Opening Friday, July 12, with a reception from 7 to 9 pm, are three new exhibits. On view in the Main Gallery is Creative Sovereignty: Recent Works by Gerald Clarke. The East Gallery hosts a group show of plein air works in Along the Ohlone-Portola Trail, while in the West Gallery, Art Guild of Pacifica offers a group show on the theme of Ancestry. Reception music will be provided by “The Breeze,” aka Jamey Brzezinski. On Thursday, July 18, 6:30–8:30 pm, the plein air artists and exhibition sponsor Don Horsley will hold a Gallery Walk and Trail Talk in the East Gallery. On Sunday, July 28, from 2 to 3:30 pm, Linda Janklow of Peopleologie will lead a workshop on Native California Canoes and Rafts. (Tickets to the workshop are $10 on Eventbrite.com; other special events are free.) Gerald Clarke and curator Jerry Barrish will hold an Artist Talk on closing Sunday, August 11 at 3:30 pm in the Main Gallery. Sanchez Art Center is located at 1220 Linda Mar Blvd, Pacifica. Gallery hours are Friday, Saturday, and Sunday from 1 to 5 pm, and by appointment, during exhibits (except opening nights). For more information: 650-355-1894; www.SanchezArtCenter.org/index.htm.
Gerald Clarke is a Cahuilla Native who lives with his wife and children on the reservation in Riverside County, California, where he runs cattle and has a self-storage business. Having been told he was not college material upon graduating from high school, Clarke studied the welding trade, a move that has stood him in good stead as a sculptor. Now with his BA from University of Central Arkansas and an MFA from Stephen F. Austin State University in Texas, he is a well-known sculptor, as well as a conceptual, installation, and performance artist who teaches ethnic studies at UC Riverside. (He previously served as visual arts chair at Idyllwild Arts Academy.)
Clarke’s artwork reflects on his heritage and the current conditions of Native communities, as well as conveying his personal views as an individual artist in the 21st century. He has exhibited widely in California and beyond.