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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 essence of these magnificent creatures.

Originally a bio-engineer with degrees from UC Berkeley and MIT, Marsha underwent a heart transplant in 2001. She had always shown an aptitude for art in addition to science, and after her surgery, she found art to be “very helpful in the healing process.”

She credits many years of classical training in life drawing, portraiture, and anatomy for her distinctive style. Using a harmonious palette of colors, she enjoys stretching her imagination to express the beauty, color, and energy in what she sees.

In 2009, Marsha won First Place, the Los Gatan Award, at the Los Gatos Art Association Open. She also has shown her work in Paint Allied Arts events, the Sanchez Art Center, Horizon Art Gallery, Triton Museum, and a one-woman show at Thomas Moser.

Her paintings can be found in private collections around the country, as well as online.

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Artist Terry McMahon draws on her love of folk art for her bold and vivid paintings

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Former Hillview and Encinal schools art teacher Terry McMahon is coming home to Menlo Park, so to speak. She is the featured artist at Portola Art Galley in October with an exhibit of her arcylic paintings titled Bold Color…Brilliant Design, which includes vibrant still life, landscape and city scenes. Terry, who resides “next door” in […]

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Shalini Bitzer continues a textile business that her grandfather started

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Shalini Bitzer unlocks the door of a rather nondescript building at the back of the Allied Arts Guild. Nothing indicates the beauty that lies behind — a cornucopia of textiles in a variety of colors, patterns and textures that Shalini sells at her India Silk studio. Her business is mostly retail and often with interior […]

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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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Menlo Park Kiwanis Club awards $55,000 in scholarships to Menlo-Atherton High School seniors

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Eight outstanding Menlo-Atherton High School seniors received scholarships at the Kiwanis Club’s annual scholarship luncheon, Tuesday, May 23, at the Allied Arts Guild. This year’s scholarship awards totaled more than $55,000, up from $41,000 last year. More than $1.1 million has been awarded to local students during the lifetime of the Club’s scholarship program. “There are […]

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Photographer Frances Freyberg cast her lens on Hawaii

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Menlo Park photographer Frances Freyberg, a frequent contributor to InMenlo, is the featured artist at the Portola Art Gallery this May. You can meet her in person at a reception on Saturday, May 6, from 1:00 to 4:00 pm. The exhibit, titled “The Colors of Hawaii,” features landscapes and seascapes, as well as floral and wildlife […]

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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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The Allied Arts Guild is ablaze in blooms today, thanks to the Garden Club of America flower show

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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 — took place at the Allied Arts Guild in Menlo Park on Friday, March 31. InMenlo contributing photographer Frances Freyberg was on hand and sent us some photos, mostly […]

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Local Garden Club celebrates The Arts of the Garden at competitive flower show

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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 […]

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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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