Sanchez Art Center has been making artists hustle 

Once again, Sanchez Art Center in Pacifica is hosting an unusually rigorous exhibition and sale.

Opening Aug. 23, the fifth annual "50|50 Show" features 3,450 pieces of art by 69 artists, who are creating 50 new, small works in 50 consecutive days. Each piece must be no bigger than 6 inches by 6 inches.

Juried by Lonnie Lee, founder and curator of Oakland's Vessel Gallery, the "50|50 Show" includes works by sculptors, photographers, painters, and textile and multimedia artists from across California.

While creating 50 new works in 50 days might seem daunting, some participating artists find the task to be a productive exercise in mining and generating new material.

"It seems unfathomable that I will be able to create 50 unique pieces which are related in theme and material," said Pacifica artist Jennifer Alpaugh, an oil painter and printmaker. "However, toward the end of those 50 days, I find that I have many more ideas than the 50 tiles allotted to me, and I have a hard time stopping."

Artists to watch in 2013 include sculptor Cheryl Coon, whose dark, spiky figures evoke a sinister geometry. Ealish Wilson, another master of unusual texture, creates provocative textile sculptures that incorporate printing, stitching and strings.

Meghan Urback's wool-based abstract pieces are elegant and unassuming, while Chris Crossen's spare, abstract watercolors have subtle color palettes.

Jo Anne Biagini's dense, psychedelic multimedia works sometimes involve sanding, transfers, painting and collage. Topaze Moore, known for sculptures and installations made from horsehair and hay in the vein of Petah Coyne, will likely come up with something interesting with the "50-50" assignment.

All of the artworks are for sale, and the pieces will be removed once they are sold. Those who want to view the full scope of the 3,000 plus works should visit as early as possible, or perhaps attend an exclusive ticketed preview event at 6 p.m. Aug. 23 prior to the show's official opening.


50|50 Show

Where: Sanchez Art Center, 1220 Linda Mar Blvd., Pacifica

When: 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. Aug 23 grand opening; 1 to 5 p.m. Fridays-Sundays; closes Sept. 29

Admission: Free

Contact: (650) 355-1894,

Note: Tickets to the 6 p.m. Aug. 23 preview, which cost $10, are available at

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