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About this blog: I hope readers of my blog will join me and other members of the Menlo Park community in a collective effort to transform our downtown into a much more appealing place, one where residents enjoy a lot more positive experiences and ...  (More)

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Three Amazing Outdoor Art Installations Brighten Downtown Menlo Park!

Uploaded: Sep 5, 2022

Residents Take Matters Into Their Own Hands

Photo Exhibit (Walgreens)

Walk along the downtown Santa Cruz Avenue sidewalk in front of Walgreens and you will discover an engaging new photo exhibit recently installed by Elevate Art Menlo Park. The colorful exhibit spans two previously unused large storefront windows and contains sixteen carefully curated photos by Los Altos-based photographer Bill Scull. The photos were selected and arranged to encourage passers-by to stop and learn how exceptional photographs are created.

.... Walgreens Storefront Photo Exhibit

Like painters, top photographers use their artistic insights, technical knowledge, and mastery of composition to create engaging images. Study the photos in this exhibit and discover the unique combination of design elements like subjects, colors, perspectives, patterns, that distinguish each one. Appreciate what they share and how they differ.

...Bill Scull’s 20” x 30” Photographs

Elevate Art Menlo Park

The exhibit at Walgreens is the latest downtown art installation by Elevate Art Menlo Park, a new local nonprofit that aims to enhance the creative life and overall well-being of our city by bringing engaging, contemporary fine art that is viewable in outdoor public spaces in downtown Menlo Park. The small organization was founded in 2021 by three Menlo Park residents: Christine Duval, Debbie Hall, and Dana Hendrickson. We all love art and living in Menlo Park. The artwork is installed on private property and every art project is entirely funded by fully tax-deductible donations. We partner with building owners, commission Bay Area artists, and fully manage all aspects of art installations.

Exterior Wall Art (Posh Bagel)

...Return On Investment

Stroll along the Evelyn Street sidewalk between the entrances of Posh Bagel and Kicks and you will find amazing wall art created by San Francisco-based Phillip Hua and commissioned by Elevate Art Menlo Park. This art installation was completed last month. Titled Return on Investment, this artwork explores both an important relationship between nature and commerce and the aesthetic boundaries of painting, collage, and digital art. In this work, the artist is asking the viewer: when nature and wealth compete for our attention, on which do we focus? Do we really need to sacrifice one for the other?

...Evelyn Street Location

Exterior Wall Art (Menlo Church)

...Under The Wide Sky We Gather

The first wall art installed by Elevate Art Menlo Park is located on the Santa Cruz Avenue exterior of the Menlo Church Student Center. Under The Wide Sky We Gather is an intricate, colorful, and lively creation by Oakland-based, Carrie Lederer. Her work transports viewers across land and sky, illuminating a path to the deep, dark recesses of our universe. Her perspective—both micro and macro—conveys the bold and delicate forms that exist in the mysterious realms that surround us. Visit it often to discover unusual design elements and juxtapositions.

...Curious Child Spots Unexpected Critter

Art Walk

This map that shows the locations of Elevate Art Menlo Park art installations.

How You Can Help

Elevate Art Menlo Park is now working with an artist on its next large wall art. You can learn how to support our efforts to enrich our community and enliven downtown Menlo Park by visiting We need building owners, donors, professional artists, and highly motivated volunteers.

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Posted by Debbie Hall, a resident of Menlo Park: Central Menlo Park,
on Sep 16, 2022 at 10:14 am

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Wonderful article, Dana, and great piece about what we are trying to accomplish through Elevate Art, Menlo Park. Thank you!

Posted by Stuart Soffer, a resident of Menlo Park: Linfield Oaks,
on Oct 3, 2022 at 12:37 pm

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Thank you, Dana.

You can become a collector - a bit at a time. Visit local galleries in MPO and Palo Alto, like Pam Walsh.

We take collecting seriously.

I tend to be a good picker if anyone wants help.

Posted by Ralph, a resident of Menlo Park: South of Seminary/Vintage Oaks,
on Nov 25, 2022 at 6:11 am

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Three amazing outdoor art installations brighten downtown Menlo Park! Thank you to the artists for bringing beauty and light to our community.

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