Faces of Woodside

Post image for Jim Caldwell’s exhibit of paintings at Art Ventures Gallery is called “The Shape of Water”

Architect and artist Jim Caldwell, who we first profiled in 2014, admits that fans of his landscape paintings think of “oaks on golden hills,” but he’s interested in expanding his subject matter such as he’s done in recent years with paintings of the San Joaquin Delta and New Zealand.

The 20 or so paintings on display through July 12 at Art Ventures Gallery in downtown Menlo Park (888 Santa Cruz Avenue) focus on water and span at least two decades. There will be a reception for Jim from 6:30 to 8:30 pm on Thursday, June 14, with a talk by the artist at 7:00 pm.

It was a trip on the Canal du Midi in France that sparked Jim’s interest in water. “Until then, I had been doing still life paintings,” he said. “It was such a riveting experience. That got me into painting landscapes and also the world of water.”

At the “finisage” as gallery owner Katharina Powers calls the end of a show — in this case on July 12 — Jim will give a talk at 7:00 pm, accompanied by slides, about Claude Monet. “Much of it is based on Monet’s early works that were on display at the Legion of Honor last year,” Jim said. “Monet, of course, is known for his water paintings. There will be a much exhibit of Monet’s later paintings at the DeYoung next year.”

How Jim landed at Art Ventures is a very local story, as the artist explained: “I was standing in line at the Guild Theater when someone mentioned this new gallery in Menlo Park. I stopped by, loved the space, the light, and high ceilings and got to know Katharina. It’s the first legitimate gallery I’ve been associated with in a long time.”

Photo by Robb Most (c) 2018; “Glacier Melt” (30×40) 2018 by Jim Caldwell

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Mosey the dog finds two happy homes in Woodside

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Mosey, a six-month-old mix of Cocker Spaniel, English Retriever and Golden Retriever bounded up the long driveway of Jane Tight’s Woodside home as only a puppy can do. His aim: Greet his other owner, Nancy Serrurier. Jane and Nancy, friends since raising their respective families in Menlo Oaks, both yearned for a dog since relocating […]

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Two Menlo-Atherton High School seniors win National Merit scholarships

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Menlo-Atherton High School seniors Chris Iyer (pictured left) and Maanek Sehgal both received $2,500 National Merit scholarships. They were among 2,500 Merit Scholar designees nationwide chosen from a talent pool of more than 15,000 finalists in the 2018 National Merit Scholarship Program. Maanek plans on attending UCLA to study Computer Science and Engineering. Outside of the […]

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Renee Batti takes the helm at The Almanac

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Renee Batti’s appointment as Editor of The Almanac brings things full circle, so to speak. But you need to be a long-term, mid-Peninsula resident to know that one of The Almanac’s founding papers, The Country Almanac, was started in 1965 by three women. Jean Heflin, Betty Fry and Hedy Boissevain started the paper, which circulated […]

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Lurline Matson Roth Coonan passes away at age 97

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Lurline Matson Roth Coonan, who grew up at Filoli, passed peacefully with her family at the age of 97 on August 13, leaving a deep and enduring legacy to the estate. Lurline first came to Filoli in 1937 as a 17-year-old when her parents, Lurline Matson Roth and William P. Roth, purchased the estate. She often […]

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Horse enthusiast Margie Lee is farrier by trade

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If you’re not a horse person, you might not know that horses need new shoes every six weeks, and that making those shoes and attaching them to the horse’s hooves is both an art and a craft. It’s tough work that requires skill, training and strength. As such, being a farrier is not typically considered […]

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The Rev. Ama Zenya hosts a Village Hub for Woodside residents

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One of the things that the Rev. Ama Zenya heard when she first came to Woodside Village Church in 2015 was that people felt Woodside didn’t have a community gathering place. “Parents at Woodside School felt a strong sense of community, but when their kids graduated and went on to high school, they lost it,” she […]

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Catching up with Tim Stannard with the opening of the Village Bakery in Woodside

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If you assumed the new Bacchus Management Group restaurant in Woodside, the Village Bakery, is just a clone of its sister, Mayfield Bakery & Cafe in Palo Alto, one look at the interior dispels that idea. The palette is grays and blacks, making it feel a tad more formal, although clearly much less so than its […]

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Sneak peek of new Village Bakery through a photographer’s eye

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Along with InMenlo contributing photographer Betsy Sergeant Snow, we were at the soon-to-be-opened Village Bakery last week to get a preview of this latest venture from Woodside resident Tim Stannard and his colleagues at Bacchus Management Group. Staff training was going on at both the bakery and cafe along with menu tasting, which, when complete, will […]

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Meet Maggie Wilde: Master organizer and de-clutterer

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Maggie Wilde is a master organizer and de-clutterer. What started as a “fun” side project helping friends is now a full-time business for the Woodside resident. “What I love about this job is the people,” she said standing amidst items to be sorted through at one of her client’s home. “No two days are alike. Some […]

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A visit with new Filoli Executive Director Kara Newport

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We are always interested in how and why people stumble (jump?) into their professions. So that was the first questions we asked Kara Newport, who was recently named Executive Director of Filoli. “I was raised on a sheep farm in Ohio and attended Miami University in Oxford, Ohio for college, thinking I’d  be a liberal arts […]

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