'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 l longest running exhibit series focused on positive, healing and uplifting artwork. 


McKinley Art Solutions and UCSF National Center of Excellence in Women’s Health are pleased to present SERENITY - Halcyon Days: A Peaceful Time In One's Life


~ meet the artists: Wednesday, Feb 12, 2019 5:30pm ~

Natasha Dikareva - floor 3
  Marius Starkey - floor 4
Heather Hanan - floor 5
              Audrey Heller - floor 6 card image

  Pauline Crowther Scott - floor 7

Serenity: Halcyon Days

SERENITY: Halcyon Days, A Peaceful Time In One’s Life, featuring Natasha Dikareva, Marius Starkey, Heather Hanan, Audrey Heller, and Pauline Crowther Scott. The artists participating in this exhibit capture the beauty of nature, in the forms of flora, fauna and human, in works that evoke thoughts of wonder and tranquility.


Special co-hosts for the opening event, Wednesday, February 12, 6:30pm, the visual arts non-profit ArtSpan will kick off its ‘Art Flux’ event series, described as “…artsy evenings for the art intrigued. Grab happy-hour drinks and enjoy a guided art experience with like-minded folks curious about the "art world." Art Flux is a space for art newbies, the art intimidated, and art puzzled to connect with San Francisco's creative culture in a laid back setting.  The event features a Docent Tour of the exhibition starting at 6:30pm on Floor 3


Reception with the artists:

Wednesday, Feb 12 5:30 – 7:30pm;

Docent Tour: 6:30pm, 3rd floor




“The ‘Serenity’ exhibition series under the guidance and management of Matt McKinley invites artists to showcase a body of work that inspires relaxation, well-being and calm. We thank Betty and Gordon Moore, whose support makes Serenity possible.” – Dr Nancy Miliken, Director


Now in its 13th year, the ‘Serenity’ series has provided opportunities for over 150 local artists working in mediums from paint to print to photography, drawing, found objects and wire! 


About the artists:

Floor 3 artist Natasha Dikareva finds herself poised between two worlds where “One is the tangible reality I experience on my way to the studio, and the other is the world of possibility in which my sculptures live.”, she explains. “I travel between the two, between the physical present and the imaginative future, bringing dreams down to earth, shaping unfamiliar creatures to life. I am a channel, guided by unseen forces of my environment and personal relationships, as well as formal aesthetic concerns. My sculptures use me as a vehicle, communicating their need to grow in a certain direction through my hands.”


Floor 4 artist Marius Starkey believes the true transcendence of life occurs during the creative process. In his world, In my world he gets to transform and reimagine what paintings can be and that fuels his hopes and possibilities for life.  “There is no time, no fear, and no expectations when I work, only the chance to understand my deep emotional and physical connections with each image.”


Floor 5 artist Heather Hanan, reveals that this set of paintings done mostly in the last few years and are attempts to illustrate the ineffable within the physical.  “The grit and the love.”, she explains. “They are memories of places, animals, people, and feelings.  They represent evocations of movement and possibilities intended to invite the viewer's eyes to wander the scene, to participate in the painting itself.”


Floor 6 artist Audrey Heller wants to convey “the feeling of movement and breath in these places that I love, and fuel a conversation between eye and brain, like a conversation between science and poetry.” The subjects of this series are at once revealed and obscured by long exposures. The camera moves with my gaze, capturing many perspectives and blurring the

boundaries of them all.


Floor 7 artist Pauline Crowther Scott presents for the show two cohesive bodies of work, her ‘Woodland’ series, a whimsical look into the woodlands of memory and fantasy where one might encounter oversized birds and tiny fairies, spirits and wraiths, and her ‘Shadow’ series, which captures fleeting shadows on walls and floors, reflections in rainy puddles and off the surface of glass tables, and fragmented shapes that suggest shafts of light shining through windows


About the ‘Serenity’ Exhibit 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 exhibit series, curated from a pool of invited participants, is the largest continuously produced 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.