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Paint the Town: Mountain View

Selected art

  • Danielle Dufayet

    San Jose, CA

    “A community is made up of individuals who communicate with one another. In my piece, Talk of the Town, the birds epitomize the connection we all share in communicating about things that matter to us where we live. Some of our thoughts and feelings may seem trivial sometimes but sharing them with one another makes us feel alive and connected to each other. It is, ultimately, our stories that bring us closer and make each one of us feel like we matter. To speak and to listen to each other is at the heart of a thriving community and neighborhood.”

  • Hong Li

    Mountain View, CA

    “Mountain View is a town known for its great weather and parks. With clear skies and warm temperatures, it welcomes everyone to be active and enjoy the outdoors. This piece represents the community's kids socializing and enjoying the park's obstacle courses, in this case, the monkey bars.”

  • Kerrie Brandau

    San Jose, CA

    “My artwork Giant Dipper is a painting of the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk and is an iconic image for anyone that lives or has grown up in the Bay Area. This painting makes people smile with warm memories of summer days in Santa Cruz. A real community icon.”

  • Jason Farwell

    Mountain View, CA

    “At its core, a neighborhood is more than just a collection of private residences. It’s a public place where people of all backgrounds can come together, talk, and be neighborly. For this reason, parks, paths, and other green spaces are fundamental to and representative of a healthy community. These places encourage people to get out of their homes, move about, and mingle with others. It’s interactions like these that make a community thrive.”

  • Kate Thompson

    San Francisco, CA

    “Kate is an artist at Creativity Explored, the premier non-profit visual art center for adults with developmental disabilities. Her work conveys elaborate narratives and creates intriguing scenes of daily life through distinctive line drawings. Kate likes to tell stories. She likes to draw scenes where people are doing everyday things such as riding bikes and buses. These people sometimes emphasize individualized characteristics, like distinctive hairdos and ornate fashions, and sometimes they are more indistinguishable, conveying a more collective populace.”

  • Elise Politzer

    Milpitas, CA

    “I grew up and live in the Bay Area. I created this image with the wildlife preserves surrounding the bay in mind. As a community we all strive to preserve the wild habitats and species that make this area special. In preserving these places, we inspire each other and our children to consider the world around them as we work together to care for our environment and each other. After all, these habitats are our neighbors too.”

  • Hojin Lee

    San Mateo, CA

    “I drive on highway 101 every day. When I drive home after work, around 6–7PM, I see the beautiful sunset. A beautiful scenic drive along the highway makes me feel grateful. It reminds me of warm and happy feelings about my home and family.”

  • Inmaculada del Castillo Ditzel

    Los Altos Hills, CA

    “My community is full of poppies in the summertime, it makes everyone smile.”

  • Shalan Ertis

    Sunnyvale, CA

    “The style of my piece represents how communities are composed of layers. The city itself, neighborhoods, and individuals all contribute to the overall community. My community and neighbors are diverse, technically inclined, yet wildly creative and exploratory.”

  • James Miles

    San Francisco, CA

    “James is an artist at Creativity Explored, the premier non-profit visual art center for adults with developmental disabilities. His art practice is focused on creating ink drawings of miniature scenes that tell stories from everyday life around the Bay Area. James' quiet miniature scenes unusually combine perspectives, blurring the limits of inside/outside, near/far, small/large, male/female, and past/present to entice the viewer/listener into the paradoxically immense spaces of his diminutive artwork.”

Honorable mentions

  • Maya Babiszewska

    Mountain View, CA

    This is a painting of the San Francisco Bay Bridge during a heavy rainstorm. As I drove across, I noticed how the bridge's cables streamed down just like the rain. To me, it was an example of how the architecture of the Bay Area often reflects and melds perfectly with California's natural beauty.

  • Brian Corral

    Palo Alto, CA

    My paintings are from my drawings that I make around town and when I go places. This is a couple dancing during a night out on the town.