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fine art, painting, graphics, oils, watercolorsExtended Exhibit in MSB Atrium Window Features Award Winning Art from the 2020 General Art Show

Visitors to the 2020 Art Gallery Exhibit, on February 14 and 15, enjoyed an exceptionally fine art display. Included were works in watercolors, oil paintings, graphics, and other 2 dimensional media. The show featured fifty-three entries by thirty local artists.  Entries were judged by artist and instructor, Guy Magallanes. Selected award-winning entries are currently on extended exhibit through March 14. Visit the SSF Municipal Services Building at 33 Arroyo Drive to see these outstanding artworks.

The Commission thanks all the participants and congratulates the finalists of this final 2020 art gallery event. Be sure to mark your calendars for the next art gallery program, the amazing Youth Art Show, April 3 and 4.

OIL PAINTING artists, fine art, oils, acrylics, graphics, watercolors
1st place - "Conifer Meadow" by Eileen Downy
2nd place - "Pescadero Beach" by Rita Barichivievich
3rd place - "Red Geraniums" by Joan Ludewig

1st place - "Copper Top on Columbus" by Ken Hanover
2nd place - "Kitty" by Reneé Aubuchon
3rd place - "Remembrance of a Snowy Evening" by Susan Tai
Honorable Mention - "House Tops" by Ken Hanover

1st place - "Red Flowering Gum" by Latifat Apatira
2nd place - "Fossilized Ammonite" by Indiana Carcamo
3rd place - "Llama" by Allen Sinor
Honorable Mention - "Wildfire" by Glynis Takalo
Honorable Mention - "Rough Waters" by Glynis Takalo

1st place - "Colors" by Patricia Zuniga
2nd place - "Thoughtful Lady" by Dalia Grybinas
3rd place - "Three Stooges" by Darleen Hoffman


CANCELLED Youth Art Show
April 3 & 4

Youth art, SSF USD, artists

This event has been cancelled due to the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19). Check the Recreation Program Notice page for updated information.

Celebrate the artistry of SSF Unified School District students at the 20th presentation of the Youth Art Show. Visitors will be treated to literally hundreds of art exhibits! Featured are visual art works in a variety of media and created by youth from kindergarten through twelfth grade. Exciting youth performing arts presentations are scheduled for both days. Visitors are invited to indulge their inner artist at Saturday’s craft table activities.

CANCELLED For more information, contact the Recreation Department at (650) 829-3800.


UBMP19 artists by Finny BalboaUtility Box Mural Project

Celebrate the newest utility boxes transformed from drab metal cases into stunning artistic murals at four locations: South Spruce and Centennial Way, Hillside Blvd. and Linden Avenue, Chestnut Avenue and Hillside Blvd., and Westborough Blvd. and Gellert Blvd.

UBMP19 - mural by M. Krauss in progressThese colorful murals highlight Sign Hill’s native plants and endangered species, SSF’s landscapes and diversity and South San Francisco's five Sister Cities.

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. Donations, for this project, are courtesy of Kelly-Moore Paints in South San Francisco.


Announcing - 2020 Art Gallery Schedule

The Cultural Arts Commission sponsors a series of annual art gallery exhibits designed to showcase the creativity of local and Bay Area artists. Save these 2020 dates, February 14 and 15 – General Art Show & Karaoke Night (February 14 only); April 3 and 4 - Youth Art Show; July 10 and 11 - Photography Exhibit; October 9 and 11 – Dia de los Muertos/Day of the Dead Art Show. The Cultural Arts BBQ fundraiser is scheduled for Sunday, August 30. Artists interested in participating in the art gallery exhibits should visit the "Current Opportunities for Artists" webpage a couple of months prior to the event date.

Visit this page throughout the year for updated information on the 2020 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.

Enjoy Photo Presentations of Past Art Gallery Exhibits

Select the links below to view photo slideshows of select South San Francisco 2018 and 2019 art gallery exhibits. Photography and slideshow is courtesy of artist and Cultural Arts Commissioner PaulaClaudine Hobson-Coard.

  • Floral Mania - A Quilting Exhibit - May 2019 
  • Photography Exhibit & Karaoke Night - January 2019
  • Dia De Los Muertos / Day of the Dead Art Event - October 2018

    Enjoy these Sculpture Installations

    These works were obtained via a nationwide call and recommended by the Cultural Arts Commission. The Commission encourages the community to take time to enjoy the whimsy and charm of the new sculptures.
    Slices of Heaven 2018 (47) sml


    Oranges for Orange Park
    Visitors, to the Orange Memorial Park sculpture garden, will come across a delectable-looking column of orange slices. Oranges for Orange Park! The sculpture is located at the Tennis Drive entrance near the tennis courts. Titled “Slices of Heaven,” it is the creation of Florida sculptor, CR Gray. This is one of two permanent works by the artist, whose work is inspired by Americana and engaging pieces that come from the heart.



    Popsicles 1


    Delectable Popsicles Recall Youthful Delight
    It was a warm and somewhat humid July day in Orange Memorial Park, yet these particularly inviting popsicles did not melt. Rather the nine foot trio of stacked treats recalled images of youthful delight indulging in the refreshing snack. What could the flavors be, perhaps strawberry? grape? orange? watermelon? boysenberry? mango? Appropriately titled “Popsicles,” the second sculpture acquisition, created by sculptor CR Gray, is located on the roundabout median, at the end of the picnic area parking lot, off of Memorial Drive.



    Windswept 2018 (32)-sml


    Delicate "Windswept" Tendrils Adorn Westborough Blvd near 280
    Commuters in transit on Westborough Boulevard have a lovely new sculpture to enjoy as they cruise towards their destinations. On journeys past the median, west of Highway 280, they will encounter the delicate tendrils of a ten foot aluminum sculpture. It seemingly appears to be moving as a result of the prevailing winds. Created by internationally-recognized, Tennessee sculptor, Brian F. Russell, the inspiration for this “Windswept” sculpture was the fluid movement of water. The shape of the individual segments were dictated by the suppleness of the heated metal.



    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.



    Document 2

    Five Extraordinary Utility Box Murals Embellish the SSF Cityscape

    Be sure to visit the five wonderful 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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