In the East Gallery, we are presenting 5 Wishes, encouraging positive dialogue about death and dying, an exhibit envisioned by Dr. Martina Ayala. Dr. Ayala is an award-winning filmmaker, recognized educator and community leader. She has curated exhibits in San Francisco and Los Angeles focusing on the Day of the Dead, gentrification, ancestral healing and women.
For this exhibit, Ayala invited thirteen artists to express their feelings about death through art providing space for reflection about the act of surrendering to life's transitions. Inspired by her elderly parents who engaged her in the process of completing advanced health care directives, "5 Wishes" was the title of the document that she helped her parents complete. Martina's initial reaction was discomfort and denial of the inevitable end of life stage that her parents and all living beings go through. As she went through the process, she realized the amazing gift her parents were gifting her by ensuring that their wishes, values, life goals, and preferences regarding future medical care and end of life planning were addressed.
This show invites you to surrender to the process of living and dying as an act of self-love. We invite you to explore death as a call to action.
On Saturday, June 11, beginning at 3:30 pm, a Gallery Walk will be held with artists in the show sharing about their work and personal journey, to inspire opening ourselves to conversation about a part of life, death.
Special Event Sat, June 11
3:30 pm Gallery Walk & Artists' Talk
After opening night, drop in during regular gallery hours, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, 1–5 pm.
Sanchez Art Center is located at 1220 Linda Mar Blvd in Pacifica, about a mile east of Highway 1. Our safety protocol aligns with the CDC strongly encouraging wearing a mask for the health and safety of all.