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Pacific Art League of Palo Alto

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Arts & Culture, Arts & Humanities Councils & Agencies, Arts Education, Arts Services, Visual Arts

Mission: The Pacific Art League's mission is to enrich lives through art: education, exhibition and community.

Results: Over 1600 students a year take classes and workshops and our Palo Alto studios and now through our partnership with Peninsula Gallery in San Mateo.

Target demographics: adults, youth, famalies and coporations

Geographic areas served: Silicon Valley, north to Burlingame and south to San Jose

Programs: EDUCATION --Classes in various art media (drawing, watercolor, oil painting, acrylic painting, pastel, mixed media, print making) from novice to professional EXIHBITION --Galleries - Main Gallery --Art Rental Program - juried (member and non-menber) artists rent their work to local corporations. --Community Site - juried (member) artists display their work at local non-profits, government offices and restaurants MEMBERSHIP -Opportunities to interact with fellow artists both formally (via lectures, workshops, events) and informally --Opportunities to interact with the community, to participate in and organize competitions OUTREACH --art experiences for children of all ages in special circumstances related to physical, socioeconomic or emotional challenges VOLUNTEERING --A program for the artist and the non-artist to contribute to the health and growth of Pacific Art League COMMUNITY EVENTS First Friday(Every first Friday of the month)

Community Stories

4 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters



Rating: 5

I have been volunteering with PAL for over 4 months now and I can say PAL is one of the best places that I volunteered in a while. The management goes out of the way to recognize volunteers (free art classes, best volunteer of the year/month. appreciation ceremonies are just few ways PAL honors volunteers) The staffs & volunteers work in such synchronization that you can seldom differentiate between them. If you have some time to volunteer & you love working with great people & in a refreshing environment PAL is the place !


Rating: 5

PAL is a terrific center for the visual arts. It is a place to take art classes, show your art, sell your art, and make friends with other artists and aspiring artists. It is a jewel in the heart of Silicon Valley that has been around since 1921.


Rating: 4

I am a serious amateur photographer, relatively new to the field. The Pacific Art League has given me a place to grow as an artist through the many opportunities to exhibit my work. There are three ways this happens. With juried shows every month, each one provides a structure within which to select and enter my best images, a valuable discipline, whether they get into the show or not. Through the community sites program, where an artist installs an exhibit for a local business or office, I have been able to practice putting together bodies of work and hanging them appropriately, while contributing to the artistic life of my community. The culmination of what I have learned, and the most exciting experience, has been to mount two solo exhibits at the Pacific Art League gallery. Choosing a theme and the photographs that exemplify that theme has made me think hard about what my work is about and what I want to communicate through my art. I would never have had this experience without the Pacific Art League.


Rating: 5

I took a beginner's drawing class last term and it was a great experience. I am in my mid fifties and never took an art class before this. My teacher, Ray Mendieta, was very clear in his instruction and took us step by step through the basics. He impressed upon us that anyone can learn to draw. It just takes practice and strict adherence to some of the rules of the craft. I bought myself an easel, sketch pad, charcoal pencils, and I am looking forward to the next class. i hope to advance and learn to paint with oils. I've met really nice people in the class and found everyone very supportive and friendly. I love my little routine: drop the kids off at school, drive to downtown Palo Alto, stop by Paris Bagette for a cafe au lait and croissant, park underground on Hamilton, and head to class.

Karen Patou