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Home&Real Estate OPEN OPEN HOME HOME GUIDE GUIDE 56 ## Also Also online online at at Home Front MAKING COMPOST ... A “Backyard Compost Workshop” will be offered by Santa Clara County from 10 a.m. to noon on Saturday, May 19, at the Mountain View Community Center Auditorium, 201 S. Rengstorff Ave., Mountain View. The workshop is free, but preregistration is required. Information: 650-496-5910 MAKER FAIRE ... The Bay Area Maker Faire, showcasing creative people in the areas of science and technology, engineering, food, and arts and crafts, will take place from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Saturday, May 19, and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday, May 20, at the San Mateo County Event Center, 1346 Saratoga Drive, San Mateo. Tickets are $12-$50. Information: CUT FLOWERS ... Nancy Garrison, whose work on sunflowers has been featured in Sunset Magazine, will offer a class on “Growing Cut Flowers” from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Saturday, May 19, at Common Ground Education Center, 559 College Ave., Palo Alto. Garrison, who will include a slide show, will focus on flowers that do well in arrangements, including purple orach, amaranths, alstroemerias, purple millet, peonies, longstemmed roses, and more. Cost is $31. Information: 650-493-6072 or A PAIR OF GARDEN CLASSES ... Mimi Clarke, formerly lead horticulturist at Filoli and now of Fiddle Fern Landscaping, will teach two classes on Saturday, May 19, at Filoli, 86 Cañada Road, Woodside. “Garden Design for Summer Display,” from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., will deal with working with the space one has and selecting the right plants for that space. “Pruning Spring Bloomers,” from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m., will deal with pruning rhododendrons, azaleas, lilacs, forsythia, quince and more. Cost for each class is $40 for nonmembers, $35 for members. Information: 650364-8300 or HONORING ELDERS ... On Sunday, May 20, 100-year plaques will be officially conferred on homes built in 1912, including: 179 Bryant St., 622 Cabrillo Ave. (Stanford), 1238 Cowper St., 771 Hamilton Ave., 575 Kellogg St., 559 Kingsley Ave., 707 and 752 Middlefield Road, 436 and 750 Palo Alto Ave., 1000 Ramona St. and 734 Waverley St. In addition, another 12 houses have been identified as built before 1912, including 2230 Amherst St., 1451 Cowper St., 1456 Edgewood Drive, 357 Fulton St., 329 and 331 Lincoln Ave., 520 Tennyson Ave., 765 University Ave., and 121, 1020, 1303 and 1321 Waverley St. The 17th Annual Preservation Awards Ceremony will take place from 1 to 3 p.m. (continued on page 48) CREATING memories of home Architectural ar tist opens exhibit in Palo Alto by Junesung Lee ome portrait artist Alan VanEss enjoys working in Palo Alto for its wide variety of architectural styles. “There are just so many nice home designs such as Craftsmen, Tudor, Spanish, New England, Eichler and more in Palo Alto,” he said. “When you think about it there are many wonderful designs in the entire Bay Area such as the traditional styles of homes built back in the 1800s, to various Revival and Modernist styles. It’s great to be able to include the finer details of architecture, especially if it is of a specific historical period.” Working from his Redwood City studio, VanEss creates paintings of houses, in a field dominated by photography. He said his portraits serve as a unique memento for those looking to preserve lasting images of their homes. “When people choose to live somewhere, it’s a very personal decision of what kind of house they want to live in. They are really proud of the mo- H (continued on page 47) ‘When you think about it there are many wonderful designs in the entire Bay Area . . .’ —Alan VanEss, artist Alan VanEss’ house portraits include (from top) an illustration of Frank Lloyd Wright’s “Falling Water”; a home in Illinois; and a Lafayette, Calif., home where he designed the driveway and front entrance. In addition to illustration, VanEss designs architectural elements. ÜÜÜ°*>œÌœ"˜ˆ˜i°Vœ“ÊUÊ*>œÊÌœÊ7iiŽÞÊUÊ>ÞÊ£n]ÊÓä£ÓÊU Page 45

Palo Alto Weekly 05.18.2012 - Section 2

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