The Art Guild of Pacifica presents the 61st Annual Members Show and the 60th Annual Awards Artists. Both exhibitions open Friday, Oct 11, with a reception from 7 to 9 pm, to the music of Vivace (Rob Hughes and Alan Lee). The 60th Annual Awards Artists, Vadim Dymshyts, Nancy Hall, Andrew Leone, and Glynis Takalo, were selected by Jim Torlakson, Professor Emeritus at City College of San Francisco. The awards juror for the 61st Annual Members Show will be Bridget Fischer, Art Professor at Skyline College.
Vadim Dymshyts has been sharing his masterful photographs at Sanchez Art Center for some time. His work often explores the nuances of atmosphere with some stunning shots of nature--trees, mountains, clouds--such as the beautiful sunset sky over the Pacifica Pier that won him this award. Dymshyts' theme for this show is Journeys and Destinations.
Nancy Hall is an assemblage artist whose exhibit invites viewers into a darkly playful world based on her childhood memories of a big old dark wooden trunk full of toys that was tucked away at her grandmother's flat in San Francisco. Hall titled her show Omnigatherum a word she stumbled upon that means "A gathering of all sorts, a collection made anyhow." Says Hall, "What has been gathered here are all the ideas inspired by a found object over the last few years, made into talismanic objects we call toys."
Andrew Leone will be showing works in glass, ranging from colorful stained glass windows to sculptural pieces made from found glass objects. Some of these framed, free-hanging glass panels combine techniques dating back to medieval times with contemporary approaches that use found materials like marbles and chandelier crystals. His show is titled Alchemy, which expresses the mystery of how these beautiful glassworks come together from disparate parts.
Glynis Takalo is a painter who manifestly loves color and creates beautiful paintings using the fluidity of poured paint. She is a self-taught artist who worked in a number of mediums before she found her passion for fluid art. Her work uses color to illustrate how subtle and dramatic changes can affect our emotions.
At 3 pm on closing Sunday, Nov 24, the four awards artists will talk about their work at a free Artist Talk in the Main Gallery.
Sanchez Art Center is located at 1220 Linda Mar Blvd in Pacifica, about a mile east of Highway 1. Following opening night, galleries are open Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, 1 - 5 pm, and by appointment, through Nov 24.