'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:  
Karen Coggeshall - Floor 3 
Jason Astorquia - Floor 4
Heather Buechler - Floor 5
Denise Dmochowski - Floor 6 card image
Serenity: Inner Light poster
Evening With The Artists:  Wednesday, July 29 5:30 - 7:30pm
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On Wednesday, July 29 5:30 - 7:30pm you are invited to join the artists for the opening of Serenity: Inner Light 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: INNER LIGHT, featuring artists Karen Coggeshall, Jason Astorquia, Heather Buechler, and Denise Dmochowski.

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, explore light both as a metaphor for the life-force within us and as a physical quality to produce vibrant, colorful works.

Following her own muse through explorations in various media, Karen Coggeshall,exhibiting on Floor 3, has found that printmaking provides the perfect vessel for her process. Her monotypes combine diverse inspirational sources (tapestries, Japanese wood-block prints, and ceramics to name a few) with vibrant colors to create compelling semi-abstractions that are at once familiar and new.

Floor 4 artist Jason Astorquia contributes his Fractal/Dimensional body of work to the show.  This series, he explains, is an exploration of the philosophical and mathematical underpinnings of            n-dimensional reality.  With a background in mathematics from Yale and a passion for creating in music, poetry and painting, Jason is consistently exploring the boundaries of reality as a self-described artist for change.

“At first glance my art appears to be merely abstract, but upon careful visual interaction with it one cannot help but feel the soothing peacefulness that emanates from the canvas.” shares Heather Buechler, showing on Floor 5. “This feeling isn’t coincidental – it is intentionally crafted and it is the force behind my work. This visual interpretation of universal connectivity allows the viewer to lose themselves within the borders of the canvas. On a rudimentary level, my work is about beauty, truth, and connectivity.”

Denise Dmochowski embarked on a spiritual journey in 2007 which lead to her discovery of the healing arts.  Over the course of this journey her art began to incorporate the same energies she used in healing sessions.  This most recent work, showing on Floor 6, exudes a clear mystical, spiritual, and otherworldly quality.  Her focus with the work is to explore our connection to nature and symbolically show our connection to each other and to our world.

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, July 29 5:30 – 7:30pm.  

Exhibit runs through October 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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