McKinley Art Solutions and UCSF National Center of Excellence in Women’s Health are pleased to present SERENITY: IN HARMONY, featuring artists Ann T. Elliott, Carol Rienecker, Marc Ellen Hamel, Carol Aust, and Holly Van Hart
For this installment of the 'Serenity' series Matt McKinley of McKinley Art Solutions, inspired by the idea that every new year brings new optimism for meaningful connection with others and new opportunity to impact one's community in a positive way sought artists whose work and outlook mirrored these same sentiments. Exhibiting on Floor 3, Ann T. Elliott’s Fantasy Floral Series are created with the intention of imparting the viewer with a sense of "equilibrium, of serenity." "Flowers greet you more closely because they are easy to touch, smell and taste. They also show up in every color on the chromatic wheel, just like a backlight rainbow." Ann shares. "What excites me most [about creating art] is how to make images flow into one another and interweave themselves to form new patterns."
By mixing her own pigments in order to make custom hues, Carol Rienecker revels physically 'handling' color. Her paintings showing on Floor 4 demonstrate her interest in math and geometry, puzzles and problem solving to guide her process towards harmonious and playful compositions.
Marc Ellen Hamel, exhibiting on Floor 5, explains, "As I apply color, make strokes and clarify areas an internalized landscape comes to the surface and I work with that, going back and forth between the immediate physicality of the process and my own place-memory, until I have a composition that resonates." Using color as a metaphor for exploring residual feelings, her biggest challenge is "to get thinking out of the way so that the intuitive hand can move on and make discoveries."
"Each individual in my paintings is at some critical juncture of a spiritual/ psychological journey." shares Carol Aust, showing on Floor 6. "My work consistently features strong and vibrant colors along with figures that are both engaging and vulnerable. I endeavor to express the human need for connection and belonging and the obstacles in achieving either."
Art educator and historian John Seed describes Holly Van Hart as 'a committed optimist'. As the artist describes herself, she is ‘absorbed and inspired by the idea of the limitless possibilities we have in our lives.’ Her body of work on display on Floor 7, appropriately titled 'Alive With Possibilities', highlight the promise of our own creativity and capabilities, to be nurtured and explored and stretched to their fullest potential. This is the debut of a new body of work, coming on the heels of her solo exhibit, ‘Possibilities Abound’ at the Triton Museum of Art in San Jose, on display through Feb 14, 2015.
Utilizing art's proven ability to influence 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 at UCSF's National Center of Excellence in Women's Health.
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. The public is invited to a reception for the artists on Wednesday, Feb 4 5:30 – 7:30pm. Download a PDF flyer here.
UCSF Women's Health Center
2356 Sutter St. (x. Divisadero)
Floors 3, 4, 5, 6 and 7 (all floors open for viewing during the event)