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Meet the Mountain View City Council candidates

Meet the Mountain View City Council candidates


Nine candidates have filed to run for three open seats on the Mountain View City Council in the Nov. 4 election – none of them incumbents. The Town Crier asked them to introduce themselves to readers in the following Q&A format. We knew the...

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Schools

LASD committee looks to rank campus improvement projects

LASD committee looks to rank campus improvement projects


Traci Newell/Town Crier
The Los Altos School District’s newly expanded Facilities Advisory Committee met for the first time last week. The 28-member committee’s first task is to prioritize campus improvement projects.

The Los Altos Scho...

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Community

Sports

New-look Lancers find their footing

New-look Lancers find their footing


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
St. Francis High’s Jenna Adams, left, and Carly Deale attempt to bump the ball Friday night. The juniors combined for 28 kills.

This year’s St. Francis High girls volleyball team faintly resembles last season’s squad ...

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MV Whisman teachers cite low pay

MV Whisman teachers cite low pay


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
An estimated 75 supporters of higher teacher pay turned out for the Sept. 4 Mountain View Whisman School District board meeting.

Teachers, trustees and administrators are recovering from a dramatic Mountain View Whism...

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Business

Skin rejuvenation studio joins Rancho

Skin rejuvenation studio joins Rancho


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Esthetician Marjan Kashi showcases one of the treatment rooms at her new studio, Pure Serenity Skincare at Rancho Shopping Center. Kashi provides services including microdermabrasion and various light and heat energy the...

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Books

A woman's perspective on the Greatest Generation

A woman's perspective on the Greatest Generation


During World War II, Virgilia Short Witzel, a young mother and U.S. Navy officer’s wife, grappled on the home front in Menlo Park with wartime rationing, shortages and loneliness. During the ensuing Cold War, she experienced adventure and misadventur...

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People

JERALD (JERRY) NELSON CHRISTIANSEN

JERALD (JERRY) NELSON CHRISTIANSEN

Resident of San Jose and Los Altos, California

July 21, 1931 to August 4, 2014

Born in Arimo, Idaho, to Jerald Emmett and Rebecca Henderson Nelson Christiansen. Raised in Davis and Riverside, California, with summers in Downey, Idaho, and in Loga...

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Travel

LA photographer spends a night with cranes – and moose – in Alaska

LA photographer spends a night with cranes – and moose – in Alaska


Sandy Powell/Special to the Town Crier
Los Altos resident and bird photographer Sandy Powell recently visited Homer, Alaska, to photograph Sandhill cranes, below. While there, Powell also encountered moose, left.

Los Altos resident Sandy Powell, a...

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Stepping Out

Pear puts on a pair of plays

Pear puts on a pair of plays


J. Smith/Special to the Town Crier
Dan Kapler (as Teddy) and Betsy Kruse Craig (Trish) star in Pear Avenue Theatre’s “House.”

The Pear Avenue Theatre production of two interlocking comedies by Alan Ayckbourn – “House&...

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Spiritual Life

Back to Church Sunday offers opportunity to recommit

The children in Los Altos are back to school, and I can still hear parents cheering. Summer is officially over, even if the calendar doesn’t quite think so.

Parents have attended Back to School nights to meet their children’s teachers. B...

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Magazine

Los Altos Hills home showcases resort-inspired living

Los Altos Hills home showcases resort-inspired living


Courtesy of Spectrum Interior Design
In place of a more traditional fireplace, this modern living room features a linear-flame firebox that emits heat while offering a sculpturelike design element.

After traveling the world and visiting a host...

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

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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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