Coastside Land Trust Art Gallery recently presented its 2nd annual "California Raptor Show." The exhibit featured 26 local artists who captured California's diverse raptor population through art. Mediums included oil, watercolor, batik, acrylic, mixed media, wood carving, and fine-art photography. Look for this exhibit to return in the fall. 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.
Young Victor Victor @ Oceana Art Gallery with Richard Herring's Toasterman
By Victor Spano, Special to Riptide While you might know me as an aspiring politico, I also do art and photography (see below). I co-founded Oceana Art Gallery with Vasu of Oceana Market and the city's Economic Development Committee. I hope to have a showing at the gallery sometime in the future and am starting an art website (still under construction): Victor Spano She got a crab at Thornton State Beach, Daly City.
Basking in the White of the Midnight Sun Planetary Shades
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In the Dutch town of Eindhoven, artist Daan Roosegaarde has paid homage to its most famous resident, Vincent Van Gogh, by creating a glowing bike path that relies on solar-powered LED lights and interprets his classic painting Starry Night.
Roosegaarde says he wants his work, illuminated by thousands of twinkling blue and green lights, to speak to everyone. "You have people who are interested in technology to make landscapes which are energy neutral," he tells NPR. "You have people interested in cultural history and experiencing it in a contemporary way. You have boys and girls who have a first date and want to take their date to a special place."
And, he adds, "You have an artist like me who wants to create something just incredibly poetic; and all that comes together. A good project generates new stories."
The path, which covers about a half-mile, opened last Wednesday as part of celebrations marking the 125th anniversary of the death of Van Gogh, who lived from 1853 to 1890. He lived in Eindhoven for a few years and used the town as a backdrop for his paintings.
As we reported last week, another Dutch town, Krommenie, installed solar panels on a bike commuter path outside Amsterdam. The power generated by the panels will be funneled into the national energy grid. (NPR)
The statue of Gaspar de Portolá (top) on Highway 1 in Pacifica had long reminded me of the Passion Façade (bottom) of the Sagrada Familia basilica in Barcelona, Spain. As farfetched as it seemed, I decided to look into whether there was a relationship. To my utter shock and delight, it turns out that both works are by the Catalonian painter and sculptor Josep Maria Subirachs. Take a closer look at the sculpture of Portolá, and you see that it is a very impressive work – making Pacifica the lucky home of world-renowned art.
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.