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Photographer Brooke Tankle of La Honda has only to step outside her front door to photograph nature’s beauty.

“Living here 17 years in a hand-built cabin under a redwood tree, I can watch the seasons bring new visual experiences all year. I have become attuned to the subtleties of light and shadow with details influenced by the environment,” Tankle said.

The artist has produced a line of greeting cards with scenes of San Mateo County, including the Pulgas Water Temple, old Woodside Store, Montara and Pigeon Point lighthouses, beaches, coastlines and Stanford University. All cards are hand-printed in her dark room and signed.

“These cards are timeless, and many people purchase them as keepsakes to be framed,” Tankle said.

“For 40 years, the magic of creating images and the process of developing and printing has never ceased to fascinate me. I am devoted to black-and-white imagery because I think it gives me the opportunity to see a deeper meaning in the play of light upon the ‘ordinary’ world around us. It takes us there by its very nature,” Tankle said.

Cards are available at Kepler’s Bookstore, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park, and the San Mateo Historical Museum, 777 Hamilton St., Redwood City.

Masks in Redwood City

You don’t have to go to Venice, Italy, to see a mask show. In San Mateo County, we have “Art Outside the Lines” displaying 60 masks created by young people through February at the Community Gallery in Redwood City.

Developed by art therapist Sarah Kremer, the project blends the preservation of centuries-old art forms with new, urban and personal expression. After viewing examples of masks used in rituals from around the world, participants brainstormed and visualized what it would mean for them to represent themselves.

The project focuses on outreach to serve residents of the Peninsula who rarely have access to art experiences.

Participating programs and facilities include Hillcrest Juvenile Hall, San Mateo County Office of Education, Tracey’s Place of Hope (Women’s Recovery Assn.), G.I.R.L.S. probation program/youth family enrichment services and Excell readiness center/Moss Beach homes. Funding was made possible by the Peninsula Community Foundation’s Emerging Arts Fund. The gallery is at 400 County Center, lower floor. Hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday; call (650) 594-1577.

Abstract oil paintings

“Earthlines,” recent oil paintings by Burlingame abstractionist Mark Jurasin, are on exhibit at the Caldwell Gallery in Redwood City. The collection expresses the spatial relationship of land, sea and sky.

“As a Bay Area painter, my goal is to create paintings that move you, not just gestural meanderings, but multilayered, spiritual and visually arresting images. Painting for me is like standing on the edge of a precipice trying to maintain control while keeping the whole image before me fluid, forcing an alive, of-the-moment balancing act,” Jurasin said.

The gallery is at 400 County Center and is open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Call (650) 591-2101.

jgross @examiner.com

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