Kathy Aoki detail in Palo Alto

kathyAokiSignDetailIn July, 2011 for Patch I posted a detail of a new sign painted by children but supervised by Kathy Aoki, for the renovated Palo Alto Art Center. (I think it says “Palo Alto Art Center”).

KQED “Spark*” showed their six minute segment from 2007 on Kathy Aoki which made me think of this, and re-posting it here.

I’ve met her, Kathy Aoki several times either in PA or Santa Clara, where she teaches at the University.

She has shown at Smith-Andersen a couple times.


edit to add: here is what i wrote . i also mentioned a student journalist named Hannah Park did a better (and more normal, thorough journalistic, not impressionistic) version of covering the opening event):

Mies Van der Rohe said “God is in the details.” Here is a photo of part of a triptych painted mostly by Palo Alto school children Saturday at the ground breaking of the new Palo Alto Art Center. The mural reads PALO ALTO ART CENTER. This photo shows the part of the third “A” plus part of the first “R”.

Speakers, listeners, supporters and ground-movers (literally and figuratively) at the event included Sid Espinosa, Melissa Baten Caswell, Mark Cavagnero, Pat Burt, Lee Caswell, Gail Price, Karen Kienzle, Karen Holman, Yiaway Yeh, Judy Gittelsohn, Linda Craighead, Greg Betts, Darlene Katsanes, Nancy Shepherd (who made a rather rococo paper shovel sculpture) Jack Morton, Jim Keene, Craig and Susie Thom, numerous Foundation board members including Teri Vershel and Roxanne Mehta, Sally Bemus (I think), and Terry Acebo Davis.

Two rather poised teenagers described their experiences as volunteers at the old art center, formerly known as the Palo Alto Cultural Center.

If the rest of the $7.9 million project goes as well as the mural, and ceremony, then we are truly blessed.

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Mark Weiss, founder of Plastic Alto blog, is a concert promoter and artist manager in Palo Alto, as Earthwise Productions, with background as journalist, advertising copywriter, book store returns desk, college radio producer, city council and commissions candidate, high school basketball player; he also sang in local choir, and fronts an Allen Ginsberg tribute Beat Hotel Rm 32
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