Pacific Art Connection proudly presents "Under Georgia's Influence," showcasing the work of longtime Pacificans Margaret Welsh and Judy Quitoriano. Their exhibit, two years in the making, is inspired by renowned artist Georgia O'Keefe. It is a stunning collection of 30 paintings, photographs, pastels, and ceramic pieces.
Welsh features a series of florals that exhibit her amazing talent and skill with watercolors. Her paintings Succulent Beauty and Secrets of the Rhododendron are close studies of nature's colors, shapes, and patterns. Her unique perspective invites the viewer to look more closely at the familiar. In Colorado Hills and Desert Rock, Margaret portrays the essential beauty of huge, and small, geologic wonders.
In tandem with Welsh, Quitoriano captures the dance of nature in her close-up floral photography and pastels. Her ceramics and sculptures offer a sense of the Southwest, which inspired O'Keefe. Reflection and Folk Art Basket are standouts and San Mateo County Fair prize winners. Finally, her acrylic painting Joseph's Robe is a bold statement with intense colors that portray the energy of the San Miguel Hills at sunset.
This exciting exhibit is not to be missed! It runs through Saturday, December 6. Quarry Cove Art 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.
Coastside Land Trust Art Gallery presents its 2nd annual "California Raptor Show." The exhibit features 26 local artists who have captured California's diverse raptor population through art. Mediums include oil, watercolor, batik, acrylic, mixed media, wood carving, and fine-art photography. All art is for sale. Show runs to February 13. Gallery hours are Thursday and Friday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Sunday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., and by appointment. Coastside Land Trust is dedicated to the preservation, protection, and enhancement of open space, including the natural, scenic, recreational, cultural, historical, and agricultural resources of the San Mateo County coast, for present and future generations. 788 Main Street, Half Moon Bay, 650-726-5056.
A lifelong peace activist and fantastic artist, Mary Harris is a living example and essence of exceptional good karma. I look forward to celebrating her 100th. As I always tell her, she is an inspiration to us all.
Pacifica sculptress Stella Pilgrim's take on a slice of life: Giacomo Puccini's masterpiece Madama Butterfly featured "lady in waiting" Suzuki (above left). Next to her is Frank Spadarella, owner/operator of Toto's Italian restaurant, originally at 23rd and Mission streets in San Francisco. Frank subsequently opened a second Toto's on Junipero Serra Boulevard in Daly City.
I built this for the Fog Fest Parade. The chassis is a zero-emissions, battery-fueled, personal-mobility scooter. The shark components are reused cardboard provided by Recology of the Coast. The paint is reused stuff from here and there. For a finishing touch, I added small white shark's teeth and a bit of aging/distressing wash.
I just finished watching the National Geographic Channel series “The 80s: The Decade That Made Us” (DVD should be available online). Fascinating stuff. Take the story of Lieutenant Colonel Stanislav Petrov, the Soviet officer who “saved the world” by not launching nuclear missiles when his detection equipment sounded a false alarm. I had never heard of this incident. On the silly side, I also learned that David Hasselhoff (whose Knight Rider TV show made him a huge star in Europe) serenaded the crowds celebrating the fall of the Berlin Wall.
Award-winning Bay Area film critic Dennis Willis takes his show to a bigger stage. His weekly Flick Nation Radio program (flicknation.net) joins Matrix Media's Web Talk Radio on July 8. "We've been searching high and low for the right media partner and have been impressed at how Web Talk Radio has been able to bridge the gap between traditional broadcast radio and internet radio," Willis says.
Joining him are longtime collaborators Steve Wagner (KKSF Radio, Filmtrip) and Steven Kirk (Soundwaves, Filmtrip), who will provide reviews and commentaries. Kevin Tripp (KGO Radio, Voice of Russia) will provide in-depth TV analysis and reviews.
Willis, a member of the San Francisco Film Critics Circle and the Broadcast Film Critics Association, has never understood why sports and politics were deemed worthy of 24-hour analysis, but the entertainment industry had been relegated to fluff and fashion coverage. "Every single day, decisions are made that affect not only what we watch, but how we watch it. This is the most exciting time in the history of the medium, and it's time to change the conversation," he says.