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In March, the Portola Art Gallery presents “Asian Fusion,” a collection of Chinese brush painting by Linda Salter. The exhibit features Salter’s recent exploration of Chinese art, with pieces mounted on scrolls as well as others framed in Western style.

Salter began her study of painting in Taiwan. After graduating from Oberlin College, she spent three years teaching in a Chinese university in that country. While there, she studied Mandarin, calligraphy and Chinese brush painting. It was only after returning to the States that she tried her hand at Western style art.

After a career in community college administration, she devoted herself to art — primarily pastel and oil painting. More recently, she returned to her painting “roots” and  resumed her study of Chinese brush painting.

Explains Linda: “It has been like reconnecting with an old and dear friend. I have especially treasured the tranquil meditative state I experience when I practice calligraphy or Chinese painting.”

The artist has exhibited and received awards at community and college art shows; she has also exhibited solo at Avenue 25 Gallery in San Mateo and Esalen Institute in Big Sur.

Linda spent more than three decades as an instructor and administrator in California colleges, serving as president of Skyline College in San Bruno and chancellor of West Valley-Mission Community College District in Santa Clara County. Since retiring as chancellor more than a decade ago, Linda has studied with a number of local and visiting artists. More information about her artwork is available online at www.lindasalter.com

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Jan Prisco is featured artist in November at Portola Art Gallery in Menlo Park

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In November, the Portola Art Gallery in Menlo Park is presenting “Local Color” — new pastel and oil paintings of the Monterey and San Francisco Peninsulas, as well as other recent works, by artist Jan Prisco. A reception for the artist will be held on Saturday, Nov. 2 from 1:00 to 4:00 pm. Capturing the diverse […]

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Marsha Heimbecker is featured artist in September at Portola Art Gallery in Menlo Park

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Photographer Alan McGee is featured at Portola Art Gallery in Menlo Park in July

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Menlo Park artist Alice Weil’s paintings featured at Portola Art Gallery in June

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Misako Kambe’s ceramic artwork on display at Portola Art Gallery in May

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Plein air painting classes with artist Jan Prisco offered at Allied Arts Guild

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Portola Art Gallery artist Jan Prisco will offer weekly pastel plein air painting classes at Allied Arts Guild on Wednesday afternoons from 1:30-4:15 pm, starting April 17 and running through August. Beginning and intermediate pastel painters are welcome, along with watercolor painters. Classes will be limited to six painters per class to ensure individual attention. […]

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Portraits by artist Linda Salter exhibited at Portola Art Gallery in April

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Artist Kristen Olson’s landscapes on exhibit at Portola Art Gallery through March

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Small artworks on display at Portola Art Gallery in Menlo Park during month of December

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“Small Works & Treasures” is the theme of a group exhibition of smaller works for the holiday gift giving season on display at Portola Art Galley. Throughout the month of December, 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 art photographs […]

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Barbara von Haunalter is November featured artist at Portola Art Gallery in Menlo Park

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“Nature’s Paintbox,” landscape paintings in watercolor by Barbara von Haunalter, are on display during November at Portola Art Gallery in Menlo Park. The exhibit features plein air work created in and around the Bay Area. A reception for the artist will take place on Saturday, Nov. 3 from 1:00 to 4:00 pm. Barbara, a resident […]

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