I'm Kenney Mencher. I'm an artist who left a tenured professorship in 2016 to pursue making art full time. This blog is about art, art history, with a emphasis on human rights. I make homoerotic art featuring bears, otters & other gay wildlife.
This Month at the Palo Alto Art Center
Discover Different Types of Art in August!
Find a new way to express yourself with art
this August! At the Palo Alto Art Center, we like to believe that
artmaking can take any form, and be created through any type of
material. August showcases that approach, with our hosting
Mobile Digital Art & Creativity Summit. Drop by the Art Center during the Summit, from August 7-9,
to see the creative potential of mobile devices for artmaking and
expression! Classes and workshops this month also explore diverse media,
with wire, to lost-wax casting and more! We hope that you’ll be
surprised this month with new ways to make art!
Palo Alto Art Center, Director
Detail, Kinder Blitz, 2006, Walter Robinson
Final Month for Summer Exhibition, Artist-in-Residence
With summer winding down, you have the month of August to view our summer exhibition,
Home Grown: Walter Robinson and meet artist-in-residence
Joel Daniel Phillips. In our Main Gallery, we showcase the largest
survey exhibition to date of Palo Alto native Walter Robinson. In our
Glass Gallery, artist Joel Daniel Phillips creates highly detailed
portraits of Buena Vista Mobile Home Park residents
using charcoal and graphite on Thursdays from 11 a.m. - 9 p.m. and Saturdays from 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. His residency ends on Aug. 29 and Robinson’s exhibition closes on Aug. 30. You can read an insightful review of Walter Robinson’s
exhibition in Art Practicalhere.
Thanks to our Counselors-in-Training
A special “thank you” to our Summer Camp
Counselors-in-Training (CITs) who assist professional artist instructors
in the day-to-day running of the camps. Our CITs help manage the
classrooms, encouraging campers, prepping art supplies
and more! This summer, we had 48 CITs who provided support to 37 camps.
CITs will give more than 1,300 hours of service this summer.
Application for next year’s CIT program begins in February. For more
information, contact Emily Lacroix, Director of Volunteer
and Intern Programs at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Clay & Glass Festival Champagne Breakfast a Success
On a beautiful Saturday
morning in July, more than 75 Palo Alto Art Center Foundation members
enjoyed mimosas, coffee and a delicious breakfast at our annual
Clay and Glass Festival breakfast. During the breakfast, members were able to preview the
Association of Clay and Glass Artists of California exhibition in our auditorium and then wander the festival grounds to begin their shopping ahead of the crowds. Join
the Foundation today so that next year you can enjoy this annual tradition!
More Reasons to Join the PAACF
Palo Alto Art Center Foundation (PAACF) is the nonprofit
organization dedicated to expanding the reach and impact of the Art
Center through fundraising and advocacy. The Foundation supports all of
the Art Center's major program areas including free-admission
exhibitions, our school tour program Project LOOK!, art classes for
adults and children, and volunteer programs. Help support these valuable
Get in on the Fun During Summer Workshops
Our Adult Studios are wrapping up the summer session with some great workshops. In our
Lost Wax Casting workshop, learn wax modeling, investing, burnout,
and other casting techniques from master metalsmith Brian Meek or
Ceramic Press-Molding and use simple press molds to maximize your creative expression in clay. You can also sign up for
Sculpting with Wire and Reed with Mitra Fabian and learn to use wire and caning reed to build sculptures. Last but not least, our
Photography-Wide Angle Perspective workshop will show you how to
take dramatic photographs using multiple-point perspectives. Take a
workshop and discover your inner artist!
Adult Studios Fall Registration Begins
Fall registration for Adult Studio classes and workshops opens this month for residents on Aug. 21 and for non-residents on Aug. 28.
We will be offering a wide range of ceramics courses this fall, as well
as classes in drawing,
painting, jewelry fabrication and photography. Check out some of our
more unique classes such as Box Making for Artists and our new Mobile
(iPad) Art Academy. You may register for classes
here, or in-person at the Art Center beginning at 8:30 a.m. on the first day of registration.
New Family, Teen & Outreach Programming Coordinator
Please join us in welcoming Lauren Baines
to the Art Center as the Family, Teen, & Outreach Programming
Coordinator. Lauren is recent graduate of Mills College with a MFA in
Dance and holds a BA and BS from Santa Clara University
where she tripled majored in Theatre Arts, Art History, and Psychology.
Lauren was also the Project Manager of Art/Education/Residency Programs
at Montalvo Arts Center where she managed a wide range of arts
education programs. Welcome, Lauren!
Children's Fine Art Fall Registration Begins
Fall registration for Children’s Fine Art (CFA) classes and workshops begins Aug. 21 for residents, and Aug. 28
for non-residents. This fall we are offering a broad range of classes
for preschoolers, children and teens, including
introductory courses for art, ceramics, painting, drawing, stop-motion
animation, and photography. We will also be offering a Creative Mapping
class that ties in with our fall exhibition,
Front Yard/Backstreet. You may register for classes here,
or in-person at the Art Center beginning at 8:30 a.m. on the first day of registration.
A Tiny House
for Your Home
The miniature houses created by artist Allan Fisch have proven to be a popular item in the
Gallery Shop! The tiny structures, composed of found metals, are
one-of-a-kind pieces that will brighten any shelf or coffee table.
Allan, who spent his career as a physician, found his artistic calling
in woodworking five years ago, using a pine bough
and chainsaw. Drop by the Gallery Shop to purchase one of his metal
houses before they’re all gone.
The Palo Alto Art Center is your place to discover art.