LOS ALTOS, CA (January 14, 2019) – Gallery 9 of Los Altos was founded in Menlo Park by a group of nine women artists in 1970. As a cooperative owned and operated by the artists themselves, the gallery offered its members a space to learn from each other and show their work. Now, 50 years later, Gallery 9 marks its anniversary with a display of fine art at Los Altos History Museum. The exhibition, titled “Gallery 9: Celebrating Art in Los Altos,” opens Jan 30 and runs through March 8.
When Cecilia Mases, who became a member in 2017, realized the Gallery was turning 50, she knew they had to do something to celebrate. “Since joining, I have really learned a lot from this community of artists, who are so positive and encouraging. I was interested in the history of the gallery, how it has developed over the last 50 years, and how it continues to be successful.”
“Gallery 9 offered a supportive atmosphere for artists—especially women artists—to grow, and for their work to be seen,” said Dr. Amy Ellison, Exhibition Curator. “Los Altos has long been a haven for artists, actively supporting public arts initiatives and arts education programs, and Gallery 9 is a vital part of our community. We look forward to hosting a 50-year retrospective of the gallery’s creative output.”
Related programs include:
- Opening Reception – Feb. 2nd, 2-5pm
- Meet the Artists and learn about their process and inspiration – Feb. 13th, 6-8pm
Los Altos Art Docents will teach basic drawing and painting skills to children
- Kids’ Art Class for grades 2-3 – Feb. 29th, 9:30-11am
- Kids’ Art Class for grades 4-6 – March 7th, 9:30-11am
For more information, and to register for any of the programs, visit losaltoshistory.org/gallery/9
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, visit: www.losaltoshistory.org, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or phone 650.948.9427 x14.
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