Winged snake finds her new home

Winged snake finds her new home

After the closing gala of the Coastside Doctors Without Borders Art Auction, 22 art pieces came back to my studio to be matched up with their new owners. It is always fun to be there for the hand off. This is Valerie and her son picking up Susana Van Beezooijen’s ceramic winged Milagros. Valerie saved up to buy herself a special birthday present and this is what she got! She is especially excited because her cousin is going off next week to work with Doctors Without Borders and she gets to show her what she got. These kinds of stories make it all worthwhile!

6th Annual Coastside Doctors Without Borders Art Auction

Looking forward to seeing you at the Gala, 11/14, 6-9pm! You can also see the exhibition daily now at Pasta Moon Music Box in Half Moon Bay. Click here for more info on the show and to see the art donated:

Making transformation happen on the coastside


41 coastside artists are busily making art right now about transformation. And all these pieces will be donated to raise money for Doctors Without Borders! Check out who they are and read more about the art auction that will be happening this Fall.

Gifts of peace are worth seeing

You can still see The 2nd Annual Doctors Without Borders Silent Art Auction at MCoffee in Half Moon Bay until December 29 at noon. At that point the bids will close. We are at around $1,500 so far, up $500 from last years event. Even if you are not in the market for art, please go take a gander at this terrific showing of 21 local coastside artists. Most of them took on the challenge to create a new piece over 30 days which focused on the idea of a “gift of peace”. Below you will see an art sampling slide show.

And just to give you an idea of what your donation to Doctors Without Borders can buy:

  • $35 buys 2 meals a day for 200 children
  • $50 buys vaccinations for 50 people against meningitis, measles, polio or other deadly epidemics
  • $100 buys infection-fighting antibiotics to treat nearly 40 wounded children
  • $500 buys a medical kit containing basic drugs, supplies, equipment, and dressings to treat 1,500 patients for three months
  • $1000 buys emergency medical supplies to aid 5,000 disaster victims for an entire month

A refuge camp in the heart of San Francisco

Right now, Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) is bringing its outdoor educational exhibit A Refugee Camp in the Heart of the City to Winnipeg, Edmonton, Calgary, Vancouver, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Santa Monica and San Diego.

Little Marina Green Park
(Marina Boulevard and Yacht Harbor Road; west end of Marina Green, east of Crissy Field)
October 15 – 19, 2008
9:00am – 5:30 pm

This event is free and open to the public.

Please allow 40-60 minutes for the tour.
Reservations are recommended for groups of 15 or more.

Guided by MSF aid workers, visitors are asked to imagine that they are among the millions of people fleeing violence and persecution in, for example, Somalia, Colombia, the Democratic Republic of Congo, or Sudan.

The exhibit is made up of materials used by MSF in its emergency medical work around the world, including emergency refugee housing, a food distribution tent, water pump, health clinic, vaccination tent, therapeutic feeding center, and a cholera treatment center. It addresses questions such as:

  • Will I be safe?
  • What will I eat?
  • How do I find water?
  • Can I get medical care?
  • Where will I live?

Learn more about the issues refugees and internally displaced persons (IDPs) face with this interactive guide.

The exhibit is free and open to the public. If you are planning to come with a group of 15 or more please schedule a group visit for your city. Individuals are welcome without reservations.

Art show raises $1071 for Doctors Without Borders

The Gift of Peace art show at M Coffee in Half Moon Bay, California, ended today and we brought in a grand total of $1071 for Doctors Without Borders! 12 artists participated in the month long silent auction. I wanted to provide a venue for artists to focus on peace and then offer these gifts of peace to the public. The reception was really well attended and fun. Thank you to all the artists and art purchasers and viewers! Maybe this will be come a yearly event.

Click here for some more background on the show:


L to R, Lisa Petrides, Kim Criswell, Judy Johnson-Williams

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L – Richard Kirchner, R – Jo Jackson


Ander Meyer


L to R: Iris Brightwater, Mauro FF, Stephanie Navarro, Shirley McClure

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L: Carol Brehm, R: Judy Shintani

13 Artists Create Gifts of Peace, Silent Auction for Doctors Without Borders, 11/9

"One of the most calming and powerful actions
you can do to intervene in a stormy world is to stand up
and show your soul."
 - Clarissa Pinkola Estes


This show is about offering and receiving a gift of peace. Some of us want a ‘moment of peace’ in a hectic day and many want peace in the world. I have felt a lot of stress and anxiety in people’s lives and broadcasted through the media too. I wanted to create a positive alternative for people to experience.

I feel that M Coffee in downtown Half Moon Bay is an ideal location for this show because they have a loyal clientele as well as tourists that come in throughout the day. Many people do not have to go out of their way to experience these gifts of peace. The “Gift of Peace” show will be on display November 9 – December 3, with the reception on November 9, 6-8pm and will include a silent auction of the art, refreshments, and live music.

I invited a group of artists to create gifts of peace, using their own interpretation of what that meant to them. Many of the artists are from the Half Moon Bay area as well as from Oakland, Palo Alto, and San Mateo. Artists participating are: Iris Brightwater, Kim Criswell, Mauro FF, Jo Jackson, Judy Johnson-Williams, David Hodge, Hi-jin Hodge, Richard Kirchner, Shirley McClure, Ander Meyer, Stephanie Navarro, Lisa Petrides, and myself. There will be a wide variety of art including painting, photography, sculpture, video, and poetry on display and available for purchase.

The artists are truly gifting their works of art because proceeds from purchases made during a silent auction will be donated to Doctors Without Borders. This is an independent international medical humanitarian organization that delivers emergency aid to people affected by armed conflict, epidemics, natural or man-made disasters, or exclusion from health care in more than 70 countries.

Peace will be getting a lot of visibility. A group of artists will be focusing on creating peace for a month, people will be reading about this show in the Half Moon Bay Review; and then there will be those viewing the art for 23 days while drinking coffee. People will want to have these “gifts of peace” in their homes and then the sale proceeds will go to Doctors Without Borders to help people in other countries. That way peace will resonate to other communities too. This is a way for many of us to make a difference in the world.

Event Details:
Gift of Peace Art Show – 13 Artists
Silent auction sales proceeds to “Doctors Without Borders”
November 9-December 3, 2007
Reception November 9, 6-8pm – Music, Refreshments, silent auction
M Coffee 522 Main Street Half Moon Bay, CA

Click here for results of the benefit. 

For more information: Judy Shintani, 650-464-4736

Invisibles in San Francisco


Inspired by the international humanitarian work of Doctors without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontière, Javier Bardem worked with the organization to produce a film which highlights five neglected humanitarian crises taken from MSF’s yearly “Top Ten” list of underreported humanitarian stories. Each topic is addressed in a separate short film, shot by different directors, creating the five-part film “Invisibles.” Latino Film Festival – San Francisco Bay Area
Saturday, November 3, 2007 – 11am

Castro Theatre
429 Castro Street
San Francisco, CA