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POPs go the easels: Artists to paint local orchard

Courtesy of Robin Chapman
Artist and Los Altos native Cynthia Henderson Riordan prepares for the upcoming “Paintout.”

Artists from the Peninsula Outdoor Painters (POPs) will be outdoors with their easels this spring in the historical apricot orchard that surrounds the Los Altos Civic Center. The artists have scheduled a “Paintout” 9:30 a.m. to noon Tuesday and March 11 in and around the orchard, weather permitting.

The painters are creating works for an upcoming exhibition, “POPs in the Orchard,” scheduled for display during the month of July at the Los Altos main library.

The invention of the collapsible box easel in the 19th century popularized outdoor painting, known as “plein air” in French. The Peninsula Outdoor Painters, founded in 1977, is one of a number of plein-air groups in the region whose members gather to capture on canvas the beauty of the Bay Area.

Gilbert J. Smith planted the apricot orchard at the civic center in 1901. After his death in 1966, the city preserved it to continue as working orchard. The city designated the orchard a Historic Landmark in 1981.

POPs artists have scheduled an opening-night reception July 1. Details will be available in the spring.

For more information on the “Paintout,” visit pleinairlinks.com/Plein_Air_Links/POPs_Schedule.html.

To contact Sue Mendelsohn, POPs event chairwoman, call 339-0157 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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