Chinese brush paintings featured at Portola Art Gallery in Menlo Park in March

by Frances Freyberg on March 5, 2014

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

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