LOS ALTOS, CA (August 1, 2018) – Over 50 artists submitted works in response to the Los Altos History Museum’s “Call for Artists” for their exhibition “Paint the Town II: Echoes of Our Past.” After careful deliberation, a panel of judges chose five winning entries depicting local historic landmarks, which are among the art on display, and available for purchase, at the Museum through October 7th.
Will Maller won 1st place for “Los Altos Nursery.” With a love of the visual creative experience since childhood, Will said art was “first a way of staying out of trouble, then a way of getting into trouble, then just a natural part of who I am.” A member of the International Plein Air Painters group, he has won several prestigious awards for his art. The judges noted, “Great technique! Fresh color, wonderful reflection in the water. Inventive use of color with surprises in the details.”
Rong Lyu won 2nd place for “Echoed Past of the Station.” A graduate of Stanford, Rong used her imagination and reference to historical photos to depict the Los Altos train station in its heyday, with a train arriving. The judges remarked, “The work creates mood through monochromatic grayed color scheme. Realistic depiction of smoke and steam. Interesting reflections on the windows.”
Susan Migliore won 3rd place for “Bayland Clouds.” Susan is a landscape artist who usually completes her paintings in one sitting in order to capture the sense and feeling of time and place. She has won statewide awards for her art. The judges commented, “The work uses crisp, beautiful colors that captures the bright light of morning. Warm and cool colors contrast and prevail.”
Honorable mentions went to:
Tanvi Buch for “Voyageur du Temps.” Tanvi is an architect by profession, but has taught herself to paint using online courses and attending workshops. The judges said, “The crisp whites complement fresh colors. The work shows a good contrast and saturation of lights and darks.”
Doreen Cohen for “View from Jazzercise.” Doreen works in data analysis, and volunteers at the Museum. Her interest in repurposing materials led her to classes in fabric art. Her fabric and stitchery work drew these comments from the judges: “The selection of greens and yellows are perfect. Deep space and perspective have been created, and a variety of stitches create texture.”
Judging the competition:
Karen Drucker, who helped establish the Los Altos Hills Art in Public Places Committee, and is currently the Exhibit Chairperson for the Santa Clara Valley Watercolor Society. Her work has been displayed in statewide competitions and nationally.
Patricia Waring Sherwood, a Fellow with the National Endowment of the Arts, and Artist in Residence at the Frans Masereel Centrum in Kasterlle, Belgium. Patricia was an art instructor at the Palo Alto Cultural Center for over twenty years.
Linda Lum, a graduate from the University of Iowa with a degree in print arts. She teaches art color theory, composition, and collage at Foothill College.
In support of the exhibition, the Museum is slated to hold the following art classes and events:
- 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 art professor 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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The above has been corrected to note that Rong Lyu is a graduate of Stanford University.