April 17 to July 15, 2014 -You Are Invited to Serenity: Open Mind Exhibition, UCSF Women's Health Center
McKinley Art Solutions
and the University of California, San Francisco's Center of Excellence present:
An Evening With The Artists of
Serenity: Open Mind
Wednesday, April 30 5:30 - 7:30pm
You are invited to join the artists for the opening of SERENITY:Open Mind at the UCSF Women's Health Center 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.
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.
This installment of the ‘Serenity’ series uses panoramic forest views, people communing, and abstractions inspired by travel, love and expansive horizons metaphorically to suggest an open-minded perspective is important to fostering positive thought. Eric Larson, exhibiting on Floor 3, uses panoramic photography to create opportunities to visualize grand spaces in ways not possible with conventional photography. Floor 4 artist Johane Amirault embraces a fully intuitive creative process, using vibrant colors to express emotional state. One enthusiastic collector says of her work, “Her colors to remind us all that it is a wonderful, colorful world we live in and how we can impact that positively.” OnFloor 5, artist John Melvin, former President of the Board at ArtSpan who has devoted himself to painting after a long corporate finance career, gains inspiration from the ‘ordinary joys’ of living: days at the beach, spending casual time at a favorite neighborhood café, conversations between close friends. Florence Schwartz Harlan brings a wealth of experience in travel and art to each canvas that results in complex and colorful place-inspired imagery. Her work onFloor 6 exemplifies what it means to let your creativity be influenced by new cultures and diverse locales. Artist Linda Donohue, showing on floor 7, a Northern California native, continues to gain inspiration from the seashores with which she is intimately familiar. Her work translates the serenity of being at the ocean’s edge, bringing the color, calm and peace to each of her client’s homes and offices.
The collection gathered by curator Matt McKinley for this exhibit demonstrates that through formal emphasis, format or imagery art facilitates space for entering a positive, or open-minded, mindset.
Since 2007 the 'Serenity' series is the San Francisco Bay Area's largest continuous exhibit focused on positive, healing and uplifting artwork.
UCSF WOMEN'S HEALTH CENTER
2356 Sutter Street (x. Divisadero)
Floors 3, 4, 5, 6, 7
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