'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:  
Salma Arastu - Floor 3 
Leslie Morgan - Floor 4
Mari Marks - Floor 5
Sean Vallely - Floor 6 card image
Serenity: Elevated Joy poster
Evening With The Artists:  Wednesday, Apr 29 5:30 - 7:30pm
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On Wednesday, Apr 29 5:30 - 7:30pm you are invited to join the artists for the opening of Serenity: ELEVATED JOY at the UCSF Center of Excellence in Women's Health 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.


McKinley Art Solutions and UCSF National Center of Excellence in Women’s Health are pleased to present SERENITY: ELEVATED JOY, featuring artists Salma Arastu, Leslie Morgan, Mari Marks and Sean Vallely.

Each of the artists selected for this installment of the ‘Serenity’ series by Matt McKinley of McKinley Art Solutions, use their art practice to explore subject matter that brings them elevated joy.  Elevated joy is the ability of their works to create a portal for viewers to enter a mindset that goes deeper than pleasurable viewing. These artists touch on spirituality (Salma Arastu), a basic life giving element, water, (Leslie Morgan) the creative process (Mari Marks) and expansive panoramic views (Sean Vallely) to explore the metaphysical connection between each of us. 

“Through my art I have been able to transcend my physical limitation to create images of transformation,” explains Salma Arastu, exhibiting on Floor 3. The paintings in this “Serenity” exhibition are from her series Turning Rumi: Singing Verses of Love, Unity and Freedom, a selection chosen from the larger body of 52 mixed media paintings inspired by Rumi’s poems.  

A former competitive swimmer and Psychologistprior to pursuing art full time,Floor 4 artist Leslie Morgan integrates water and her positive association with this element into her mixed media works, always conscious of and wishing to impart the freedom of both body and mind she associates with the feeling of buoyancy in this life-giving element.

A student of both Richard Diebenkorn and Elizabeth Murray, Mari Marks, showing on Floor 5, is celebrated for her unique encaustic works rooted in rhythm, repetition and nature. Noted art critic Peter Selz describes her work as “…luminous encaustic paintings. Some are heavily textured, others reveal their smooth wax surface, some are translucent, and yet others appear opaque. They are open to free association by the viewer. They may suggest clouds, sand, rippling water, ploughed earth, heavy fog—everything from mountain ranges and deep canyons to beehives and fingerprints. They can also evoke a sense of turmoil as well as a feeling of peace. A special luminosity seems to emerge from the material and the process employed by the artist.”

Sean Vallely is a self-described “patient sunset stalker who aims his camera not at the sun on the horizon but on the terrain being painted by that special quality of light and being played to its best advantage.” His panoramic photographs of manmade and natural monuments, showing on Floor 6, are testament to his desire to constantly explore and travel.

Utilizing art’s proven ability to influence the psychological state of clients, staff and practitioners in medical facilities this exhibit, in keeping with the over-arching theme of the ‘Serenity’ series, is a key contributor to creating a welcoming environment at UCSF’s National Center of Excellence in Women’s Health. The exhibit covers 4 floors of the Women's Health Center: 3, 4, 5, and 6, which each artist displaying a complete body of work on their respective floor.  The public is invited to a reception for the artists on Wednesday, Apr 29 5:30 – 7:30pm.  

Exhibit runs through July 14, 2015

About the ‘Serenity’ series at UCSF:

Since 2007, UCSF Center of Excellence and McKinley Art Solutions have presented artists whose work inspires ‘serenity’ in order to facilitate relaxation, well-being and calm.  This quarterly exhibit, curated from a pool of invited and juried participants, is the largest continuous show in the Bay Area focused on promoting the healing capacity of art. The venue, UCSF Women's Health Center, the only nationally designated Center of Excellence in Women's Health in Northern California, is recognized internationally for its expertise in providing comprehensive, specialized care for women's health issues and is recognized as one of the top hospitals in the nation for gynecological care.

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M - F 11a - 1p (self-tour)
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