Expanding the Team in 2020
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 more about the organization. These members contribute to 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.
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.
Cheryl Costella is a painter in oils, and has been a member of the Artist Collective Gallery 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.
Board Meetings in 2020
Vice President and jewelry artist, Betsy Harms is retired from management at Rocket Farms. She shows her work in the Artist Collective Gallery and coordinates the Gallery Host Calendar.
Rebecca Ellis has volunteered for the Installation team. She is a member of the Artist 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 Artist 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 Gallery.
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 hosts the Artist Collective Gallery two days each month.
Chamber of Commerce Liaison, has been a Marketing Consultant for thirty years, and is a California realtor with Century 21 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 in Burlingame. Her work has been exhibited at Artifact Gallery in NYC, ArtBlend Gallery in Fort Lauderdale,FL, and Watermill Museum in Hamptons, NY.
Linda Rutherford, member-at-large, 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.
Patti Appel is recently retired from The College of San Mateo, as Professor in Graphic Arts. 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 for many years and teaches classes in the CAL program at the Senior Center. You can view her artwork at appelarts.org.
Juried shows elevate CAL’s reputation and promote regional artists. Jurors are recognized professional artists and teachers.
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 is a member of the Artist Collective where she displays sculpture and watercolors.
Susan Vandiver chairs the CAL Advisory Board, 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, Susan has always been drawn to artwork. Her first job was providing art therapy at a children’s psychiatric facility.
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.
2020 Marks the 40th Anniversary
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. The board of directors is elected annually. Committee chairs are appointed by the president to serve on the board. Our fiscal year is January 1 to December 31.
Our Cooperative Culture
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 in 2020
Exhibitions: Centerpiece of the Annual 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 Artist Collective
We begin the new year with 20 members in the Artist Collective, and a waiting list for wall space. The Artist Collective provides a gallery on Main Street in Half Moon Bay, to showcase the work of local and regional artists. The members of the Collective volunteer as Gallery Hosts, representing the artists in the Arabella Decker Gallery for sales to the public. In return for their volunteer staff time, Collective members pay only 20% commission on sales in the Collective Gallery, to keep their prices reasonably low. Fresh paint, new carpet, and additional lights make an inviting space for visitors.
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: