For over 50
years the Art Guild of Pacifica has supported, nurtured, and
exhibited art in Pacifica, enriching the coastal community.
The AGP sponsors four themed gallery shows annually, plus
a members-only exhibition and award winners’ show, and a December
holiday art show and sale. Come celebrate the arts at the
opening reception for AGP’s 56th Annual Members Exhibition
on Friday, October 17, 7–9 pm. Music will be provided by Vivacé.
In the Main Gallery are the 55th Exhibition Award Winners, selected by Skyline College professor artist Amir Estafani and curated by Jamey Brzezinski: Leah De Nola, Thomas A. Ekkens, Alan Firestone, and Dan Underhill. This For the first time ever, the exhibition award winners will give an artists’ talk at the close of their show. This free lecture/discussion is scheduled at 4 pm on Sunday, November 16, and will be preceded by Sanchez Studio Artists’ Open Studios from 10 am to 4 pm.
Leah De Nola
is a San Francisco based artist whose award-winning acrylic
painting is titled Me, Myself, and I. In addition
to her figurative work, De Nola’s paintings and prints include
landscapes and abstract explorations of lines and color. Check
out this gifted artist’s work at www.leahdenola.com.
Thomas A. Ekkens’
award-winning piece is a colored pencil drawing titled Robe.
Ekkens’ work includes photography, bookmaking, metalsmithing,
calligraphy, and maze and labyrinth design, as well as songwriting
and poetry. A consummate innovator, he has created what he
calls “parsal photography” as well as “Ekkensian verse.” See
his work at www.taegallery.com.
a sculptor and painter, received his exhibition award for
Progression, a wonderfully precise yet open-ended
work with text etched on a mirrored surface. In the Award
Winners show, Firestone will share his subtly textured oil
paintings, in which multiple layers create a feeling of depth
and new growth. See more at www.alanfirestone.net.
received his award for Further Conversations with the
Messenger (block/monoprint with acrylic). Underhill has
a uniquely honed sensibility regarding life, the earth, and
our place in and on it. His blockprints convey breadth, depth,
and humor, and speak to the way the human soul is linked to
all that is. No small achievement!
Robert Poplack, Director and Curator of Wiegand Gallery, and Associate Professor, Department of Art and Graphic Design, at Notre Dame de Namur University, will select award winners for next year. In addition to seven Merit Awards, Mr. Poplack will designate four artists to receive Exhibition Awards for 2015.
Center is located at 1220 Linda Mar Boulevard in Pacifica,
1.5 miles east of Highway 1. Parking is free. Following opening
night, galleries are open Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, 1–5
pm (and by appointment) through November 16. For information
about AGP membership, visit www.artguildofpacifica.org.