The 50-50 Show II will
fill all three galleries. Sixty-seven artists selected by juror
Marian Parmenter, co-founder of SFMOMA Artists Gallery, will display
the fruits of their fifty days of labor. Each artist commits to
creating 50 small artworks at the rate of one per day for fifty
days, using a single medium and a unified theme. Last year the
results were spectacular, and we expect no less in 2010. All works
are for sale at very reasonable prices, so plan to pick up some
The 50-50 Show
II opens Friday, July 30, with a reception for the artists
from 6 pm to 10 pm that is free and open to the public. Or you
can be among the first to see the 50-50 Show II at our
ticketed preview on Thursday, July 29, from 7 to 9 pm—beat the
opening night crowds (about a thousand people came in 2009), view
the exhibit in its entirety, and reserve purchases before the
show opens to the general public. The number of preview tickets
will be limited, so purchase yours early at Brown Paper Tickets:
or 1-800-838-3006. The cost is $10.98 through Brown Paper Tickets,
or $20 at the door if tickets are still available.
It takes an especially dedicated person to carry out this kind of commitment, to create a work of art every day, no weekends off, for 50 days in a row. On June 11 these artists gathered to share their work, ideas, and dilemmas with each other. How to price their work? What kind of glue to use? And, of course, how far behind are you? The artists who came together were inspired by each other’s creative vision and ingenuity, as well as helped by each other’s experience with different mediums and how to keep going for the long haul. “Just to be able to share the frustrations and joys along the way has been great,” said one artist.
Each piece is six inches square, and each artist’s works are installed in a square grid, seven across and seven down, with the fiftieth piece off to the side. Each artist works with one overall theme and one art medium. The show is a fundraiser for Sanchez Art Center, so all works are for sale, and prices are eminently reasonable. Many artists are offering discounted prices for the purchase of more than one of their artworks. Buyers may take works home with them at the time of purchase.
The range and diversity
of subjects and mediums in 50-50 Show II is impressive,
from abstract painting to landscapes and portraits, from photography
to mixed media and collage, and from metal sculptures to folded
paper works. There is a wealth of color, as well as striking works
in black-and-white. Barbara Downs’ theme is The Daily Bird,
created in mixed media. Denny Holland paints oils of The Objects
of Desire, such as reaching for the moon. Kenda Swartz Pepper
creates Altar Art using acrylic paint and found objects.
Goran Kojevod folds paper into astoundingly beautiful and intricate
shapes. Richard Herring’s whimsical creatures delight, as does
Bill Gallo’s magnificent tree with tiny figures such as angels,
demons, flamingos, and a full mariachi band. Sharron Walker’s
nature photographs create a moment of stillness in the midst of
busy lives, while Susan Shore chose to photograph objects looking
through a glass brick, creating wonderful patterns. Susana Arias
draws and paints a series of horses in a range of styles and colors.
This is an art show everyone can enjoy, an incredible outpouring of creative energy and artistic achievement. Try not to miss it!
II will open with a ticketed preview on Thursday, July 29,
from 7 to 9 pm. A limited number of tickets for the Thursday,
July 29, preview may be purchased at BrownPaperTickets.com
(1-800-838-3006). The free opening reception is on Friday, July
30, from 6 to 10 pm. 50-50 Show II will extend through
Sunday, August 29. Gallery hours are Friday, Saturday, and Sunday
from 1 to 5 p.m. Sanchez Art Center is located at 1220 Linda Mar
Blvd. in Pacifica, California. For more information call 650-355-1894