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Wilderness and watercolors: Hidden museum honors one adventurer's stunning artwork

Original post made on Dec 6, 2021

As a kid, Jane Woodward dreamed of living in a museum. Now a Stanford professor and art patron, she's the woman behind a free museum in Palo Alto showcasing the works of adventure-watercolorist Tony Foster.

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Posted by cheese guy
a resident of Palo Verde
on Dec 6, 2021 at 8:15 am

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Ok, you have to be up for nature-focused representational art. But if you are ok with that, this place is one of the better kept secrets in the local area. Even before the pandemic it was essentially a private museum (hey, there were two other people in the place at its busiest) with peaceful, pleasing works. It definitely deserves some community support, -- make a reservation and check it out.


Posted by eileen
a resident of College Terrace
on Dec 6, 2021 at 9:00 am

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Thank you for this article.
I had no idea this wonderful museum is here in Palo Alto!


Posted by Consider Your Options.
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Dec 6, 2021 at 11:44 am

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I biked there for a fancy non-profit fundraiser event (not for the museum) some time ago. I enjoyed the collection very much. To a previous poster's point--While it is representational art, the artist has an interesting eye for details of natural forms that many other artists miss. He inserts fascinating artifacts in his art that elicit streams of thoughts about history and life in the natural spaces he depicts. It is definitely worth the trip.


Posted by Shirley 'Mac'
a resident of Barron Park
on Dec 6, 2021 at 12:03 pm

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Friends took us to the Flagstaff, AZ museum several years ago and we visited a special exhibit we fell in love with Tony Foster's nature watercolors. I was ecstatic when the museum opened in 2016. I have visited many times and taken many friends to visit. The museum was featured in the Palo Alto Weekly at the time of its opening. Pay attention art fans.


Posted by Chris
a resident of Greendell/Walnut Grove
on Dec 14, 2021 at 5:56 pm

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Note that Jane is an outstanding grad of Cubberley High School!


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