'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. 

Radha Mehta - floor 3
Debra Reabock - floor 4
Kay Marshall - floor 5
 Michael Endicott - floor 6

 Catherine Gutierrez - floor 7 card image

Serenity: Better Days Ahead


SERENITY: Hope & Healing, featuring Radha Mehta, Debra Reabock, Kay Marshall,Michael Endicott and Catherine Gutierrez. is inspired by a collective hope that mankind can successfully recover from this ongoing pandemic, hope for better appreciation of our planet by exploring its manmade and natural beauty and hope that powerful affirmations have the effect of uplifting consciousness in order to encourage an elevated shared humanity. Each of these artists maintained a creative practice during COVID and UCSF Women’s Health is proud to present their collective works to welcome staff and patients back to the Center

“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 14th 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 Radha Mehta revels in the fact that her paintings have the ability to convey feelings of empowerment. Herwatercolor series “I AM LOVE” started as a form of empowering herself through the Love Language of Affirmations, but when sharing it with close friends, she quickly recognized that the phrases and bold imagery and colors she used resonated with each of them, leaving them more inspired.

About the phrases in these works Radha shares: “I chose the phrases “I Am Enough”, “I Am Worthy”, and “I Am Love” to be included consistently across each piece within this series because I believes these to be absolutely essential reminders for the fact that we each are fortunate enough to be alive and to exist in this universe.  I believe that we each exist to serve a positive purpose, and what that purpose is can remain “to be determined” for as long as we know. However, our existence in itself has potential for tremendous impact to those who have come across our paths and to those who love us. The various other phrases such as “I Am Extraordinary” and “I Am Remarkable” serve to empower us as we each find our way in life to tap into our full potential with the support of loved ones.  My hope is for this series to continue to grow while inspiring and empowering others that we each are loved and are loving, and that we each have tremendous potential within ourselves if we can simply believe and accept responsibility for the miracles that unfold with that empowering belief.”

Floor 4 Debra Reabock sees abstractions within objects from a unique perspective. Through photography, she enjoys transforming imagery of modern urban architecture and Nature into unusual geometric shapes, forms, and stunning designs. Debra’s intention is to encourage the viewer to lose their common interpretation of our everyday surroundings and transcend boundaries in order to achieve an expanded outlook created by the visual interplay of light, space, movement, and dimension.

Floor 5 artist Kay Marshall’s paintings are experimental and process orientated. She explores themes of memory, impermanence, and the relationship between opposites: order versus chaos, structure versus gesture, and line versus form. Kay develops levels of meaning by building and/or removing layers of paint, ink, paper and other materials. Each piece has a history which is partially revealed through various layers, creating a ‘personal language’ of animated marks.

Floor 6 artist Michael Endicott likes to explore our elemental connection to nature. For this exhibit, Michael presents three unique bodies of work: ‘Sans Souci’,a minimalist exploration of a wall resulting in landscape scale scenes transitioning from the cloister of winter into the renewal of spring, ‘Cellular Tapestries’ which are composites of macro photographs (people, birds and trees) and micro photographs (colors reflecting different types of cells) and ‘Ambition’ a study of a small sprig where the colors of the light, the textures of the wall and the shape of the neighboring tree provided the source canvas for a story of new life, ambitious dreams and optimistic sense of what will be.

Floor 7 artist Catherine Gutierrez shares, “Art, to me, is about connection… a connection to oneself, a connection to others, a connection to Mother Earth, a connection to the Universe.  In my work, you can find yourself experiencing the awe of nature or the feeling of floating through another planet. While living on our world, there are other worlds we occupy in the depths of our conscious and subconscious. Dreams influence my paintings, and in my dreams, I’ve flown through these worlds and danced as if I was levitating in the clouds.” Catherine paints in oil utilizing palette, brush and drip application techniques to create her organic and abstract compositions.


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.