Terri Hill and Terri Ford are uniting to share the spotlight in "A Farewell Exhibit" at Viewpoints Gallery. The show, the final one for both artists at Viewpoints, opens Tuesday and will continue through Jan. 26. A reception will be from 2 to 5 p.m. Jan. 12.
Both Hill and Ford have won many awards for their work and have appeared in a number of journals and magazines.
Hill, a Bay Area native, has a long career in graphic design. She started painting in watercolors in 2003 and on New Year's Day 2009 became a full-time painter, and has "never looked back."
Her rich colors and close-up vantage point are keynotes of her paintings. Local fruits, vegetables and wines as well as beaches, parks and pools are subjects of her works. She also is well known for paintings of bicycles. Her newer series include "Signs of the Times" and "Old Parts with New Color."
Viewpoints artist Nancy Calhoun says that Hill is "known for her wonderful bicycles and paintings that celebrate life while she fights cancer." Hill notes that time is of the essence. "I need the rest of my time to complete my essential work." She's not concentrating on sales, but is "encouraging them wholeheartedly."
Hill also speaks lovingly about the Viewpoints family. "They embraced me, wanted my art and taught me about being in a gallery, learning how to speak art language and take a commitment to make a living in art," she said. Their belief in Hill taught her to believe
Ford says, "Terri Hill and I had always talked about doing something together so when this exhibit was suggested we both were game to do it."
A plein-air artist, Ford paints the countryside in France, Italy, Mexico and various parts of the West. The varying light and conditions draw her into the scenes she paints. She also is taken with old barns, bell towers, bridges and other weathered architecture.
In 2012 Ford was the grand prize winner in the Pastel Journal 13th Annual Pastel 100 Competition. She also is the first person to be honored as Eminent Pastellist by the International Association of Pastel Societies.
She calls her painting style "representational and impressionistic." She notes it is meant to be a "personal and human response to the subject."
Ford also enjoys teaching a variety of workshops. On Sept. 4-6 she will give a workshop in Pacific Grove and Oct. 12-22 will lead the workshop "Ooh la, la!" in the South of France. More information is available at www.terrifordart.com or calling 408-286-3801.
Viewpoints Gallery is at 315 State St., Los Altos. Hours are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays and 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sundays. Call 650-941-5789 or visit www.viewpointsgallery.com.
Sanchez features Arthur Bell
Opening with a reception from 7 to 9 p.m. Jan 11 at the Sanchez Art Center is "Originalitude: Arthur Bell's Amazing Paintings," in the center's main gallery. The first show of the year also includes Art WaVeS' "Winter Salon" in the east wing gallery and the Art Guild of Pacifica's "Noir" in the west wing.
Bell was a painter in San Francisco in the 1970s and 1980s, until a series of strokes prevented him from creating his artwork. Curator DeWitt Cheng has made it his "personal charge" to reacquaint the public with Bell's work.
Cheng is taken by the "strange characters in mysterious, amusing events" in Bell's work. The paintings might include anything from "a canine Wyeth heroine" to a "narwal-shaped paddlewheel steamboat." Cheng calls Bell "a bona fide original."
The Art WaVeS show includes work by Jennifer Alpaugh, Susan Black, Kathy Dybeck, Linda Fitch, Richard Herring, Charlotte Kay, Melinda Lightfoot, Kathy Miller, Leigh Radtke, Nancy Mona Russell, Louis Webb, Roxanne Worthington and Pauline Yeckley.
The Art Guild's "Noir" show presents dark or dangerous-themed work by approximately 30 artists.
The Sanchez Art Center is at 1220 B Linda Mar Blvd., Pacifica. Normal gallery hours are 1 to 5 p.m. Fridays through Sundays, or by appointment by calling 650-355-1894. Visit www.sanchezartcenter.org.
Sculpture by Ilana Davis
Work by Bay Area sculptor Ilana Davis is presented in "Balancing Act" at the Oshman Family Jewish Community Center. The show opens Monday. A reception with the artist will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Jan. 13 in the Schultz Cultural Arts Hall.
Davis has transformed recycled materials into bronze sculptures. Her collection represents the balancing act required by modern life.
The show will be on view through April 5. The Oshman Center is at 3921 Fabian Way, Palo Alto. Hours are 5 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays, 5 a.m. to 9 p.m. Fridays and 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. For more information, contact Simcha Moyal at 650-799-1859.
Information on visual and literary arts can be sent to Bonny Zanardi at Bzanardi@aol.com.