Photo By: Apala Egan/Special to the Town Crier Los Altos artist Linda Gass, above, will open her studio May 4 and 5 as part of Silicon Valley Open Studios.
A chance visitor to Los Altos artist Linda Gass’ studio might find her busy with a paintbrush – or a sewing machine.
Gass’ mother’s family is from Luxembourg, and she credits her grandmother with teaching her to sew. Today, all of Gass’ paintings are on a canvas of quilted white silk that she sews herself. Her focus is the human imprint on the landscape, and in her paintings she traces the path of rivers and lakes and depicts endangered flora or fauna.
“The topic of water picked me,” she said of her art.
Growing up in Southern California, Gass said she sensed the anomaly of palm trees, lush golf courses and swimming pools populating the desert.
Gass is scheduled to open her studio to the public 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. May 4 and 5 for Silicon Valley Open Studios, an annual three-week event that includes 400 local artists who open their studios at more than 160 locations.
Slated the first three weekends in May, Open Studios attracts art lovers, collectors, investors and others who may be curious about the artists and their processes.
Mel Thomsen, organizer of Silicon Valley Open Studios, said the goal of the event is to encourage art enthusiasts to spend time with the artists and gain a deeper appreciation of the process. The open nature of the event allows the artist to display a larger body of work and the connoisseur to observe it at leisure.
“Art lovers get to spend quality time with the artist – most events for artists don’t allow for that opportunity,” Thomsen said. “The artist can do demonstrations or discuss the sources of their inspiration, which helps potential clients gain a perspective on the process.”
Now in its 27th year, Silicon Valley Open Studios spans the Peninsula. To encourage budding artists, Thomsen invites middle schools, high schools and colleges to participate as well. Foothill College in Los Altos Hills, a high school in Palo Alto and a middle school in Burlingame are slated to showcase their students’ artwork at this year’s event.
In addition to Gass, a number of artists in Los Altos and Los Altos Hills will open their studios to the public.
For maps, artist directories or more information, visit www.svos.org.
For more information on Gass, visit www.lindagass.com .