This fall, we celebrate "place" at the Palo Alto Art Center. Our new exhibition
Front Yard/Backstreet showcases the role of community in
our lives, through the work of 15 contemporary artists. Notably, the map
project by artist Kate Pocrass, This is Happiness: Palo Alto, will
be available for visitors in the exhibition,
and work by artist-in-residence Joel Daniel Phillips focused on the
Buena Vista Mobile Home Community will also be on view. I hope that
you’ll join us to celebrate the artists, the exhibition, and our
creative community on Friday, Sept.18 from 7-10 p.m. at
Friday Night at the Art Center.
The Palo Alto Art Center has been the place for the
Great Glass Pumpkin Patch® for 20 years now, and we’re celebrating our anniversary with the best Patch ever! Join
us beginning September 29 to experience the largest glass pumpkin patch in California, and return that weekend to buy your very own!
We hope to see you at the place for art in the community this fall!
Palo Alto Art Center, Director
Front Yard/Backstreet Exhibition Opens
Our fall exhibition Front Yard/Backstreet, Sept. 19-Dec. 13,
explores the connections between people and their communities through
photographs, drawings, installations, and new media works by a range of
contemporary artists from the Bay Area and beyond. Artists in
this exhibition encourage us to see our communities in new ways, by
presenting unique and unexpected features of our landscapes,
neighborhoods, blocks and parks, and the businesses and people who
inhabit them. Join us for our kick-off celebration at
Friday Night at the Art Center on Sept. 18, to meet the artists and hear them discuss their works.
Great Glass Pumpkin Patch®20th
The largest glass pumpkin patch of its kind in Northern California,
The Great Glass Pumpkin Patch,®
celebrates its 20th anniversary this year with an expanded range of
pumpkins and autumnal fruits and vegetables, glass-blowing
demonstrations, and a special anniversary exhibition
of pumpkins and glass artworks by Patch artists. During the free
family-friendly autumn celebration, Sept. 29-Oct. 4,
visitors are invited to wander through an outdoor installation of more
than 10,000 one-of-a-kind glass pumpkins, an indoor exhibition of
anniversary glass pumpkins and glass artworks, and then purchase the
glass pumpkins and artworks on Oct. 3 and 4. For more information on the Great Glass Pumpkin Patch, go
Next Phase of Creative Ecology to Begin
Our first Creative Ecology
artist, Linda Gass, has completed the first phase of her residency
at Cooley Landing in East Palo Alto.
She thanks all of the science and art educators, and members of the
public who joined her in July to engage in art activities and explore
the landscape. The next phase of her residency
begins in September, when she will be creating her artwork at the Art
Center on Sept. 11, 12, 25 and 26, and Oct. 9, 10, 23 and 24. Linda looks forward to meeting with the public as she works in her temporary studio on those dates from 1-5 p.m. Mark your calendar
Front Yard/Backstreet Member Preview
Palo Alto Art Center Foundation members have the opportunity to preview of our fall exhibition,
Front Yard/Backstreet, before the opening celebration on Sept. 18, 6-7 p.m.
The special “sneak peek” will be led by Art Center Director Karen
Kienzle and several exhibiting artists. Not yet a member, but want to
here for additional membership information.
Candlelight Cocktails Coming Up
Candlelight Cocktails, the annual pre-sale
and cocktail party in the Great Glass Pumpkin Patch®, returns to the Art
Center this year on Oct. 1, 6-9 p.m.
The event features food, drink, and offers first pick of the pumpkins.
event is open only to Palo Alto Art Center Foundation members at the
Advocate level and above, and to members of the media. For more
information on membership, go
Renew Your membership and Enter to Win
Renew your Palo Alto Art Center Foundation
membership today and get a chance to win an exclusive gift from
Diptyque, a fragrance and body care boutique at Town & Country
Village in Palo Alto. If we receive your membership renewal
by Sept. 30,
you will automatically be entered in a drawing to win a fabulous
Diptyque package, including a luxury candle, rare home fragrances, and a
collection of body lotions. The Foundation expands the reach of the Art
Center through fundraising and advocacy—your
tax-deductible membership or donation is vital, and supports a range of
diverse programs. Continue being a member of our donor family! Visit
www.paacf.org to renew your membership now!
Friday Night at the Art Center
Join us at the Art Center for another free Friday Night at the Art Center on Sept. 18, 7-10 p.m., as we celebrate the opening of our fall exhibition,
Front Yard/Backstreet. Specialty cocktails, food truck fare,
music, and artmaking activities await you at this “after-hours” event.
Don’t miss this great opportunity to network, check out our new
exhibition, and engage in artmaking.
See and Make Workshops
We are excited to introduce our new See and
Make workshop series! This quarter, we are offering several
opportunities for you to begin your workshop in our galleries with a
teaching artist and then respond creatively in the studio.
Explore Creative Ecology with Linda Gass and fiber artist Victoria May; visit our
Front Yard/Backstreet exhibition and then investigate your own
connection with artist Pantea Karimi: or enroll in a unique family
workshop on portraiture. For more information and registration, go
Children's Fine Art and Adults Studios Open House
Tour the Art Center during our Children’s
Fine Art (CFA) and Adult Studios Open House and learn about our fall
classes for children, teens and adults on Sept. 10, 5-7 p.m. See sample projects, ask questions, and register for classes
with our helpful visitor services staff. For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or call 650.329.2366.
Get an Early Start on Art
Unleash the creativity in your child by signing up for one of our preschool classes!
Art Explorers, Art Adventures, and Storybook Art (at Mitchell Park) give your young artist the
opportunity to explore art materials, improve their dexterity, and
expand their vocabulary. Enroll your preschooler in one of these classes
now to help your youngster get a great start
Unleash Your Child's Fashion Imagination
Could your child be the next Coco Chanel or Christian Dior? Find out by enrolling your child in our
Fashion Design and Illustration class! Young fashion
designers will work with mannequins, cutting and pinning clothing
designs (without sewing), examine designs from magazine, and use
swatches to explore color and texture as they draw and create
original fashion designs and images. This is a fun and imaginative
class for children who like to work with fabrics – sign up now!
to Pick Up Artwork by Andile Dyalvane
This month marks your last chance to purchase ceramic artwork in our
Gallery Shop by internationally recognized South African ceramic
artist Andile Dyalvane, who recently completed a landmark residency at
the Palo Alto Art Center. Dyalvane draws from a rich African cultural
tradition to create his works, which feature techniques
inspired by traditional practices. Stop by the Gallery Shop to view his
magnificent ceramic creations!