Board meetings are held on the third Monday of each month, via Zoom. We welcome you to attend these meetings and learn more about the organization. Contact Jane Lewis to receive the monthly agenda. The following board members contribute to a strong and resilient Arts and Culture organization on the Coastside. 650-889-3000 Coastalartsleague@gmail.com
Our Cooperative Culture
Established in 1980, our mission is to support the visual arts in the region, providing a public space where artists can show and sell 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 can find a way to participate according to their interests. Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and skills and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment.
The Coastal Arts League is a charitable organization under 501c3 IRS regulations. Our fiscal year is January 1 to December 31.
A Thriving Exhibition Program
Monthly exhibitions are the centerpiece of our annual program. Juried shows elevate CAL’s reputation and promote artists. Jurors are regionally known professional artists and teachers. Participation can be listed on one’s artist statement or CV. Three juried shows provide opportunities to artists in all media areas to compete for prizes. Collaborative Artist groups present their work in month-long shows, with public receptions that attract a wide variety of visitors. Participating artists promote shows to their own contacts, while CAL promotes shows through email service and social media. Our mailing list grows gradually through website sign-ups.
The Gallery Staff
As an entirely volunteer run gallery, each member of the Collective volunteers as a Gallery Host, representing our exhibitors. Two well-lighted galleries provide space for visitors to browse for handmade gifts, jewelry, and original wall art at accessible prices. Fresh paint, new carpet, and additional lights make an inviting space for visitors. Working in the gallery allows members to learn the gallery business and how to merchandise their artwork.
Thanks to Our Donors
The Coastal Arts League at 300 Main St. in Half Moon Bay, is a non-profit art gallery. For 40 years, local artists have poured time, thought, love, and resources into creating a public art gallery, which is free and is made possible by our patrons.
We appreciate our generous members. The annual Members Show begins in early December, and continues through the New Year. All who join or renew their membership by November 1, are eligible to participate. Thank you to the Coastside community that supports our gallery through the Spring fundraiser called Coastside Gives. Donor letters for tax purposes are sent out each January.
The San Mateo County Arts Commission supports the Educational Outreach Programs with a small grant. We are able to provide art supplies and gallery space to:
In the wake of the COVID pandemic health crisis, the gallery reopened in June and resumed the regular schedule in July. We approach this time of uncertainty with a sense of calm and responsibility for our families, colleagues and our members. We have implemented safety procedures and increased ventilation in the gallery.