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.
City of Pacifica Senior Services bargain-priced weekly INDOOR Garage/Moving/Rummage/Estate/Yard Sale, Wednesday, July 30 from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at Pacifica Community Center, Highway 1 at Crespi. This week's sale features ASIAN COLLECTIBLES. The sale consists entirely of donated reusable items priced very low. All proceeds help support Senior Services. For more information, call 650-738-7384.
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
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. Our 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 plants and view our demonstration garden. Coastside Land Trust
The labyrinth in the courtyard at Saint Edmund’s Church is now available for all to enjoy as a place of peace and tranquility seven days a week. The gates are 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)
Saint Edmund's Episcopal Church is at 1500 Perez Drive off Rosita Road in Linda Mar, Pacifica. Call 650-359-3364 for more information.
In all my years on the Pacifica Planning Commission, I never saw a more useless map (click link above to see project proposal). Therefore, I have added a third page, highlighting as best I could figure out (having seen the dog-and-pony-show drawings presented to us earlier) to make it more readable. It bears no resemblance to what we were shown, so some of the highlighting is guesswork.
Reading the first page, you get some numbers in absolute contradiction to the neighbor-friendly drawings shown to us quite some time ago: 16 houses on the ridge, not five or six. Farther down Gypsy Hill Road, 10 more houses; then even farther down, 16 below-market homes (required by law to include affordable housing). A "paper road" would have to be paved.
This is a grossly larger development than we were originally presented with, and in my personal opinion, the intent was to placate the neighbors into thinking this was no big deal so there would be no opposition. One of the “selling” points to our community was that the Campagnas themselves would be the architects, with their intimate respect for the community and environment.
Here is the truth, which I have heard directly from an inside source: The Campagnas do not have the money to develop this project. They hope to get all permits in place so they can sell to some outside company that will obviously build it to make a profit. Adamo Campagna would like to be the architect, but there is nothing to say that this would happen or what that would really mean, anyway.
Another glitch in the plan is that the required noticing area does not include the people on the hillside across the valley of Brighton (e.g., Talbot), who would be the most visually impacted, but because of the code, are not required to be noticed.
Additionally, there is the reality of a history of mudslides on this hill. Because we have had no hard winters in a long time, that may have faded into recent memory. But at the top of Brighton (under Grace’s Vista Point) is a very steep, bare hillside, which has repeatedly slid in wet winters.
After the recent disastrous news from Washington state, where a massive mudslide occurred where they knew mudslides had occurred in the past, how dare we put people at risk? For those on Brighton, whose backyards face the steep hill but have so far been protected by the dense vegetation, what will excavation do to the stability of the hill? The proposed houses are large and set somewhat downhill, dug into the hillside; the extent of excavation required is of major concern.
I’m not even going to go into the various species of wildlife that live here, including many varieties of birds in particular, at the risk of being labeled some kind of environmental extremist.
If any of this matters to you, please talk to City Council and the Planning Commission. Now is not the time for apathy.
BJ Nathanson, Former Pacifica Planning Commissioner
Pacifica Beach Coalition hosts regular cleanups and habitat restorations at Pacifica beaches. If your school, group, or family would like to help, please contact Pacifica Beach Coalition at 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 recordkeeping, writing articles, taking photographs, school presentations, media communications, fundraising, grant writing, and more.
If you like to walk in San Pedro Valley Park and enjoy its flora and fauna, and you want to help maintain the park, drop by the visitor center and join the volunteer team called Friends of San Pedro Valley Park. Several times a year, experts present programs at the visitor center and guided hikes focusing on park wildlife, geology, and botany. Volunteers help maintain the hiking trails and wildlife habitat in the park.