Art Gets Out of the House

Artists group residing in San Mateo’s Eichlers to show off their work Nov. 5
Painting by Highlands artist Nancee McDonell
Painting by Highlands artist Nancee McDonell.

Nancee McDonell didn’t have trouble recruiting members when she founded the Highlands Artists Group two years ago from among her 700 Eichler neighbors in the San Mateo Highlands. She put out the call—and artists poured in.

On Saturday, November 5, members of the group will exhibit oil paintings, watercolors, lithographs, painted furniture, and more at the ‘First Annual Highlands Artists Holiday Show and Sale’ at the Highlands Recreation Center, 1851 Lexington Avenue, San Mateo. The show, featuring about ten of the Highlands artists, will run 11am-5pm free to the public.

The artists are “pretty professional,” says McDonell, who is a collage artist in the group. Some show widely and some teach art. The goal of the group, she says, is to encourage each other and share knowledge.

Why is Eichler’s Highlands neighborhood, home to the all-steel X-100 house, so rich in artists?

“It must be the Eichler mystique,” says painter and Highlands resident Melissa Wilson. “I know it’s true in other Eichler neighborhoods. Maybe the houses just lend themselves to that open, free feeling when you have access to nature.”

For more info, contact Wilson at 650-345-4304.