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  • Looking from 2017 into 2018

    LT | Dec 20, 2017

    Here we are at the end of an eventful year, full of surprises that reached the length of the spectrum. Being an artist during these intense times often brings up to the surface a depth of perception that cuts through superficiality. The simplest of expressive gestures can become a message of the profound. I have asked a few of PMA’s studio artists to share their recent art explorations.

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  • I'm Thankful for Today's Art Scene

    LT | Nov 22, 2017

    I just finished reading “The Last Paintings of Sara de Vos” by Dominic Smith and man-o-man am I happy. Aside from the fact that this is a very satisfying novel about Dutch painting practices of seventeenth century Amsterdam, I am praising my luck that I was born into the present era.

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  • Spirit Houses and Open Studios

    LT | Oct 13, 2017

    Dorothy Burston Brown, presently exhibiting her metal “Spirit Houses” (image above) in PMA’s East Gallery, will be speaking about her work this coming Sunday at 2 p.m. Brown’s very small sculptures magically pull us inwards towards questions of the inner soul while at the same time expanding us outwards towards world connection and consciousness. The shadow and the light, balanced.

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  • Installation Co-creation

    LT | Sep 7, 2017

    I happened upon the installation-in-process of the group show Not Flat and recognized the signs of a successful installation experience. Installing a show with fellow artists can be a wonderful way to learn valuable skills and create community at the same time. If the artists don’t kill each other during the process, they’ll usually come out deeply bonded. 

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  • The Depth of Mountains

    LT | Aug 16, 2017

    Three museum exhibitions at PMA have me asking the question: What is a mountain and what is a molehill? Granted, human perceptions are the basis for human realities, but how stable are these perceptions? What connotes a living entity and what is stability?

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  • Where the Line Leads

    LT | Jun 23, 2017

    What is a line? From a very early age we learn about the paradox that are lines. While they are the gift-givers that hold up delicious lollypops, they are also the sidewalk cracks that can break our mother’s back.

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  • Reading Art for Depth

    LT | May 25, 2017

    This morning I walked by a car in which two teenage boys head bobbed and body rocked in a frenzy to “growl” music. The windows were up so the sound was muted, but strong vibes exuded a fair distance. A third youth walked by the car, grinning from ear to ear. These teens were in full and deep communication with each other about who they were, within their worlds, at that moment.

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  • Beat it to the Studios May 6 & 7

    LT | Apr 25, 2017

    PMA has its spring Open Studios on the first weekend of May. All 30 studio doors are open and visitors are invited inside to see the results of the past year’s explorations. There has been an exuberance of questioning and answering going on within the multiple creative formats.

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  • Art Philanthropist Ruth Waters

    LT | Mar 17, 2017

    On Sunday, March 19, PMA and San Mateo County are celebrating the 40 years that Ruth Waters, sculptor and painter, has contributed to the Peninsula's arts community.

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  • The Mark of Humanity

    LT | Mar 1, 2017

    Recently a visitor examining one of my paintings asked, “Is your brain like this?” It is an understandable question, but can it be answered? What is the “this” that the gentleman was referring to? The “this” was his own brain perceiving some type of reality through a perception that had been sparked by the imagery I had created through my brain.

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