Today: Three generations show art in Portola Valley


By Samantha Bergeson, based on information from Sue Chaput and Jane Wilson of the Friends of the Portola Valley Library.

The Friends of the Portola Valley Library are hosting a reception at the library at 5 p.m. Friday, Oct. 29, to honor and thank three generations of the Davis family for the artistic talents they have brought to their local community.

Lucille "Lu" and Wallace "Wally" Davis moved to Portola Valley in 1945, purchasing one of the first lots in the Corte Madera subdivision. They raised their two children there.

Wallace Davis, a 1935 graduate of Menlo School, was an early venture capitalist and founder of the Mayfield Fund. He sat on the boards of Menlo College and Menlo School for many years.

A recreational sculptor, he used various materials, including wood and steal. In 1975, Mr. Davis created the deer sculpture at Triangle Park on the corner of Alpine and Portola roads. He also sculpted the bear statue that is situated on the campus of Corte Madera School.

Lu Davis was an avid oil painter and an early member of the Gallery House, an artists cooperative in Palo Alto, where she exhibited in the 1960s and 1970s.

Their daughter, Kristine Davis Taylor, is a sculptor who studied under Nathan Oliveria, and attended Stanford University. Once a graphic designer, she now fully focuses on sculpting, and is a second-generation member of the Gallery House. She resides in the Portola Valley home where she grew up.

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Ms. Taylor's son, Martin Davis Taylor, is an artist as well, specializing in detailed pen and ink drawing. He illustrated a book at age 9. A graduate of Woodside High School, he attends the University of California at Berkeley, where he is majoring in mechanical engineering.

All three generations of the family will be represented by some of their works at the reception.

Kristine Davis Taylor, in honor and memory of her mother Lu Davis, donated a painting by Lu Davis to the Friends of the Portola Valley Library.

"This is a beautiful addition to our collection," said Sue Chaput, vice president of the Friends of the Portola Valley Library, whose personal quest has been the acquisition of local art by local artists for display in the library.

The works of art will be on display at the reception and some will remain in the History Center at the library for a week or two following the reception. The library is at the Portola Valley Town Hall at 765 Portola Road.

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