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The Art Guild of Pacifica is proud to present its 57th Annual Members Show, along with an exhibition of new works by last year’s award winners. Come celebrate the arts and the fine artists of our coastal community when AGP takes over all three galleries at Sanchez Art Center for its annual members show with a special opening reception on Friday, Oct 9, 7–9 pm. This year’s merit and exhibition awards will be awarded by Jody Keane, artist and Skyline College instructor. Music for the opening night will be provided by Vivacé in East Gallery and Henry Salvia in West Gallery.

The award-winning artists showing in the Main Gallery are Eunice Chan, Mehran Ghaffari, Rig Terrell, and Samantha Tripp. These four were selected in 2014 for this special winners exhibition by Robert Poplack, Director and Curator of Wiegand Gallery, and Associate Professor of Art and Graphic Design, Notre Dame de Namur University. Jamey Brzezinski will curate the awards show, and there will be a free Artist Talk on Sunday, Nov 15, at 3 pm.

Eunice Chan is a strong talent, an oil painter with masterful drawing and watercolor skills as well. Chan is able to capture still life images in oils that speak volumes despite their quiet presentation. Her beautiful award-winning work was a quadriptych titled Four Views of a Seashell. This is her second Art Guild Exhibition Award; Chan also received an exhibition award in the 2012 AGP Annual Members Show.

Mehran Ghaffari’s brilliantly colored abstract paintings enliven with a dazzling volume of pure energy. A fairly new Sanchez Art Center studio artist, Ghaffari opened his studio at Sanchez in 2014, bringing strong commitment and a fresh, new point of view. For all their intensity and dense patterning, his paintings retain a clarity that sings, as exemplified in his award-winning oil and mixed media painting, Eine Spaziergang in Berlin (“A Walk in Berlin”).

Rig Terrell, also a Sanchez Art Center studio artist (and a 2010 Arts on Fire award recipient), is a natural-born sculptor who works with wood and mixed media, creating a wide range of inventive and wonderful work with a strong conceptual element and an inspiring physicality. To misquote Gertrude Stein, there is definitely “a there there.” Terrell’s piece, Un Poco Loco Topo, earned him this exhibition and, as it is called, it quietly maps out a space in which we can consider our world, what parts of it may or may not be un poco loco, “a little crazy,” and how it all fits together.

Samantha Tripp will exhibit both her award-winning photography as well as her works in ceramic sculpture. The digital photograph that won her this award is a beautiful oceanscape at sunset, one that is somehow not exactly what one expects to see. The colors are those fleeting, unusual shades that we really do see in nature but we don’t typically think of as being sunset colors. The photo is titled Devil’s Slide Horizon. It’s almost dreamlike, except that the detail is exquisitely attended to, and the image will not be easily categorized.

As a wonderful addition to the mix for the closing weekend of the AGP shows, Sanchez Art Center artists will hold Open Studios on both Saturday, Nov 14, and Sunday, Nov 15, 1–5 pm.

Sanchez Art 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 Nov 15. For more information about Sanchez Art Center, email info@sanchezartcenter.org, or phone 650-355-1894. For information about the Art Guild of Pacifica, including about AGP membership, visit www.artguildofpacifica.org.