Palo Alto Weekly

Arts & Entertainment - April 1, 2011

Worth a look

Art

Steve Curtiss

Last year, the Weekly profiled painter Steve Curtiss when he had 27 oils on canvas displayed at Palo Alto's Pacific Art League. Now he's got a new exhibition opening April 5 in Los Altos — and a painting heading to California's State Capitol.

State Sen. Joe Simitian recently chose Curtiss as Artist of the Year for the 11th State Senate District, which includes the Palo Alto, Stanford and East Palo Alto area. That means one of Curtiss' paintings will be hanging in Sacramento for 18 months, the Los Altos artist said.

"Senate District 11 ... is an area rich in artistic energy and innovation," Curtiss said. "I'm proud to be part of the art world here and very honored to be considered in some way representative of it."

Curtiss' art is replete with paradoxes, puns and quirky humor. Works include "Thoreau Moves to Los Altos Hills," with the writer living in a rough cabin among mansions; and "Birdwatching," in which the watcher is dwarfed by a giant watchee. His new show includes many new paintings and will be at Gallery 9 at 143 Main St. in Los Altos, through April 30.

Gallery hours are from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and from noon to 4 p.m. Sundays. Go to http://gallery9losaltos.com or call 650-941-7969.

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