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The public is invited to view The Arts of the Garden, a judged Garden Club of America flower show displaying excellence, beauty and knowledge in floral design, horticulture, photography and conservation. Woodside-Atherton Garden Club is hosting the free event on Friday, March 31, from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm and Saturday, April 1, from 10:00 am to 3:00 at Allied Arts Guild, 75 Arbor Road, Menlo Park.

Two rooms will be filled with dozens of entries submitted by Garden Club of America members from the area and out of state. Judges are coming from as far away as Hawaii to hand out awards in categories ranging from flower arrangements exhibiting texture or moods to photographs focusing on Spanish Colonial architecture.

WAGC members Heidi Johnson (photo, right) and Abby Wilder (photo, left) of Woodside are co-chairing the show.

“We are excited to showcase so much talent in such a great space where Old World charm is palpable with artists and artisans still plying their craft in this Spanish Colonial complex,” said Heidi.

“Both Allied Arts Guild and WAGC originated in the late 1920s, and share a mutual mission to help others,” added Abby.

Guild Auxiliary volunteers run the Artisan Shop, which benefits Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford. WAGC’s civic projects include maintaining the Woodside Library Native Plant Garden, supporting local school gardens, and restoring a natural habitat in the Baylands Nature Preserve in Palo Alto. A diorama recreating that shoreline will be on display at the show.

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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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Urban Botanica comes to Allied Arts offering flowers and plants

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After a career in commercial real estate and property management, Lisa Berlin-Solberg (pictured left) took a break. She decided to enroll in a floral design class, which led to working part-time at a florist in Lafayette. She then went back to her career while she researched how to make a living as a florist. Eventually, she found a floral […]

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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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Menlo Park resident Alice Weil is featured artist at Portola Art Gallery in December

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Fresh Strokes, a collection of new paintings by Menlo Park resident Alice Weil, is the featured exhibit at the Portola Art Gallery this December. The exhibit includes still life, garden, and landscape paintings featuring bold, lush brushwork. The result is fun, loose, whimsical, and full of rich color. Most of the paintings are 11×14″ or […]

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Holiday events scheduled at Allied Arts Guild in December

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The Allied Arts Guild (75 Arbor Road, Menlo Park) is hosting a Christmas Market in the Sunset Room from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm on Saturday, December 3rd. Shop for handmade pillows, quilts, ornaments, needlepoint, sweaters, knit wraps, jewelry, totes, carry-alls purses and glass pieces. In addition, the shops will be open from 10:00 am […]

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Davide Bigazzi celebrates 10th anniversary at Allied Arts Guild

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Italian master silver and goldsmith Davide Bigazzi  is celebrating his ten-year anniversary at the Allied Arts Guild. For the past decade, his finely crafted jewelry collections and jovial personality have attracted loyal customers from near and far. Students from around the country have come to Menlo Park and Italy to attend his workshops and jewelry classes. […]

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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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Spotted: Seasonal foliage at Allied Arts Guild

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Menlo Park resident Charles Schmuck sent us photos of colorful and seasonal foliage he photographed last weekend at the Allied Arts Guild. We like how pumpkins have “invaded” both arrangements. If you stop by this weekend, you may be treated to more of the same!

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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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