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Home&Real Estate OPEN HOME GUIDE 48 ## Also online at Home Front Deadline is one week before publication. Helen Willoughby-Peck of Willoughby Art Glass, Mariposa, created this fused, kilnfired glass platter. Glass and mineral compatibilities took by Carol Blitzer More than 300 artists prepare time to learn, she said, adding, “That’s the ove, creativity, passion, curiosity: These for Palo Alto’s annual fun part to me. ... I like the challenge and are the qualities that drive the hundreds complexity of seeing how to make it work of artists who will be participating in Festival of the Arts right.” the 32nd annual Palo Alto Festival of the Willoughby-Peck’s tiles and platters go for Arts next weekend. About 150,000 people are expected to stroll the artist-booth-lined $65 to $185, and her jewelry from $20 to $50. This is her third time blocks of University Avenue, between High and Webster streets, at the festival, but visitors may have also seen her work at July’s Palo seeking treasures in wood, metal, glass, ceramics and mixed media. Alto Clay & Glass Festival, where she’s appeared four times. In addition, Tasso Street’s sidewalks will be transformed by 60 chalk artists for the Italian Street Painting Expo. And James Hill’s “Reflec- Phillip Van Ornum tions in Steel” sculptures will be showcased near University Avenue As a child, Phillip Van Ornum watched his grandfather, one of and Cowper Street. the few survivors of the U.S.S. Juneau during World War II, create No festival is complete without music and food. Larger bands will hand-carved replicas of the ill-fated ship. offer rock ‘n’ roll, R&B, jazz and soul on the Main Stage on Waverley “I watched him pour so much passion into (his carving),” Van Street, while the Webster Stage will ring out folk, Americana, coun- Ornum recalled. try and blues. Food courts on Bryant and Waverley streets and food Everyone around him seemed to be working with their hands, he trucks will augment the offerings of downtown restaurants. said, and by age 8 he too was working in the wood shop. His brother For the kids, free art activities can be found at the Kids’ Art Studio became an electrician; he went to work as a carpenter. at University Avenue and Kipling Street, staffed by Palo Alto Parents Today, at 45, he creates intricate furniture with hidden compart& Professionals for Art. ments, whimsical mirrors and inlaid and shaped boxes. The festival is the major fundraiser for the Palo Alto Chamber of He said he poured a “ton of heart” into an inlaid table with a hidCommerce, and the Italian Street Painting Expo, co-sponsored by den drawer that he made without a customer in mind. The piece took the Palo Alto Weekly, raises money (through sponsorships) for Youth more than six months to complete and he’s priced it at $6,800. Community Service. “I made it knowing that it may never sell. ... I like to tell people This year, the festival organizers are offering gift certificates in that we work hard and our money should go to something that our $25 denominations that will be accepted by all festival artists. They children’s children will want to use,” he said. may be pre-ordered and emailed within 24 hours, if received before His mirrors, which vary in size and shape and can be custom-made Aug. 22. The certificates may be used towards a purchase during to match furniture, sell in the $300 to $800 range. festival hours. Describing himself as “old school, old world, a dreamer and a The following offers a snapshot of a few of this year’s festival romantic,” Van Ornum is inspired to create custom pieces as anparticipants. niversary or graduation gifts. “A lot comes from customers and my knowledge,” he said. He still works three or four other jobs to support his artistic Van Helen Willoughby-Peck Although she said she can’t draw, Helen Willoughby-Peck has always dabbled in some kind of art, from embroidery to quilting, and (continued on page 39) ultimately glass. “I always wanted to do stained glass,” she said, but she didn’t enjoy the soldering part. She did love the translucence and the assembly. And the complications. Introduced to the medium through a stained-glass class, Willoughby-Peck moved on to fused glass — created through an aperture flow (or pot melt) process where pieces of colored glass are placed in a ceramic flower pot, then fired in a kiln until the glass melts and flows “like honey” through the hole in the bottom of the pot. The glass melts into a solid disk with swirls of color, which she then cuts up and reassembles into rectangles and returns to the kiln for further fusing. The