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Kenney Mencher paintings invite viewer to tell the story

By Bonny Zanardi.

Tuesday, October 9, 2007—Reprinted from Inside Bay Area.

To Half or Half Not. —Painting by Kenney Mencher.

ARTIST/EDUCATOR Kenney Mencher, an associate professor of art and art history at Fremont's Ohlone College since 1999, loves to hear what other people read into his paintings, which often capture humans in a moment of psychological or physical drama. Gallery 2611 is featuring Mencher's one-man show, "To Half or Half Not," throughout October.

The show's theme is a challenge to the viewer to wonder if "the cup is indeed half full or half empty." Mencher's paintings range from the comical to the controversial.

Mencher's work has been seen in solo exhibitions and group shows in numerous California locations as well as in New Mexico, Rhode Island, Texas and Ohio.

He earned his M.F.A. in painting at the University of Cincinnati, Ohio. He also holds an M.A. in art history from UC Davis, and a B.A. from the City University of New York.

Mencher's exhibition schedule also includes a painting demonstration from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Saturday.

Gallery 2611 is at 2611 Broadway, Redwood City. Hours are noon to 6 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays, or by appointment by calling 650-364-2611. Visit

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