Expanding the Team in 2018
Four new members join the Board of Directors in 2018, Cheryl Costella, Stephen Renwick, Barbara Masek, and Susan Vandiver. Please thank them for their contributions to ensure that CAL will remain a strong and resilient Arts and Culture organization on the Coastside.
Jane Lewis is continuing in a second year as President. She is a California Educator, BS, University of California, MA San Diego State University, with 28 years of service to the San Diego Unified School District, as a Resource Specialist and Staff Developer, as well as an English, Journalism, and Reading teacher.
Jane also serves as Communications Director for CAL, maintaining the website and mailing lists. With the help of many volunteers, Jane has coordinated the exhibitions for a second year.
Patricia E. Keefe, Membership Chair, is an alumnus of the University of San Francisco, where she received her B.A. in Art. She earned an M.A. in Sculpture and fine Arts from San Jose State University. Pat also earned a Master in Art Therapy from Notre Dame de Namur University. She has been a Board member of the National Paint Brush Diplomacy.org, co-founder of the Peninsula Sculpture Guild, and past president of the Coastal Arts League. She continues to be actively involved with The Sculptor's Guild, and The Women's Caucus for Art. She is also a member of the Artists Cooperative Gallery Store.
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Thomas Goodson, Treasurer, is Senior Director of Quality Assurance at Pearl Therapeutics, in Redwood City. He has 37 years of experience in the pharmaceutical industry, and has guided several new drugs through the approval process in the U.S., Europe, Australia, and Japan. He is also a silversmith whose jewelry work can be seen in the Artists Cooperative Gallery Store.
Susan Vandiver chairs CAL's Advisory Board, comprised of Patti Appel, Bonnie Dunham, Jennifer Almodova, and Priscilla Klass. Susan also serves on the Board of the Coastside Adult Day Health Center. Retired from social work and non-profit executive duties, Susan is a watercolorist, and travels extensively with her husband Leland.
Patti Appel is recently retired from The College of San Mateo, Graphic Arts Department. She studied at Santa Clara University and UCLA, where she earned her MFA in Theatre Arts and Acting. She has been involved for many years with the Coastal Rep.
Greta Waterman, Chamber of Commerce Liaison, has been a Marketing Consultant for thirty years, and is a California realtor with Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate. She is a member of the Half Moon Bay Plein Air Painters,
POPS (Peninsula Outdoor Painters), and Peninsula Museum of Art Studios (Burlingame, CA)
Her work has been exhibited at Artifact Gallery (NYC), ArtBlend Gallery (Fort Lauderdale,FL), and Watermill Museum (Hamptons, NY).
Board Meetings: 2018
Cheryl Costella, Gallery Store Liaison, is a painter in oils, and has been a member of the Artists Cooperative Gallery Store since March 2017.
A long time resident of Ben Lomond, she is also a member of the Santa Cruz Mountains Art Center in Ben Lomond, has served on their Curatorial Committee and as Curatorial Chair on the Board of Directors.
Barbara Masek, Membership Development, is a longtime Coastside resident, and past president of the San Mateo Camera Club. Since retiring from the textbook publishing business, she has worked as a commercial photographer. You can see her work at http://www.barbaramasekphotography.com/barbtest
Priscilla Klass has done mural work for clients, such as Gallo Winery corporate offices, Teichert Construction, Ritz-Carlton HMB, and Stanford Medical Clinics. Her work has also been exhibited in Bay Area galleries for many years. She continues to do commission work and teach private art classes.
Bonnie Dunham is retired as Superintendent of La Honda Pescadero Unified Schools. She has also served on the Half Moon Bay City Council and Chamber of Commerce. She participates in the South Coast Artists' Alliance, and shows her photography at the annual Pescadero Art and Fun Festival.
What's in our Organizing Documents?
The Coastal Arts League was organized in 1980 for the specific purpose of encouraging the creative arts in the community, through educational presentations, workshops, exhibits, and publications. The Coastal Arts League is a charitable organization under 501c3 IRS regulations. In California, it is regulated as a non-profit, by Assembly Bill 1233.
Our by-laws specify that all current dues-paying members are eligible to vote for the board of directors, elected annually. Committee chairs are appointed by the president to serve on the board, and board positions have two-year term limits. Our fiscal year is January 1 to December 31.
Our mission is to support the visual arts in the region, providing opportunities for artists to meet, show their work, and practice their art as part of a quality lifestyle. By tradition, we are an artists’ cooperative. This idea provides intrinsic reasons for our organizational goals and objectives.
Members and Donors
We have much to celebrate, including our generous members. The mailing of 134 annual Donor letters, required by the IRS, was completed in January 2018. Additionally, fifty-five donors contributed during the Spring Fundraiser, Coastside Gives, in May 2018.
At our mid-year evaluation in July 2017, the Board voted increases in membership dues and exhibit fees. Those changes began to be implemented in November with the membership renewal campaign. Beginning in January 2018, the Arabella Decker Gallery exhibition fee was increased to $400/week, so we expect an even more robust recovery in 2018.
Programs of the Coastal Arts League
Juried shows elevate CAL’s reputation and promote artists. Jurors are regionally known professional artists and teachers, and participation can be listed on one’s artist statement or resumé. Three juried shows provide opportunities to artists in all media areas to compete for prizes.
In 2018, a full schedule of 12 monthly exhibitions is underway.
The Cooperative Gallery Store provides a shop on Main Street in Half Moon Bay, where artists can rent space for as little as six months. The members serve as gallery hosts, representing the artists in the Decker Gallery as well. So the value of the Gallery Store to CAL includes rents paid for space, staff time, and sales commissions. We receive 20% commission on sales in the Gallery Store, which helps artists to keep their prices reasonably low.
Educational outreach programs bring art to community groups.