After weeks of winter storms and road closures, Half Moon Bay was treated to a beautiful day of sunshine and a bright new addition to Main Street—M Stark Gallery. The new contemporary fine arts gallery represents Marianna Stark’s love of her native Bay Area and devotion to its contemporary artists. The grand opening party drew a festive crowd that included Half Moon Bay locals, Bay Area artists, art collectors, and members of Marianna Stark’s vast circle of friends and colleagues from San Francisco and Oakland. More than 100 guests spilled out into the front yard and sidewalk and lined the front staircase to witness the ceremonial ribbon cutting, conducted by the Half Moon Bay Coastside Chamber of Commerce. The newly renovated building—which includes the gallery and artists retreat —is a fitting addition to the cultural offerings and commercial appeal of the historic town.
Photos by Ando Caulfield for Drew Altizer Photography