Artists

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Creator of THE ART OF THE BRICK and renowned LEGO® brick artist Nathan Sawaya, the first to utilize the toy as an art medium, has been selected to receive the Art in Action Art Visionary Award given in recognition of his work as an artist, arts education advocate and founder of Art Revolution.

Menlo Park-based Art in Action, a national nonprofit that believes every child deserves art, created the award to honor an individual who inspires a culture of art in our society. The Art in Action Art Visionary Award will be presented to Sawaya, who will be on hand to accept the honor, at the Art in Action’s annual benefit, OBJECT:ART on March 23, 2017, being held at the Computer History Museum in Mountain View, CA.

“Art is not optional,” said Sawaya. “It’s as important as breathing and eating. Creating art, out of any medium, makes us happier, healthier and smarter.” Sawaya founded Art Revolution for the purpose of making art a priority in our schools and in our homes. He is the author of two best-selling books and his touring exhibition, THE ART OF THE BRICK, is currently at the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry in Portland .

OBJECT:ART will raise funds to support Art in Action’s mission to bring visual and digital arts education to children nationwide. It features one-of-a-kind live auction items and a silent auction with unique artwork and exclusive art-themed experiences. In addition to the presentation of the Art Visionary Award to Nathan Sawaya, attendees will see student artists in action. Proceeds fund curriculum development, teacher and volunteer training and art materials for schools that have limited access to art due to financial challenges.

To purchase tickets or learn more visit https://artinact.ejoinme.org/OA2017

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M-A grad Alan Masaoka is respected glass artist with many private and public installations

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Given his robost portfolio of private and public glass art, Menlo-Atherton High School alum Alan Masaoka surprised us: He didn’t go to art school nor even study art at either M-A nor the College of San Mateo. During a recent visit to his Carmel Valley studio, he explained: “I’ve always been interested in art and was […]

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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-based artist Mitchell Johnson’s painting is included in Palo Alto Art Center exhibition

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Forty-five years ago, the Palo Alto Art Center opened its doors with an exhibition exploring the conceptual use of color by Bay Area artists. On Friday, January 27 from 7:00 to 10:00 pm, the center will be celebrating the occasion with a reception for the current group exhibition, Spectral Hues: artists + color. A painting by Menlo Park-based artist […]

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Spotted: Paintings by Joyce Savre at Plantation Cafe

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We happened to stop at the Plantation Cafe on the Alameda in Menlo Park recently and noticed that Menlo Park-based artist Joyce Savre’s paintings were on the wall. For more about Joyce’s life and work, you can read our 2014 interview with her. Photo by Robb Most

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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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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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Art & Wine Tour at Atherton Town Hall on Nov. 9

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On Wednesday, November 9, at 4:30 pm there will be an Art & Wine Tour at the Atherton Town Hall featuring artist Michael Killen. This local artist knows how to raise the level of discussion of important developments and issues of our time. SRI International, a Menlo Park research company, influenced Michael to move to Silicon Valley […]

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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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Sculptor Roger Stoller’s giraffe installed at El Paso Zoo

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When photographer Irene Searles and I visited sculptor Roger Stoller at his home in Ladera last February, he was working on a sculpted giraffe for the El Paso Zoo. Roger let us know that after two years in development, the giraffe is now installed in the African Exhibit and renamed Lmara, the colloquial name for giraffe used by […]

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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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