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Hills man arrested on molestation charges

Hills man arrested on molestation charges

Gregory Helfrich

Updated 11:28 a.m.:

Santa Clara Sheriff’s detectives have arrested a Los Altos Hills man they suspect repeatedly molested a child decades ago.

Detectives arrested Gregory Helfrich, 54, on a warrant at his Old Page Mill R...

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Local AAUW gives gift of science to junior high students

Local AAUW gives gift of science to junior high students


Courtesy of Jessica Harell
Blach Intermediate School seventh-grader Paris Harrell, who loves science and animals, recently received a scholarship from the local branch of the AAUW to attend Tech Trek camp.

It’s not every day that a junior hig...

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Community

At 98, former language teacher remains a lifelong learner

At 98, former language teacher remains a lifelong learner


Federici

Longtime Los Altos resident Mario Federici, who turned 98 Feb. 24, is a man of many languages. He shared his knowledge with thousands of students during his long career as a teacher.

Federici was born and raised in Italy, where he stud...

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Attend an event, get involved, have fun: Editorial

You don’t have to run for city council to get involved in the community. Sometimes it can be as simple as attending a Los Altos event. You’ll have plenty of opportunities, as the May and June calendars are bustling with activity.

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Racing around Monterey

Racing around Monterey


Gary Anderson/Special to the Town Crier
The easy handling of the VW Golf R, above, makes for an ideal ride along the Big Sur coast.

 

When automotive journalists are asked to list their favorite places in the world to drive, Monterey alway...

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Business

'Steampunk' eatery toasts local libations

'Steampunk' eatery toasts local libations


Courtesy of Eureka
Eureka, a new restaurant in downtown Mountain View, highlights local craft beer and whiskeys on a menu of food spanning from sea to farm.

Craft beer and fancy whiskeys headline the menu at Eureka, the new restaurant that opene...

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People

Stepping Out

PA Players seek escape in 'Into the Woods'

PA Players seek escape in 'Into the Woods'


Courtesy of Palo Alto Players
The Baker’s Wife, left, and Cinderella’s erstwhile Prince stand out in the Palo Alto Players production of “Into the Woods.”

Little Red Riding Hood sets forth at the outset of “Into the...

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Spiritual Life

Los Altos United Methodist Church service salutes Heifer International

Los Altos United Methodist Church service salutes Heifer International


Courtesy of Los ALtos United Methodist Church
Hidden Villa will bring some of its farm animals to Los Altos United Methodist Church Sunday to support the nonprofit Heifer International.

Los Altos United Methodist Church is scheduled to salute th...

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Inspiration comes one piece at a time for Los Altos mosaic artist

11.27.2013 AngelaSanderson MosaicArtist-2506
Photo by Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Angela Sanders pieces together precious stones and tiles into detailed works of art in her home studio.  Her work is currently on display at the Nature Gallery in Los Altos.

Angela Sanders balances a block of precious stone on the edge of a sharp, chiseled wedge of metal. With one swing of her hammer, she creates a clean break in the material. After several hits, she yields uniform squares smaller than the width of her pinky finger. To create artistic masterpieces in glass and stone, Sanders has learned to overcome fear in more than one way.

“Nothing is so precious that you should be afraid of it,” said Sanders of the 24-karat gold-coated glass and rare stone she frequently uses in her colorful creations. “You can’t be afraid to change your vision.”

An engineer and dedicated mother of two, Sanders did not always have time to pursue artistic endeavors. When her children matured into young adults, she found time to paint and make prints in her home studio in Los Altos Hills. But it wasn’t until she visited her ancestral home in Hull, England, that her interest in fine-art mosaics emerged. Finding inspiration in the Romano-British mosaics unearthed from local fields on display at the Hull and East Riding Museum, Sanders began her journey into the medium in 2005.

Piecing a passion together

With an eye toward detail, training from the San Francisco Art Institute and a certificate in Chinese painting, Sanders found an intrinsic fit working in mosaics.

“Mosaics create their own language,” she said. “I try to make (the mosaics) into a story that is interesting and intriguing.”

Sanders found training and mentorship through the Chicago Mosaic School, the first in the Americas.

She works with the materials to tell a story. Beginning with sketches on paper, her creations layer elements of texture and contrast into modern art. Her work decorates the canvas of pool decks and homes, as well as walls and floors.

In one of her most recent pieces, “The Fire,” on display at Nature Gallery at 296 State St., she drew inspiration from personal memory and Mother Nature. The approximately 12- inch-by-15-inch creation, anchored by a piece of petrified wood and surrounded by warm red, orange and yellow hues of cut and chipped glass and stone, evolved from last summer’s 250,000-acre wildfire at Yosemite National Park. The work reflects Sanders fascination with Mother Nature’s need for destruction to bring about new growth and her personal memory of getting married at Yosemite.

Focused on completing her piece, Sanders spent 12-15 hours a day working on the piece for nearly two months.

When Carol Garsten of Nature Gallery saw the piece, she invited Sanders to display a selection of her work at the shop. The artwork on display is priced from $1,800 to $6,000. Sanders also creates customized mosaic work on commission.

For more information, visit angelaturnersanders.com.

Mosaic artist Angela Sanders - Photos by Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier

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