'Serenity' exhibit series at UCSF Women's Health Center



Sponsored by the UCSF National Center of Excellence in Women’s Health and curated by Matt McKinley, the 'Serenity' series invites Bay Area artists to present a body of work that interprets the idea of ‘serenity’ in order to inspire relaxation, well-being and calm.
With the understanding that wellness is a holistic ideal, these artists create work that will enrich the environment of the Women’s Health Center in order to engage and uplift visitors and staff alike. The exhibit covers 5 floors of the Women's Health Center: 3, 4, 5, 6 and 7, which each artist displaying a complete body of work on their respective floor.  
Since 2007 the 'Serenity' series,  featuring artwork exhibited on five floors, is the San Francisco Bay Area's largest continuous exhibit focused on positive, healing and uplifting artwork.  Curator: Matt McKinley
SERENITY : Open Mind
featured artists:  
Eric Larson - Floor 3
Johane Amirault - Floor 4
John Melvin - Floor 5
Florence S. Harlan - Floor 6*
Linda Donohue - Floor 7
Serenity Open Mind
*Florence was also selected for display in the IVF clinic on Floor 8
Evening With The Artists:  Wednesday, Apr 30 5:30 - 7:30pm
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JOHN MELVIN - floor 5
ERIC LARSON - floor 3
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On Wednesday, April 30 5:30 - 7:30pm you are invited to join the artists for the opening of SERENITY: Open Mind at the UCSF Women's Health Center in San Francisco.  UCSF Women's Health will be providing wine and light hors d'oeuvres for your enjoyment and all works from the show will be available for purchase. 

This installment of the ‘Serenity’ series uses panoramic forest views, people communing, and abstractions inspired by travel, love and expansive horizons metaphorically to suggest an open-minded perspective is important to fostering positive thought.  Eric Larson, exhibiting on Floor 3, uses panoramic photography to create opportunities to visualize grand spaces in ways not possible with conventional photography.  Floor 4 artist Johane Amirault embraces a fully intuitive creative process, using vibrant colors to express emotional state.  One enthusiastic collector says of her work, “Her colors to remind us all that it is a wonderful, colorful world we live in and how we can impact that positively.” On Floor 5 artist John Melvin, former President of the Board at ArtSpan who has devoted himself to painting after a long corporate finance career, gains inspiration from the ‘ordinary joys’ of living: days at the beach, spending casual time at a favorite neighborhood café, conversations between close friends.  Florence Schwartz Harlan brings a wealth of experience in travel and art to each canvas that results in complex and colorful place-inspired imagery.  Her work onFloor 6 exemplifies what it means to let your creativity be influenced by new cultures and diverse locales.  Artist Linda Donohue, showing on floor 7, a Northern California native, continues to gain inspiration from the seashores with which she is intimately familiar.  Her work translates the serenity of being at the ocean’s edge, bringing the color, calm and peace to each of her client’s homes and offices.

The collection gathered by curator Matt McKinley for this exhibit demonstrates that through formal emphasis, format or imagery art facilitates space for entering a positive, or open-minded, mindset. venue:  UCSF Women's Health Center

2356 Sutter St. (x. Divisadero)
Floors 3, 4, 5, 6 and 7 (all floors open for viewing during event)
San Francisco
On exhibit through July 15, 2014
venue open
M - F 11a - 1p (self-tour)
or by appointment 9a - 5p 

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