By Rebecca Wallace
About this blog: I grew up in Menlo Park and have long been involved with both local journalism and local theater. After starting my career as an editorial intern with The Almanac, I was a staff reporter for the Almanac and the San Mateo County Ti... (More)
About this blog: I grew up in Menlo Park and have long been involved with both local journalism and local theater. After starting my career as an editorial intern with The Almanac, I was a staff reporter for the Almanac and the San Mateo County Times, covering local government, cops, health/science and many other beats. In 2005 I made the move to the arts desk at the Palo Alto Weekly. A&E is close to my heart because of my experience in the performing arts. I've been acting and singing in Bay Area theater productions for years, and have played everything from a sassy French boy to a Texas cheerleader. In Ad Libs, I blog about the exhibitions I see, the artists I meet and the intriguing new projects and trends I see in the arts world. (Hide)
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She lived in a fishing village; she created illustrations of amphipods for the National Museum of Natural Sciences of Canada; she's rather fond of birds. That's South Bay artist Floy Zittin, one of my favorite local painters. Now she's put out her second book with poet Patricia Machmiller and calligrapher Martha Dahlen.
A new exhibit at Viewpoints Gallery in Los Altos shows paintings, calligraphy and haiku from the book, "Wild Heart of One Bird Singing." Zittin's birds are always meticulously crafted, which is not surprising for an artist who has a master's degree in marine biology and a long background as a scientific illustrator.
The show is up through March 29, with a March 16 workshop planned on ways to meld together painting and poetry. Contact the gallery for details.