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COVER | Igor and Marina

Winter Apples (oil on canvas). Working as a husband-and-wife team, the Russian-born duo Igor Kozlovsky and Marina Sharapova collaborate on each painting. Marina possesses an excellent subtle touch for realistic drawing and is capable of creating new images on the basis of the works of older artists, particularly those of the Italian and Dutch Renaissance. Igor's specialty is a subtle sense for color, a wonderful appreciation for the tactile nature of paint, canvas, and wood, and an intuitive feel for how to play with abstract images. With their finely tuned sense of all that is enigmatic, seductive, and dreamlike in life, Igor and Marina wholeheartedly embrace their surreal perspective by forcing us to enter their invented new world. Their work can be seen at Caldwell Snyder Gallery, Union Square, San Francisco, 415-392-2299,, and at 1328 Main St., St. Helena, Napa Valley..

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December 2019 Issue:

HEALTH | The Bilingual Advantage
As the Alzheimer's community heralds bilingual brains as mitigating dementia, some researchers suggest otherwise. By Ann Leslie Davis

EDUCATION | Giving Newcomers What They Need
Rudsdale Newcomer High School offers community and connection for migrant teens. By Julie Anderson

PARENTING | Supply or Deny
Should parents enable their children's experimentation with marijuana and alcohol by providing them with vices? By Lisa Fernandez

HOLIDAY GIFT GUIDE | 12 Gifts for the 12 Days of Christmas
From cookbooks and chore coats to world-class art and smart ovens, here's how to wow everyone on your shopping list. By Alex Handy, Janis Hashe, Margaret Juhae Lee, and Elise Proulx

RETAIL |  Checking in With Ruti Boutique's Founder
Plus, a roundup of holiday crafts fairs on tap this month.
By Nana K. Twumasi

|  Pollara Pizza
It's Rome by the slice on Fourth Street. By Katherine Hamilton

THE KILDUFF FILE |  Dan Pfeiffer
The politico brings his roadshow to Cal to talk 2020 turkey. 
By Paul Kilduff


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