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COVER | Holly Van Hart

Forest Reverie (48" x 36" oil painting on canvas). Holly Van Hart is an internationally exhibited artist known for her abstracted nature paintings. She lives in Silicon Valley and maintains studios in Silicon Valley and New York. Van Hart's work explores her fascination with the idea of the limitless opportunities in life. Images of abstracted forests, fields, and flowers are used to symbolize abundance and the generation of new life and new ideas. Van Hart has had solo exhibitions at the Triton Museum of Art, UC San Francisco, and Stanford University. Her work is shown in galleries across the United States and has won awards such as the grand prize at the California Statewide Painting Competition and Best of Houzz. Her paintings have been featured in Professional Artist Magazine, Huffington Post, Silicon Valley Talk Art TV and more. Van Hart donates her time to local and global art and nature organizations. She wrote a book, Nature's Inspirations, which is available at (free download) and on Amazon. For information about upcoming shows in the Bay Area, Beverly Hills, and Taipei, visit, or follow her on Facebook at

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March 2018 Issue:

ADVENTURE |  Off the Grid
Teens put down their phones and pick up backpacks.
By Tara Taylor

EXPERIENCE |  Teens Shoulder Responsibility
Counselor-in-training programs teach leadership, patience, and hard work. By Lisa Fernandez

EDUCATION |  Fun First, Learning Second
STEM educational camps offer summer school without pressure—no homework, no tests. By Tara Taylor

ENVIRONMENT |  Finally, Protection for the Moke
After three decades, environmentalists are on the cusp of obtaining wild and scenic designation for the Mokelumne River, which would prevent new dams on the East Bay's primary water supply.
By Alastair Bland

PARENTING |  Weed Can Wait
An Oakland cannabis counselor notes that modern, powerful strains of marijuana can damage young people's brains. But convincing youth to say "no" is another matter. By Lisa Fernandez

PERFORMANCE |   Bringing New Life to Poetry
Lady and Lord Dosis take their guests on a whimsical journey with Poetry Nap.
By Katie Tandy

RETAIL |  Dandelion Post Delivers With Indie Goods
Locally sourced stuff shows up at Concept Forty-Seven, and introducing TreasureFest.
By Nana Twumasi

|  Enoteca Mediterraneo and CDP
Stellar concepts exemplify simplicity and glorious luxury.
By Janelle Bitker

The Kilduff File |  Frances Dinkelspiel
The founder of Berkeleyside talks breaking news and revenue modelst. 
By Paul Kilduff


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