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Museum gotta see ‘um
February 17, 2017, 05:00 AM By Susan Cohn Daily Journal

Aqua Queen by Gordon Smedt is among the works on display at the Peninsula Museum of Art from Feb. 19 through April 30.

“UP CLOSE: PAINTINGS BY GORDEN SMEDT,” AT THE PENINSULA MUSEUM OF ART IN BURLINGAME. Artist Gordon Smedt paints everyday objects in a way that transforms the ordinary — swim goggles, keyboards, mailboxes — into a Technicolor Wonderland. First Smedt arranges, paints and composes the objects on a small scale, then enlarges them on canvas for greater impact. Smedt said: “The majority of my subjects are inanimate objects yet I’ve never considered myself a ‘still-life’ painter. Rather I’m a figurative painter who doesn’t necessarily paint humans. I want my paintings to arouse happiness, memories and positive emotions. If someone looks at one of my paintings and smiles, I’ve achieved my goal.” Smedt, a native of the San Francisco Bay Area, studied art at San Jose State University before continuing his education at Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, where he was twice awarded merit scholarships and earned an honors BFA.

Peninsula Museum of Art is a nonprofit Northern California visual arts destination. The museum store carries artwork from local artists, offering a selection of jewelry, cards, ceramics, glassware, mosaics, oil paintings and scarves. 1777 California Drive in Burlingame. 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday. For more information call 692-2101 or visit Admission is free. “Up Close: Paintings by Gordon Smedt” is on view at the Peninsula Museum of Art from Feb. 19 through April 30. A public reception is scheduled 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 19.


THE ARMY ON THE PENINSULA: AUTHOR BARBARA WILCOX SPEAKS ABOUT MENLO PARK’S CAMP FREMONT, AT THE SAN MATEO COUNTY HISTORY MUSEUM ON FEB. 25. One-hundred years ago, as World War I raged in Europe, the United States Army leased a large tract of land from Stanford University to establish Camp Fremont, a massive military training center. The opening of the camp was accompanied by a warm reception from locals, who hoped for business opportunities. Sympathizing with the war effort, residents threatened conscientious objectors within the community. Meanwhile they worried about vice that often followed troops in training. Because the Armistice came earlier than expected, most of the soldiers never saw action on the Western Front. However, many of the troops did serve in Russia after the “Great War” when America sided against the Bolsheviks. Author Barbara Wilcox, who recently published World War I Army Training by San Francisco Bay: The Story of Camp Fremont, will discuss the history of this Army presence on the Peninsula at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 25, at the San Mateo County History Museum. Wilcox, a longtime journalist and writer in news, public affairs and American culture, lives in Menlo Park at the site of Camp Fremont’s school for bakers and cooks. Her presentation is part of the History Museum’s Courthouse Docket Program, a monthly series of lectures sponsored by the Cypress Lawn Heritage Foundation. The History Museum is located within San Mateo County’s 107-year-old courthouse at 2200 Broadway in Redwood City. For more information go to or call 299-0104.


THE SOCIETY OF WESTERN ARTISTS ANNOUNCES WINNERS OF MARCH SHOW. The current Society of Western Artist Show, judged Edna Acri, Yvonne Newhouse, and Helen Scheel, runs until March 21. The first place award went to Sharon Slusarz Harris for her watercolor “Come on Board”, second place went to Laurie Rodriguez for her oil “Sunny Welcome, Italy”, third place went to Barbara Todd for her watercolor “Purple Orchid,” and first place in non-representational art went to Leona Moriarty for her Mixed Media “Gone Shopping.” Other participants in this exhibit are Barbara Alger, Joe Crosetti, Catherine Streets Delfs, Carrie Drilling, Diana Day Glynn, Anne Oseberg, Olga Parr, Jesus Sepulveda, Jim Stinger and Decker Walker. The Society of Western Artists Gallery is open from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday. 527 San Mateo Ave., San Bruno. For further information contact Judith Puccini at 737-6084.




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