Artists

From the creative mind of Joanne Nardone, spring thousands of Joyblz — 2,500 and counting to be exact.

“They just pop out of my head,” says the Menlo Park resident who’s had a long and successful career in biotech. “I have no idea what they are going to look like. I think it’s some kind of channeling. The creative part of me wanted to get out in the world!”

Joanne makes up each of their names which all in end in “lz.” They are pronounced “joybules.”

“Each of these characters has a smile,” she says. “People tell me they bring them joy. You can call on them to get you to a happier and more joyful frequency.”

Recently Joanne put a website together featuring her Joyblz. You can meet them in person (so to speak) at Cafe Zoe on Menalto Ave. in Menlo Park where she is selling two products, an inspiration card deck along with a playing card deck.

Not surprisingly Joanne is known by many as JoyAnn. “I’m a little cheerleader,” she says, “and have always been a positive person.”

Photo by Robb Most (c) 2020

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Save the date for the first Silicon Valley Sculpture Fair in September at Menlo College

Menlo Park Public Art is hosting the first Silicon Valley Sculpture fair (SVS)  which will take place on Menlo College campus in Atherton, September 25-27, 2020. This outdoor art fair is showcasing 30 sculptures by international, national and local artists, including artists from Burning Man. SVS is based on these tenets: The belief that art […]

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Artist Jim Caldwell gives presentation about Wayne Thiebaud’s work on August 20

Emails Woodside-artist Jim Caldwell: “This November, Wayne Thiebaud will celebrate his 100th birthday. One of California’s favorite artists, he has had an extraordinarily long and productive career. Many think of him as a painter of pies, and yet he has explored a variety of other fascinating motifs, including the streets of San Francisco and the […]

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Artist Jim Caldwell presents free slide show about the beauty of trees

Emails Woodside based artist Jim Caldwell: “On Wednesday, August 12, at 5:00 pm, I will present a  45-minute slide show via Zoom about the beauty of trees and my intimate connection with them in my artistic career. “This is paired with my one man show at the Art Ventures Gallery in Menlo Park, titled Reaching for […]

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Art and tent sale planned at Gitane in downtown Menlo Park on August 8

Emails Gitane owner Malika: “Saturday, August 8th, we would like to invite you to our first ever Gitane Outdoor Art Show and Tent Sale. Local and very talented artist Anne Pegolotti will have her artwork on display outside of the store. “In addition, we will be popping up our bright yellow Gitane tent which will […]

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Comics-making workshop with Khalid Birdsong on Aug. 1

Especially for students ages 8-14: Cartoonist and art instructor Khalid Birdsong, creator of the syndicated online comic strip “Little Fried Chicken and Sushi,” will help polish students’ comics-drawing skills in this fun class on Saturday, Aug. 1, from 10:30 to 11:30 am. Register online.

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Zines: a Self-Portrait in 6 Panels is topic on July 20

July is International Zine Month! Join  artist Breena Nuñez as she leads “A Self-Portrait in 6 Panels.” Breena will guide folks to creating self-portraits in the form of a mini-comic. Come prepared to draw a cartoon version of yourself, as well as the people, places, or things that helped create who you are as a […]

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Portola Art Gallery reopens on July 1; former Menlo Park teacher Terry McMahon is featured artist

The Portola Art Gallery at the Allied Arts Guild (75 Arbor Rd., Menlo Park) will reopen on July 1. The gallery has been modified according to Covid-19 guidelines, and masks are required when you enter the gallery. Opening hours are Monday through Saturday from 10:30 am to 4:00 pm. The featured artist in July is […]

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Woodside artist and architect Jim Caldwell talks about John Singer Sargent and the scandal of Madame X

Artist and architect Jim Caldwell, who lives in Woodside, is giving a Pacific Art League (PAL) talk “John Singer Sargent and the scandal of Madame X” on Tuesday, June 30 at 5:00 pm via Zoom. The cost is $10, which supports PAL programs. Register online. John Singer Sargent is considered by many to be Art […]

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Artist Tara de la Garza “Monument to the Plastocene IV” solo art installation on view at Art Kiosk

Artist Tara de la Garza‘s solo art installation, Monument to the Plastocene IV, is on view at the Art Kiosk,  2208 Broadway in Redwood City, through July 5th. When Tara’s opening at the Art Kiosk was postponed earlier this year she describes it “like putting the breaks on a cartoon juggernaut.” But then the work sat with […]

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Spotted: Artist Ron Silzer painting a new mural

We met artist Ron Silzer when he teamed up with Marcela Del Alcazar on a fundraiser for Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital. That was when we found out he was responsible for the mural on an apartment building near Draeger’s. On our walk to the Farmers Market this morning we found him redoing the mural. “My kids […]

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