleyle Elevator, Inc., First National
Bank of Northern California, Pacifica Performances, David
and Lucile Packard Foundation, Shamrock Ranch, and Target.
Children are welcome, and there will be reserved seating areas
for seniors. Also, don’t miss the Plein Air Painters’ Exhibition
in the Concert Hall.
backbone of Arts on Fire is the juried exhibition,
which presents works by artists drawn from all over California.
Past jurors have included noted art historian, author and
founder of the Berkeley Art Museum, Peter Selz; Whitney Museum
adjunct curator and California College of Art Dean Larry Rinder;
and Curator of the Crocker Art Museum, Scott Shields. This
year, juror Jacquelin Pilar (Curator, Fresno Art Museum) selected
57 of 189 artworks, representing 41 of the 72 entering artists.
Jacquelin Pilar will give a Juror’s Talk on Saturday, April
18, at 11 a.m.
the East Gallery page
to preview the Arts on Fire XII Award Winners Exhibition.