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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 thousands of others who drive along I-280 on the Peninsula, we’d spotted some of the large sculptures that can be seen from the freeway. But we’d never been lucky enough to venture on to the private property, nor did we know much about it.

Wander its many twisting trails, some no wider than a deer track, and you’ll encounter more than 150 sculptures, some of them quite large. Runnymede owners and art collectors John and Dodie Rosekrans were passionate about modern sculpture. They acquired their art mostly from American artists in the late 80s and early 90s. John was heir to the Spreckels fortune; learn more about him in an obituary by Carolyne Zinko that ran in the Chronicle in 2001.

One fun aspect of visiting Runnymede is that you are given a map that shows the trails, most of which are dirt, along with a list of all the sculptors scattered on the property. None of the individual pieces are labeled, so it’s sometimes tricky to match artist and the specific piece.

It appeared that most of today’s visitors took the paved path up behind the Dairy Barn, which housed the lunch that was part of the festivities, and then turned around and came back. We joined a small group of more adventuresome folks who climbed up to the highest point of the property and circled back along the northern perimeter of the property. That allowed for a lot of sculpture viewing but certainly not all, especially some of the pieces in the middle of the property.

Shown here are, top to bottom: The Fall  and Horse Head for Runnymede both by Ilan Averbuch (Israel) and Python by Charles Ginever (American).

Photos of Horse Head for Runnymede and Python by Dennis Nugent; photos of Yerba Buena Garden vendor and The Fall by Linda Hubbard (c) 2017

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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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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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