'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
featured artists:  
Arlynn Bloom - Floor 3 card image
Judy Shintani - Floor 4
Heather Hanan - Floor 5
Carole Fitzgerald - Floor 6*
H. Alex Santurio - Floor 7
*Carole also has a piece in the IVF CLINIC, floor 8
Serenity: Season of Bliss poster
Evening With The Artists:  Wednesday, Oct 29 5:30 - 7:30pm
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On Wednesday, Oct 29 5:30 - 7:30pm you are invited to join the artists for the opening of SERENITY: Season of Bliss 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.

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FALL'S LIGHT - Arlynn Bloom
PETIT JARDIN, NOV 25 - H. Alex Santurio
Every leaf speaks bliss to me, fluttering from the autumn tree.’ Emily Bronte

For this installment of the ‘Serenity’ series Matt McKinley of McKinley Art Solutions, inspired by travel to the Bavarian Alps during the magical transition from Summer to Fall while truly experiencing the meaning of Emily Bronte’s musings, sought artists influenced by a reverence for nature, dramatic light and deep colors. Interconnected through the aegis of nature, family, positive self-image, color, light and shadow are collectively explored by the five participating artists. Arlynn Bloom, exhibiting on Floor 3, shares,“Painting affords me the opportunity to express my impressions of the world around me.”  As evidenced by her ability to capture light falling through leaves, her work evokes an emotional response to everyday moments. Artist Judy Shintani invites visitors to Floor 4 to use intuition to find their appropriate nature shield. “The plants were intuitively gathered to adorn and infuse the shields with qualities of healing, perception, power, transformation, and beauty,” she explains. The feminine shaped shields honor the strength and serenity women carry for their family, community, and the planet. With interests in fantasy, archetypes and abstracted landscapes, painting is a spiritual and visceral activity for Floor 5 artist Heather Hanan. “Paintings can be painted as prayers and I admit I do this. Think of them as visually feeling through some kind of inter-dimensional feeling points and you'll see some narratives that are uniquely yours.”With a reverence for nature fostered by cloud-filled skies, gorgeous sunsets and prairie wildflowers during her childhood in the Black Hills of South Dakota, Carole Fitzgerald, showing on Floor 6, devotes her art practice to painting wildflowers in their native habitat, often working with botanists on native plant restoration projects. Utilizing a palette knife instead of brushes, H. Alex Santurio’s workis inspired by the two most important things in his life: nature and family.  Each painting in his Petit Jardin series, showing on floor 7, is a tribute to a member of his family. 

On exhibit through Jan 13, 2015
venue open
M - F 11a - 1p (self-tour)
or by appointment 9a - 5p 

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