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Curious Cranes and Mythical Dragon
Fly into South City 


To the delight of residents and commuters, curious avian creatures, a dragon and two cranes, have found homes in South San Francisco. These temporary, decorative pieces were installed with the collaboration of the Parks and Public Works department. Dragons and cranes can be found in the mythology of many different cultures. They can possess magical powers, and among other traits, are associated with wisdom or good fortune and longevity.

On the Hickey and Junipero Serra Boulevard Island are the two elegant cranes, relishing the ambience of the faux pond and shady willow tree. Standing four feet in height, these gregarious birds preen and stretch as they enjoy their respite, inviting the commuting public to do likewise.

A fanciful dragon appeared on the corner of Westborough Boulevard and West Orange Avenue. The mythical creature, approximately five feet tall when peacefully standing on all feet, is actually an impressive eight feet from head to tail. Majestically perched on massive stone boulders that resemble reptilian eggs, it keeps a vigilant eye on the busy intersection. 

Suggest a name for our majestic dragon! Entries are welcome through May 31. You can enter your submissions by clicking here. Be sure to include your name and contact information. The winning entry will receive a $50 gift card for recreation classes.
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 Five Extraordinary Utility Box Murals Embellish the SSF Cityscape



Be sure to visit the five newest utility box murals completed as part of the 2016 Utility Box Mural project. “Straight out of SSF,” by artist Grace Furci and students from the SSF Adult Transition Program is a tribute to different aspects of the South San Francisco community. It is located near the BART station at Mission and Evergreen, where commuters and community are welcomed with colorful images of city iconography mixed with textual aspirations.


The mural, in shades of gray and purple and located at Grand and Magnolia, alludes to life’s constant movement. Titled, “Through the Wind,” it is the creation of South San Francisco native, Nicholas Serrano.


The lovely floral images that envelop the untitled, petite box on the corner of Maple and Baden Avenue are the creation of San Bruno artist, Manuel Catania.

East Bay artist, Kalief Porter-Brown’s untitled mural, located near 701 Gateway Blvd., features “Dali-esque” illustrations of Northern California wildlife including blackneck stilts, leopard shark and shiner perch.

“Loving Life,” is the creation of artist and arts commissioner, PaulaClaudine Hobson-Coard, with the collaboration of her mother, Mary Allicson Hobson Coard. The mural, imbued vibrant hearts and citrine and ruby flowers leaping out of the emerald background, can be found on South Spruce Avenue and Huntington. 

Commissioner Hobson-Coard’s project was featured on the November 14, 2016 issue of the San Mateo Daily Journal. She subsequently received a letter of congratulations from Representative Jackie Speier’s office. Enjoy the photo slideshow she composed highlighting her experience as she painted her utility box. 
   
The Utility Box Mural Project allows artists and creative community members the opportunity to highlight and share their artistry, while creating pleasant public spaces and deterring graffiti. Paint donations are courtesy of Kelly-Moore Paints in South San Francisco.

Announcing the 2017 Art Gallery Schedule 


The Cultural Arts Commission sponsors a series of annual art gallery exhibits designed to showcase the visual creativity of local and Bay Area artists. Join the commission for the following 2017 art gallery events. A Photography Exhibit, on February 10 and 11, will launch the art gallery program. March 31 and April 1 features the 17th presentation of the Youth Art Show, with visual art exhibits by SSF Unified School District students from kindergarten through high school, and youth performing arts. Fine art in two-dimensional painting is featured at the General Art Show on July 14 and 15. Quilting and other fiber arts will be showcased October 13 and 14. Also, mark your calendars for the annual Cultural Arts Barbeque on Sunday, August 27. This important fundraising event supports cultural art programs in South San Francisco.

Visit this page throughout the year for updated information on 2017 art gallery events, as well as, other upcoming cultural art opportunities and activities. Inquiries regarding cultural arts programs should be directed to Ercie Santos, Cultural Arts Specialist, at the SSF Parks & Recreation Department office.

Enjoy Photo Presentations of 2017 Art Gallery Exhibits


Select the links below to view photo slideshows of select South San Francisco 2017 art gallery exhibits. Photography and slideshow is courtesy of artist and Cultural Arts Commissioner PaulaClaudine Hobson-Coard.