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PORTOLA ART GALLERY PRESENTS “EXPLORING THE LANDSCAPE IN WATERCOLOR” BY ARTIST PALO ALTO STEVE CURL. Known locally for several years as an editorial cartoonist for the Palo Alto Daily News, Steve Curl is also an established watercolor artist and teacher. His paintings are inspired by his travels through California, Colorado, and Yosemite National Park, and his local hikes on the coast and in the Santa Cruz Mountains. For the past 10 years, Curl’s paintings from Yosemite National Park have been accepted into the annual Yosemite Renaissance Exhibition, where they are on display year-round at the Yosemite Visitor Center Museum & Art Gallery. Curl has also taught watercolor at the Pacific Art League in Palo Alto since 1991.

Curl said, “I love the simplicity and freshness of watercolor. It behaves the same as nature, using the simplest elements. It is easily transportable and dries quickly, so it is the ideal support for trips and extended hikes. Often the best paintings are produced quickly with a few simple, gestural brush strokes, rather than lengthy studio picks. It’s not particularly forgiving, however, so you have to anticipate, be decisive and try to nail it on the first flush passes.

SPECIAL FEATURES OF THE EXHIBITION: “Exploring the Landscape in Watercolor” by Steve Curl is on view October 1-31 at the Portola Art Gallery at the Allied Arts Guild, 75 Arbor Road, Menlo Park. An artist reception is scheduled from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. on October 9. For more information, call 321-0220 or visit

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