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From egg beaters to antique toasters

Kathleen Thompson Hill scooped up kitchen collectibles others chose to give away and now has a vast collection that captures the way life used to be in the heart of the home.

Her show, “Kitchen Memories,” opens tomorrow at the Sonoma Valley Museum of Art, where it’s impossible to view her meat grinders, potato mashers and fruit reamers without thinking, at least once, “Oh, I remember these,” usually followed by, “My mom (or my grandma) had one.”

The collection whizzes you into the past while the way it’s displayed wows you. How can you not be mesmerized by two-dozen antique egg beaters floating in mid-air? Or not be taken aback by a 1940s white-enameled O’Keefe and Merritt stove sitting in the museum with a pressure cooker atop its burner?

Complementing Kathleen’s kitchen collection is “Delicious Images: Art About Food,” paintings and works on paper by Wayne Thiebaud and Joseph Goldyne.

Displaying works from their personal collections, the two esteemed contemporary artists bring a haute tone to the otherwise downhome mood. Thiebaud shows his celebrated cakes, cherries and a salt shaker, while Goldyne pairs the work of famous artists with sandwiches, as in a piece with a Picasso with a pastrami titled “Sandwich for Pablo.”


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