• Community on Notice

    LT | Jun 8, 2016

    One of the delights for visitors to PMA is the variety of art modalities and themes presented. As the exhibitions transition throughout the year, so shifts the atmospheres of the gallery spaces. The recent installation of three new solo shows, added to the two already on display, create for me a sense of inner and outer expansion around concepts of community.

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  • Creativity is a Love Affair

    LT | May 27, 2016

    Creativity is a love affair, a love affair with hope. This premise manifests itself in all aspects of art, from visual to musical, from literary to culinary.

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  • Doors Spring Open May 14 & 15

    LT | May 3, 2016

    Spring Open Studios is just around the corner. When it’s this beautiful outside, with spring fever in the air, how do any of us get any work done? I have been grappling with this for the past two months. All that rain has produced an amazing unfolding of natural beauty on our Peninsula. How can I not throw down my brush and run out to the trails?

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  • That Crafty Sprite, Nancy Woods

    LT | Mar 29, 2016

    What a relief, arid California is bursting forth with the bright colors of a well-watered spring.

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  • Walking with Timothy Berry

    LT | Jan 20, 2016

    Yesterday, in between rainstorms, I found magic while walking through an old growth redwood forest. What was remarkable was not specifically the redwood forest, since I grew up in one (and what can one know better than the playground of one’s childhood). No, it was the fact that I found magic in a space I have long taken for granted.

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  • Gifting to Find Balance

    LT | Dec 3, 2015

    This morning I opened the paper and whoosh! In came the troubles of the world. One minute I was enjoying my tea and the next I was reading about a senseless shooting, becoming a victim through my vivid imagination. A moment later I was searching the mind of the shooter, looking for sensibility.

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  • All Doors Open Nov 7 and 8

    LT | Oct 23, 2015

    It is well known that leaping into the void of the unknown, or rather, making the first mark on a canvas, is one of the most difficult hurdles an artist must cross in order to succeed at creativity. Without this leap of faith there isn’t an iota of a chance for anything new to happen. The above image shows Roberta Salma, Studio 4, happily post leap and comfortably settling into her flow.

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  • Abbas Orumchian in Balance

    LT | Aug 27, 2015

    “You don’t want to write about me -- I’m a nobody,” Abbas had bashfully protested when I’d asked him for an interview a year ago. I remember grinning an “ok” and heading off to find someone else to write about. What did I know, maybe he really was a nobody. Still, as his studio neighbor, I figured time would reveal who he was, and boy, did it ever!

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  • Neil Murphy, Working the Edge

    LT | Jul 20, 2015

    My first meeting with Neil Murphy was back in 1991 when he was a young father and our children were playmates. He worked holed up in a dark vine-covered garage in the backyard of his home in Burlingame. He would emerge every now and then for coffee and a jaunty word, then disappear back into his work.

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  • 2D 3D Print Explorations Continue

    LT | May 18, 2015

    One would think life would slow down after the exciting Open Studios weekend (the first few days in May), but PMA/PAI is still brimming with activity as of Sunday, May 17. PAI studio artists, relaxed and inspired by the weekend’s spirited connections, were immediately back to work that first week, sanding, banging, steaming, and swishing with their various tools.

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