Artists exhibit in Menlo Park as part of Silicon Valley Open Studios

by Contributed Content on May 2, 2014

A number of local artists are showing together at at three different Menlo Park homes as part of Silicon Valley Open Studios for the next two weekends.

Alice Weil, Teresa Silvestri, Julia Munger Seelos, Lynn Montoya, Kim Holl and Frances Freyberg are exhibiting paintings, jewelry, textiles and fine art photography on May 3-4 and May 10-11, from 11:00 am to 5:00 pm  at 856 Partridge Avenue in Menlo Park. The artists will be donating select artwork to a raffle to benefit local nonprofit Mission Hospice & Home Care. In addition, photographer Photographer Frances Freyberg will be donating all profits from the second weekend’s sales to Mission Hospice.

Gwen Fuller, Rick Fisher and Mark Toal will be exhibiting paintings, mixed media and photography at 791 Stanford Avenue in Menlo Park on May 3-4 from 11:00 am to 5:00 pm

Krishna Mitra, Amanda Krauss, Holly Van Hart, Slava Shabrov and Yelena Shabrova will be exhibiting paintings, photograph and pencil drawings at 30 Sunrise Ct. in  Menlo Park in May 3- 4, from 11:00 am to  5:00 pm.

About the artists

Alice Weil of Menlo Park  finds peace painting under the shade of the mighty oaks that grace the golden hills of the Stanford property and outlying areas. Inspired by the fog laden hills, and passionate about the feeling of the paint on canvas, Weil wants the viewer to be taken away to a quiet relaxed place in her paintings.

Teresa Silvestri of Belmont is a watercolor artist whose works are inspired by her love of animals and nature. From her realistic commissioned pet portraits to her whimsical pieces featuring animals, she is best known for capturing the expression, personality and essence of her subjects by their eyes.

Julia Munger Seelos of Redwood City creates dynamic works in oil, from rural farms set against the California hills to the rocky coast. She will be participating in this year’s Carmel Art Festival, the Los Gatos Plein Air Festival, Napa Valley Art Festival and has been invited to participate in the Celebration of Art at the Grand Canyon.

Lynn Montoya of Redwood City handcrafts jewelry using natural stones accented with crystals and sterling silver. An expert in wax-casting, hand wrought work and beading, Montoya strives for a “feng shui” design in her jewelry, balancing color, shape, weight and materials.

Kim Holl of Portola Valley paints primarily “en plein air” and “alla prima” when working on studio paintings. The three main elements she works with are massing of shapes, direction of light and properties of color. Recently, Holl has begun to apply her painting experience on textiles.

Frances Freyberg of Menlo Park specializes in vibrant color portraits of people, wildlife, nature and architecture from her travels to more than 60 countries. This year’s event will feature photos from her 2013 trips to Japan, the UK and Ireland.

Gwen Fuller of Menlo Park works include her “photo-botanical” series – photographic images of flowers and plants that have been “knitted together” using Lightroom or Photoshop and her “painterly series” – fine art prints of original acrylic and mixed-media abstracts on high-gloss aluminum.

Rick Fisher is abstract expressionist painter, influenced by the New York painters of the 50’s and 60’s

Mark Toal is a photographer who has also worked in the photo processing end of the business and as a camera trainer for Panasonic.

Krishna Mitra paints florals, landscapes and still lives using acrylics, explaining she is “drawn to bold colors and dramatic compositions of everyday objects.”

Amanda Krauss has been drawing and painting her entire life and birding almost as long. Thanks to her third grade teacher she developed an early passion for birds and combined that with her love for the sciences in her artwork.

Holly Van Hart is an artist who is passionate about art, nature, and exploring new places. She is inspired by nature’s subjects and especially delights in its colors.

Slava Shabrov photographs nature and street scenes throughout northern California.

Yelena Shabrova draw horses, landscapes, and flowers using mostly colored pencils and erasers.

These events are part of the 28th annual Silicon Valley Open Studios, where hundreds of local artists open their studios to the public during the first three weekends in May. This unique event is open to the general public, art enthusiasts, art collectors and investors, and art students.

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