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Anh-Minh Le | May 5, 2017 | Story Galleries and Performance

For three weekends in May, local artists are inviting the public to stop by their studios to engage with them and their art. It’s part of the annual Silicon Valley Open Studios, which encompasses San Mateo and Santa Clara counties. Among the dozens of artists participating this year is Belinda Lima. Although she's a veteran of SVOS, this is her first year opening the doors to her space in San Jose’s Alameda ArtWorks. “I love seeing which pieces people are most drawn to and why,” says Lima, who shares a studio with Sylvie Levesque. In Lima’s collage and mixed media works, she strives to “capture the essence of my subject or idea using minimalism, texture, color and shapes. Working on a painting is like trying to solve a puzzle. It can be challenging at times, meditative and extremely satisfying when the puzzle is solved.”

Each SVOS weekend focuses on a different part of the Valley: May 6 to 7, northern area, including Burlingame, Palo Alto and Los Altos; May 13 to 14, central area, including Stanford, Mountain View and Sunnyvale; May 20 to 21, southern area/Pacific Coast, including Half Moon Bay, Los Gatos, San Jose, Saratoga and Morgan Hill. A detailed list of cities and artists can be found on the event website.

Originally published in the May issue of Silicon Valley

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