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After visits from police department, Menlo Park gallery closes doors

Original post made on May 7, 2020

The owner of Art Ventures Gallery in downtown Menlo Park, after opening the gallery Tuesday and Wednesday, has decided to remain closed until the shelter-in-place orders are eased up after receiving warnings from police.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Thursday, May 7, 2020, 3:20 PM

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19 people like this
Posted by white privilege
a resident of Menlo Park
on May 7, 2020 at 4:45 pm

A real activist would have gone to jail to defend her principles. But wouldn't it be ironic if she caught COVID-19 in jail?


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Posted by got all the story?
a resident of Crescent Park
on May 7, 2020 at 6:58 pm

wow , we've got police visiting art galleries. I woke up an realized we were in China


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Posted by Jennifer
a resident of Palo Alto Hills
on May 7, 2020 at 7:24 pm

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Posted by small business owner
a resident of Adobe-Meadow
on May 7, 2020 at 8:41 pm

[Portion removed.] Sad that it is illegal to make a living in the arts. I never thought it was “rogue”. Such a biased portrait of a business just trying to stay alive. Art is essential. Unless you love gray communist concrete walls to live with.


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Posted by Art For Art's Sake
a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis
on May 8, 2020 at 8:37 am

For crying out loud...there is an epidemic out there & public health measures trumps money-making/grubbing considerations any day of the week.

While other 'non-essential' businesses have complied with the state mandate and are losing money, this 'non-essential' store elects to ignore the law in the name of art?

Give me a break. What makes a small-time art gallery owner so special and/or unique?

And for those belly-aching about the loss of their constitutional rights with references to other despotic countries...when the travel ban is eventually lifted, hop a plane & go visit those places as the current mandates are tame (albeit inconvenient at times).

It seems the only ones complaining about the closure of non-essential businesses & stay at home orders are the red state/evangelical/white superiority mentalities.


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Posted by Wake up!
a resident of Mountain View
on May 8, 2020 at 9:17 am

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Posted by Sing Thing sandi
a resident of another community
on May 8, 2020 at 10:47 am

I think many people do not understand the seriousness of a pandemic and how easy it is to contract the virus and then take it home to family, including children and elders. As an artisan in a gallery in Menlo Park and an octogenarian and cancer survivor I am glad that my gallery remains closed. We are losing income,but perhaps we
will help flatten the curve so that we can continue to serve the community for many years to come. I look forward to the time when we can re open and put this behind us, but now is way too soon.


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Posted by Downfall
a resident of Fairmeadow
on May 8, 2020 at 10:49 am

Wow, 3 warnings before any real action is taken? This is an adult who consciously made a decision to defy the order. One warning should have been plenty. Someone considering a high end art gallery an essential business is the best laugh I've had all week.


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Posted by Pied Piper
a resident of Community Center
on May 8, 2020 at 10:58 am

@got all the story?
You said:
"wow , we've got police visiting art galleries. I woke up an realized we were in China"

Sheesh! You do realize, you got to wake up, right?
Some were not so lucky. And that's here in the Bay Area.
Your art experience is not worth someone losing a parent.
So yes, it's time to wake up.


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Posted by She killed her business for nothing
a resident of Adobe-Meadow
on May 8, 2020 at 11:03 am

Talk about dumb. I'm sure she'll get frequent ear fulls from people as they walk by, but not going inside.


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Posted by dontliveinCA
a resident of another community
on May 8, 2020 at 12:37 pm

[Portion removed.] Yesterday they announced the president's "valet" tested positive....today an aide to vice pres pence tested positive....probably his press secy. So yes, folks, it is dangerous. Wonder when we'll ever see the pres wearing a mask? People who deny the danger of this pandemic are just ignorant.


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Posted by member
a resident of Greenmeadow
on May 9, 2020 at 9:33 am

I guess the best we can hope for is that people boycott her art gallery for years to come. I myself will never go in there, but I don't go to art galleries run by rich white women of Menlo Park who can afford exorbitant rents, while others are homeless in San Mateo County. And I'm sure she doesn't feel a bit of guilt.


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Posted by Rob
a resident of Atherton
on May 9, 2020 at 6:26 pm

Never visiting this place again.


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Posted by musical
a resident of Palo Verde
on May 9, 2020 at 8:03 pm

The nail that sticks out gets hammered down.


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Posted by Resident
a resident of Old Palo Alto
on May 9, 2020 at 8:34 pm

She could have possibly done this by setting up a "by appointment only" visit - for one person at a time. This is probably no longer an option due to the original defiance. Just stay at home like the rest of us, and help your kids through this. I don't think it sets a good example when a parent is actively defiant against the law.


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Posted by ASR
a resident of College Terrace
on May 10, 2020 at 12:36 pm

Art is not food essential.
Art is not a medical need or emergency.
Please do not open too early.


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Posted by Mark Weiss
a resident of Downtown North
on May 28, 2020 at 9:36 pm

Very interesting... but stupid
(Arte Johnson...Laugh-In.....tv show, circa 1970)


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Posted by Mark Weiss
a resident of Downtown North
on May 28, 2020 at 9:37 pm

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