Cultural Arts - News & Events

2017 Youth Art Scholarship - S. Reyes
2017 Youth Art Scholarship - B. Catolos

Meet the 2017 Youth Art Scholarship Finalists
Artwork currently on exhibit in MSB atrium window

The Cultural Arts Commission was pleased to award the 2017 Jack Drago Cultural Arts Commission Youth Art Scholarship to Sean Michael Reyes of South San Francisco High School and Bianca Joy Catolos of El Camino High School.

Sean Michael Reyes enjoys film and digital photography. He has exhibited his work at the Cultural Arts Commission 2017 Youth Art Show. He was also head photographer of the SSFHS Warrior Post student newspaper. He has applied to San Francisco and San Jose State University where he plans to study photojournalism. He aspires to document and tell the stories of others, and utilize his skills and knowledge to impact his community and eventually travel the world.

Bianca Joy Catolos works primarily in painting, colored pencils and graphite. She has taken art classes through Skyline Community College, and hopes to continue her education at City College of San Francisco. She plans to study communications and marketing. She enjoys reading and graphic design, and hopes to fuel her creativity by helping businesses gain customers through visual appeal. She sees herself working on murals, company logos and merchandise in her future.

Examples of their artwork will be on exhibit in the Municipal Services Building atrium display window from June 7 through mid-July.

The Jack Drago Cultural Arts Commission Youth Art Scholarship was established for the purpose of providing eligible graduating seniors from the South San Francisco Unified School District continued education in the visual arts. The scholarship is financed exclusively by community donations and fundraising dollars.

SSF 2017 General Art Show Flyer

Enjoy a Two-dimensional Fine Art Exhibit
July 14 & 15

The South San Francisco Cultural Arts Commission presents a juried gallery exhibit of two-dimensional fine art by local and Bay Area artists. This two-day event features outstanding works in watercolors, painting and graphics. Guy Magallanes, co-host of ART 2 ART on KCSM, is the invited judge. Selected works will be available for purchase. Don't miss the extended exhibit of selected award-winning works in the Municipal Services Building atrium display window following the show through the end of August.

The show will be held in the Betty Weber Gallery, at the SSF Municipal Services Building, 33 Arroyo Drive, South San Francisco. The event dates are Friday, July 14, from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. and Saturday, July 15, from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. It is open to the public, and admission is free. For entry guidelines and application, visit the Current Opportunities for Artists webpage or contact the South San Francisco Department of Parks & Recreation at (650) 829-3800.

2017 SSF Cultural Arts Summer BBQ Flyer

Join the Fun at the 2017 Cultural Arts Summer Barbeque

Celebrate the summer season and join the Cultural Arts Commission, on Sunday, August 27, for a fundraiser taking place at the Joseph Fernekes Building at Orange Memorial Park, 781 Tennis Drive in South San Francisco. Proceeds will benefit South San Francisco cultural arts programs.

This fun-filled event will be held from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. Guests will enjoy a delicious grilled lunch by J & J Barbecue and tasty dessert treats. Activities include a silent auction for a marvelous variety of gift certificates, art and craft items. The auction features S.F. Giants vs. St. Louis Cardinals tickets with parking. Music will be provided courtesy of DJ Troy.

Tickets are available now! Admission is $15.00 for adults and $5.00 for youth-16 & under. They may be purchased at the SSF Parks & Recreation Department office, 33 Arroyo Drive or the Parks Division at 550 North Canal. Tickets may also be purchased online through Monday, August  21. Visit SSF Web Registration. (Activity Barcode #165714) Tickets will be sold at the door on the day of the event. Only service dogs are permitted to enter the facility.

For more information, phone the Parks & Recreation Department at (650) 829-3800 or the Parks Division at (650) 829-3837.

2017 Cultural Arts Summer BBQ Flyer

Dragon sculpture
Sculpture-Cranes by SH - crp

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.
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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.