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Alysanne McGaffey

Contact Info:

Studio Address:

1276 Alicante Drive

Pacifica CA 94044

(650) 359-2168



Visual Artist: painting

The Mother Consider the Lilies, 10" x 14", Watercolor
Walking Woman, 29" x 20", Acrylic

Alysanne McGaffey, MFA


A painter and printmaker, Alysanne came to the Bay Area in the 1950's from the University of Washington with an exhibition record in sculpture to enter the San Francisco Art Institute on scholarship. Under the tutelage of Wally Hedrick she studied with Jay DeFeo, Bill Brown, Joan Brown, Manuel Neri, Ivan Magdrikoff, Walt Kuhlman and Nathan Olivera among others in the exciting years of the Bay Area Figurative Movement and the Funk era centered around the school and San Francisco's North Beach.


In the 70's she finished a formal Bachelor of Fine Arts at the College of Notre Dame, Belmont under artist/historian Dr. David Ramsey. Alysanne then completed a Masters of Fine Arts in Painting at Lone Mountain College (now USF) in San Francisco, focusing on oil and watercolor.


Her original reputation was created as a figurative oil painter, in later years watercolor became her dominant expressive mode, frequently addressing landscape, seascape and the inner spiritual life.


After further academic work in the craft of teaching was completed at San Francisco State University, University of California at Berkeley, College of San Mateo and Canada College, Alysanne taught extensively in the field of children's art. She continues to work with adults on a private basis. She holds a Community College Teaching Certificate in Adult Education, Fine Art.


She is a past president of the Coastal Arts League, Half Moon Bay, a founding member of San Mateo County's ARTshare, serving two terms as Secretary. She was Chairman of the City of Pacifica's Cultural Arts Commission, serving on the commission for two full terms. Ms. McGaffey continues on the Board of the Pacifica Center For Solitude, St. Edmund's Pacifica, where she was a founding Member.


Alysanne shared Studio 17 with center founders, Marion Yap and Mary Harden at the Sanchez Art Center until 2004, when the center underwent chaotic legal and management changes.

BORN:    Seattle, Washington, 1931



University of Washington

San Francisco Art Institute, San Francisco Academy of Art, San Francisco

University of California, Berkeley-Extension, Berkeley and San Francisco Campus

College of Notre Dame, Belmont  BFA degree

Lone Mountain College, (University of San Francisco) MFA degree

San Francisco State University, San Francisco

Skyline Community College, San Bruno

College of San Mateo, San Mateo

Canada College, Woodside



2005       "Earth, Sea and Sprit: Coming Full Circle a retrospective exhibition at ARTshare of San Mateo

              ARTshare Gallery 25, San Mateo

1994       "Patterns: Sea, Sound And Mountains, Coastal Arts League, Half Moon flay

1991       "Coastal Expressions", Coastal Arts League, Half Moon Bay

1988/89  "Woman And Nature: Our Mythic Selves "- Institute for Research on Women & Gender

              Stanford University, Bechtel International Center, Palo Alto

1987      "Romance With The Coast" Watercolor Expressions, Eureka Savings bank Gallery. Pacifica

1986        "Four Watercolors", "The Birth Place. Menlo Park

1986        "Female Imagery", Mama Bears Bookstore Gallery, Berkeley

1985        "Paintings, Fitzpatrick Professional Center, Redwood City

1984        "One Woman Show" Corridor Gallery, San Mateo Arts Council Gallery, Redwood City

1983        "Jazz at the Firehouse, Art Guild of Pacifica, Pacifica

1983        "Three Woman Painters", Manor Gallery, San Mateo Arts Council, Twin Pines, Belmont

1979/82   "Commentaries from Mt. Parnassus" Private Showings, San Francisco

1977        "Women In Ecstasy", Everywomen's Gallery, San Rafael

1970/71   "The Gresham Hall Shows", Grace Cathedral, San Francisco

1971        "Resurrection One" Created, curated, exhibited First Liturgical Art Show, Grace Cathedral, San Francisco

1968        "Homage to Jeannette Rankin" The Kelley Galleries, San Francisco

1962        "The Cafeteria Show", San Francisco Art Institute, San Francisco

1951        "Sculptures" University of Washington, Art Department Gallery, Seattle Washington campus




1998        First Prize, Watercolor, Art Guild of Pacifica Annual Members Exhibition, Sanchez Art Center, Pacifica

1995        "The Prophesy" Honorable Mention, Coastal Arts League Juried Competition, Half Moon Bay

1994        "The Prayer" Cash Award, CAL Museum Juried Print Show Half Moon Bay

1986        "Mystical Bird", Award of Merit, Society of Women Artists Format Show, San Francisco



1966/68 The Kelley Galleries, San Francisco

1996        San Mateo County Fair, San Mateo

1996        San Mateo County Fair, San Mateo

1995        "Diverse Visions", Women's Caucus for Art Exhibition, Hall of Justice, Redwood City

