By Bonny Zanardi

Autumn is here, and the Peninsula abounds with exhibits and activities.

Nature and Design

The City Arts of San Mateo Gallery is showing illustrations by Mau Prada through October 31. Prada, who was born in Bogota, Colombia, moved to California in 2005. In 2016 she graduated Summa Cum Laude from San Jose State University with a BFA in Illustration/Animation.

Prada takes inspiration from mid-century design and illustrators of the early 20th century animation industry as well as her own travels, childhood memories and nature.

The gallery is located at Peninsula Ballet Theatre, 1880 South Grant Street, San Mateo. Hours are 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Mondays through Fridays and 9 a.m. to noon Saturdays. Visit

At Gallery House

Nature and Science brings together works by Patricia Nojima and Nanc Wheeler at Gallery House in Palo Alto. The show is on view through October 14.

Nojima, a painter, has been inspired by nature since her early days growing up in rural Pennsylvania. She finds color “the fun part” but one which she may never understand, noting that “paintings seem to have minds of their own.”

Wheeler recently has been researching ancient machines. Her base colors are applied in many layers, then the process moves from the collage form to creating the ink forms. A final step adds calligraphy and characters.

Gallery House is at 320 S. California Avenue, Palo Alto. Hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesdays through Wednesdays, 10 9 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays and 11 3 p.m. Sundays. Call 650-326-1668.

Palo Alto Art Center

Play! is the newest exhibition at the Palo Alto Art Center. The show highlights the renaissance in the concept of play, which is seen as vital to our psychological wellbeing and our health as families and communities.

Andy Warhol & Billy Klüver, Silver Clouds [Warhol Museum Series], 1994

Among the upcoming events associated with the exhibition are a Play Family Day on October 15 and a Family Workshop on Stop Motion Animation on October 29. The show will continue through December 30.

The Palo Alto Art Center is at 1313 Newell Road, Palo Alto. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Thursdays and 1 to 5 p.m. Sundays. Call 650-329-2366.

New Print Studio

Also, the Palo Alto Art Center, the City of Palo Alto and the Cubberley Artist Studio Program announce the dedication of a new printmaking studio, Paula Kirkeby Press. The public is invited to attend a dedication ceremony from 4 to 6 p.m. October 13 in Room F4 at the Cubberley Community Center, 4000 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto.

The large-scale press commemorates Kirkeby, an art dealer, community volunteer and owner of Smith Andersen Editions, who passed away in 2016.

Artist and Educator

Pedro Joseph de Lemos, who died in 1954, was the first director and curator of the Thomas Welton Stanford Art Gallery. The centennial of the Stanford Art Gallery will be celebrated in the show Lasting Impressions of Pedro de Lemos: The Centennial Exhibition, which opens October 3.

A reception begins at 5 p.m. on October 5. Also, art historian and exhibition curator Robert W. Edwards will give a public lecture at 5:30 p.m. on October 25.

The exhibit includes more than 70 framed works on paper as well as a selection of artifacts from his distinguished career.

The show will continue through December 3. The Stanford Art Gallery is at 419 Lasuen Mall at Stanford University. Hours are noon to 6 p.m. Tuesdays through Sundays. Call 650-723-9294.

World War I

The San Mateo County History Museum is showing Sketches from World War I,  an exhibit featuring art that Peninsula soldier Alvin Page Colby created when he was training at Fort Lewis and also while serving as a cook in the 91st “Wild West” Infantry Division in France.

Colby was working at Wisnom’s Hardware when he joined the Army and returned to work there after his war service.

The museum is at 2200 Broadway, Redwood City. Hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesdays through Sundays. Visit or call 650-299-0104.

Pumpkin Festival

The Half Moon Bay Art & Pumpkin Festival will be held along Main Street in Half Moon Bay from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. October 14 and 15.

Special events include the Great Pumpkin Parade beginning at noon on Saturday and the Made on the Coast show of work by local artists on Main Street between Mill and Kelly on Sunday.

The festival’s booths present 275 of the top artists and craftmakers in the country. Among them are glass artists Ken and Ingrid Hanson and potter Pamela Zimmerman. Festival presentations also include bands, beers and a bone-chilling Haunted House.

Admission is free. Pets are not allowed. The festival is presented by the Half Moon Bay Beautification Committee. Visit or call 650-726-9652.

Happy Autumn!








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