Yesterday I had to deliver my artwork to the Gualala Arts Center for their exhibit which opens tomorrow.  Gualala is located about 110 miles north of San Francisco on the Mendocino coast.  It is a beautiful and rugged area with dense forests and stunning coastal views.  My friend Shannon said she would like to go with me which made me very happy because I was not looking forward to the drive by myself.  So, we set off at 8AM on Wednesday – I was the designated driver and she navigated.  Conditions were perfect for the drive and we crossed the Golden Gate bridge, passed through Marin and Sonoma counties and arrived in Gualala in a little more than 3 hours on the road.  The hillsides were still green due to the late spring rains and the air was cool and clean and you could see forever off the coast.  The sea was a little choppy but it just added a contrast to the surface of the ocean which appeared to be a deep turquoise blue.

The Gualala Arts Center is situated in a clearing in a wooded area and it is almost like a mirage in the forest – this large and modern building surrounded by outdoor sculpture and patios with benches.  The interior was impressive as well and the people working in the gallery to accept the artwork were helpful and friendly.  We chatted with the Executive Director of the center for a while and then drove off to find the cafe was that recommended so we could have some lunch before heading back home.

After lunch and some shopping, we headed home and took a different route and so we had some new vistas to enjoy.  At the town of Jenner, the Russian River empties into the sea and it is a beautiful confluence.  We stopped to stretch our legs and Shannon used her magic phone to take a few fun pictures.   A good day!

Here is one of the paintings that is in the exhibit.  It has never been shown before.  The title is “Twist of Fate”, acrylic on canvas, 30″ x 40″, and is priced at $ 750.00