Shelter From The Storm: Art Created in these Turbulent Times

An exhibit of art reflecting events in 2020

Exhibit through Sunday, February 21, 2021. 11 am to 4 pm.

Gualala Arts Elaine Jacob Foyer and Burnett Gallery




“Shelter” images in the Jacob Foyer.

“Shelter From The Storm—Art Created in these Turbulent Times” is an exhibit consisting of works created about the challenges facing us as a society. There will be paintings, photography, collages, sculptures and all media types encouraged and accepted.

“Killjoy 2020” a collaborative piece by Bruce Jones, Loraine Toth, Jim Vickery & Gail Coulson.

Since March, 2020, each of us has been tasked with maneuvering forward during the age of COVID-19, all the while contending with civil unrest, fires, and the collective grief imposed by self-isolation. The purpose of this exhibit is to create a dialog about what we have been doing and working on as artists, each of us holding up a mirror reflecting our new cultural norms, sometimes gratefully for the blessings in our lives, sometimes angrily for the dramatic loss we all must contend with. Whatever you have been working on, we would love to have you share it with us.


The Registration form is here.

Executive Director Letter – January 2021

Happy New (Phew!) Year . . .

“Speaking alone in the Night” by Gerald Huth

We are starting off 2021 with a general call to artist exhibit at the Gualala Arts Center, “Shelter from the Storm”, art created in these turbulent times.I could not think of a better exhibit to process what we are all experiencing at the moment and have gone through this past year.

I am a firm believer that art is a safe way to deal with some very heavy topics in society. Art has a way of articulating our feelings and emotions that transcends words, conversations and conscious thoughts.

When thinking about writing my ED letter this month, I ran across this excerpt from

Art influences society by changing opinions, instilling values and translating experiences across space and time. Research has shown art affects the fundamental sense of self. Painting, sculpture, music, literature and the other arts are often considered to be the repository of a society’s collective memory. Art preserves what fact-based historical records cannot: how it felt to exist in a particular place at a particular time.

“One Piece at a Time” by David Sus Susalla

I hope you take your time to share with our community what you have “felt” during the past year. If you have not created something to share, I hope you will take this “call to action” and create something, anything that comes to you and articulate it and manifest it into this realm as something physical to share.

It is one thing to process feelings by creating art but, by sharing art with your greater community as well, it takes on a whole new meaning and impact for us all.

I cannot thank each of you enough for believing in the arts and helping us get through 2020 and giving us hope for 2021.

Together we have proven that we can get through this with creativity, generosity, kindness and gratitude and of course my favorite, LOVE.

I look forward to rising to the occasion, with all of you, and going into this New Year with creative optimisms lifting our spirits to whatever the next day brings us.



GREAT NEWS! Gualala Arts Center doors ARE OPEN! Well, with that said, we are closed for the first 2 weeks of the year getting ready for the “Shelter from the Storm” exhibit.  We will re-open for retail sales 7 days a week (11am to 4pm) on January 16. The Global Harmony Sculpture Gardens remain open 7 days a week. Thanks to the staff, artists and volunteers for creating a safe environment to embrace our challenges and rising to this occasion!

• “Safety First” is the common theme to keeping the Arts Center open! The staff at Gualala Arts has created a safe environment to stroll the halls with each room having: fresh Pacific breezes running though open doors, ceiling fans spinning above, air purifiers, sanitizer at entrance, central heat with dedicated furnace, ventilation filters, masks required from front gates of property, one person allowed in restroom at a time, requested 6 feet apart outside and 12 feet inside, We have literally been up all night thinking of ways to go above and beyond any requirements for the safety of our volunteers, staff and visitors. New for the second half of December we decided to only have one family pod per room at a time for extra caution.

We are starting some thing new this year and having a “Gualala Arts Members Only Preview” of the gallery exhibits on the Friday before opening to the public.

• Artists will be encouraged (not required) to sign up to docent a shift or two during exhibit (not on opening weekend) to limit the number of people attending the exhibit at one time.

“Shelter from the Storm” exhibit opens to the public on Saturday January 16. Gualala Arts membership is invited to see the exhibit a day early on Friday January 16. We are happy to give virtual tours to anyone interested via Zoom, Facetime, Facebook video chat or Instagram Live.  Please call 707-884-1138 or email to set up a time.  We are also happy to arrange an appointment to view exhibit at the Dolphin or Gualala Arts Center for a private tour.  We are exploring options to have the galleries open just for and your family pod, please call or email Sus if this interest you.

Exhibit Curators:

Sus Susalla

Kendra Stillman