Archive of Frances Freyberg

Frances has written 76 article(s) for InMenlo.


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 4:00 pm at the Gallery (Allied Arts Guild, 75 Arbor Rd., Menlo Park).

“The landscape near my Portola Valley home is the San Francisquito Creek watershed, which has its headwaters on the eastern side of the Santa Cruz Mountains,” explains Alan. “The San Francisquito creek, joined by its tributaries Corte Madera and Los Trancos creeks, flows into the San Francisco Bay. The evergreen Coast Live Oak and the deciduous Valley Oak and the creeks were the primary subjects of my early landscape photography. I gave little thought as to why I was attracted to this place other than for its obvious scenic beauty.”

Influenced by the work of photographer Aaron Siskind, Alan’s approach to photography began to change as he stretched his imagination to view and capture the landscape around him in a new way, and sought to reveal the human feelings behind each image.

“I gradually recognized that, for me, the primary aim of artistic photography, as I believe it is with all art, is the expression of human emotion,” he said. “Subject matter plays a secondary role. What I have attempted to achieve in these photographs is a synthesis, joining the natural beauty of the landscape with its more abstract expressive possibilities, often through metaphor, that seem to exist in those landscapes.

“My intention is to engage the viewer in a ‘Visual Dialogue,’ with the print acting as a catalyst for the viewer’s imagination. I have come to the conclusion that the strongest works of art are those that have multiple layers of meaning, and I am passionate about combining feeling and form in equal measure.”

“Woodlands” is also the title of Alan’s newest book, published in March of 2019. This book is part of Alan’s efforts, as an octogenarian, to create a photographic legacy. His first book, published in 2014, is entitled Rodin Revisited, and is placed at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Musée Rodin in Paris, and the Cantor Art Museum at Stanford University. The second book is entitled “Beauty & Terror” (2016). He plans to publish two more books and place them in libraries and museums that will make his work accessible beyond his lifespan.

“Coast Live Oak (11×14”, photograph, 1998) is one of the featured artworks in Alan McGee’s April exhibit “Woodlands” at the Portola Art Gallery.”

Alan McGee photographed by Frances Freyberg in 2014; InMenlo file photo

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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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Teresa Silvestri exhibits animal paintings at Portola Art Gallery in March

“Art & the Animal,” an exhibit of new animal watercolor paintings by  Teresa Silvestri in on display at the Portola Art Gallery in March. Teresa receives her inspiration from our long time companions — the animals who share our homes and are part of our families, as well as the sentient beings that populate our […]

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“Small Works – Mini Treasures” is theme of December Portola Art Gallery exhibit

In December, the Portola Art Gallery is presenting “Small Works – Mini Treasures,”  a group exhibition of smaller works for the holiday gift-giving season. Throughout the month of December, the award winning artists of the gallery will showcase original works of art that are smaller in size but large on value and creativity. The diminutive original paintings and fine […]

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