By Carolyn Staight, Special to Riptide
Pacifica Art Connection proudly presents a one-woman exhibit of 2014 photography and ceramics by Judy Quitoriano, a multitalented artist who works in many media. Here she presents a series of 18 West Coast photographs sure to heighten appreciation for our exquisite California landscapes. In the sculpture bay are nine of Judy’s organic ceramic works also exhibiting facets of land, sea, and sky.
Photographs include Tranquil Autumn, taken at Sonoma Quarry Botanical Gardens. Reflections in the water are reminiscent of Monet, with an added canopy of beautiful autumn foliage overhead. Tree trunks and branches artfully frame the photograph of Pigeon Point Lighthouse. Local scenes are from San Pedro Valley Park and Rockaway Beach, including Clouds at Dawn and Incoming Tide. Heading south, there are scenes of Carmel and Point Lobos: Abutment, Rocks and Sea, and Carmel Beach, which includes a sea otter with a clamshell on his chest.
In the sculpture bay is a mixture of fired and air-dried ceramic pieces, including a sailing ship in full sail on a platter, a clown fish on a vase, and other more organic pieces suggesting sky, golden sand, and ebbing tide.
The gallery is at 255 Rockaway Beach Avenue (between Pacifica Chamber of Commerce and Avanti Salon). This exhibit runs till Monday, March 30. Hours are Monday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and closed Sundays.