Formerly known as Colquhoun Glass Works, the seeds of Half Moon Bay Art Glass were sown in 1977 when artist Douglass Colquhoun Brown stepped off a tall ship in the English Channel. Discovering the art of etched glass in France, Brown became instantly smitten with the craft, and vowed to learn it upon his return to the states. After honing his skills creating scientific glassware for Silicon Valley, the artist expanded into more decorative objects such as jelly fish lamps, orchids, and seasonal glass pumpkins ideal for the jack-o-lantern-averse. Located on the site of a winery, Half Moon Bay Art Glass teaches glass-blowing classes suitable for first-timers of all ages, 12 and up.
Paul Mahder Gallery showcases contemporary works of art and every two months, presents new exhibits created by painters, sculptors, and photographers from around the globe. Opened in conjunction with the gallery in 2007, Paul Mahder Framing extends the shop's services into the realm of preservation, helping customers artfully safeguard keepsakes without having to freeze them in a mixture of finger-paint and carbonite. Head designer Richard Plagmann and expert framer Jonathan W. Wind join forces to encase a wide range of items, from 3-D objects and family portraits to oversized mementos. They also offer complementary onsite consultations, and every project is completed in house.
Mission: Comics & Art is dedicated to aligning the world of illustration's myriad factions, situating graphic novels beside art books, comic books, T-shirts, and original artwork for sale on the walls. Customers can tread among the store's colorful aisles, leafing through finds such as The Walking Dead TPB Vol. 1 ($9.99) or learning about the neighborhood’s history through its murals and graphic mythology in the Comic Book Guide to the Mission ($15). Other comic collectibles include Nonplayer #1 ($2.99) and The Ultimates: Ultimate Collection, Vol. 1 ($34.99). As they peruse, customers are encouraged to converse and ask questions such as, "Is this Wonder Woman outfit appropriate for my errands?"
Yerba Buena Center for the Arts presents contemporary art that celebrates human diversity while emphasizing young and emerging artists. Besides perks such as members-only ticket specials and a subscription to the museum’s monthly newsletter, each membership offers a year of gallery admission to exhibits such as TechnoCRAFT, Yves Béhar’s exploration of the narrowing gap between designers and consumers in modern design trends. In Nothing Related, but Something Could Be Associated, Koki Tanaka uses everyday objects in unexpected ways to create playful, unexpected sculptures that will later be fired into space to deflect 1999 RQ36. Yoshua Okón's US exhibit features videos that delight, shock, and astound viewers with improvised performances that were recorded in collaboration with his audience.