Not that the San Francisco Bay Area is lacking in any awe-inspiring natural landscapes. But to those of you who are keen on gazing at an artist’s rendition of exquisite sites and unique environments, there are several exhibitions you can visit this month around the area.
“What do you think about when you think of California?” This is what the California Historical Society asks the viewers in its exhibit, Think California. And it is not a question the visitors can only quietly reflect on by themselves. There is a “Talk Back Gallery” where visitors can share their thoughts about the state.
The exhibition will showcase the rich and interesting history and culture of California through a collection of artworks and artifacts. Art lovers can expect themes such as: Scenic splendors, highlighting California’s natural beauty; Earthquakes, Floods and Volcanoes, acknowledging nature’s other, less agreeable side; and Drama, Harmony and Hollywood, presenting what California is perhaps most famous for—as a center of entertainment.
Date: September 24, 2009 – July 2, 2011; Wednesday – Saturday (1200 – 1630)
Venue: California Historical Society (678 Mission St, San Francisco)
Notes: Admission is $3.00 for the general public; $1.00 for students and senior citizens; members will be admitted for free
Survey Scotland’s Outer Hebrides Islands
If you are tired of the chaos of the city and wish to visit another country—if only through your imagination—photographer Sally Mack will take you to Scotland’s northwest coast, at the Outer Hebrides Islands.
Be there in her exhibit and be at peace at the Lukenstyre Beach or at the mountains between the Isles of Lewis and Harris. Marvel at the Callanais Stones, which Sally Mack describes as “smaller than Stonehenge,” but “also older and more accessible”. Rouse your mind by envisioning what life was like in the farthest island in the British Isles, St Kilda, which is also considered a World Heritage Site.
Date: June 1, 2011 – July 1, 2011, Daily (0900 – 1700)
Venue: University of California, Berkeley
Notes: You may inquire about the event via e-mail (email@example.com) or phone (540 56 78)
Get lost in Abstract Visions
Patrons who want their art and nature in the abstract can visit Abstract Visions, an exhibition that celebrates the centennial of abstract painting. It aims to show the “present-day vibrancy of abstract art”. Peter Selz, founder of Berkeley Art Museum, will be the curator.
Abstract Visions will include works of eight distinguished Bay Area artists: Gary Edward Blum, Eva Bovenzi, Donna Brookman, Bruce Hasson, Kevan Jenson, Naomie Kremer, Keiko Nelson and Gloria Tanchelev.
Date: June 11, 2011 – August 7, 2011
Venue: Berkeley Art Center, 1275 Walnut St, Berkeley
Once you are done roaming the galleries, you may wander around the Bay Area and appreciate the views with fresh eyes. If you’re looking for a place to stay, you’ll find that the Berkeley/El Cerrito Super 8 Hotel is perfectly situated for visiting these great events. In addition, the Super 8 offers a level of amenities and personal service that far surpass those you can find directly in downtown… at a fraction of the price. Free Parking, wifi, and complementary continental breakfast will be waiting for you to make your visit just a bit easier! If you need to make reservations, click here.