Leonard and David McKay Gallery at the Pasetta House

Sign of the Times: Urban Sketches of Vintage Signs by Suhita Shirodkar

March 18 – December 23, 2018
Saturday and Sunday 12-5 pm

Featuring urban sketches by local artist Suhita Shirodkar, this exhibit documents the landscape of commercial and vintage signs in and around San Jose, some under threat from development, and some already lost to time.

Follow Suhita Shirodkar’s work here
Vintage Signs of San Jose: http://www.vintagesignsanjose.com/
Blog: https://sketchaway.wordpress.com/

Thank You to Our Exhibit Sponsors

Robert J. Bettencourt


About the Gallery

The Pasetta House was moved to History Park in 1985. Thanks to a generous gift from the Pasetta family, restoration of the house began in 2004; the building was dedicated in 2005. Leonard McKay was instrumental in planning this space as a gallery with climate control and lighting that would meet museum standards suitable for exhibiting art and artifacts. This generosity has afforded History San José the opportunity to host multiple exhibits and to display countless works from its collection. History San José wishes to thank these families for their significant and permanent contribution to History Park and to the community.

About Leonard McKay

A native of Los Gatos and World War II veteran, McKay ran the Smith and McKay Printing Company in San Jose until 1983, when he sold ownership to his son David. From 1986 to 2003, he operated Memorabilia of San José at 250 West St. John Street. In the 1960s, he began collecting paintings by local artists such as A.D.M. Cooper, Andrew Putnam Hill, and Louis O. Lussier. Passionate about local history, McKay was active in the Santa Clara County Pioneers, History San José, and the Sourisseau Academy for State and Local History.