Local Arts Roundup : New Los Altos exhibitions revel in mystery, discovery

Courtesy of Viewpoints Gallery
Tinna Dinesen’s “Bright Blacksmith Anvil,” in oil and cold wax on wood panel, is among the works currently on display at Viewpoints Gallery.

Following is a roundup of local arts events and exhibitions.

Viewpoints Gallery

Viewpoints Gallery presents “Transformation,” a new exhibition of work by Denmark native Tinna Dinesen, though July 28.

A reception for the artist is scheduled 5-8 p.m. July 12 at the gallery.

Dinesen offers a new take on abstract painting. Using oil and cold wax, her creative process is physical. She develops her paintings on wood panels with many wet-in-wet layers of oil paint mixed with cold wax. Using mostly palette knives, rubber brayers and squeegees, she works and reworks, scraping and peeling over long periods of time.

“I am drawn to abstraction because of its lack of confines and the challenge of creating something beautiful or ugly, simple or chaotic or provocative out of nothing,” Dinesen said. “I never know what the outcome will be when I begin my work, but I am constantly intrigued by the unexpected twists and turns it can take.”

Born and raised in Denmark, Dinesen moved to the Bay Area 20 years ago. Her background is in graphic design, and parallel to her profession she has been creating both jewelry and abstract paintings.

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

For more information, call 941-5789 or visit

Gallery 9

Artist Rachel Tirosh showcases her work in a new Gallery 9 exhibition, “Behind All That,” on display through July 28.

The artist offers an explanation “behind” the exhibition’s title.

“In my art, whether it is in the subject matter or the technique, I like to ask: What is behind all that?” she said. “I create art that reveals and hides, exposes and conceals. I invite you, the viewer, to wonder and imagine.”

The exhibition includes new works of mixed-media abstract paintings and a collection of polymer clay functional art.

“The viewer is invited to be part of the installation,” Tirosh said.

Two events at the gallery open and close the show. An artist’s reception is scheduled 5-8 p.m. Friday. A closing party with chocolate tasting by the Cocoa Exchange is set for 4-6 p.m. July 27.

Gallery 9 is located at 143 Main St., Los Altos. Hours are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays and noon to 4 p.m. Sundays.

For more information, call 941-7969 or visit

To submit an item for “Local Arts Roundup,” email it to Bruce Barton at [email protected]


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