2017

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We were at Atherton resident Fannie Allen’s home to talk about her work as an interior designer. But we immediately got sidetracked by Delilah, a nude sculpture made entirely from typewriter parts by Bay Area artist Jeremy Mayer.

“He’s fascinated by anatomy” Fannie explained. “His studio is filled with anatomy photos and typewriter parts. He won’t take apart a valuable, working typewriter, just discarded ones. He’s featured in a documentary, California Typewriter, about one of the last typewriter repair shops in America.”

Art, we found out, has long been part of Fannie’s life and remains central to her work as an interior designer.

“I grew up in an art-infused house,” she says. “My mother had studied art history, and our dearest friends were art historians.

“But while I was in high school [in Richmond,VA], I flipped the other way and got into computers, science and math, and did programming. And I pursued a career in tech, even though I was an art history major at Stanford.”

A mother of three, she stopped working when her children were young and backed into being an interior designer. “Friends liked what I was doing in my house and would ask me to help them,” she said.

In her work, she’s long been curious why clients are slow to warm to the idea of buying art, which led her to write a blog on the topic. “It’s not about the money,” she said. “People can spend $5,000 on a chair but won’t spend half that to buy a canvas.

“People who haven’t bought art before feel they aren’t educated enough. Is that good art? Will I like it in two years? I try to help them over that stumbling block.”

For both her clients and her own purchases, Fannie patronizes emerging and local artists as much as possible. “For me to like a piece of art, it helps to understand what the artist is doing. When you buy locally, you get to know the artist. I love to go to their studio and see them work.”

Photo by Robb Most

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Here comes the rain again, falling down on Menlo Park

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After some pre-dawn showers, the rain started in earnest in Menlo Park today around 9:00 am. Reporting a bit earlier than usual, InMenlo weather watcher Bill Russ emails: “Another.55″ as of 2:00 pm with it still raining. Now at 31.95″ season-to-date.” This latest rain has created a “lake” of sorts on Oak Avenue between Lemon and Oak […]

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Jason Kwan is Menlo Park’s unofficial “Mr. Restaurant”

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You can eat breakfast, lunch and dinner at restaurants Jason Kwan owns in Menlo Park, and you can actually walk from one place to another. That’s what Jason does daily as he looks in at each of his businesses. Three of his restaurants bear his namesake, at least partially — J & J Hawaiian BBQ, […]

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Preview latest Asian Art Museum exhibit on March 28

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On Tuesday, March 28, there will be a program called Tomb Treasure: Han Dynasty Discoveries, a preview of the newest Asian Art Museum exhibit, at the Menlo Park Library at 6:30 pm. Learn about: One of the most powerful, advanced civilizations of the ancient world The magnificent daily lives of Han nobility The unbridled luxury, […]

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Oak trees go kerplunk around Menlo Park

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Today saw clean up efforts surrounding two large oak trees that tumbled to the ground in Menlo Park, victims of age and the rainy winter. One, located near the Vallambrosa Center on Oak Grove Avenue (pictured top), forced that street to be closed all morning. Shortly before noon, the Menlo Park Police Department announced that […]

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Early morning deluge yields to sunny skies

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Emails InMenlo weather watcher Bill Russ: “I wonder if the rain deluge at 4:00 am awakened many InMenlo followers? And then another close to 5:00 am! I just came in at 7:00 am, and found .7′ in my gauge. That is 31.4″ season-to-date. Did the experts forecast this?” Photo of spring blossoms post rain by Linda […]

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Science Night returns to the Menlo Park Library on March 30

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On Thursday, March 30, the Menlo Park Library will be hosting its fourth Science Night for adults, teens, and elementary school-aged children. Displays and hands-on activities will be supplied by organizations including the National Weather Service, Marine Mammal Center, USGS Library, Palo Alto Junior Museum & Zoo, Marine Science Institute, Beekeepers’ Guild of San Mateo […]

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Photographing the fish of San Francisco Bay

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InMenlo contributing photographer Robb Most volunteers for Baykeeper, which has been advocating for the health of San Francisco Bay since 1989. The organization needed photos of fish, and Robb asked Pietro Parravano, who brings fish weekly to the Menlo Park Farmers Market, how he should go about getting the photos. Pietro suggest signing up for a trip […]

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Spring arrives dressed up in winter clothing

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Spring may have sprung yesterday, but it was back to rainy winter weather in Menlo Park today. Reports InMenlo weather watcher Bill Russ: “That was no sprinkle in my backyard, with our first rain since March 6th. There was .5″ in my gauges bringing my season-to-date total to 30.7″. And maybe more to come this week!” […]

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Local church participates in Hands Around the Mosque

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A group of parishioners from Trinity Church in Menlo Park (pictured below), led by the Rev. Matthew Dutton-Gillett, participated in the Hands Around the Mosque event yesterday at the Muslim Community Center in Santa Clara. According to a MCC staff member, about 800 people of all faiths gathered to not only circle the building but to […]

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Hello there from one Hamilton to another!

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Ladera resident Linden Hamilton went with her mom, Laura (a long-time InMenlo contributing photographer), to see the musical Hamilton in San Francisco over the weekend. And who did she run into but the star of the show, Michael Luwoye. Writes Laura: “Linden (Hamilton) after the show asked Hamilton for a selfie! He was so kind. Thank you @shnsf […]

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