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CASM Newsletter                                     October 2016

Upcoming Poetry Event - 
Thursday, November 3 - 7-9pm
City Arts of San Mateo Art Gallery - Peninsula Ballet Theatre

880 South Grant Street in San Mateo
Come and enjoy four featured poets . . . open mic to follow.

CASEY FITZ SIMONS is a frequent reader at San Francisco Bay Area venues. Her poems have appeared in print and online in Massachusetts Review, Red Wheelbarrow, Midwest Quarterly, Newport Review, Mezzo Cammin, and others. She has placed first in poetry at Mendocino Coast Writers Conference and Ina Coolbrith Circle, and second at the Soul-making Keats Sonnet Competition and the Maggi H. Meyer Contest sponsored by Bay Area Poets Coalition. She has published 12 chapbooks, including The Sharp Edges of Knowing (2015) and Against the Familiar Wall (2014). Casey taught art in San Francisco for many years. Her reviews of Bay Area exhibitions frequently appeared in Artweek, and her studio drawing book, Serious Drawing, was published by Prentice Hall. She has a master’s degree in Fine Arts from San José State University.

DIANE LEE MOONEY has lived and wandered around the US and Canada, and now dips her gardener’s hands in California dirt.  A regular reader at San Francisco Bay Area poetry venues, Diane has published prose and poetry, most recently in Glass: a Journal of Poetry; The Sand Hill Review, California Poetry Quarterly, Caesura and Red Wheelbarrow, and has been nominated for a Pushcart prize. She has also published three books under her own imprint, DaysEye Press and Studios.  To read more, please visit  
Diane is also a watercolorist and collage artist, an experience that both seeds and is seeded by, her poetic imagery. To view her artwork, please visit

SARAH PADEN is a Peninsula poet and musician.  She lives with her family in Belmont. Over the past two years she has been part of two poetry critique groups and an ongoing mentorship with Caroline Goodwin, the San Mateo County Poet Laureate.  She is currently working on publishing her chapbook manuscript, Rain, etc.,.  She also creates what she calls Loop Poems, which are brief multitrack recordings that feel like sonic poems with repetitive potential.  You can hear them on her Sound Cloud page and, directly, here:

RYAN WARREN is San Mateo County Coastside poet whose work has appeared in numerous journals including California Quarterly, Poetry Daily, Poetry Breakfast, Wilderness House Literary Review, Firefly Magazine and the anthology, Carry The Light. He is a Best of the Net 2016 nominee, and a 2016 San Mateo County Literary Fair multiple-award winner. More on his published works can be found at

Now through October 28

Peninsula Ballet Theatre
1880 South Grant Street in San Mateo

Photography by Nitin Chitale
Prints by Rina Marfatia

Rina Marfatia has always enjoyed art in its various forms. She has dabbled in pottery, painting, photography and is now immersed in the fine art of linocut. A physician by day, artist by heart.

She is an avid traveler and her art is inspired by her travels, nature and her specialty of infectious diseases.

See more of Rina's work on Instagram @rinart007.

Nitin Chitale has been photographing birds since 2005. It started as an interest in identifying the many species that visited his backyard in Tennessee, and grew into a serious hobby. Now he seeks birds wherever he travels, and has taken pictures of over 450 species of birds in the wild, across the U.S., India, Australia, England, Iceland, Peru, Barbados, Mexico and most recently Eastern Canada.

He lives in San Francisco, which is a very birdy city, with over 300 species having been reported there. He is about 2/3rds the way to his goal of seeing all the birds in the city.

Currently, he is updating his life lists, grouping them by region, and listing them according to Order/Family, then common and scientific names for each species. This is a work in progress, with quality images of approximately 440 species and additional images of 175 species.

Find more of Nitin's work at

Take Part in Your City's Art

If you have a passion for bringing art awareness and activities to San Mateo, please consider joining the City Arts of San Mateo - we would love to have you.
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Musicians . . . 
We are exploring the possibility of bringing an opportunity for San Mateo non-professional musicians to perform classical music.  Please contact us if you would like to help or participate.

Become a Member!

Membership contributions are vital to sustaining the activities and programs of City Arts of San Mateo. Funds go toward art programs and events, artist commissions, community outreach, and arts education.

For more information on art events in San Mateo visit our website's Events page

We would appreciate your help in sharing art events in San Mateo by sending us news of upcoming events in San Mateo -

City Arts of San Mateo is a charitable, non-profit arts advisory and resource organization established by resolution of the San Mateo City Council in 1996. City Arts of San Mateo is dedicated to providing the opportunity for you to enjoy and participate in the arts in San Mateo. We seek to promote and celebrate performing, visual and literary art in San Mateo.
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City Arts of San Mateo, P.O. Box 6216, San Mateo, CA  94403

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