Longtime volunteer Dorothy Reller sees her involvement with the Palo Alto Art Center as an essential way to give back to the community.
When Palo Alto Art Center Foundation member and donor Juliana Lee was growing up in Taiwan, she says that parents typically did not encourage their children to become artists. “Parents in Taiwan did not want their children to pursue a career in art,” she says. “They wanted their children to be able to support themselves, and being an artist was seen as not the best way to do that. That’s I why I care about the Art Center—I want to support the Art Center’s mission to have people create art and to appreciate it.”
Ceramics artist Gurmeet Lamba, who will be exhibiting and selling his unique wares at this year’s Holiday Sale at the Art Center on December 2, said he is excited about the event for a couple of reasons.
Jewelry artist Margo Plageman says that her creations do not always turn out the way she imagined, but that she always enjoys the challenge of turning her ideas into something wearable.
Artists from the Art Center’s Open Jewelry Studio and Ceramics programs will have original work for sale to suit all your holiday needs on Saturday, December 2, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. at the Palo Alto Art Center.
Although Art Center photography instructor Curt Fukuda has had a couple brushes with fame over the course of his professional career, he prefers to be the man behind the camera; the person telling the story through images and a narrative thread.
If you were to ask Art Center Studio Program Director Fanny Retsek whether she believes in magic, she says “yes”—she believes in the magic of printmaking.
For artist and photographer Kija Lucas, photography has always been about more than chronicling a single moment captured in time. In her career, Lucas has explored the power of photography to document place, identity, and most recently, the challenges of living with cognitive loss.
Guest ceramics instructor Kevin Kowalski, who will be conducting workshops on mocha diffusion pottery at the Art Center on April 8 and 9, is living his dream of teaching others how to work with clay and create distinctive ceramics.
The Art Center is excited to debut The Art Cart—an activity cart filled with art supplies and activities for use in and outside our galleries! Created after more than a year of research and planning, the Cart is intended to provide families with engaging creative activities they can do together.
Color is such an integral part of our lives. The food we eat, the clothes we wear, the mood we are in is all linked by our personal preferences for color. Culture also influences. Ultimately, the thing that is so compelling about color is that it is completely and unarguably subjective and personal.—Lisa Solomon
Thanks to a generous grant from the California Arts Council’s Artists Activating Communities Program, the Palo Alto Art Center partnered with Oakland-based artist Lisa Solomon to create a series of workshops for teens focused on color and meditation. In the workshops, Solomon employed a process similar to a warm-up activity she utilizes for her own work—small, water color paintings in which she explores color through repetition of a simple shape. The exercise both clears her mind and get “into the zone” for further creative explorations.
The Art Center relies on guest curators from time to time to bring a fresh perspective to our exhibitions. This year, we’ve engaged Sharon E. Bliss to curate the winter exhibition Spectral Hues: artists + color exhibition, which runs at the Art Center January 21-April 9. In the interview below, Bliss shares some behind-the-scenes experience about her work on the exhibition.
Wanted: People of all ages and backgrounds to serve as docents for the Art Center, to lead elementary school students on gallery tours and support hands-on art activities. No experience necessary, will train. Must be committed to fun, exploration, and learning! The aforementioned description summarizes what the Art Center is looking for as recruitment is now underway throughout the summer for docents to lead Project Look tours for K-8th grade students from local schools.