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Angela Filo Photography Palo Alto Forest | Palo Alto Art Center Opening | Sweet Peas & Stilettos
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Palo Alto Forest

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I am thrilled to announce the opening of Angela Buenning Filo’s photo exhibition, The Palo Alto Forest, on Saturday, October 6th, 11:30 am – 5 pm as part of the Grand Reopening Celebration at the Palo Alto Art Center. It will remain on display at the newly-remodeled Palo Alto Art Center through April 14, 2013.

For this project Angela reached out to the Palo Alto community with the question: How do the trees that surround us impact our lives? She asked people to photograph a tree that is meaningful to them and to write a six word story about their tree. Nearly 400 people responded–including many children (and me!).

For the final artwork, she decided to print each image and story on glass. Suspended in a circle from the ceiling and illuminated from all sides, the trees join together to define a new space. This artwork was a true collaboration; she took her direction from the wonderful material the community presented her.

Since 2000, Angela Buenning Filo has been creating photographic documentations of the changing Silicon Valley landscape, which have been exhibited at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the San Jose Museum of Art, and through the public art program at the San Jose International Airport. (I am honored that two of her pieces hang in my home too.) She has also turned her camera on Bangalore, India, and focused on the way the global technology boom has transformed the landscape there. She is an amazing mother to two little girls and I am proud to call this immensely talented women my dear friend (and my sewing teacher).

For the opening on Saturday, October 6th  the Palo Alto Art Center has a full day of interactive, fun activities planned for the whole family. Here is the full schedule. It is going to be a wonderful day for families all over the Bay Area to come together to celebrate the arts in our own backyard. I hope to see you there!

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