Archive of Frances Freyberg

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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 of the San Mateo coast. He was initially drawn to this stretch of coastline near Pescadero because of the beauty of the landscape, with its eroded sandstone formations.

It was on these beaches, with his 8×10 view camera, that Alan encountered first-hand the photograph as metaphor: “While trudging along the beach with my camera and tripod balanced on my shoulder, I came upon an interesting jellyfish, about eight inches in diameter, lying on the beach. The jellyfish was accompanied by a flow pattern of black sand that contrasted nicely with the beige colored sand of the beach. I set up my view camera and aimed it at my subject.

“I then put my head under the dark cloth, adjusted the tilt of the back of my camera and the focusing knob, bringing the upside down image into focus. Much to my surprise, the camera’s version of the image created a curious creature, enrobed in black, which seemed to be winking at me as it was rising up out of the inverted background. This experience literally took my breath away.”

Over time, explains Alan: “The area beneath my dark cloth became a magical place where I could contemplate the image on the ground glass free of distraction. This became a process of meditation with open eyes, an entree into my unconscious realm. I began to experience the transformation of the natural world into figures of fantasy, many of which were indeed terrifying.”

Beauty and Terror is also the title of Alan’s newest book, published in December 2016. This book is part of Alan’s efforts as a recent octogenarian to create a photographic legacy. His first book, published in 2014, is entitled Rodin Revisited, and is placed at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Musee Rodin in Paris, and the Cantor Art Museum at Stanford University. He plans to publish three more books and place them in libraries and museums that will make his work accessible beyond his lifespan.

“Reflections” (11×14″, photograph, 1980) is one of the featured artworks in Alan McGee’s March exhibit, “Beauty and Terror: Landscape as Metaphor,” at the Portola Art Gallery; photo of Alan McGee by Frances Freyberg (c) 2014

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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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Jan Prisco is featured artist in November at Portola Art Gallery

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“Painting Local Beauty” — new pastel and oil paintings of the Monterey and San Francisco Peninsulas, as well as other recent works done in Bend, Oregon by artist Jan Prisco — is the featured exhibit at the Portola Art Gallery in November. A reception for the artist will be held on Saturday, November 7 from 1:00 […]

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