Menlo Park resident Allison Blank is part of a German Shepherd dog walking group. Yesterday they stopped for a visit with chainsaw wood carver Big John Mahoney, and the dogs – Shasta, Dodger and Addie – made themselves at home.

The complete story about Big John’s two carved benches near the Menlo Park Library was posted on InMenlo yesterday.

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Big John Mahoney turns redwood logs into story time benches at Menlo Park Library

Chainsaw artist Big John Mahoney of Street Tree Revival has been busy this week carving new story time benches near the Menlo Park Library.  The redwood logs were reclaimed from the trees cut down at the corner of Ravenswood and El Camino, an action that sparked controversy earlier this year. The two benches will form an […]

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Exploring the art and the land at the Djerassi annual open house

Earlier this month, InMenlo contributing photographer Robb Most took part in the one day of the year when the Djerassi Program’s Artists’ Barn and private grounds in Woodside are open to the general public. Those who journeyed to the  580-acre ranch in the Santa Cruz Mountains were able to meet the current resident artists, walk the […]

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POST offers Jim Caldwell poster of Tunitas Creek Beach painting

Emails artist (and architect) Jim Caldwell: “This beach is a coastal gem: an expansive one-mile stretch of beach framed by iconic steep cliffs at the intersection of Tunitas Creek and Highway 1, south of Half Moon Bay. “Unfortunately, the beach experienced significant degradation in recent years. It became popular via social media as a place […]

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Mary Stahl is featured artist at Portola Art Gallery in July

“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 […]

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Artist Michael Killen speaks on climate change at Menlo Spark event on July 9

Menlo Spark is hosting a program featuring climate change artist Michael Killen on Tuesday, July 9, from 5:30 to 7:30 pm at Cafe Borrone in Menlo Park. Attendees can learn about Menlo Park’s Fossil Free Buildings Campaign while view Killen’s new collection “Search for Climate Solutions.” A Menlo Park resident, Killen has displayed large paintings […]

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Artist Naomi Mendel is featured at Art Ventures Gallery in downtown Menlo Park

Art Ventures Gallery in Menlo Park is exhibiting the work of Israel-based artist Naomi Mendel through August 2nd. She participated in the Gallery’s Artist Residency in Half Moon Bay this past February and March. “My work explores the moment in visual perception that precedes interpretation — the moment when the world overwhelms the gaze with a […]

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Artist Tara de la Garza creates “Monuments to the Plastocene”

Let’s just say artist Tara de la Garza is a bit trash obsessed. “As a child, a trip to the ‘tip’ (dump) was always an adventure,” said the Menlo Park resident who is of Irish descent but grew up in Australia. “Furniture, electronics, bicycles, all sorts of treasures could be found.” Later as an adult […]

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“Nests: Patterns from Nature” by W. Gary Smith on display at Filoli

Artist and landscape artist W. Gary Smith says his mission is simple – creating meaningful encounters between people, plants, and the natural world. That is much on display at an environmental art exhibition currently on exhibit at Filoli in Woodside through November 10. InMenlo contributing photographer Robb Most wandered Filoli’s grounds to capture the myriad […]

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Five artists welcome visitors to Portola Valley Studio May 18-19

Jan Schachter is hosting four other artists at her ceramic studio in Portola Valley on Saturday and Sunday, May 18-19 from 10:00 am – 5:00 pm, 190 Golden Hills Drive. Jan creates functional pottery for the kitchen & garden. The other artists are Jane Peterman with ceramic sculpture, Sally Jackson showing functional pottery and tabletop […]

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Local artists open their studios this weekend as part of Silicon Valley Open Studios

Artists from Atherton, Menlo Park, Portola Valley and Woodside are opening their studios May 4-5 as part of Silicon Valley Open Studios. Among them is poet turned painter Elaine McCreight (pictured), who we visited with last year. In response to how she prepares for the Open Studios tour, she said: “I prepare differently for opening […]

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