Local arts roundup: Galleries continue to show through pandemic

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Ayelet Gal-On’s mixed-media work, “Daily Walk,” is on display at Gallery 9.

Gallery 9

Gallery 9 continues to display the work of its artists in its downtown Los Altos storefront window as members discuss the prospect of reopening.

“Please stroll by for an artistic interlude,” said gallery spokeswoman Judi Keyani.

Given the pandemic, it may take time before regular exhibitions and in-person visits resume.

“Many of our members are in the at-risk age group, so it is prudent for them to avoid public activity, and from what we hear on the news, it will be some time before that will change,” Keyani said Friday in an email.

The work of Ayelet Gal-On is on display through Sunday. A former scientist and engineer, Gal-On has dedicated her time to painting over the past several years. She works in different media, including painting with acrylic and using mixed media to incorporate texture into paintings. Recent works involve the use of fabric as part of her paintings.

“I enjoy the process of painting with fabric and incorporating it as a sculpture into the painting,” Gal-On said in a statement. “My subject can be described as the ‘Fabric of Life,’ examining the connection between humans and their meaning in the world.”

The artists on display will include direct contact information with their work. Appointments can be made to meet the artist at the gallery.

Gallery 9 is located at 143 Main St.

For more information, call 941-7969 or visit


Viewpoints Gallery

“New Works,” an exhibition featuring the works of artists Vered Binyamini and Patricia Accorinti, is on display at Viewpoints Gallery in downtown Los Altos through Aug. 29.

Binyamini works in clay to express her life experiences and emotions. Rooted in childhood memories of African and Middle Eastern cultures, her pieces convey a multicultural aesthetic.

“I am drawn to clay’s simplicity, earthy feel and color,” she said in a statement. “Clay is my language – a physical and spiritual mediator between my inner and outer worlds.”

Both utilitarian and sculptural, Binyamini hand-builds her pieces using traditional techniques of coil building, pinching and slab-building, resulting in a unique texture and balance.

Accorinti’s jewelry creations begin with an image in her mind and evolve as she cuts, solders, textures and forges metal. Every piece is hand-fabricated from sterling and fine silver.

Accorinti has been making jewelry in one form or another for more than 40 years. She has worked for more than 30 years as an art teacher and media specialist.

Viewpoints Gallery is located at 315 State St. Hours are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesdays through Saturdays and 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sundays.

For more information on Binyamini, visit

For more information on Accorinti, visit

For more information on Viewpoints, call 941-5789 or visit

Nature Gallery

A collection of plank-cut petrified-wood tables are available for purchase at Nature Gallery in downtown Los Altos.

The ancient conifer tabletops are cut from petrified logs found in the Chinle formation on the Paulcell Ranch in Holbrook, Ariz. According to Nature Gallery owner Carol Gartsen, the Araucarioxlon arizonicum species are from the Triassic period, approximately 220 million years ago, when dinosaurs roamed the plains.

There are several fossilization processes, Garsten explained. One of the processes, a mineral replacement called “petrification,” is common in sedimentary and some metamorphic rocks. In this process, a mineral grain may be replaced by a material with a different composition, but its original shape is preserved. Evidence suggests that the petrification process of wood occurs rapidly because most petrified wood pieces are nearly round, as they would have been when alive, she added.

Garsten said the Gallery Petrified Wood Collection includes plank-cut, which exposes the inner striated view of the ancient wood, and round cut, which shows mineralized rainbow jasper and agate cross-sections of the logs. Other petrified wood decor items in the Gallery include spheres, book ends and sculptures.

Nature Gallery is located at 296 State St.

The Open Streets Los Altos program limits vehicular access to Main and State streets from 6 a.m. Thursdays through 6 a.m. Mondays. To better serve customers, Nature Gallery recently launched an e-commerce store and extended its hours: 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesdays, noon to 9 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays and noon to 6 p.m. Sundays. Customers can visit the store by appointment at other times.

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