Artists

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 living in New York where trash is omnipresent, “my interest became an obsession. A series of gutter trash photos was followed by detailed drawings of piles of trash bags left on the sidewalk every day.”

So, when she landed on Peninsula, one of her first stops was a visit to Recology. “People come from all over the world to see the Big Green Machine sort the waste. I have several videos of mesmerizing plastics rolling through the sorter and light waste plastics being discarded back to landfill.”

There in lies the rub, also known as the plastic lie: “Since 2018, our recycling is no longer taken by China and often ends up in unregulated trash piles that are openly burnt in South East Asia. The toxic fumes harm the local inhabitants.

“I want to address this in my work by encouraging the first of the three R’s, reduce, secondly I am reusing plastic waste in my artwork series that I’m calling Monuments to the Plastocene.”

She showed us two tube lights with recycled plastic bags as gels when we visited; there will be a total of nine on display when she takes part in  SF Design Week June 20 – 28.

“This is a pivot for me,” she said. “I’ve never done any sculpture before, but I like challenging myself.

“I really have bee-in-my-bonnet about the lie we were told about recycling. This is my attempt to elevate the material and to give it some value.”

Photo by Robb Most (c) 2019

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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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Artist and gallery owner team up for fundraiser in support of Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital

You could make a case that Marcela Del Alcazar and Ron Silzer were meant to discover each other in what they both term “retirement.” Marcela opened her gallery Marcela’s Village a year ago June with the idea of showcasing local and Latin American arts and crafts. “The is my retirement job,” she said. “It’s fun […]

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Menlo Park Sidewalk Spring Art Stroll comes to Santa Cruz Avenue

The Menlo Park Sidewalk Spring Art Stroll, celebrating its 37th year, welcomes visitors to browse among the handcrafted works of more than 60 artists whose displays include fine jewelry, photography, decorative and functional ceramics, abstract and representational paintings, gorgeous wearables and much more. This annual free event, sponsored by the Menlo Park Chamber of Commerce, […]

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Atherton Arts Foundation hosts Portola Art Gallery artists first weekend in April

The Atherton Arts Foundation is hosting artists from the Portola Art Gallery in Menlo Park next weekend at the Jennings Pavillion at Holbrook Palmer Park (150 Watkins Rd. Atherton). There will be a reception for the artists on Friday, April 5, from 5:00 to 8:00 pm featuring art, wine, food and music. The art show […]

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Hidden delights of Vallombrosa Center in Menlo Park

One of the more enjoyable aspects of publishing InMenlo, is getting to dive deep into some of Menlo Park’s more hidden treasures. Such was the case when we toured Vallombrosa Center with Public Events and Marketing Coordinator David Leech accompanied by contributing photographer Scott Kline. Tucked behind a wall on Oak Grove Avenue between the […]

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Learn about artist Paul Gauguin at the Menlo Park Library on March 4

On March 4 from 6:30 to 7:30 pm, the Menlo Park Library is hosting a  speaker from the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco who will provide an entertaining, educational multi-media presentation offering an insiders’ look into the museums’ first exhibition dedicated to the work of Paul Gauguin. Experience: – A glimpse of a special […]

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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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Learn how to draw cartoons on Feb. 24

“Cartooning Basics with Sirron Norris” will be offered on Sunday, February 24, at the Belle Haven branch of the Menlo Park Library (413 Ivy) from 2:00 to 3:00 pm. Learn to design characters and create expressions in a one-hour workshop taught by the lead artist of the animated show Bob’s Burgers. This is a drop-in program […]

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