LOS ALTOS, CA (July 12, 2018) – When the Los Altos History Museum put out a call for artists to paint local historic homes and landmarks for their exhibition: “Paint the Town II: Echoes of Our Past,” over 50 artists responded, ranging in ages from 9 to 90. An awards ceremony for these artworks, which include paintings, textile and digital art, will be held at the Museum on July 19th from 4-7pm.
The exhibit idea was inspired by the late Don McDonald, who had asked local artist Cathy Zander to paint a historic property several years ago, before it was torn down. The title of the exhibition is in homage to the Paint the Town effort led by Paul and Liz Nyberg, publishers of the Los Altos Town Crier, when plein air painters were set up in downtown Los Altos in 2000.
The public is invited to attend the artists’ reception, when judges Patricia Sherwood, Karen Druker and Linda Lum will hand out the awards. The art, which will be available to purchase, is on display at the Museum through October 7th.
In support of the exhibition, the Museum is slated to hold the following art classes and events:
- Acrylic painting class by artist Cathy Zander, Saturday, July 28th, 9:30am-12pm
- Plein air painting on the 3rdStreet Green downtown Los Altos, Sunday, July 29th, 12-4pm
- Outdoor movie night showing “Loving Vincent” in Museum garden, Wednesday, August 8th, 8:30-10pm
- Watercolor class by artist Brian Sal Corral, Wednesday, August 15th, 6:30-9pm
- Lecture by artist Denise Erickson, “Plein air Painting,” at the Los Altos Library, Wednesday, August 22nd, 7pm
- Colored pencil drawing class by artist Denise Howard, Saturday, September 8th, 9am-12pm
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 collections, permanent 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: www.losaltoshistory.org, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or phone 650.948.9427 x14.
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