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Enjoy Artistic Photography on Exhibit

2018 SSF Photo Show FlyerThe SSF Cultural Arts Commission is pleased to announce its first 2018 art gallery show, a Photography Exhibit. This two-day juried event will feature variety of subjects, including landscapes, animals, cityscapes and people. Selected works will be available for purchase. A 30-day extended exhibit of award-winning works in the SSF Municipal Services Building atrium display window follows the show.

The event takes place at the Betty Weber Gallery, at the SSF Municipal Services Building, 33 Arroyo Drive, South San Francisco. Event dates are Friday, February 9, from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. and Saturday, February 10, from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. It is open to the public, and admission is free. For entry information, visit the Current Opportunities for Artists webpage or contact the South San Francisco Parks and Recreation Department at (650) 829-3800.


Announcing the 2018 Art Gallery Schedule

The Cultural Arts Commission sponsors a series of annual art gallery exhibits designed to showcase the visual creativity of local and Bay Area artists. Join the commission for the following 2018 art gallery events. A Photography Exhibit, on February 9 and 10, will launch the art gallery program. March 23 and 24 features the eighteenth presentation of the Youth Art Show, with remarkable visual art exhibits by SSF Unified School District students from kindergarten through high school, and youth performing arts. Fine art in two-dimensional painting is featured at the General Art Show, May 11and 12. For the first time a Karaoke Night event is presented in conjunction with the General Art Show opening on May 11. The year closes with the extraordinary Floral Design showcase, October 12 and 13. Also, mark your calendars for the annual Cultural Arts Barbecue on Sunday, August 26. This important fundraising event supports cultural art programs in South San Francisco.

Visit this page throughout the year for updated information on 2018 art gallery events, as well as, other upcoming cultural art opportunities and activities. Inquiries regarding cultural arts programs should be directed to Ercie Santos, Cultural Arts Specialist, at the SSF Parks and Recreation Department office.


Curious Cranes and Mythical Dragon Fly into South City

Document 1To the delight of residents and commuters, curious avian creatures, a dragon and two cranes, have found homes in South San Francisco. These temporary, decorative pieces were installed with the collaboration of the Parks and Public Works department. Dragons and cranes can be found in the mythology of many different cultures. They can possess magical powers, and among other traits, are associated with wisdom or good fortune and longevity.

 On the Hickey and Junipero Serra Boulevard Island are the two elegant cranes, relishing the ambiance of the faux pond and shady willow tree. Standing four feet in height, these gregarious birds preen and stretch as they enjoy their respite, inviting the commuting public to do likewise.

Our Dragon has a Name! - Introducing “YOMU”

Yomu the Dragon and XaviSouth San Francisco’s new, majestic dragon, located on the corner of Westborough Boulevard and West Orange Avenue, has a name! The winning title was selected from sixty-six imaginative entries that were submitted in May’s Parks and Recreation Department survey. The fanciful creature is majestically perched on massive stone boulders that resemble reptilian eggs, keeping a vigilant eye on the surroundings.

The name, “Yomu,” which translates to the Japanese verb meaning “To Read,” was the suggestion of young Xavier. Selected by the Cultural Arts Commission, it was deemed a creatively appropriate designation given the dragon’s proximity to the Main Library which is located at 840 West Orange Avenue. The vision is that Yomu the Dragon inspires the community to discover the powerful ideas and enduring pleasures found in reading.


2017 BBQ Fundraiser Thank You

The Commission’s 2017 Cultural Arts Summer Barbeque fundraiser, held on August 27, was an outstanding success. Funds generated support the Jack Drago Cultural Arts Commission Youth Art Scholarship and other cultural art programs. The Commission thanks the following donors for their generous contributions to this annual summertime event. Enjoy Commissioner PaulaClaudine Hobson-Coard’s photo slideshow of this fundraising event.

AGS Quality Linens, American Conservatory Theater, Beach Blanket Babylon, Lynn Boldenweck, Bronstein Music, Ron Burgess, Margie Casagrande & Jo Zemke, Manuel Catania, Costco, DJ Troy, Rena Donati, Exploratorium, Garden Chapel, Elena Gekker, Giannini Garden Ornaments, Gimbals, Happy Notes Kids School of Music, Hillbarn Theatre, J & J BBQ, Shane Looper, Lunardi’s, Mazzetti's Bakery, Nothing Bundt Cakes, Molloy's Tavern, Amethyst Moncé, Peets Coffee, Gino & Jacquelyn Pettinari, Rich and Jeannette Holt, Sanrio, Inc, School House Deli, SSF Parks & Recreation Staff, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA), Ercie Santos, South City Car Wash, SSF Scavenger Company, Studio Nove, Testarossa Winery, Torani, Trader Joe’s, Florida Ventura, Cassandra Woo


Enjoy Photo Presentations of 2017 Art Gallery Exhibits

Select the links below to view photo slideshows of select South San Francisco 2017 art gallery exhibits. Photography and slideshow is courtesy of artist and Cultural Arts Commissioner PaulaClaudine Hobson-Coard.


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Five Extraordinary Utility Box Murals Embellish the SSF Cityscape

Be sure to visit the five newest utility box murals completed as part of the 2016 Utility Box Mural project. “Straight out of SSF,” by artist Grace Furci and students from the SSF Adult Transition Program is a tribute to different aspects of the South San Francisco community. It is located near the BART station at Mission and Evergreen, where commuters and community are welcomed with colorful images of city iconography mixed with textual aspirations.

The mural, in shades of gray and purple and located at Grand and Magnolia, alludes to life’s constant movement. Titled, “Through the Wind,” it is the creation of South San Francisco native, Nicholas Serrano.

The lovely floral images that envelop the untitled, petite box on the corner of Maple and Baden Avenue are the creation of San Bruno artist, Manuel Catania.

East Bay artist, Kalief Porter-Brown’s untitled mural, located near 701 Gateway Blvd., features “Dali-esque” illustrations of Northern California wildlife including blackneck stilts, leopard shark and shiner perch.

“Loving Life,” is the creation of artist and arts commissioner, PaulaClaudine Hobson-Coard, with the collaboration of her mother, Mary Allicson Hobson Coard. The mural, imbued vibrant hearts and citrine and ruby flowers leaping out of the emerald background, can be found on South Spruce Avenue and Huntington.

Commissioner Hobson-Coard’s project was featured on the November 14, 2016 issue of the San Mateo Daily Journal. She subsequently received a letter of congratulations from Representative Jackie Speier’s office. Enjoy the photo slideshow she composed highlighting her experience as she painted her utility box.

The Utility Box Mural Project allows artists and creative community members the opportunity to highlight and share their artistry, while creating pleasant public spaces and deterring graffiti. Paint donations are courtesy of Kelly-Moore Paints in South San Francisco.

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