Artists

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Dogs and art sparked a friendship between Lisa Frick and Casey Raftery that’s led to an art show currently on display at Gitane in downtown Menlo Park.

Lisa, a relative newcomer to the Bay Area, works in collage and mixed media. She’s been making art off and on for the past 20 years, although she did take art classes with her mother when she was young. “I don’t want to make art how I eat,” she said, “because I want it to continue to be my passion.”

Currently she’s juggling art while in school to get a degree in interior design along with volunteering at Lucile Packard hospital.  “Making art for me is like running,” she said. “You lose all sense of time. It just feels so good.”

Casey, who has worked as an emergency medicine doctor, first dabbled in art while attending Stanford Medical School. “While I’ve always loved art, I grew up in a family where the career paths were law, medicine or business,” she said. “I took an art class while at med school and then when we lived in Switzerland a few years back, I started taking weekly classes with the same five people. That’s when I really learned to appreciate and make art.”

Multi-media pieces that can be hung on the wall or used as trays are Casey’s medium. “My sense is that the trays are an interesting mesh between useable art and pieces of art.”

It was Casey who first met Malika, the community-minded owner of Gitane (855 Santa Cruz Avenue). “She told me that she often exhibits local artists and I immediately said, ‘I have a friend who would love to do this with me.’ So here we are!”

Lisa and Casey’s art will be available through the holidays, or until sold. Gitane’s annual holiday party is December 14 from 5:00 to 8:00 pm; you can RSVP here.

Photo by Robb Most (c) 2017

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Caroline Mustard art is on display at Art Ventures in downtown Menlo Park

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It all began, as Caroline Mustard told InMenlo in the fall of 2013, with the gift of an iPad from her son. It rekindled her creative roots which led to her not only creating art but teaching art. Now it’s landed her a show at Art Ventures in downtown Menlo Park called iPad Art: Places, 3 […]

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“Small Works – Mini Treasures” is theme of December Portola Art Gallery exhibit

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In December, the Portola Art Gallery is presenting “Small Works – Mini Treasures,”  a group exhibition of smaller works for the holiday gift-giving season. Throughout the month of December, the award winning artists of the gallery will showcase original works of art that are smaller in size but large on value and creativity. The diminutive original paintings and fine […]

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Once a physicist, Lee Middleman is now a ceramicist

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Is there something about physics that leads to art? We were curious about that as ceramicist Lee Middleman is the second physicist we’ve met who has had a passion for both. (The first was Hideo Mabuchi, profiled in 2015.) After getting a PhD in physics from Stanford, Lee worked in a number of successful Silicon Valley […]

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Exploring the Living Shoreline planting event at Cooley Landing with artist Linda Gass

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InMenlo contributing photographer Robb Most was at Cooley Landing last weekend photographing the Living Shoreline planting event organized by artist Linda Gass (pictured right) and Grassroots Ecology. Volunteers were there to replace blue plastic survey whiskers with the California Native plant Juncus. A second planting will take place this Saturday, Nov. 18 from 9:30 am to […]

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Mixed media artist Marianne Lettieri explores the intersection of art and fatih

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After leaving the tech world, Menlo Park resident Marianne Lettieri was determined to focus on her art full time. She began pursuing mixed media and found herself pondering the intersection of art and faith. “It was difficult to have a conversation about that — both at church and within the art world,” she said. “I knew […]

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Joseph Fuchs brings his art to Café Zoë for the 5th year in a row

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Retired English teacher Joseph Fuchs is no longer trying to bring out the best in Menlo-Atherton High School students. Rather, he’s bringing the best out in himself as he continues with his artistic endeavors. As he has for the past five years, he is showing some of his newest paintings at Café Zoë for six […]

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“Kind of Shy” is theme of oil paintings on display at Portola Art Gallery in November

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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 […]

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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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Dr. Ramesh Sharma demonstrates the mastery of twig art at Facebook Festivals

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At Facebook’s County Fair a couple of weeks back, Dr. Ramesh Sharma was working on his twig art, constructing dinosaurs made of grass for the kids who were attending. Isn’t that what every retired nuclear physicist does? Dr. Sharma explained that he’d come from India to the Bay Area, where one daughter works for Facebook […]

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Atherton Arts Foundation hosts artists show on Sept. 15

Ten local artists are participating in the Atherton Arts Foundation show titled Through Artists Eyes: Land, Sea and Sky. An open-to-the-public reception will be held on Friday, Sept. 15 from 4:00 to 7:30 pm in the Jennings Pavilion at Holbrook-Palmer Park, 150 Watkins Avenue, Atherton. On display will be paintings, sculpture, felt, wood, textiles, and bonsai. […]

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