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

by Linda Hubbard Gulker on December 15, 2015

“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 in Menlo Park, an effort which she first read about on InMenlo. In addition, two paintings are being offered in a silent auction, with 100% of the proceeds donated to Ronald McDonald House.

“The auction will end when my reception wraps up on December 19 at 4:00 pm,” Alice explained.

Alice auction painting

In this latest body of work, the Menlo Park-based artist has followed her original artistic inspiration back to the rich green grasses that blanket the local hills in spring, slowly turning golden in summer and finally fading to the palest wheat color in fall.

“I still paint my beloved local landscapes, still gravitate to familiar colors,” said Alice. “However, I think I’ve become much more confident pushing paint. I’m not afraid to take the drama up a notch using value and color, and add sparkle where I want it, taking the viewer to a special spot in the painting.

“This new collection of paintings as always, reflects my love of peaceful quiet places. I will also be including a few older pieces from my personal collection. It’s time to let some of them go!”

Alice’s reception on Dec. 19 runs from 1:00 to 4:00 pm. The Portola Art Gallery is located at the Allied Arts Guild (75 Arbor Road at Cambridge Avenue).

Photo of Alice by Frances Freyberg; second image is one of the paintings Alice is auctioning

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