the East Gallery is Runes Revealed, an exhibit by Nordic
5 Arts, a group of Bay Area artists of Nordic/Scandinavian descent.
(The “5” in the group’s title refers to the five Scandinavian countries:
Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, and Sweden.) The opening reception
is from 7 to 9 pm on Friday, July 11, with music provided by Rob
Hughes and Allen Lee of Vivacé.
In this mixed media exhibit, the artists take an in-depth look at part of their heritage, the ancient and mysterious early alphabet called runes. This script of the Old Norse and Vikings predates the introduction of the Latin alphabet in the 12th century, and was not only a simple representation of sounds. Each rune was imbued with symbolism, mystery, and an association with specific gods in Norse mythology. The artists chose one or more runes, either by drawing randomly from a bag of “divination runes,” or by choosing a specific rune that spoke to them. They then created contemporary and personal artistic interpretations using various mediums, painting, prints, sculpture, textile and photography. Each piece is accompanied by the meaning of the rune(s) and a description of the work.
Sanchez Art Center is located at 1220 Linda Mar Boulevard in Pacifica, 1.5 miles east of Highway 1. Following opening night, the galleries are open Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, 1–5 pm and by appointment through June 29.