Pausing at the east end of Fassler Avenue, Pacifican Ronald Berger surveys the Baquiano Trailhead. The trail up the hill to Sweeney Ridge could be upgraded to a paved or improved emergency service road connecting the southern end of Pacifica (Rockaway and Linda Mar) to San Bruno in case of disaster. (Photo by Alan Wald)
Pacific Art Connection exhibits the artwork of Pacificans Vince Ayala and Mark Bray. Elements of earth and fire are the centerpiece of the dynamic exhibit, which features 36 ceramic vessels, paintings, and mixed-media wall art. The show runs through May 30. The gallery is at 225 Rockaway Beach Avenue next to Avani Salon, and is open Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
A ceramic enthusiast and potter, Ayala works with earth (clay) and fire to make his stunning wheel-thrown and hand-built ceramic vessels. Inspired by his older brother, artist Paul Brown, Vince creates ceramics that catch the eye with their organic beauty. Using raku and wood kilns, Vince allows fire, wood, ash, soda, and glazes to finish his pieces in landscapes of earth tones and metallics. His ceramic pieces are one-of-a-kind treasures that often suggest antiquity (see above).
Visionary artist and painter Mark Bray captures the energy, movement, and brilliance of fire and earth in his acrylic paintings. In his mixed-media work, Mark uses a multilayered process, bringing together painting, drawing, and digital imaging and transfer to create timeless mandala-like images on wood, which invite quiet reflection and far-reaching vision. "Star Field Combustion," "Space Flower," and "Unearthed Cities" are but three standouts among his collection (see below).
Sam Perry, Wrapped, 2009, 24” x 30” x 20” Opening Friday, May 29 with a reception from 7 to 9 p.m. is Curve¸ an exhibit of wood sculpture by Sam Perry, curated by Jerry Ross Barrish. On Sunday, June 28 at 3 p.m., the artist discusses his work with interviewer Richard Whittaker of works & conversations magazine, in the Main Gallery. Also opening May 29 are Outside the Box, a group exhibit presented by the Art Guild of Pacifica, and Together, We Create! presenting the artworks of the Create Art Collective in Pacifica. All three exhibits run through June 28. Sanchez Art Center is at 1220 Linda Mar Blvd, Pacifica, CA. Gallery hours are Friday, Saturday, and Sunday from 1 to 5 p.m., and by appointment, during exhibits (except opening night). For more information: 650-355-1894, www.sanchezartcenter.org.
Mountain Lion Attack on Pet (from a county sheriff bulletin): On 5-22-15 at approximately 3:00 PM, a Mountain Lion attacked a house cat on the street in the 400 block of Bridgeport in the Clipper Ridge neighborhood of El Granada. While the lion was not seen, the veterinarian who treated the cat confirmed there was no doubt the injuries were caused by a Mountain Lion. The California Department of Fish and Wildlife and the GGNRA have been notified. Keep a close watch on pets and children during this time of increased Mountain Lion activity in the rural and semi-rural areas of our county.
"If there is a Picasso in Pacifica, what is our responsibility to that kid?" asked S.F. school board member Rachel Norton in a front-page story in the San Francisco Chronicle, May 22. She was responding to a question about whether the school board should ban out-of-town kids from enrolling in the Ruth Asawa School of the Arts (SOTA), a high-demand public school in San Francisco. Full story on sfchronicle.com.
The extended drought has put tremendous pressure on the Tuolumne and other rivers but also has raised awareness of the need to use our most precious natural resource more wisely. Last year in the Bay Area, water use from the Tuolumne dropped more than 10 percent, and since 2008 it has declined by 20 percent. We need to continue this trend.
Your contribution will support TRT's efforts to help the Tuolumne watershed recover from the devastating 2013 Rim Fire, educate children and communities dependent on the river about water conservation and efficiency, and bolster TRT's work to advocate for policies that revive the Tuolumne. We need you now more than ever! Thank you for considering this request.
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A sizeable crowd packed Shelldance Orchid Gardens on May 17 to benefit the legal fund for fighting the highway widening. Beyond fundraising and consciousness raising, there was good music, art, food, and drink. (photos by Leo Leon; poster by Andrew Leone)
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