“Artwork is the best type of hope,” is what Katharina Powers usually tells individuals, quoting German artist Gerhard Richter. And if Powers — who owns Artwork Ventures Gallery in Menlo Park — is correct, then this weekend’s Silicon Valley Sculpture Honest at Menlo School is a monument to hope throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.
In her function as CEO of Menlo Park Public Artwork and curator of the sculpture honest, Powers welcomed a number of dozen visitors Friday who strolled across the Atherton campus for the opening night time occasion. They took in additional than 40 items on show, watched dancers from San Jose’s New Ballet carry out, and chatted with the artists who have been thrilled to be lastly displaying one thing to somebody after months being confined to their studios.
“I feel it’s about hope in a manner. It’s not regular proper now, and we’re not pretending it’s,” Ryan Carrington, a San Jose artist and Santa Clara College lecturer, mentioned from behind his masks. “However it feels nice to share your work and see different individuals take pleasure in it. Individuals want tradition. They want experiences.”
With three Burning Man artists contributing items, the present has a little bit of Black Rock Metropolis’s creative-yet-gritty enchantment. However the spotlight of the present is undoubtedly “Princess,” a 10-foot excessive assemblage of pinewood blocks with a twisting construction created by Foon Sham, who immigrated to america from Hong Kong and studied on the California School of Arts and Crafts within the Bay Space.
“I’m blissful as a result of I really feel like I’m coming again residence to have a chunk within the Bay Space,” mentioned Sham, 66, who now teaches on the College of Maryland. He initially supposed to have the piece within the present, however Sham’s sister, Juliet Sham, and her husband, Stephen Ho, bought “Princess” and donated it to Menlo School.
Due to the pandemic, he couldn’t journey to put in the piece on campus himself and as an alternative offered detailed directions to his sister, who lives within the space, over FaceTime. “I hope on this house, that is an inspiration for the following generations on this campus,” he mentioned, remembering that he initially studied to be a textile designer however was impressed by the larger-than-life work of Christo to modify to sculpture.
After all, the pandemic hovered over every little thing, as temperatures have been checked upon entry, social distancing was inspired, and a restrict was positioned on the variety of individuals admitted. Nonetheless, Powers mentioned it was a really big day that was the results of months of labor — and hope.
“Once we didn’t know we may truly make this occur, I assumed, hope is definitely not the suitable factor for proper now,” Powers mentioned. “An important factor was I didn’t let my artists down, and I had this imaginative and prescient in my thoughts to truly make it occur and be right here at present. There’ll all the time be obstacles, nevertheless it’s actually essential to simply carry on believing and be actually captivated with it.”
CINEQUEST GOES VIRTUAL: Again in March, the Cinequest Movie & Creativity Competition was compelled to cancel its second week of programming however vowed to return later within the yr. The unique plans for an in-person competition in August clearly couldn’t be realized, however founders Halfdan Hussey and Kathleen Powell put collectively a digital version that can launch Oct. 1 and run by way of Oct. 14.
Almost 150 motion pictures might be screened throughout the occasion, with 115 showcase movies that can embrace motion pictures screened at Cinequest. On high of that, there might be 14 highlight occasions that present reside on-line interplay with filmmakers and different followers. A lineup of on-line celebration occasions might be introduced Wednesday. Go to www.cinequest.org for extra particulars and tickets.
VOTE AT THE SHARK TANK: The same old lineup of Sharks video games, concert events and different particular occasions at SAP Heart has been disrupted by COVID-19, however the landmark area in downtown San Jose may have a task on this yr’s election beginning subsequent month.
Starting Oct. 5 and persevering with by way of Election Day on Nov. 3, voters can ship their ballots to one in all two safe drop field places on the Shark Tank. One might be on St. John Avenue and the opposite on Autumn Avenue, and each may have free and ADA accessible parking choices close by. The staff had initially hoped to be a polling station for the election, however Santa Clara County officers decided the world’s giant car parking zone made it a greater location for drive-up and contactless poll supply.
Want extra info? Head to www.sjsharks.com/vote.
THE WEIRD WORLD OF SAN JOSE: Anybody my bookshelf would immediately know I’m a fan of any publication on San Jose historical past. There’s a brand new guide so as to add to that shelf, “Secret San Jose: A Information to the Bizarre, Fantastic, and Obscure,” by journey author Cassie Kifer. The creator will speak about a few of these superb bits of native trivia on Thursday night time as a part of a web-based Historical past San Jose occasion.
Tickets can be found on Eventbrite.com for $7,with a portion of the proceeds going to Second Harvest Silicon Valley. You may get extra details about the occasion at www.historysanjose.org, and you’ll find out extra in regards to the guide and buy a duplicate at secretsanjose.com.