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 healthy lifestyle. We are an artists’ cooperative where every associate has a seat at the table. 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 may translate 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
President’s Report by Jane Lewis: November 2021
There are many arts groups, but few who have an exhibition space. The Coastal Arts League is the only public nonprofit art gallery on the San Mateo coast between Pacifica and Pescadero. Since 1995 we have operated a gallery on Main Street in the heart of Half Moon Bay that serves as an arts hub and a destination for visitors. The Gallery is a resource for the whole Coastside community and is central to our mission to encourage and support the visual arts for everyone. Together, we raise awareness of the importance of art as part of a healthy lifestyle.
Enterprising artists learn business skills as members of the Collective Gallery. They rent space and volunteer as gallery hosts to keep the gallery open to the public five days a week. Many Collective Gallery members are painters and photographers, who celebrate the beauty of the Coast. Visitors find artworks to remember their trip to the San Mateo Coastside.
Services and programs:
The Exhibition program hosts 11 shows annually: 3 Juried shows, 4 Benefit shows, and 4 Collaborating Artist shows. Admission is always free. Juried Shows are the centerpiece of the exhibition program and a long-term investment. Although they rarely realize a profit, juried shows improve the quality of exhibitions and enhance the reputation of the gallery. We depend on grants, donations, entry fees, and sales to support the exhibition program.
During the 2020 pandemic, attendance at exhibitions was low, but we kept the shows going by exhibiting the artwork on our website and accepting online purchases. In the gallery, we resumed exhibitions with health precautions. We added outdoor benches and indoor air purifiers. We hired substitute hosts for members who were not comfortable coming back. Best of all, we didn't lose any members from the Collective due to prolonged closure.
We expanded our website to reach parents, children, and art buyers. There was a need to reach out to parents and children at home. We collected resources and launched a new webpage, Art Resources, that families can access for themselves and their kids. In-person Adult Art Classes resumed in September with a full schedule through June 2022. The Senior Center provides the classroom and the Coastal Arts League purchases art supplies. Member artists volunteer as instructors to provide activities, social interaction, and lifelong learning.
We promote inclusion and collaboration. In a community with a large percentage of Hispanic residents, too few are represented in the arts. Benefit exhibitions are an effort to bridge that gap. Donations are needed to help pay the overhead expenses.
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 November, 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.