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1220-B Linda Mar

Pacifica, CA 94044


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Since its beginnings in 1997, just a year after artists and community members began developing the dilapidated Sanchez Elementary School building into the Sanchez Art Center, Arts on Fire has become a well-loved community tradition in Pacifica. In the past, the annual Arts on Fire juried exhibitions were scheduled to coincide with Valentine's Day, February 14, and hearts were featured prominently in the poster designs for Arts on Fire. However, as the celebratory aspect of the event grew, Sanchez Art Center began scheduling Arts on Fire in the spring for the warmer weather. The annual opening reception is now attended by over 600 people each year, and is a gala event replete with wonderful art, music, food, and entertainment for the whole family.

Arts on Fire XIV, opening Friday, April 9, 6–9 pm, promises to be no exception. Our distinguished juror, Philip E. Linhares, Chief Curator of Art at the Oakland Museum of California, selected 58 artworks from a record 457 pieces submitted by 136 artists from all over the state of California. Arts on Fire XIV will fill the Main and West Galleries. The 54 artists in the exhibition are named on the postcard design above. Philip Linhares will give a juror's talk and present this year's awards on Sunday, May 9, at 4 pm. 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 Chief Curator of the Crocker Art Museum, Scott Shields.

For information about Ryan Bush and Sandra Ortiz Taylor in the East Gallery's Arts on Fire XIII Awards Exhibition, click on the East Gallery link below.

Gala Opening Reception

For the gala celebration of opening night, renowned pianist Billy Philadelphia will play in the East Gallery foyer. Billy Philadelphia plays solo piano like no one else. Whether it's a standard from the 1930s, something by the Beatles, or a rockin' boogie woogie, Billy covers it all. For a change of pace, Celtic harpist Emma Meritt Cuneo will play in our Main Gallery.

Come early for barbecue, beverages, and gourmet desserts at family-friendly prices. An "Art Boutique" sale of posters, art books, and other mystery goodies will take place throughout the evening. In our classroom, a.k.a. the Mary Harris Art Education Room, kids of any age may come and get some art painted on their cheeks, foreheads, or hands.

Last but certainly not least, Asia & Arabesque Belly Dance troupe will lead a procession into the Mildred Owen Concert Hall, where they will give a special performance for Arts on Fire visitors, and the evening will end with a spectacular fire dance performance by Starphire in the courtyard outside. Arts on Fire provides a free evening of art, music, and dance for the entire family, and is Sanchez Art Center’s gift to the community, with support from our sponsors, Art Guild of Pacifica, Bleyle Elevator, First National Bank of Northern California, and Pacifica Performances.

Gallery Hours

Arts on Fire XIV and Arts on Fire XIII Awards Exhibition will be on display through May 9. Gallery hours are Friday, Saturday, and Sunday from 1 to 5 pm.