Archive of Frances Freyberg

Frances has written 78 article(s) for InMenlo.


“Local Color,” an exhibition of pastel and oil paintings by Mary K. Stahl is on display at the Portola Arts Gallery in July. A reception for the artist will take place on Saturday, July 13, from 1:00 to 4:00 pm.

Inspired by the play of natural light over the landscape, Mary’s paintings offer the viewer her interpretation of local color. Mary’s work is usually noted for being quiet and calming.

Mary earned her B.A. in art at West Liberty State College in West Virginia. After moving to the San Francisco Bay Area in the early 1970’s, she taught children’s arts and crafts classes at Palo Alto’s Junior Museum and coordinated the children’s noontime art studio at Fairmeadow Elementary School in Palo Alto. She also worked as an early childhood and special education aide in Palo Alto.

A lengthy detour from art and the education world had Mary working in the tech industry at SRI International, NASA Ames Research Center, and Nominum. During that time, she managed the ARPA/DDN Network Information Center host and domain registry, and worked as a technical writer, editor, graphic and web site designer before returning to the wondrous world of fine art.

Mary is a signature member of the Pastel Society of the West Coast, and her work has been displayed at the Haggin Museum in Stockton, the Triton Museum in Santa Clara, and the Butler Museum of Art in Youngstown, OH.

The Portola Art Gallery is located at Allied Arts Guild, 75 Arbor Road, Menlo Park.

“Saddlebag Lake Afternoon (18×24”, pastel) is one of the featured artworks in Mary Stahl’s July exhibit “Local Color” at the Portola Art Gallery

Photo by Mary Stahl by Frances Freyberg (c) 2017

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Photographer Larry Calof is featured artist in June at Portola Art Gallery

“Learning to Fly,” a collection of photographic images of various species of owls, including Snowy Owls, as well as other birds by Larry Calof of Atherton is the featured exhibit at Portola Art Gallery in June.. The exhibit features images printed on canvas and aluminum, as well as pieces printed on traditional archival paper. A […]

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Photographer Alan McGee’s landscape photographs seek to capture the human feeling behind the image

Photographer Alan McGee of Portola Valley is the featured artist at the Portola Art Gallery in April with an exhibit titled “Woodlands.”  The show features photographs from the last half century of his explorations in the land adjacent to his home. A reception for the artist will be held on Saturday, April 13, from 1:00 to […]

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“Faces” featuring artist Linda Salter is March featured exhibit at Portola Art Gallery.

This March, the Portola Art Gallery presents “Faces,” a collection of portraits in oil and pastel by Linda Salter.  A reception for the artist will take place on March 2 from 1:00 to 4:00 pm. Thet Gallery is located at Allied Arts Guild, 75 Arbor Road, Menlo Park. The exhibit features portraits of friends and relatives, […]

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Two artists showcased at Portola Art Gallery in December and January

From Dec. 1 to January 31, the Portola Art Gallery is presenting Artistic Journeys, a joint exhibition by Inna Cherneykina and Jan Prisco. The exhibition of oil and pastel paintings includes colorful still life and landscape scenes from the artists’ collections. Inna Cherneykina, of Foster City, is a painter and 3D game artist. Art for her […]

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“Impressions of Indonesia” is featured exhibit at Portola Art Gallery in October

“Impressions of Indonesia,” watercolor paintings by Yvonne Newhouse of San Mateo, is the featured exhibit at the Portola Art Gallery in October. A reception for the artist will be held on Saturday, October 13, from 1:00 to 4:00 pm. The exhibit includes scenes from her travels earlier this year. Although the paintings were completed in the studio, […]

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Former Menlo Park Fire Battalion Chief’s art is featured in August at Portola Art Gallery

Paintings by artist Jerry Peters are featured in August at the Portola Art Gallery in Menlo Park in a show titled “On the Road in Nova Scotia.” There will be a reception for the  artist on Saturday, Aug. 4 from 1:00 to 4:00 pm. The primary paintings in this new show are done from photos taken […]

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Linda Salter’s flower paintings are featured in July at Portola Art Galley

A Summer Bouquet, a collection of flower paintings in pastel and oil by Linda Salter, is the featured exhibit at the Portola Art Gallery through July 31. A reception for the artist will take place on Saturday, July 21 from 1:00 to 4:00 pm. This exhibit features a new style of painting for the artist. […]

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Jared Sines is featured artist at Portola Art Galley in June

Jared Sines is the featured artist at the Portola Art Gallery in June with an exhibit titled “Home and Away.” There will be a reception for the artist on June 16 from 1:00 to 4:00 pm. The show presents colorful depictions of subjects with special meaning to him: reflections in the canals of Venice, scenes […]

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Sunrises and sunsets photographed by Larry Calof is featured exhibit at Portola Art Gallery

“Sunrise, Sunset,” a collection of photographic images of sunrises and sunsets — primarily around the West and Southwest — by Larry Calof of Atherton is the featured exhibit at the Portola Art Gallery in May. The exhibit features images printed on aluminum, as well as pieces printed on traditional archival paper. A reception for the artist will be held on Saturday, […]

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Misako Kambe’s “Beauty of Wood Fire, Vol. 3” is on display at Portola Art Gallery

Beauty of Wood Fire, Vol. 3, – carved ceramic creations by Misako Kambe is on display during the month of April at the Portola Art Gallery in Menlo Park The exhibition includes Misako’s recent ceramic art works produced at two wood fire kiln sites: “Hikarigama-kiln” in Elkton, Oregon and “Richard Carter Studio” in Napa, California. Misako begins by […]

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