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UCOP’s 12th floor Franklin “art gallery” welcomes you

Take a peek at the artistic talent of your colleague Liz Tamayo, coordinator in Student Affairs, who is now displaying about 20 of her works on the walls in and around 12311 Franklin.

That corner of the 12th floor was recently transformed into UCOP’s own art gallery when External Relations hosted a reception for Tamayo and Patrick Hayashi, retired UC associate president whose artwork was displayed last month.

About 40 people from throughout OP turned out to schmooze and admire a wide variety of works in oil, watercolor, pastel, charcoal and other media. Both artists were present to talk about their work, and both turned down multiple offers to sell their most popular pieces.

“This is a treat for Liz and me,” Hayashi said in welcoming the lunchtime crowd. “We get to show a side of ourselves that people don’t usually see.”

Tamayo said she sketches every spare moment of her time, so her art “tends to pile up.” She thanked her UCOP hosts for giving her the opportunity to organize her many figure drawings, travel sketches and five-minute exercises for the installation.

The idea started two years ago, with a Link story about an art project External Relations Executive Assistant Alfred White was creating for San Francisco General Hospital Foundation’s annual fundraiser, Heroes and Hearts. That was what inspired External Relations EVP Dan Dooley to get art up on some of the bare walls in UCOP’s Franklin building.

With the help of White and members of the OP Staff Assembly, Dooley secured some modest funding and the go-ahead to install the artwork. Dooley said he is working on making art exhibits an ongoing occurrence in the space.

Check out the walls in and around 12311 Franklin (unless the meeting room is occupied, of course) for Tamayo’s figure drawings and travel sketches in watercolor and pastel, which will remain up through the end of July.

Hayashi’s Franklin exhibit is now closed, but you can browse his website or see his work at the UC Berkeley Faculty Club through the end of June.

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