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The Peninsula Museum of Art enhances our region and enriches lives through art and education. The inclusion of artists’ studios as a department of the Museum is a deliberate effort to bridge the gap between the creative community of professional-level artists and the community at large.
The Peninsula Museum of Art contains five galleries for rotating exhibitions, an art resource library, permanent collection, classroom, gift shop, and 29 artists’ working studios. Exposure of children (and adults) to the process of creating fine artworks is a major concern and a natural adjunct to the art classes for groups (in the Classroom) and in studios. Here, visitors can see how very differently a landscape, for example, can be visualized and painted: traditional/classic, impressionist, fauvist, cubist, plein-air, fantasy, abstract – and it is (subjectively) all good.
The complex of studios includes space for sculptors as well, working in wood, stone, bronze, and mixed-media fabrication. Watching a sculptor discover the form within a log or stone – a subtractive, rather than additive, process – is a rare experience for most visitors.
Museums are founded and valued as preservers and protectors of culture, essentially educational, and the Peninsula Museum of Art takes its responsibility to the varied communities of the Peninsula and Bay Area at large very seriously.
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