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Santa paintings herald holiday season at LA History Museum


Courtesy of Emily Hollinger
Artist Emily Hollinger’s Santa paintings highlight the “Catch the Spirit” boutique Nov. 13.

Local artist Emily Hollinger is scheduled to display her large collection of Santa Claus paintings at the annual “Catch the Spirit” holiday boutique noon to 4 p.m. Nov. 13 at the Los Altos History Museum, 51 S. San Antonio Road.

Hollinger said she always loved art but never thought she had the talent to be an artist.

After she and her husband, Bill, transferred to the area in 1975, she joined the Los Altos Art Docents and shared her love of art with students. While recovering from surgery in the early 1980s, she read “Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain” by Betty Edwards. She used the exercises to realize her dream of becoming a painter.

She experimented with perspective and found that the American Naïve style of art matched her vision. Grandma Moses (aka Anna Moses) is among the best known of American painters in the Naïve style.

Hollinger’s home studio is filled with her paintings of a variety of subjects. Among her specialties is Santa Claus painted on wood and canvas.

The holiday boutique will also feature shopping at two museum stores, live music, refreshments and tours of the decorated J. Gilbert Smith House.

In addition to Hollinger, displays by local collectors include the Los Altos Chamber of Commerce’s Gayle Carter’s Christmas tree decorated with Beanie Babies.

“A friend who was collecting them said they would be of value one day,” said Carter of her Beanie Babies collection. “I took one look at the funny-looking pelican and the adorable hedgehog and I was in love with them – crazy but fun.”

Los Altos author Robin Chapman will be on hand to sign her book, “California Apricots: The Lost Orchards of Silicon Valley,” now in its third printing and in the top 100 in its class on Amazon.com.

Members of Schola Cantorum will perform 1-2 p.m.

The History Museum’s main gallery will showcase a new exhibition of local art, “Los Altos: Moving Art Forward,” through March 23.

Admission is free.

For more information, visit losaltoshistory.org.

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