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Former firefighter shows new works

The August show at the Portola Art Gallery in Menlo Park is "New Works" -- acrylic paintings of vintage trucks, vintage windmills, vintage tractors, and new still life and landscape paintings by former Menlo Park firefighter Jerry Peters.

His love of painting began after retiring from the fire service in 1996. He spent 30 years as a firefighter, the last 10 as a battalion chief in the Menlo Park Fire Protection District.

His career inspired his early work in acrylics, which included fire engines, fire helmets and fire scenes.

For the past 15 years, he has specialized in portraits, landscapes and still life paintings. He has a special fondness for painting old trucks in rural settings, blending the beauty of nature with the character and history of battered vehicles.

In addition to his vintage trucks, he paints from photographs taken during his travels. His work includes scenes from Italy, Germany, Belgium, Egypt, Greece, England and Turkey, as well as from across the U.S. and Canada.

A reception for Mr. Peters will be held from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 2, at the gallery, located at the Allied Arts Guild, 75 Arbor Road in Menlo Park.

The exhibit runs through Aug. 31. The gallery is open Monday through Saturday, from 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

-- Frances Freyberg Blackburn

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