The 2023 Left Coast Annual Exhibition on view from April 14 through May 21, at Sanchez Art Center, will open with an evening reception Friday, April 14 from 7 – 9 pm. Juror Renee Cyla Villasenor, Inaugural Programs Manager and Curatorial Associate, Institute of Contemporary Art San Francisco, selected over 50 pieces from an impressive collection of more than 900 entries by artists on the left coast (Alaska, California, Hawaii, Oregon, and Washington). The exhibition, per Villasenor, shares "works dealing with deeply personal facets of identity to joyful expressions of color and form. It was important to highlight the effect the eventful and emotional past couple of years have had, which can be seen in the expansive range of medium and subject matter reflected in the works selected."
Vivid fibers, soulful sugar lift aquatint etchings, lively paper mache, and 3-D printed data reflect only a portion of the variety of media used to create the pieces in the exhibition. A stash of bright yellow plastic bags used in the 1980's to wrap subscription issues of the SF Chronicle, saved from our throwaway culture, the materials status has been elevated and transformed during the process of making yarn and weaving it into a piece titled "Downstream" by Deborah Corsini. Andrew Wharton created "Babel" a tower built from interlocking 3-D printed blocks modeled from GIS data of the area comprising Vandenberg SFB. Uma Rani Lyli honors her cultural heritage using a meditative process for "Winding and Unwinding – 13" made by spinning repurposed colorful silk thread from sari looms onto plexi-tubes, creating a piece that seems illuminated from within. Julie Alland works with kiln-formed glass, "trapping" words made of bubbles between black and clear glass so that they appear and disappear, alluding to the experience of having an idea or word on the tip of your tongue, only to have it slip away. Robin Bernstein, after learning about the Huichol Indians and their spiritual practices in Central Mexico, takes thousands of pieces of often vintage cut string, presses them into wax, and creates work, in part, to help prevent historical amnesia and to push back against rising autocracies around the world.
The 2023 Left Coast Annual will also be available to browse online
"opening" April 15 in the Sanchez Art Center Virtual Galleries
Don't miss the Juror's Virtual Talk and Artists Gallery Walk on Zoom at 3:00 pm on Sunday, April 23. Juror Renee Cyla Villasenor will share about her experience, and the artists in the show will speak to their selected works. A link to the talk will be available on the Sanchez Art Center Facebook page and via emails.
Upcoming: For one weekend during the run of the Left Coast Annual exhibits, the galleries will be open to ticketed guests only, (Fri April 28—Sun April 30, timed entry) for a fundraiser supporting Sanchez Art Center. Art x Nature x Art, pairs natural floral creations inspired by art in the show that will be on display along with live music each day. Tickets ($25.00 in advance) for this celebration of spring and art are available on Eventbrite. A very limited number of tickets may be available day of: $35.00 at door.
Additionally, many Sanchez Art Center and Art Guild of Pacifica artists (site 268) will be participating in Silicon Valley Open Studios coastside weekend on Sat May 6 and Sun May 7.
Sanchez Art Center is located at 1220 Linda Mar Boulevard in Pacifica, about a mile east of Highway 1. Following opening night – and on weekends when special events aren't occurring -- regular gallery hours are Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, 1–5 pm. Sanchez Art Center also welcomes visitors during the week by emailing (info@SanchezArtCenter.org) or by calling in advance to set a time. Shows run through May 21.