2012 Left Coast Annual at Sanchez Art Center
The 2012 Left Coast Annual Juried Exhibition (formerly known as Arts on Fire) opens with a gala reception for the entire community on Friday, April 13, from 7 to 9 pm. There will be great art, great food, free parking, and hands-on art activities, plus an art book boutique, free entertainment, and music from the Jazz Cats.
The focus, of course, is on the artworks selected by juror Michael Schwager, Professor of Art History and Museum Studies and Director of the University Art Gallery at Sonoma State University. Over 180 artists from all over California submitted over 500 artworks, and of these, 63 works by 48 artists were accepted for this exhibition. Mr. Schwager is known for his interest and expertise in contemporary Bay Area art. He holds a BFA from the California College of Arts and Crafts and an MA in Museum Studies from JFK University. Prior to Sonoma State, he held positions at the San Francisco Art Institute, the Richmond Art Center, and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.
Sponsors and supporters for this gala opening, as well as other Sanchez Art Center programs, include the Art4MooreFoundation, Art Guild of Pacifica, Bleyle Elevator, Inc., First National Bank of Northern California, Pacifica Performances, David & Lucille Packard Foundation, Silicon Valley Community Foundation Donor Circle for the Arts, and Target.
The newly named Left Coast Annual will fill both the Main and West Galleries, while the East Gallery will present the 2011 Arts on Fire Awards Exhibition, featuring works by 2011 award winners Timothea Campbell and Anne Subercaseaux, who were awarded $250 plus an exhibition by Arts on Fire juror Alison Gass, Assistant Curator of Painting and Sculpture at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. Campbell’s award-winning pieces are the intricately drawn Oaks #16 and Oaks #17, with twining, delicate curlicues of branches and leaves, all drawn in walnut ink on paper. Subercaseaux’s blue and green oil paintings, Reflection: On Crossing XIV and Reflection: On Crossing XXV, depict light and water seen in an abstracted way. Both these artists seem to have a gift for bringing an ineffable quality of experience into the foreground and, in this way, talking about the parts of life we often forget to notice and appreciate.
Both exhibits run through May 20. Michael Schwager will give a Juror’s Talk on closing day, Sunday, May 20, at 3:30 pm.
On Friday, April 27, from 7 to 9 pm, Sanchez Art Center will host “Local Stories,” an evening of recorded oral histories of Pacifica and the Coastside, from the “California of the Past” Digital Storytelling Project. The presentation is the second of Sanchez Art Center’s new Soirée Series and is part of Pacifica’s 3-Day Literary Festival called Lit Wave, which is sponsored by Pacifica Library Foundation and Pacifica Friends of the Library. “Local Stories” will take place in the Main Gallery, surrounded by the artworks of Left Coast Annual.
Sanchez Art Center is located at 1220 Linda Mar Blvd. in Pacifica, 1.5 miles east of Highway 1, in the building with the beautiful mural. Following the opening night, galleries are open Friday, Saturday, and Sunday from 1 to 5 pm through May 20, and by appointment. For more information, call 650-355-1894 or visit www.sanchezartcenter.org.