New Berryessa Murals Celebrate San Jose’s Rustic Past – East Bay Times

Weekly shopping may be a more usual reason to visit the new Market Park mall on Berryessa Road in San Jose, but stopping to contemplate a set of new murals while you’re there isn’t a bad thing at all. idea.

The Bumb family, owners of the nearby San Jose Center and Flea Market, enlisted muralist Lila Gemellos to work with KRP Architects to add color with a historic touch to the pristine walls of the mall buildings. The result has been a series of murals that celebrate the bucolic past of the East Valley.

There are footage of a Peninsular Railroad car driving up Alum Rock, children playing in Penitencia Creek, field workers drying apricots, and a panoramic view of an orchard-filled valley from Mount Hamilton Road. There’s even a nod to the Bumb family’s own history, with a box of Berryessa cherries labeled Bumb Family Farms.

A mural by Lila Gemellos at the Market Park shopping center shows a tram passing through Berryessa. (Sal Pizarro / Bay Area News Group)

While Gemellos’ always colorful work is very varied, the San Jose native told me that she loved being able to add history to her work, especially to help newcomers experience what this valley was like before. silicon. You can see more examples like this at the Santa Clara County Fairgrounds, where Gemellos led a team that created a series of murals celebrating the many towns that make up Santa Clara County.

There’s a lot more of her work all around San Jose, and you can see a good collection on her website,, or follow her on Instagram at @gemellosmurals.

SAN JOSE, CALIFORNIA – SEPTEMBER 23: The “Beyond Van Gogh: The Immersive Experience” exhibit is on display at South Hall at the San Jose McEnery Convention Center in a media and VIP guest preview on Thursday 23 September 2021, in San Jose, CA (Dai Sugano / Bay Area News Group)

GOGH SEE: The new show “Beyond Van Gogh: An Immersive Experience” at the San Jose McEnery Convention Center is set to be a hot ticket this fall. Of course, this is a totally different exhibition than the one in “Immersive Van Gogh” which takes place in San Francisco, but it is worth it for fans of the Dutch painter or for anyone who wants a surreal artistic experience. About 200 guests attended a preview night on Thursday night before the show opened to the public on Friday.

Fanny Curtat, the art historian who worked on the exhibit, told me that while nothing can match the original paintings created by Vincent Van Gogh, the immersive digital presentation is a wonderful tool to empower people knowing his job to explore it more thoroughly. or to present it to new fans. We talked a bit about his portraits, which in the exhibition dissolve into patterns and ultimately into flowers, retaining his well-known brushstroke style.

“It’s because he painted flowers as if they were people,” she said.

If there’s one downside to the show, which runs until November 14, it’s the coffee bar that main sponsor Keurig has set up on the way out, where visitors can also take an artistic selfie or buy Van Gogh products. The coffee isn’t the problem, it’s just that not every setting in the world can make South Hall a French sidewalk cafe. It is only then that the illusion that you are living in Van Gogh’s world disappears.

SAN JOSE, CA – OCT. 17: Virag Saksena (left) and Vishal Gauri stand behind a rack of bottled American whiskey at their 10th Street distillery on Thursday, October 17, 2019, in San Jose, Calif. (Karl Mondon / Bay Area News Group)

SAN JOSE WHISKEY WINS BIG: The next time someone asks you what San José is famous for besides sharks and technology, you can say, “We make a damn good whiskey.” And you can give credit to 10th Street Distillery, where founders Virag Saksena and Vishal Gauri were stunned to find that their peated single malt whiskey won the Best in Show award at this year’s New York World Wine & Spirits Competition, one of the best tasting events in the world.

The two engineers and college buddies founded 10th Street Distillery in 2017 and have been a real success, using their chemistry know-how and distillation skills to create whiskeys that taste like they’ve aged for a decade. or more despite having spent only a fraction. from that time in a barrel. And they’re not single-ride ponies, either. Their California coast whiskey won a gold medal in the same competition. Check them out at

NOW WE COOK: To celebrate its upcoming 80th birthday, the San Jose Children’s Auxiliary has put together “Recipes Out of the Box,” a cookbook that compiles recipes submitted by members of the organization. The San Jose Auxiliary was founded in 1942 to support Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital at Stanford, a mission it continues today by managing the Thrift Box at Willow Glen.

The cookbook has entrees like Missy Ryan’s Cheese Puffs and Spinach Salad, taken from Sue Casey and Colleen Lund’s recipes. But there are also entrees – icy ribs with a Gordon Biersch Märzen beer barbecue sauce – and desserts like Carrie Townsley’s gluten-free chocolate and tahini brownies.

You can pick up the cookbook at the Thrift Box, 1362 Lincoln Ave., for $ 27.43 – which equates to $ 30 with tax.

CONCERT WITH HOPE: Michael McDonald, Rock N Roll Hall of Fame inductee and former Doobie Brother, will headline the third annual In Concert With Hope, a virtual fundraiser for Hope Services on October 2. McDonald will be joined by two-time Grammy-nominated jazz saxophonist Mindi Abair. .

The concert supports Hope Services’ programs for children and adults with developmental disabilities, including Homestart, an early intervention program for children 5 and under that has already helped more than 500 families. Tickets are available for only $ 20 at

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