Menlo Art League plans final shows

Art club to disband after 40 years

After 40 years of exhibitions, workshops and community service, the Menlo Art League will host its last show in June.

"We've had a marvelous run," club president Beverly Balanis said in a press release. "But aging has caught up with us. None of our younger members want(s) the ongoing responsibility of running the organization. Our current board members are all over 80 except for the treasurer."

The league held an annual exhibition juried by Bay Area artists for the past several years, and has also raised more than $10,000 to fund scholarships for high school seniors graduating from Menlo-Atherton and Woodside high schools, according to the release.

The final two meetings of the Menlo Art League will include a demonstration in oils by Mark Monsarrat on May 14, and a watercolor demonstration by Jane Ferguson on June 11. Open to the public, both will start at 7:30 p.m. in the Arrillaga Family Recreation Center in the Menlo Park Civic Center at 701 Laurel St.

— Sandy Brundage


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Posted by Michelle Burnham
a resident of Menlo Park: other
on Apr 1, 2014 at 1:46 pm

What a pleasure it has been to have the Menlo Art League display its works at the Library. We have had so many people comment on the excellent pieces. We will miss you!

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Posted by A. Lee
a resident of Menlo Park: Downtown
on Apr 2, 2014 at 9:52 am

Here's applause for the Menlo Art League's contributions to Menlo Park, especially its annual October Exhibit at the Menlo Park Library! The Menlo Art League has annually transformed a plain room with its members' thoughtful and exuberant creations for an entire month. Visitors were tempted to look at every contribution, then go look for those with ribbons, then walk around at least once more, to revisit favorites. Next October won't be the same, but we thank you for what we've enjoyed.

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Posted by Tim Goode
a resident of Menlo Park: Central Menlo Park
on Apr 2, 2014 at 10:45 am

Like many gifts, the Menlo Park Art League has been overlooked by most of Menlo Park residents. Not knowing about this gift makes it easy to pass over the loss of a cultural gift to the City. The annual exhibit in October is right next to my work place in the Library. The art makes for a wonderful invitation to discover, a gift from our community. I will miss that invitation that I accepted for 22 years. One more treasure will be gone.

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