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Museum gotta see ‘um
April 25, 2014, 05:00 AM By Susan Cohn Daily Journal

Courtesy of Ellen Lee
NATURAL VISIONS CLOSE-UP AT THE PENINSULA ART INSTITUTE IN BURLINGAME. The Peninsula Art Institute in Burlingame presents a duo exhibit, Natural Visions, from May 15 through June 22, featuring the work of photographers Kay Podolsky and Ellen Lee. Lee produced this image of a dahlia by composing two images together as one.

ARTISTS WELCOME THE PUBLIC AT PENINSULA ART INSTITUTE IN BURLINGAME. The Peninsula Art Institute (PAI), a department of the Peninsula Museum of Art, is home to more than 25 studio artists in disciplines including Painting, Sculpture, Photography and Fibre Art. Its mission is to provide a supportive working environment for creative professionals in the visual arts and a cultural resource for the community. The 500-square-foot PAI exhibition space exhibits work from the resident artists and also stages shows from external artists. Two events in May give members of the public a chance to learn of the work of the PAI artists.

VISIT THE ARTISTS OF PENINSULA ART INSTITUTE DURING SILICON VALLEY OPEN STUDIOS 11 A.M. TO 5 P.M. SATURDAY, MAY 3 AND SUNDAY, MAY 4. Artists are on hand to discuss their work and explain the process of artistic creation. Current resident artists are Doris Arrington, Leon Cannon, Werner Glinka, Kay Podolsky, Ann Dinapoli, Leigh Toldi, Karin Moggridge, Wayne Wichern, Lisa Babbitt, Eunice Chan, Doriane Heyman, Teresa Hsu, Annette Legallet, June Levin, Neil Murphy, Abbas Orumchian, Linda Salter, Roberta Salma, Carolyn Shaw, Kevyn Warnock, Ruth Waters, Robin Clark, John Csongradi, Barbara M. Berk, Rob Browne, BJ Stevenson, Bob Wilkinson and Nancy Woods. The event is free and no ticket or reservation is required. For more information about Silicon Valley Open Studios or individual artists visit or

MAY 18 RECEPTION FOR THE OPENING OF NATURAL VISIONS. Beginning May 18, The Peninsula Art Institute presents a duo exhibit, Natural Visions, featuring the work of photographers Kay Podolsky and Ellen Lee. This exhibition explores how different photographic images can offer new perspectives on photographic art — two artists revealing the parallels between their distinctive visions. Lee said: “Working abstractly could impact an image’s meaning. Looking for beauty in the ordinary and spotlighting fragmentation in most of my work, the curious are compelled to contemplate the reason for their visual impression.” Podolsky said, “Augmenting reality to entice the viewer to ‘feel’ the 3-D image requires a knowledge of perspective and the use of technology to produce my work. The images have a tactile quality a 2-D photo can only approximate. Their construction can go beyond reality as when a cat’s paw reaches out of the mat and dares the viewer to pet it; or a tulip lowers its blossom to show the interior of its cup.” Natural Visions, to be held in the Peninsula Art Institute Gallery, runs from May 15 through June 22. A public reception is scheduled for Sunday, May 18 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

ART CLASSES AT PAI. The Peninsula Art Institute offers on-going classes in drawing, hat making, painting art furniture, metal weaving, paper decoupage and sculpting in wood and stone.

FOR ARTISTS WHO WANT TO JOIN PAI. The Peninsula Art Institute provides a limited number of studios to adult visual artists without restrictions as to city of residence, although residents of San Mateo County are considered more likely to make good use of studios. Studios are working studios and must be used primarily for the creation and promotion of the work of the tenant artist. Studio artists may also use their studios to provide art classes to the community. A list of applicants is kept on file. When an opening occurs, applicants are invited for an interview and to see the space. Interested applicants are asked to bring in four to six pieces of current work, a resume and other relevant information.

PAI PARTICULARS. The Peninsula Art Institute is located at 1777 California Drive in Burlingame, across the courtyard from the Peninsula Museum of Art’s main entrance, and is open the same hours as the museum, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday. For more information about events or classes visit or call (650) 692-2101.

Susan Cohn can be reached at or



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