plates, platters or bowls are then remelted over a ceramic form to give them a curved shape. In 2005, Willoughby-Peck gave up her day job in human resources (she says an employee handbook she wrote paid for her first kiln) and moved to the Sierra foothill town of Mariposa with her husband. Today, at 57, she spends about half of each day in her studio creating Willoughby Art Glass. Willoughby-Peck is intrigued by the precision required: Glass has to be melted in steps and certain minerals (such as copper for aqua Phillip Van Ornum of Van Ornum Wood Working, Sunnyvale, will and selenium for red) do not go together without creating havoc, she be bringing his mosaic-top walnut table. explained. L Photo courtesy of Palo Alto Festival of the Arts (continued on page CORRECTION ... The caption for37) a photograph fence the Aug. Send noticesof of a news andinevents to incorrectly real estate, interior design, 9related edition attributed the home improvement and gardening to fence design to Jon McAllister. The Home Front, Palo Alto Weekly, P.O. Box Weekly regrets the94302, error. or N email 1610, Palo Alto, CA Photo courtesy of Palo Alto Festival of the Arts GROWING CUT FLOWERS ... WORM COMPOSTING ... The City Nancy Garrison, who with UC Coof Palo Alto will offer a free workoperative Extension has experishop on “Composting Basics,” mented with hundreds of flowers from 6 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. while seeking the most beautiful, 20, at Cubberley Community Cenwill teach a class on “Growing Cut ter, Room H-1, 4000 Middlefield Flowers” on Saturday, Sept. 6, Road, Palo Alto. The Earth Mafrom 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at chine™ compost bin and worm bin Common Ground Organic Garden and composting accessories will be Supply and Education Center, available for sale. Information (and 559 College Ave., Palo Alto. Topregistration — required because of ics include growing flowers with space limitations): 650-329-2241 or staying power — including orach, 408-918-4640, www.reducewaste. amaranths, alstromerias, purple org or millet, peonies and long-stemmed roses — and which plant foliage COOKING CLASSES ... Hands-on complements them. Cost is $27. cooking classes at Sur La Table, For information, call 650-493#57 Town & Country Village, Palo 6072 or visit www.commonAlto, include: “Fresh Ice Cream and Summer Sorbets” (Samantha Miotke, Saturday, Aug. 17, 10 a.m., IDEAS FOR THE HOME ... The $69); “Essential Knife Skills” (SaSouth Bay Home & Garden Show mantha Miotke, Saturday, Aug. 17, will be held Sept. 5 to 7 (Friday, 2 p.m., $59); “Date Night: Dinner at noon to 8 p.m.; Saturday, 11 a.m. the Chef’s Table” (Katherine Bowto 7 p.m.; and Sunday, 11 a.m. to 6 man, Saturday, Aug. 17, 5:30 p.m., p.m.), at the Santa Clara Conven$79); “Italy on the Grill” (Katherine tion Center, 5001 Great America Bowman, Tuesday, Aug. 20, 2 p.m., Parkway, Santa Clara. More than $79); “Fresh & Flavorful Thai Cook300 exhibitors will be demoning” (Katherine Bowman, Wednesstrating remodeling, decorating day, Aug. 21, 6:30 p.m., $69); and and landscaping products and “’Jerusalem’, a Cookbook” (Nicole services, with experts on hand for Henri, Thursday, Aug. 22, 6:30 mini-lectures and demonstrations. p.m., $85). Information: 650-289Admission is $10, with children 10 0438 or email Cooking073@surlatand under free (Friday only $5 after 5 p.m. or $8 for seniors). For information, visit www.southbayhomeFALL CLASSES ... Palo Alto Adult or call 408-748-7000. School is offering a flurry of homerelated classes this fall, most beginning the third week of September. Classes include: Knitting (Wednesdays, Sept. 18-Nov. 20, 6:30-8:30 p.m., Palo Alto High School, Room 1710, Paola Trombetta, $145); Surviving Your Remodel Project (Thursday, Sept. 19, 6:30-9 p.m., Palo Alto High School, Room 1706, Mollyanne Sherman, $40); How to Manage Your Kitchen or Bath Remodel (Tuesdays, Sept. 24-Oct. 22, 6:30-9 p.m., Palo Alto High School, Room 1706, Mollyanne Sherman, $91 + $30 materials fee); Floral Design With Ikebana (Tuesdays, Sept. 17-Nov. 19, 1-4 p.m., Thanh Kosen Nguyen, Greendell P2, $75+ $100 flower material fee); Gardening in Fall (Wednesdays, Sept. 18-Nov. 20, 10 a.m.-noon, Cubberley A-2, Sherri Bohan, $65 + $5 materials fee); Sewing (Wednesdays, Sept. 18-Nov. 20, 7-10 p.m., JLS Middle School sewing room 140, DeAnne Appleton, $80 + $10 materials fee); and Upholstering: Basic Techniques (Tuesdays, Sept. 17-Nov. 19, or Thursdays, Sept. 19-Nov. 21, 9 a.m.-2:30 p.m., Palo Alto High School Upholstering Room 904, Ann Laveroni and Kathleen Koenig, $210). 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