Archive of Frances Freyberg

Frances has written 62 article(s) for InMenlo.


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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 in this exhibit of Mary’s landscape paintings. Inspired by the play of light over the natural landscape, her quiet paintings offer the viewer a welcomed respite from the daily grind.

Mary earned her B.A. in art at West Liberty State College (now University) in West Virginia. After moving to the San Francisco Bay Area in the early 1970’s, she taught children’s arts and crafts classes at Palo Alto’s Junior Museum and coordinated the children’s noontime art studio at Fairmeadow Elementary School in Palo Alto. She also worked as a special education aide, helping handicapped children learn through art-making.

Taking a lengthy detour from the art/education world, Mary joined SRI International and eventually became the manager of Internet host and domain registrations at the ARPA/DDN Network Information Center. She worked for several years at NASA Ames on the NASA Network Information Center project, and at Nominum in Redwood City doing technical documentation, web design and graphic design, before finally returning to fine art.

Mary explains her journey: “At SRI, I managed databases and domain registrations and did technical writing and editing. In fact, [Internet pioneer] Jake Feinler was my boss most of the time I worked there at the Network Information Center.

“I sort of burned out after 13 years at SRI, priimarily because I was neglecting my artistic-creative side. It wasn’t until after I left SRI — while I was at NASA Ames — that I got back into painting. I guess you could say all that technical stuff propelled me back to doing art, and that’s how one influenced the other.”

Mary is a signature member of the Pastel Society of the West Coast, and her work has been displayed at the Haggin Museum in Stockton, the Triton Museum in Santa Clara, and the Butler Museum of Art in Youngstown, OH. She has participated in several plein air painting events, including the prestigious Carmel Art Festival, where she was presented with the Emerging Artist award in 2011.

The Portola Art Gallery is located at the Allied Arts, 75 Arbor Road, in Menlo Park

“Point Lobos, Sunset” (12×18″, pastel) is one of the featured artworks in Mary K. Stahl’s April exhibit, “Open Spaces and Quiet Places,” at the Portola Art Gallery.

Photo of Mary by Frances Freyberg

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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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Linda Salter is featured artist at Portola Art Gallery with exhibit “Summer Farewell”

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“Summer Farewells,” a collection of pastel and oil paintings by Linda Salter, is the featured exhibit for September at the Portola Art Gallery in Menlo Park. A reception for the artist will be held on Saturday, Sept. 17, from 1:00 to 4:00 pm. In this exhibit, Salter includes a number of pastel plein air paintings […]

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Artist Jerry Peters brings scenes from France to Portola Art Gallery in August

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A Touch of France and Other New Works, paintings by artist Jerry Peters, are featured at the Portola Art Gallery in Menlo Park during the month of August. A reception for the artist will be held on Saturday, Aug. 6, from 1:00 to 4:00 pm. The primary paintings in this new show are done from photos […]

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Teresa Silvestri’s animal portraits featured in July at Portola Art Gallery

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“Peaceable Kingdom,” an exhibit of animal watercolor paintings by Belmont resident Teresa Silvestri is in July  at the Portola Art Gallery in Menlo Park. The artist’s love of animals and nature has inspired these new works, from the realistic to the whimsical, featuring domestic, wildlife and farm animals. While Teresa’s representational painting style is characterized by its […]

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Yvonne Newhouse is May featured artist at Portola Art Gallery

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“Behind the Lines” is the title an exhibition of watercolor paintings by Yvonne Newhouse at the Portola Art Gallery in Menlo Park during May. The selection of paintings highlights her ongoing exploration of techniques such as using resist in the foreground to add visual dimension. Yvonne’s goal with these techniques is to enhance the viewer’s interpretation of the […]

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Atherton photographer Larry Calof is featured artist in March at Portola Art Gallery

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“A Walk on the Wild Side,” a collection of wildlife and landscape photographs by Larry Calof of Atherton, is featured this March at the Portola Art Gallery. The exhibit includes images printed on aluminum, as well as pieces printed on traditional archival paper. After a successful 30-year career in corporate and securities law, Larry rediscovered his […]

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“Art Visions: Dynamic and Fanciful” is featured exhibit at Portola Art Gallery

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“Art Visions: Dynamic and Fanciful” — a joint exhibition by new Portola Art Gallery members Terry McMahon and Inna Cherneykina — is featured the month of January. The exhibition of oil and acrylic paintings includes vibrant and colorful still life, landscape and city scenes from the artists’ collections. Terry McMahon, a retired art teacher from the Menlo […]

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