Archive of Frances Freyberg

Frances has written 68 article(s) for InMenlo.


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Beauty of Wood Fire, Vol. 3, – carved ceramic creations by Misako Kambe is on display during the month of April at the Portola Art Gallery in Menlo Park

The exhibition includes Misako’s recent ceramic art works produced at two wood fire kiln sites: “Hikarigama-kiln” in Elkton, Oregon and “Richard Carter Studio” in Napa, California.

Misako begins by hand carving her wheel-thrown ceramics using a variety of techniques. Next, natural wood ashes produced during the firing process deposit onto the carved, textured ceramic surface, making various and beautiful effects. Each firing produces a unique result, depending on the design of the kiln, season, temperature,
humidity, density of the loading location in the kiln, quality of the wood, and the people who do the firing.

A reception for the artist will be held on Saturday, April 7, from 1:00 to 4:00 pm. The gallery is located at the Allied Arts Guild, 75 Arbor Road.

Photo of  Misako Kambe by Gillian Bostock, taken in 2012; the wood fired carved vase by Misako Kambe is one of the featured art works that are included in her April show

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Teresa Silvestri exhibits animal paintings at Portola Art Gallery in March

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“Art & the Animal,” an exhibit of new animal watercolor paintings by  Teresa Silvestri in on display at the Portola Art Gallery in March. Teresa receives her inspiration from our long time companions — the animals who share our homes and are part of our families, as well as the sentient beings that populate our […]

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“Small Works – Mini Treasures” is theme of December Portola Art Gallery exhibit

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In December, the Portola Art Gallery is presenting “Small Works – Mini Treasures,”  a group exhibition of smaller works for the holiday gift-giving season. Throughout the month of December, the award winning artists of the gallery will showcase original works of art that are smaller in size but large on value and creativity. The diminutive original paintings and fine […]

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“Kind of Shy” is theme of oil paintings on display at Portola Art Gallery in November

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During the month of November, the Portola Art Gallery presents “Kind of Shy,” expressive oil paintings by award-winning artist Marsha Heimbecker of San Mateo. Marsha’s paintings are known for their bold brushwork and color, resulting in a unique vitality. This latest collection of work, inspired by the orphaned elephants of Tsavo, hopes to capture the […]

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Steve Curl is featured artist at Portola Art Gallery in July

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“Following My Muse: Exploring the Landscape in Watercolor” by artist Steve Curl is the featured exhibit at the Portola Art Gallery in July. There will be a reception for the artist on Saturday, July 1, from 1:00 to 4:00 pm. Locally known for several years as the editorial cartoonist for the Palo Alto Daily News, […]

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Artist Jan Prisco showcases the beauty of Filoli at Portola Art Gallery exhibit

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“Painting the Beauty of Filoli” — pastel paintings by San Mateo artist Jan Prisco — is featured at Portola Art Galley in June. There will be a reception for the artist on June 3 from 1:00 to 4:00 pm. Capturing the diverse natural beauty around her, Jan paints at locations that range from the oak covered […]

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Artist Mary Stahl paints open expanses and intimate scenes of nature

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Open Spaces and Quiet Places, an exhibition of landscape paintings in pastel and oil by Mary K. Stahl, is the featured exhibit at the Portola Art Gallery in April. There will be a reception for Mary on Saturday, April 22, from 1:00 to 4:00 pm. Wide open expanses, as well as small intimate scenes, are featured […]

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Alan McGee’s photographs examine landscape as metaphor

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“Beauty and Terror: Landscape as Metaphor” by photographer Alan McGee of Portola Valley is the featured exhibit at Portola Art Gallery (75 Arbor Road) in March. A reception for the artist will be held on Saturday, March 18, from 1:00 – 4:00 pm. The show features photographs from 35 years of Alan’s explorations on the beaches […]

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Inna Cherneykina’s “Still Life: Artistic Experimentation” is on display at Portola Art Gallery

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“Still Life: Artistic Experimentation,” a mixed media exhibition by Inna Cherneykina is the featured exhibit at the Portola Art Gallery in February. The exhibition includes still life compositions completed in a range of different media, including photography, oil and pastel. The artist, who lives in Foster City, is a painter and 3D game artist. Art for […]

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“Water, Nature’s Gift” is theme of November exhibit at Portola Art Gallery

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“Water, Nature’s Gift” — a joint exhibition by Jan Prisco and Barbara von Haunalter is featured in November at the Portola Art Gallery. The pastel, oil and watercolor paintings celebrate the beauty and diversity of Northern California’s waters — oceans, rivers, streams and bay — and the wildlife that inhabit them. Jan Prisco is an […]

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Marsha Heimbecker is featured artist at Portola Art Gallery in October

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“Sunshine,” expressive oil paintings by award-winning artist Marsha Heimbecker of San Mateo is the featured exhibit at the Portola Art Galley in October. Marsha’s paintings are known for their bold brushwork and color, resulting in a unique vitality. This latest collection of work, inspired by the orphaned elephants of Tsavo, hopes to capture the essence […]

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