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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 hills of the San Francisco Peninsula, to the flower fields of Half Moon Bay, to the breathtaking ocean views of the Monterey Peninsula. An award-winning artist and plein air teacher, Jan has been an instructor at Filoli for the last four years, teaching landscape painting workshops for students who wish to paint from life with soft pastels.

With more than 16 acres of formal gardens, as well as beautiful panoramic views of meadows and coastal hills, Filoli provides a magical location for artists to paint subjects such as daffodil fields, formal gardens, sunken gardens and pools. As the seasons change, every month brings something new to paint. Jan’s goal is to represent the myriad colors and subjects seen throughout Filoli in a way that brings peace and pleasure to the viewer.

Jan’s show will focus on paintings done onsite during artist access days at Filoli, as well as paintings begun onsite as demonstrations for her workshop students.

Portola Art Gallery is located at the Allied Arts Guild in Menlo Park at 75 Arbor Road.

“Filoli Daffodils” (9×12″, pastel, March 2017) is one of the featured artworks in Jan Prisco’s June exhibit, “Painting the Beauty of Filoli,” at the Portola Art Gallery.

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A visit to Runnymede Sculpture Farm in Woodside is perfect Earth Day outing

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Imagine going on a treasure hunt in a secret garden, one that ranges over 120 acres. Such was the treat today when Runnymede Sculpture Garden was open to the public, part of an Earth Day celebration sponsored by the towns of Woodside and Portola Valley that also included sustainable landscaping information and garden-focused vendors. Like […]

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Menlo Park Sidewalk Fine Arts Festival set for April 21-23, 2017

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The Menlo Park Sidewalk Fine Arts Festival, celebrating its 35th year, welcomes visitors to browse among the handcrafted works of more than 90 artists whose displays include fine jewelry, photography from many different perspectives, decorative and functional ceramics, abstract and representational paintings, gorgeous turned woodwork and much more. This annual free event, sponsored by the […]

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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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Art in Action honors renowned LEGO® brick aArtist Nathan Sawaya at OBJECT:ART Gala on March 23

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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 […]

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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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