Art Takes Time

Encyclopedic: Weathered Volumes

Nanette is the currently exhibiting
Encyclopedic: Weathered Volumes
January 5–February 25, 2024

2nd Friday Receptions: January 12, 5–7pm & February 9, 5–7pm
Gallery Hours: Tuesdays–Sundays, 11am–5pm, and by appointment​

The Main Gallery
883 Santa Cruz Avenue
Menlo Park, California

The American Educator Encyclopedia was first published in 1919. It was discontinued in 1977. This ten volume set of encyclopedias was used by Kent in his youth from the mid 1960s to around 1978. In the late 90s Nanette turned the books into art objects, painting them pure white. After exhibiting them a few times she put them outside in the garden where they were left for several decades. 

At some point it was decided the books had reached an aesthetically pleasing degree of decay, needed rescue, and were brought indoors. In 2023 we determined it was time to document the books, thus, Encyclopedic: Weathered Volumes was photographed to create this conceptual body of work.

Series of 20 views presented as archival pigment prints on Arches in an edition of five each
Project webpage

Art Focused Community Service

In the collaborative spirit, Kent works tirelessly with other volunteers to advance art opportunities for our community. Two significant public projects achieved milestones in 2023.

Healthy Community Mural Project
This community-inspired mural is 19 panels located on the 5th Avenue underpass pedestrian walkway in North Fair Oaks. Artist Emily Fromm completed the murals in September 2023. The need for public art in this location was identified in 2016. Visit Healthy Community Mural Project to learn more.

Center for Creativity
The Center for Creativity is a grassroots vision to bring a permanent arts center to Redwood City. In Fall 2023 we completed an independent feasibility study and are now presenting it to civic leaders, officials, developers, philanthropists, and the public. Community discussions about the need for a local arts center began in 2012. Visit Center for Creativity for more info and how to become a supporter of this vision. If you have ideas how to raise 50 million dollars, please contact Kent.