Artscene: Muralists enliven walls of new Menlo Park gallery Brightly colored paintings spilled off of large canvases and onto the walls of a soon-to-open Art Ventures Gallery in downtown Menlo Park that was transformed into a painting studio for three days last week. Gordon Studer, the gallery's artist liaison, said he and gallery owner Katharina Powers decided to invite 10 Bay Area street artists to the future gallery at 888 Santa Cruz Ave. and "let them go crazy." The canvases the artists painted will be used in a future exhibition, but the walls will be painted over soon to prepare for the gallery's official opening on Feb. 1, which will show the

Art Ventures Gallery launches ¡PROVOKE! a pre-opening, one-time-only event featuring seven artists p

For most of us a blank wall is just that. For seven Bay Area artists, including Chor Boogie, Cannon Dill, Brett Flanigan, Amanda Lynn, Bud Snow, Lynnea Holland-Weiss and Nina Wright, it is an invitation to wide-open creativity, community, and connection to the gallery-going public. ​ Each artist was invited to paint on an 8-foot by 12-foot wall, as well as canvases up to six feet wide. In an anything-goes-approach, artists can use spray paint, brushes, or rollers to do with the Art Ventures walls whatever their imagination inspires. ​ The public watched the artists as they worked, seeing art being made, one creative, risk-taking decision at a time. For gallery visitors ¡PROVOKE! was a unique

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