artists in Menlo Park

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“39, Silence” is the name of an exhibition of Menlo Park resident Badri Valian’s  Abstract expression artworks on display at Art Ventures Gallery at 888 Santa Cruz Avenue. She’ll be at the gallery tonight (Jan. 17) at 6:00 pm to talk about her paintings and videos.

Badri, who we first profiled in 2016, was born in Iran where political access for women was limited or non-existent. While the videos express the struggles she faced growing up there, they, along with her paintings, are an avenue to making peace with the past.

Badri graduated from The Fine Arts University in Iran with a B.A. in Visual Arts. She taught Art History in Iran for 15 years and was awarded for her creative work in abstract as well as expressive paintings before moving to the US.

Soon after arriving in San Francisco, Badri started working at 23rd Street Studio where she worked on creating her own unique style of expressive and abstract figurative drawings that capture the melodic motions of human body.

Her work was exhibited recently at Gallery Seyhoun in Los Angeles and has attracted art collectors from the US, as well as Greece and Brazil, among others. El Décor Online Magazine recognized her artworks as part of a New York apartment’s interior design.

In her free time, Badri has climbed Mount Klimanjaro, been to Everest Base Camp, and explored several mountains in Himalaya which she draws inspiration from in her artistic endeavor.

Badri Valian photograped at Gitane in 2016 by Linda Hubbard (c) 2016

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Lisa Frick and Casey Raftery are linked by artistic endeavors, now on display at Gitane

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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 […]

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Asia Morgenthaler explores various artistic – and other – pursuits from her Menlo Park home

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We admit it was the enormous downed tree trunk that caught our eye as we drove by Asia Morgenthaler’s home in Menlo Park. But we soon found there is a lot more to her story than just the tree. Asia is something of a Renaissance woman. Trained as a computer scientist, she found herself increasingly drawn to artistic pursuits while […]

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Dana Shields’ paintings on display at Willow Art show

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Making art. Teaching art. Developing art curricula. These are all things Menlo Park resident Dana Shields is passionate about. “In my work, I strive to share my passion for joyous color, simple shapes, light and shadow, and bold compositions,” she said.  “As a teacher and a mother of a 5th grader, I have limited time […]

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Menlo Park-based artist Alice Weil’s current exhibit benefits Ronald McDonald House

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“Chasing Light and Reflection,” a collection of oil and acrylic paintings inspired by Alice Weil‘s passion — rolling hills and​ majestic oaks — takes on additional meaning while being featured in December at the Portola Art Gallery in Menlo Park. The artist will donate 25% of her December sales to Ronald McDonald House via Blair Morgan Design Group […]

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Applied physics professor Hideo Mabuchi is also a ceramicist

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Ceramics and applied physics. It’s not a marriage of disciplines that would pop up in most people’s minds. But the two pursuits are front and center in the mind of Menlo Park resident Hideo Mabuchi. Hideo is a professor and department chair of the Department of Applied Physics at Stanford University. “My scientific research tends to […]

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Jesse Cool and Mitchell Johnson share art, food and admiration for each other

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Think of them as bookending the stretch of the Alameda in Menlo Park between Sharon and Walsh roads. One a restaurateur feeding the body. The other a painter feeding the soul. Jesse Cool, owner of Flea Street Cafe, and artist Mitchell Johnson are joined together in what has been a mutually beneficial partnership for about five years with the […]

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Artist Susan Dunlap’s stone sculpture marks 30th anniversary at Bedwell Bayfront Park in Menlo Park

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Artist Susan Dunlap, a Menlo Park resident since 1977, recalls how she felt 30 years ago when the final phase of her stone sculpture at Bedwell Bayfront Park was completed. “A 505-ton sculpture was what I needed to get Christo off my back!” she exclaims with a wry smile. “With that pressure gone, I was […]

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Creative upbringing propels Soni Bergman into designing jewelry from her Menlo Park studio

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Jewelry designer Soni Bergman, who’s lived in Menlo Park for about 20 years, has art in her genes. Both her grandmother and mother are artists, the latter accomplished enough to have a piece accepted at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago. “I pursued fine arts in college. Printmaking, to be exact,” she explained. “Later I came West with […]

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David Lehmann owns a vintage trailer, a 1958 Diablo

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David Lehmann and wife Soni Bergman don’t actually live in their 1958 Diabl0 trailer nicknamed Rosarita — even though David describes it on his business card as “our little house on wheels.” “We’ve had it for three years and do take trips with it,” he says while showing his visitors the spiffily-decorated interior. “We took four this […]

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Michele Chandler revives her “artsy” self with line of handmade note cards

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Menlo Park resident Michele Chandler describes herself as “always artsy.” But somewhere along the way between grad school and raising two children, the art part of herself got pushed to the side. Then one day not  long ago, she was watching her son play water polo at Menlo-Atherton High School when a fellow parent noticed the […]

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