New members have joined the Board of Directors for 2020. Board meetings are held on the third Monday of each month, in the gallery. We welcome you to attend these meetings and learn how the organization functions. Please thank the board members for their contributions to ensure that CAL will remain a strong and resilient Arts and Culture organization on the Coastside.
Jane Lewis continues as President for another year. 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.
With the help of many volunteers, Jane has coordinated exhibitions in the Decker Gallery for three years. She also serves as website administrator and writes the Constant Contact Bulletin each month.
Kathy Miller joins the board as Vice President for 2020. She is an oil painter and graphic designer. Kathy has enjoyed her career as a corporate event manager producing meetings and events internationally. Before moving to Half Moon Bay, Kathy's work was shown in the Fitzgerald Gallery in Westhampton, New York. Kathy has participated and sold in many art exhibits including the The National Art League, Guild Hall, and The Barnes Gallery.
Thomas Goodson is the Treasurer of the Coastal Arts League. He has 40 years of management and executive experience in the pharmaceutical industry. He has guided several new drugs and medical devices 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 Collective gallery store.
Sharon Ward joins the board as Secretary in 2020. She also assists exhibitors with the installation of their shows. She is a fine art painter, holds a BA from San Jose State, and has attended classes at the Academy of Art, SF.
Sharon worked several years in Graphic design and later in Interior design in the Bay Area.
Cheryl Costella 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.
Rebecca Ellis has volunteered for the Installation team. She is a member of the Artists Collective where she sells her original paintings and prints.
Pen & Ink artist Gary Frink, and Wood Carver Maury Walcott curated the 2019 All-Media Show. Both artists are members of the Artists Collective, and frequently host the opening receptions.
Linda Curtis has curated the juried painting show for two years. She chairs a critique group for painters in Boulder Creek. Her work is available in the Artists Collective
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.
Anne Grauzlis is the site liaison for the Community Outreach program for seniors. She maintains a glass display case for art in the Senior Center lobby, enjoys making beaded jewelry, and serves as Gallery Host two days each month.
Chamber of Commerce Liaison, has been a Marketing Consultant for thirty years, and is a California realtor with Century 21 Sunset Properties in Half Moon Bay. 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).
Linda Rutherford joined the board in mid-2018, to fill out the unexpired term of Vice President. She has an MBA in Finance, 20 years in Senior Management of major financial companies focusing on Marketing of New Products, 12 years experience in real estate property management, and several years experience as a Board Member of various non-profit organizations. Her photography is displayed in the Artists Collective gallery store.
Patti Appel is recently retired from The College of San Mateo, as Professor in the 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. in Half Moon Bay.
Patti has been painting in aqua media for over 30 years and has exhibited and sold her artwork. You can view her artwork at appelarts.org.
Patricia E. Keefe 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 a member of the Artists Collective where she displays sculpture and watercolors.
Susan Vandiver chairs the CAL Advisory Board, comprised of Patti Appel, Bonnie Dunham, Jennifer Almodova, Priscilla Klass, and Patricia Keefe. Susan also serves on the Board of Directors of the Coastside Adult Day Health Center in Half Moon Bay.
Retired from a social work career and non-profit executive duties in Texas, New York, Boston and California; Susan has always been drawn to artwork. Her first job was providing art therapy at a children’s psychiatric facility. Recently, she has focused on painting and travelling with her husband Leland.
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. Our fiscal year is January 1 to December 31.
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. We are a volunteer organization, where members can find a way to participate according to their interests.
Thanks to Our Donors
We have much to celebrate, including our generous members. Annual Donor letters are sent out each January. The annual Members Show begins in early December, and continues through the New Year. All who join or renew their membership by November, are eligible to participate. Additionally, CAL participates in a Spring fundraiser called Coastside Gives. Thank you to the Coastside community that supports our gallery.
A Thriving Program
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, 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.
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 Artists Collective 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 Artists Collective includes staff time. We receive 20% commission on sales in the Artists Collective Gallery, which helps artists to keep their prices reasonably low. Fresh paint and additional lights make a more attractive space. We anticipate that new members in the Artists Collective will bring the number to 20 in 2019.
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: