The 53rd Annual
Members Exhibition of the Art Guild of Pacifica opens Friday,
October 14, with a reception from 7 to 9 pm, in the Main and West
Galleries at Sanchez Art Center. The awards juror is Shannon Trimble,
Gallery Director of Braunstein/Quay Gallery in San Francisco.
Four of the artists receiving awards from Trimble this year will
share an exhibition in 2012. Music for the reception will be provided
by Vivace and the Jazz Cats. A Closing Party will be held on Sunday,
November 20, from 4 to 5 pm.
52nd Annual Awards Exhibit will be presented in the East
Gallery. Both exhibits run through November 20. Last year’s award
winners were: Bill Gallo, Myles Kleinfeld, Deanna Taubman, and
M. Victoria Vargas. These four artists were selected by 2010 awards
juror Paul Bridenbaugh, Art Professor and Gallery Director at
Skyline College. Gallo, Kleinfeld, and Taubman will be exhibiting
in the 52nd Awards Annual.
Bill Gallo’s award-winning
sculpture is entitled Tea Bag. This sculpture is made
from brown paper bags, using the Mexican method of papier-mâché,
in which the artwork is built around a mold that is removed when
the layers of paper and paste are nearly dry. The handle of the
"teapot" is, of course, the handle of the erstwhile
brown paper bag. It is charming, whimsical, and beautifully done.
(Gallo will teach a class in papier-mâché at the Sanchez Art Center
in January 2012.) In this exhibit Gallo will show both oil paintings
and papier-mâché sculpture, including his new piece, Silhouette,
an expressive, entirely black-painted sculpture of a rabbit, a
real tour de force in papier-mâché.
is part of a growing "New Minimalist" movement, but
his work is anything but minimal in its impact. In his award-winning
photograph, 9 Dots, we see mysterious lights in the dark
that could be floating, moving in the night sky, or falling. Almost
everything is left to the imagination, but the meaning is in the
feelings evoked by the image, and the beauty is in its utter simplicity.
Kleinfeld’s new works reject any notions of symbolism, mood, or
allusion to history, politics, or religion.
award-winning mixed media piece, Body of Water, takes
the well-known fact that human beings are made of about 70 percent
water, and makes it both real and magical. The artist added illuminated
text to the image using gold and aluminum leaf that heighten and
accent the flowing brilliant blue color. The posture of the figure
leads viewers to focus on the heart region of the body. This piece
is an eye-catching balance of warm (heart) and cool (water) that
mysteriously softens and strengthens us. Taubman’s theme for this
exhibit is "Letters Home," and many pieces include some
English or Hebrew text, illustrating her life-long love affair
with language as well as visual art.
M. Victoria Vargas
received the juror’s award for her lovely textile piece entitled
Hanging by a Thread. Its soft blues create a mood of
nostalgia and possibilities, somewhat wistful and also hopeful.
The juxtaposition of rounded, organic shapes set against the plaid
background sets up an intriguing textural dialogue. Vargas is
a gifted textile artist whose works vary from bright abstractions
to this more meditative mode.
Sanchez Art Center
is located at 1220 Linda Mar Blvd. in Pacifica, CA. The nonprofit
center fulfills its mission to "create community through
art" by providing free art exhibitions and lectures, an arts
education program, and affordable artist studios. Galleries are
staffed by volunteers and are open Friday, Saturday, and Sunday
from 1 to 5 pm during exhibitions. The office is open Tuesday,
Wednesday, and Thursday from 1 to 5 pm. For more information,
call 650-355-1894 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.