'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 is the San Francisco Bay Area's largest and longest running quarterly exhibit focused on positive, healing and uplifting artwork.  Curator: Matt McKinley

Serenity: Sanctuary poster
featured artists:  
Kathryn Kain - Floor 3 
Stacy Dynan - Floor 4
Rafe Mischel - Floor 5
Marlon Romero Gomez - Floor 6 card image
Marius Starkey - Floor 7
meet the artists: Wed, Jan 27 5:30 - 7:30pm
schedule a tour of the current show


The concept of sanctuary most likely conjures thoughts of an environment, real or imagined, where one feels safe and free from worry.  A place of no judgement or outside expectations, where your inner life becomes enriched because angst and outside pressures are relieved.  Each of the artists participating in SERENITY : SANCTUARY, through unique imagery and process, shares with the audience their personal portal to a sanctuary that encourages uplifted thoughts within a suggested safe space.

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 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. 

Exhibit runs through May 10, 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.

venue open
M - F 11a - 1p (self-tour)
or by appointment 9a - 5p 



This work inspired by seasonal local plant life, begins as observational drawings of specific plants that intrigue me, in and around my studio neighborhood. Specimens are foraged and brought back; I then have limited time to work from them while they are alive. Drawings are finished from memory. Extended time to observe the fragile botanical subjects is essential to my process: I often paint the same plants year after year. Roses, passionflowers and spring fruit blossoms are favorites. Depth of field within the painting is kept shallow in order to highlight the natural shape of the subject. Although drawings are done directly from life, they reside in an imaginary space where intuitively made marks and collage-like elements coexist and interact in playful ways. The result is a piece that organically rises from my surroundings, the seasons and traditional botanical myths and legends.

Kathryn Kain Serenity pricelist

STACY DYNAN, floor 4

“Stacy’s work has a lightness that is so joyful, it just makes people happy,” notes Lynn Oberstein, owner of Merritt Young Gallery in Ardmore, PA, with--what else--a smile. “Along with the whimsical subject matter, the colors vibrate at a high level and generate a feeling of warmth and fun. Aptly named the “Feel Good” series, Dynan’s most popular collection celebrates free spirited women in motion, bicycling and flying planes through creatively enchanted landscapes; clearly reveling in the magic of the journey--not unlike the artist herself.


Stacy Dynan Serenity pricelist


Born and raised in San Francisco, I draw my inspiration from the scenes I see in my daily life. Every day, changes occur in the City which, combined with shifting weather and season, result in endless, fascinating views. These moments, captured as they become history, are the subjects of my paintings. The things that are changing, and the things that remain familiar; the things that make it feel like home, and the things that hold new interest. I try not to shy away from the grit, everything adds to my picture of a place that holds something for everyone.

My art is a tribute to the city that is part of my being, and a way of describing my feelings as I observe and take part in its evolution. I invite my viewers to step into lesser-known neighborhoods, and to climb some of our many hills to gain a new perspective.
Rafe Mischel Serenity pricelist

Marlon Romero Gomez was born in Pucallpa, Peru, the base of the Amazon Rainforest Jungle. He is both a self-taught and trained visionary and environmental artist. His oil and acrylic paintings reflect his visions and landscapes of the rainforest and give insights into the indigenous and mestizo religious belief systems in the life of the Peruvian people. He uses his own life experiences and visions to create the image. The Amazonian myths, legends and stories are also invaluable in his paintings. In addition to being an Artist, Marlon has also studied Shamanism for many years, learning the medicinal ways that plants can heal a human being. Combining his love of painting and nature, Marlon has developed a method of painting nature that is healing. Marlon’s “visions” of the world reveal part reality and part mythology. He enjoys painting with vibrant colors and details to translate the beauty of the Amazon and the Costa Rican jungle.

Marlon Romero Gomez Serenity pricelist

In the last few years, I’ve been painting ocean scenes mainly out of a desire to understand and explore our deep emotional and physical connection with the ocean and the essence of water. In my world, I get to transform and reimagine what painting can be and that expresses my hopes and possibilities for life.
Marius Starkey Serenity pricelist
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