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Friday, February 13, 2009

Councilman Cohen's canvases

Some folks in Menlo Park take their local politics reeeeally seriously. I covered the city beat for the Almanac a few years back, and I can still picture that crowd squeezed into a kitchen on election night in 2004, and the roar after it looked like Andy Cohen had won a City Council seat. People expected Kelly Fergusson to win -- and they both did -- but it was Andy's victory that really sparked the tumult.

Menlo Park was the most polarized beat I have ever covered (beating out Woodside, East Palo Alto, Atherton, Hillsborough, San Mateo County and the San Jose Unified School District). Are you for us or against us? Everyone was on one side or another of absolutely everything. It got exhausting.

So it's nice to hear about Andy Cohen in the arts world, fuzzy feature writer that I am. I've always liked his offbeat sense of humor. Oh, wait -- does that mean my coverage of Menlo Park was biased?

Anyway, the Almanac's Sean Howell told me that Andy is having his first public exhibit of his paintings. His landscapes and still-lifes are up at Little House, some from his hiking and camping days. Sean said Andy started painting because he was tired of words (he "learned as a lawyer that words can be used to distort").

Little House reports that Andy's paintings will be up "for another week or two," Monday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Call Joan Currie at 650-326-2025, extension 229, for details.

Councilman Cohen is also teaching a Little House class on nature journaling Feb. 27 through March 27. Please, don't be that guy who shows up to yell about land use.

Pictured: Andy Cohen's painting of an abandoned farm, courtesy of www.AlmanacNews.com.