The Los Altos History Museum Asks Artists To “Paint the Town”

LOS ALTOS, CA (March 1, 2018)–The Los Altos History Museum is issuing a “Call For Artists”. When artists take their portable easels and work under an open sky, they often produce lush landscapes. The Los Altos History Museum is asking local artists to look around instead for man-made structures in Los Altos, Los Altos Hills, and the surrounding area that help illustrate the region’s past.

For an upcoming exhibit, “Paint the Town II: Echoes of Our Past,” the Museum is inviting artists to submit up to five works featuring historic landscapes—places, buildings, structures, memorials, and homes—that help tell the fascinating story of Northern Santa Clara County’s rich history.

The title is a homage to the first “Paint the Town” in 1999, an effort led by Paul and Liz Nyberg that resulted in a beautiful book, which captured downtown Los Altos on the cusp of the new millennium. This latest effort will result in a juried exhibition at the Museum that will be displayed June 21-October 7, 2018. The Museum will host a reception July 1 announcing prize winners.

Artists are encouraged to apply by March 15th and “paint” their sites by June 1. “We are really looking forward to seeing the creativity and passion of our local art community,” said Dr. Elisabeth Ward, Executive Director of the Los Altos History Museum. “We haven’t had a juried art exhibition at the Museum for several years and it is definitely time!”

Mediums such as acrylic, oils and watercolor will be accepted, as will less traditional art forms produced digitally via Illustrator or apps like Sketchpad, which can now also be done outdoors thanks to mobile devices.

The application is available on the Museum’s website along with a list and map of potential historic sites and there is no application fee.

The Los Altos History Museum began in 1977 with the opening of the J. Gilbert Smith House historic farmhouse, built in 1905. In 2001, the Los Altos History Museum opened its modern building next door, which houses the Museum’s collectionspermanent and changing exhibits, store and administrative offices. The Museum and its grounds are available for rent during evenings and weekends. Its collections are owned by the City of Los Altos and are managed by an independent nonprofit organization, whose staff and volunteers are responsible for all programs and operations.

The Museum and J. Gilbert Smith House are open Thursday through Sunday, from noon-4pm. Admission is free. The gardens, outdoor agricultural exhibits and picnic area are accessible beyond Museum hours. For more information, go to:, email, or phone 650.948.9427 x14.

Media Contact:

Los Altos History Museum: Elisabeth I. Ward, 650.948.9427 x10,