Watercolor paintings by two Menlo Park artists showcased at Interpretations exhibit

by Linda Hubbard on July 10, 2011

Two Menlo Park artists, Kay Marinaro and Leonard Leving, are part of the new exhibit, Interpretations, a water media art show by members of the Santa Clara Valley Watercolor Society (SCVWS) which showcases personal interpretations of short poems or quotes. The exhibit opens today, Sunday, July 10 and runs through August 27 at the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Library in San Jose.

Kay has painted on and off all of her life. She studied art in college and, after moving to California, studied figure drawing with Jane James and painting with Anne Reinhart. Her painting in the exhibit (at right) is called Waiting for Spring.

“Watercolor has been my favorite medium the last five years although casein and acrylic have tempted my palette,” she says. “Mixed media has become very popular because the resources and quality of the mediums continue to improve. Technology has provided the artist with an incredible array of tools. It takes discipline to stay with one and master it!”

Leonard Leving, whose watercolor Tenting Tonight (up top) is in the exhibit, began painting after he retired from SRI International in 1990. “I’ve had a life long interest in art and had taken classes,” he says. “Retirement allows me to focus more on painting.”

Recently he has been painting outdoors with a group from the SCVWS. “I like to put buildings in my landscapes,” he says, “but have yet to include people.”

Kay is enthusiastic about the Santa Clara Valley Watercolor Society. “It makes you want to paint more!” she says. “The show Interpretations at the Martin Luther King Library will be a fun exhibit — I’ve seen a few of the paintings in advance!”

A public reception to meet the artists takes place on Sunday, July 17, from 2:00 to 4:00 pm. The Library is located at 150 E. San Fernando St., San Jose; the exhibit is in the second floor gallery space.


One Comment

Kaaren Marquez July 13, 2011 at 8:56 pm

Beautiful paintings! It is wonderful to have such talented local artists in Menlo Park. I can’t wait to view the exhibit!

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