1996        "Fete de Morgana " Redwood City Exhibit

1996        "Land and Sea" Visual Digital Comp. Art Services, Hobart Australia, Tasmania

1996        "Similar Differences, International Exchange Show, Quay Arts Centre, Isle of Wight, England

1997        "The Angel Show", Half Moon Bay Community Center, Half Moon Bay

1996        "Nudes of 95", CAL Life Drawing Group Show, Coastal Arts League, Half Moon Bay

1996        CAL Coldwell Banker Gallery exhibition, Half Moon Bay

1997        "Taste of Pacifica" Juried Show Nick's Pacifica

1997        Annual Member's Show, Pacifica Art Guild, Sanchez Art Center, Pacifica

1997        "Jazzed About Art" Sanchez Art Center, Pacifica

1998        "People Show," Sanchez Art Center, Pacifica

1998        "Places Show," Sanchez Art Center, Pacifica

1998        40 Years Art Guild of Pacifica Annual Members Exhibition Sanchez Art

1999        "Things Show," Sanchez Art Center, Pacifica

1998        Coastal Arts League Museum Juried Show, Half Moon Bay

1999        "Small Works 11", Sanchez Art Center, Pacifica

1999        "Heaven and Earth and the Myriad Things as One Body" Sanchez Art

1999        "Deconstructing The Process" Women's Caucus for Art Member's Exhibit, 1870 Gallery, Belmont

1999         "Jazzed About Art, Sanchez Art Center, Pacifica

1999        "Mask Project", Coastal Arts League Museum, Half Moon Bay

1999        Arts On Fire 4, Sanchez Art Center

2000        "Seascapes & Harbors" Sanchez Art Center

2000        "Windows and Doors & Other Gateways to the World", Sanchez Art Center, Pacifica.

2000        "Gardens Unlimited", Sanchez Art Center

2000        Studio Artists Show, Sanchez Art Center

2000        Volunteer Exhibit 11 Sanchez Art Center

2000        42nd Annual Art Guild of Pacifica Art Exhibit, Sanchez Art Center

2000        Coastal Arts League Museum, Juried Competition, Half Moon Bay

2000        Coastal Arts League Members Show, CAL Half Moon Bay

2000        West Wing Gallery, "Small Works 111", Sanchez Art Center

2000        Coastal Arts League Computer Art Show 2000, Cal Museum, HMB

2000        "Anything Goes (but some things stay)" CAL traveling show, Lake Forest College, Donnelley Library

2000        "A Taste of Pacifica 4", Nick's Pacifica

2001        Annual "Arts on Fire 5", Sanchez Art Center, Pacifica

2001        "Beyond the Rules", WCA Regional Conference exhibition, SF campus California College of Arts & Crafts

2001        "Pacific Prism" 5 Arts Organizations, 4 Venues

2001        "Art From The Heart" CAL, Half Moon Bay

2001        CAL 16"' Annual Juried Competition, Half Moon Bay

2001        Art Guild of Pacifica 43'd Annual Membership Exhibit, Sanchez Art Center

2001        "Small Works IV", Sanchez Art Center, Pacifica

2002        CAL 17'h Annual Juried Competition, Half Moon Bay

2002        "Primarily Blue" Sanchez Art Center, Pacifica

2003        "Predator Pray, WCA Coastal Arts League Museum, Half Mon Bay

2004        "Twelve Bay Area Artists" Coastal Arts League, Half Moon Bay

2004        "2004 General Art Show" South San Francisco Cultural Arts Commission Exhibition, Honorable Mention

2004        "What Was, Is, Will Be..." WCA show, Coastal Arts League Museum, ARTshare Gallery 25, San Mateo

2004        CAL 20th Juried Competition, Coastal Arts League Museum, Half Moon Bay, Best 2D In Show

2004        Cal Membership Show, Coastal Arts League Museum, Half Moon Bay

2005        "Women By Women" San Mateo Arts Commission, Commission on the Status of Women and

               ARTshare exhibition County Government Center Gallery, Redwood City. Juror: Catherine Clark,

               Catherine Clark Gallery, San Francisco



Member Women's Caucus For Art

Member Coastal Arts League, Half Moon Bay, Past President (1994/1996)

Board Member, Pacifica Center for Solitude (retreat center) St. Edmund's, Pacifica.

Former Cultural Arts Commissioner the City of Pacifica, 1996-2004

Former Board Member San Mateo County ARTshare, Belmont, CA

Former Secretary ARTshare

Former Member Art Guild of Pacifica

Former Member Sanchez Art Association

Former Board Member, Sanchez Art Association -Publicity Chair SAC (200012001)

Former Bishop's Committee, (Vestry) St. Edmund's Episcopal Church, Pacifica (1999/2001)

Former Associate Member, Silicon Valley Art Museum

© Copyright Alysanne McGaffey, 2005

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