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).
Coastside Land Trust presents California Spring: 37 local artists capture California's diverse, colorful spring season through art. The show runs to May 22. Gallery hours are Thursdays and Fridays from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and Sundays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The gallery is at 788 Main Street, Half Moon Bay. All art is for sale.
Joni Marie Theodorsen, 7 Day Forecast; Black Days, 2015, watercolor on paper on panels, 48” x 84” Anna Valdez, Laptop with Landscape, 2014, oil on canvas, 32” x 30”
2015 Left Coast Annual Juried Exhibition. Showing concurrently with 2014 LCA Awards Exhibition, featuring work by 2014 award winners Joni Marie Theodorsen and Anna Valdez. Both exhibits run through May 17. 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. For more information, call 650-355-1894 or visit sanchezartcenter.org.
The San Mateo-Hayward Bridge shuts down for two upcoming weekends: May 8-11 and May 22-25. Both shutdowns are from 10 p.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Monday. During the closures, Caltrans construction crews will resurface and treat the deck, which recorded more than 17 million vehicle crossings during the 2014 fiscal year. Crews also will perform routine maintenance on the bridge. Use the Dumbarton Bridge, the Bay Bridge, or Highway 237 in the South Bay as alternatives during bridge shutdowns. Updates are posted at 511.org (source: SMCTA).
Pacifica Performances presents virtuoso guitarist Tim Sparks, Saturday, May 9, 2015, 7:30 p.m., Mildred Owen Hall, 1220 Linda Mar Blvd., Pacifica, in the building with the colorful mural. Tim Sparks has been redefining the acoustic guitar repertoire since he won the National Fingerpicking Championship in 1993. Equally at home with country, blues, jazz, or world music, he has earned an international reputation as one of the most innovative guitarists working today. Tickets are on sale at the door starting 30 minutes before the show, or in advance at http://www.pacificaperformances.org by Friday, 12 noon the weekend of the show. Seats for six or more can be reserved with Visa or MasterCard by calling 650.355.1882 by Friday, 12 noon. Admission: $20 General; $17 Seniors and Students under 25 with current ID; $15 Members; $12 Senior and Students Members; Youths under 18 are free. Doors open 30 minutes before the show. For more information or a schedule, call 650.355.1882 or email email@example.com. Mildred Owen Hall is wheelchair accessible.
Final EIR (response to comments) and appendix #2, Response to Plan-Related Comments. To view these documents, please visit: City Documents City Council and Planning Commission conduct a joint study session on General Plan, Local Coastal Plan, and Housing Element updates on Monday, May 11 at 5:30 p.m., Council Chambers, 2212 Beach Boulevard, Sharp Park. Direct your questions to Planning Department staff at 650-738-7341.
Gary Deghi leads a small-group birding tour of Wavecrest in 2014.
Coastside Land Trust welcomes world-renowned birder Alvaro Jaramillo as he presents an educational and entertaining workshop "Songbirds & Seabirds of the Coastside" on Saturday, May 16. The workshop focuses on behavior, field marks, ecology, and migratory patterns of local birds. The program is at the new Coastside Adult Community Center on Main Street, Half Moon Bay. Following the workshop, Sequoia Audubon Society members lead small-group birding tours of the coastal prairie at Wavecrest. Tickets to the workshop and walk are sold separately and must be purchased in advance from Coastside Land Trust, 788 Main Street, Half Moon Bay, phone 650-726-5056.
On May 17 from 1 to 4 p.m., Half Moon Bay Brewing Company (hmbbrewingco.com) and the HEAL Project join forces at Mavericks Event Center to help promote healthy eating among kids and young adults, with a program called "Spring in the Garden,” an open house featuring tastings, expert gardeners showcasing their veggies and flower arrangements, a demo by the Brewing Company's Chef Gaston Alfaro, featuring produce grown by the HEAL Project, and beer tastings for guests 21 and over.
Pacifica Beach Coalition hosts regular habitat restoration and cleanups at Pacifica beaches. If your school, group, or family can help, please call 650-355-1668. Supplies and support provided. Join Pacifica Beach Coalition to put your special talents to work. Become a Beach Steward for your favorite beach. Help with record keeping, writing articles, taking photographs, school presentations, media communications, fundraising, grant writing.
The labyrinth in the courtyard at Saint Edmund’s Church is available for all to enjoy as a place of peace and tranquility seven days a week. The gates open daily from 7 a.m. to dusk. The labyrinth is a metaphor for the spiritual journey that we are all on as we search for the center and meaning of our lives. Since prehistoric times, the labyrinth has been a sacred path of meditation that confers real benefits to body and soul. It has been found in all religious traditions in various forms around the world. Saint Edmund's is at 1500 Perez Drive off Rosita Road in Linda Mar, Pacifica. Call 650-359-3364 for more information.