For this installment of the ‘Serenity’ series Matt McKinley of McKinley Art Solutions invited Tesia Blackburn, noted San Francisco-based artist, mentor to many local painters and author of the instructional book, ‘Acrylic Painting With Passion’, to select artists for this exhibition based on their passion for producing provocative abstraction. With respect to the Women’s Health Center’s need for uplifting and positive work, the elements of color, shape, line and texture in abstract painting provide gateways for the imagination to create serene visual fields while promoting psychological relaxation through harmonious compositions. Valerie Corvin, exhibiting on Floor 3, shares “The series of paintings in this show are created from images I took of a particularly beautiful and intricate tree I looked at during a Pilates & Yoga Retreat from a second story studio in Chacala, Mexico. I use colorful contrast, mark making and layering of color as I explore forms that attract my eye in nature.” Floor 4 artist Ruth Kolman Brophy uses intense color and a swooping meandering line to impart joy, love and a zest for life. Her strong sense of design and balance is influenced by 20th century modern design. "Color is just delicious,” says Floor 5 artist Lynn Glenn, “It is my world, it starts everything going. I spread it on my palette and I feel my creative juices flowing, it lights my life". The work of Elise Marshall, showing on Floor 6, draws inspiration from Richard Diebenkorn and Mark Rothko. Each color has an effect on the color adjacent to it and also the color layers above and below. Within each piece, contrasts of hue, intensity, warm and cool create complexity and visual tension in a serene composition.
Tina Pressler’s work on floor 7 is based literally and conceptually on the circle. “Painting provides a platform of continuation, as does the circle. It renders a set of points equidistant from a fixed center, a process that forms a connected whole by continuously repeating itself. This rhythm and repetition invites a practice of working in cycles, each painting setting the stage for the subsequent canvas, always anticipating the next layer in an effort to create a field of coherence.”
Utilizing art’s proven ability to affect 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. 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.
UCSF Women's Health Center
2356 Sutter St. (x. Divisadero)
Floors 3, 4, 5, 6 and 7 (all floors open for viewing during event)
This program is an invitation to begin or deepen the practice of mindfulness for meeting the profound changes in our bodies and minds during pregnancy, childbirth and parenting.
Through mindfulness meditation, yoga, and group dialogue we will learn a way to fully live the joys and challenges of this transformative time and cultivate lifelong skills for healthy living and wise parenting.
In this course, you will:
Dates: Wednesdays, September 10 – November 5, 2014
Time: 6:45–9:45 pm
Instructor: Judy Cuneo, MD, OB/GYN
To mark its 10-year anniversary, Global Health Sciences is bringing together world-renowned experts to UCSF to discuss the latest innovations and developments in global health.
Speakers include: Agnes Binagwaho, Lincoln Chen, Chris Elias, Paul Farmer, Anthony Fauci, Harvey Fineberg, Roger Glass, Eva Harris, Ramanan, Laxminarayan, John Martin, Bill Rutter and Tachi Yamada.
Join us at UCSF Mission Bay campus on October 2nd for an engaging day of discussions on the future of global health. We have a stellar list of speakers who will be presenting on topics such as emerging threats, global surgery, preterm birth, neglected infectious diseases, product development partnerships, and more! Ticket price includes breakfast, lunch and snacks.
Dates: Thursday, October 2, 2014
Time: 7:30 am –5:00 pm