What's a BioBlitz? Watch the video below to find out. In this episode of Pacific Currents, host Steve Johnson interviews San Francisco State University Environmental Studies Professor Carlos Davidson about the National Geographic-sponsored 2014 BioBlitz that happened in the Golden Gate National Recreational Area (GGNRA), focusing on activities at Mori Point in Pacifica on March 28 and 29.
The new exhibit at Quarry Cove Art Gallery is called "No One Else Is Doing This Work," and as soon as you step in, you will know why. Both artists have a unique vision not seen anywhere else.
Inside the glass case you encounter as you walk in is the imaginative jewelry of Ann Marie Hodrick. She has taken her training and become inspired to pursue her own path. Her pieces explore her creative ability to bring together shapes, sizes, and textures. Her art is constantly evolving, and as we enjoy this presentation, we also look forward to all of her future endeavors.
Most likely, the first thing you notice about Karen Rosenstein's work is her extraordinary sense of color and shape. And they are not arbitrary; each piece has its own story and intent. Karen's special sense of color, shape, and texture is at its most apparent in her piece "25," an arrangement of 25 tiles. While the work was designed to be sold as one large wall-filling object, she has kindly presented it in such a way that each individual square can be sold separately. Have fun choosing your own!
Sometimes the best art is the culmination of a mishap. In "Breaking Free," these pieces of glass were once one large piece, but they broke. Karen used this accident to create a meaningful presentation of broken pieces held together by chains. It is striking, and all the more so because of its derivation.
One of the surprises is a piece that looks like a woven textile, perhaps wool, called "Buttoned Up Heart." But prepare to be amazed: It is composed of plastic bags that Karen has crocheted! Even knowing that, you have to get right on top of the work to see that it is indeed plastic and not fabric. Remarkable.
What a kick! Talk about inspired recycling. Karen has taken green plastic bags that newspapers come in, and created "Lawn Fantasy." The texture and color are truly striking. Perhaps in these days of drought, this is the way to have the perfect lawn.
In "American Pride," Karen combines all of the above. She has "floating" glass objects held together by crocheted plastic. It represents the diversity of community held together by a common thread. As always, very striking, and all the more so given its earnest interpretation.
The exhibit is up now, and runs to August 18. Hours are Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and closed Sunday. Quarry Cove Art Gallery is at 225 Rockaway Beach Avenue, between the Chamber of Commerce and Avani Salon. Always free, always innovative.
A reception with the artists is on Saturday, July 26 from 2 to 4 p.m. Refreshments are available at no charge. Come and meet the artists, learn about their creations, and get something to bring home for yourself or a friend if you can.
At San Pedro Creek bridge in the past few days, in the midst of Caltrans' cleanup of the marshy area where the creek spills into the ocean, a huge oil slick can be seen from the pedestrian walkway. Disgusting. Thought you might be in a position to ruffle some feathers about this. I'm guessing the ducks and other waterfowl that made the marsh their home are pretty ruffled about now.
Since 1997, Coastside Land Trust has actively worked to protect and enhance the natural, scenic, recreational, cultural, historical, and agricultural resources of the San Mateo County coast.
CLT'S gallery conveys the beauty of these resources through art. The show runs from August 15 to October 24, including during the annual Half Moon Bay Pumpkin Festival. Please contact Eric with any questions at 650-726-5056 or email@example.com
Native Plant $5 Sale! Go green-er with summertime sale prices on 1-gallon native plants, including coyote bush, currant, bee plant, strawberry, lizard tail, white yarrow, wild rose, and sagebrush. Please visit our office to purchase the plants and to view our demonstration garden.
Youth Art Show Through July 25 Local kindergarten to 8th-grade artists have discovered inspiration for their artwork from the marine and coastal habitats that define our region. The featured two-dimensional and 3-D works are on display through July 25. Gallery hours are Thursday and Friday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and by appointment. Call 650-726-5056. Gallery is at 788 Main Street, Half Moon Bay. Custom framing for the show generously donated by Spring Mountain Gallery. Coastside Land Trust
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Sculptor Gale Wagner’s rubber-band-powered airplanes exhibit, Free Flight/Free Spirit, is curated by Jerry Ross Barrish. Artist and curator give a talk on closing day, Sunday, August 10 at 4 p.m. Showing concurrently are Runes Revealed, a mixed-media group exhibit by Nordic 5 Arts; and Full Circle, a group exhibit presented by the Art Guild of Pacifica. All three exhibits run through August 10. Sanchez Art Center is at 1220 Linda Mar Boulevard, Pacifica. Gallery hours are Friday, Saturday, and Sunday from 1 to 5 p.m. during exhibits. Info: 650-355-1894, www.sanchezartcenter.org
This Jean Bartlett interview with Tom Lara ran in the January 5-19, 2013 issue of the Peninsula Progress. The article is used with the author's permission. PDFs of the article are linked below. Tom Lara Peninsula Progress_page4
According to a story in the San Francisco Chronicle (July 21), Danielle Saxton, 27, stole clothing July 11 from Morrie's Boutique in West Frankfort, Illinois, then posted a selfie on Facebook in which she wore some of the loot, namely a leopard-print dress. When the store owner posted pictures of the stolen items on Facebook, someone made the connection and dropped a dime on Danielle. Police arrested her and charged her with petty theft.
In lower Linda Mar near Marvilla Circle is a small corner "pocket park". It's not much, but it's clean and generally well maintained by the city. We in the neighborhood would like to keep it that way. To this end, if you recognize either of these two motorcyclists (above) as being your son, let him know that our neighborhood would prefer that he and his friend not drive over the sidewalk and through the gated entrance to do donuts on the small lawn there. Several families use this park and prefer that the grass not be torn up. Next time I see this poor choice of behavior (not the first time these motorcyclists have been a nuisance in the area), I'll call the police immediately. Thanks.
According to a San Francisco Chronicle business story July 19, Integrated Whale Media Investments of Singapore and Hong Kong has paid $475 million for a majority share of Forbes Media stock.
Steve Forbes, staying on as chairman and editor in chief, is quoted as saying: "The buyers are entrepreneurs and they understand entrepreneurial capitalism, and they have a vested self-interest in not messing with the editorial."
How refreshing to hear those words. But we wonder how long that will last. So many times we have heard corporate takeover artists promise they would not interfere with editorial or creative, only to find out soon after that they were lying. And inevitably when that happens, product quality, job security, and staff morale go downhill. Just ask anyone who has lived through a merger or acquisition.