SERENITY: Nature and Nurture
The Serenity series art exhibit at the UCSF National Center of Excellence in Women's Health
San Francisco Women Artists (SFWA), curator for the art exhibitions for the UCSF National Center of Excellence in Women's Health, selects works by SFWA Member Artists throughout the Bay Area. SFWA's artists are creating and exhibiting work that will enhance the healing environment of the Women's Health Center, engaging and uplifting visitors, practitioners and staff. The exhibit changes three times a year and is displayed on five floors of the Women's Health Center. Each of the selected artists display a body of work related to the exhibition themes on their respective floors.
Now in it's 16th year, the "Serenity" series continues to provided opportunities for local artists working in all mediums - with a focus on positive, healing and uplifting artwork. Since 2007 more than 180 Bay Area artists have participated in this show.
A presence in the San Francisco art community for over a century, SFWA supports, empowers, and expands the representation of women artists. They continue their commitment to diversity and encourage aspiring artists at all stages of their careers. "With the understanding that wellness is a holistic ideal, we acknowledge the transformative power of art as a core belief of SFWA. Art inspires, produces profound insights, and can serve as a healing force." - San Francisco Women Artists
Sarah Huxtable Mohr
Roz Isabella della Giordano
Meghan Lewis MacLeod
Abi Mustapha is a Sierra Leonean-American contemporary artist. She holds a BA in Political Science with an emphasis on sustainability from Indiana University. After working for several years in sustainable agriculture and permaculture, she relocated from Indiana to the Bay Area in 2013 to pursue a career in the arts. Her work has been exhibited in galleries and museums in the Midwest and Bay Area including Santa Cruz Museum of Art and History, Garret Museum of Art, and The Richmond Art Center. She was the 2021 Santa Cruz Museum of Art and History Artist in Residence. Her work is inspired by human connection and nature. Murals, illustration, digital art, and portraiture make up her day-to-day work. When she’s not in her studio she can be found camping, hiking, playing with her friends, or curled up with a good book.
I create representations of the world in variations of how I would like to see it – often including traditional hair styles and adornments interwoven with natural elements. Art is how I communicate what I think is beautiful to the world. My art feels like a meditation, which is significant for someone who has never been able to sit still. It focuses me and lets me release all those pieces of myself that can’t be contained in a coherent independent creature. It is rare that I have only one medium in my art. I explore combinations of illustration and painting. My current body of work explores how illustrative lines can be used to hold space rather than being filled with color.