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A While exploring California’s early folk art, raise a toast to Delight Merner, a talented, 1930s-era decorator with a keen sense of color. She and her husband Garfield bought land in 1929, intent on creating “a serene and beautiful workplace for artists; to encourage the crafting of handsome objects for everyday use; and to support all peasant or folk art, especially that of early California.” Today, the Allied Arts Guild is the heart of the area’s artistic community, a nurturing space inspiring the creativity of a new generation of designers, artists and architects. Beloved and historic, the three-acre showplace boasts exquisite gardens, studios and retail spaces for artists to create, display and sell their art. Now owned and operated by the Allied Arts Guild Auxiliary, whose mission is to raise funds to support uncompensated care at the Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital at Stanford, the AAG is a tranquil spot to disconnect, if only for an hour or two.

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