A Thriving Exhibition Program
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.
The Exhibition program hosts 11 shows annually. In 2023, the schedule includes 4 Juried shows, 4 Collaborating Artist shows, and 3 Benefit shows, including 2 Member shows. Admission is always free. Juried Shows are the centerpiece of the exhibition program and a long-term investment. Juried shows improve the quality of exhibitions and enhance the reputation of the gallery. We depend on entry fees, and sales to support the exhibition program.
The top sources of funding in 2021 were individual memberships, donations, and a Decker Foundation donation. If you'd like to take a deeper dive into our records, contact Jane Lewis at firstname.lastname@example.org
Making a Difference in Difficult Times
During the pandemic of 2020 and 2021, 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.
Outreach and Services
Through our website, families can access Art Resources for themselves and children at home.
Adult Art Classes at the Senior Center provide opportunities to gain confidence, gain new skills, and make new friends.. the Coastal Arts League purchases art supplies and member artists volunteer as instructors to provide activities, social interaction, and lifelong learning.
We promote inclusion and collaboration
Student artwork is featured in the annual HMB High School Art Show. Students in public school mirror community demographics. HMB High School is 50% Hispanic. Across all groups, 56% of students are from socioeconomically disadvantaged homes. In a community with a large percentage of Latinx residents, too few are represented in the arts. Benefit exhibitions are an effort to bridge that gap. Donations help pay the overhead expenses.