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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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David Winsberg of Happy Quail Farms may be best known for peppers – but that’s not all he grows

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Farmer David Winsberg is a passionate steward of the land but that’s not what got him from Florida to California. “I came out to be an apprentice glass blower with Billy Bernstein,” he informs his two visitors at Happy Quails Farm in East Palo Alto. “I fell in love with California and worked at various jobs […]

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Spotted: Trader Joe’s celebrating its 50th anniversary

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We stopped in at Trader Joe’s on Menlo Avenue today and discovered the food chain was celebrating its 50th anniversary this weekend. That made us feel a little smug as we knew TJ’s way before the Bay Area was blessed by its presence. In the early 70s we shopped at the original Trader Joe’s on […]

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Visit Lee’s Bees – and the kids behind the project – this Saturday at Cafe Zoë

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We were lucky enough to get a preview this afternoon of Lee’s Bees, a project that two Menlo Park kids — 10-year-old Heather and her 12-year-old brother, Jason — have been working on this summer, under the guidance of their grandmother, Sandy Lee, who lives next door to her grandchildren. The young bee keepers tend […]

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Facebook launches mobile farmers market in Menlo Park & East Palo Alto

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Facebook, which has hosted farmers markets on its campus, is turning the tables and bringing produce directly to three nearby community sites — Onetta Harris Community Center in Menlo Park and St. Francis of Assisi Church and the East Palo Alto Senior Center, both in East Palo Alto. The new mobile market began today and will run […]

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Menlo Park Farmers Market marks 25th anniversary

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It was a day for celebrating at this morning’s Farmers Market in downtown Menlo Park where festive balloons lined the marketplace. A group from the sponsoring Lions Club was on hand to present the vendors with commemorative plaques and hand out cake to market goers. We chatted with Lori Hennings who has been the market manager […]

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First Sunday in May brings new seasonal treats to Menlo Park Farmers Market

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A sunny Sunday morning brought some new choices to the Menlo Park Farmers Market. The opening of commercial salmon season at Pigeon Point meant Pietro Parravano had a good selection of the tasty fish at the hefty price of $29.95 a pound, reflecting the economics of supply and demand. “We’re not looking at a long […]

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Family-owned Occasions, etc… celebrates 25 years in Menlo Park

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Editor’s note: Colin Jenkins submitted this post. InMenlo profiled Occasions, etc…co-owners Carrie and Colin — who grew up in Menlo Park and who still live here — in  2012. Started in our Menlo Park garage as Menlo-Atherton Trophy in April of 1992 selling trophies and awards, Occasions, etc… is proud to celebrate 25 years in business on April 15, […]

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Learn about Stanford’s Middle Plaza project at community meeting on March 16

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In a press release issued today, Stanford University said there will be a community meeting tomorrow (Thursday, March 16) to provide local residents with the latest information on the plans to turn an 8.4-acre stretch of vacant car lots along El Camino Real in Menlo Park into a mix of housing, offices and retail. Known as Middle Plaza, the […]

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From interior design to furniture – a journey that leads to Moxiemade

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For the past seven years, Nancy Evars and Dimitra Anderson have offered interior design services, bringing, as they say, “a bit of moxie” to their work. “We are driven women, both from New Jersey,” said Dimitra. Added Nancy: “We love to work, we love to be creative.” Today they’re launching a new business called, fittingly enough, Moxiemade, offering a […]

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Urban Botanica comes to Allied Arts offering flowers and plants

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After a career in commercial real estate and property management, Lisa Berlin-Solberg (pictured left) took a break. She decided to enroll in a floral design class, which led to working part-time at a florist in Lafayette. She then went back to her career while she researched how to make a living as a florist. Eventually, she found a floral […]

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