On Wednesday, Oct 28 5:30 - 7:30pm you are invited to join the artists for the opening of Serenity: Sight Seeking 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: SIGHT SEEKING, featuring artists Larry Hatfield, Edward Sherman, Hilary Williams and Richard Bolingbroke.
Each of the artists selected for this installment of the ‘Serenity’ series by Matt McKinley of McKinley Art Solutions, use their art practices to, collectively, present a narrative of their impressions of the Bay Area, considering both it’s urban and natural beauty, as conveyed through their unique visual languages.
Master watercolorist Larry Hatfield,exhibiting on Floor 3, believes that if we don't have an
underlying affection for people and places, we will not be moved to care for them. “Landscape
painting can do this,” he explains, “and keep people and places in our imagination, and perhaps
hint at the long history and culture associated with place.”
Floor 4 artist Edward Sherman, an avid traveler, is constantly inspired by San Francisco, his
hometown. His work is imbued with the energy he feels in the City: spontaneous, loose and full of
energy with just enough abstraction to create a sense of movement on each canvas. His intention
is to create possibilities, embracing the twists and turns of the city as a metaphor for his
(and the viewers) creative process in order to allow intuition to dictate the process instead
of rigid predictability.
The popular screenprints and collage work of Hilary Williams, showing on Floor 5 are equal parts
inspiration from her environment and a fantastical imagination! Neighborhood views ranging from
ubiquitously known landmarks to the favorite haunts of locals become interspersed with patterns,
colors and mark-making. Each piece is primed for thoughtful interpretation by titles ranging from
whimsical to celebratory to reflective, all to suggest a potential narrative entry point for facilitating
a personal experience with each work.
Richard Bolingbroke’s Koi collages, presented on Floor 6, are his most recent body of work
along his 25 year journey of creative practice and represent “a commitment to new ways of looking
at the world that is rooted in a need for clarity, understanding, and a simple delight in the joy of
creation and discovery.” His creative process is deeply tied to his connection to San Francisco,
which he feels supports his restless need to explore both his outer and inner worlds.
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.
Exhibit runs through Jan 13, 2016.
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.