Watercolor paintings, haiku and calligraphy are featured in the show "Wild Heart of One Bird Singing," which opens with a reception from 5 to 8 p.m. March 1 at Viewpoints Gallery.

The show brings together paintings by watercolor artist Floy Zittin, poetry by Patricia Machmiller and calligraphy by Martha Dahlen. All three artists began their careers in scientific fields and over time each has developed an interest in Asian art. The three artists have collaborated on a book with the same title as the exhibition.

"Wild Heart of One Bird Singing" will be on view through March 29. Viewpoints 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.

Cuban photography

Extraordinary contrasts that exist in Cuban culture are captured in the photography show "Cuba in Transition," which opens with a reception from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday at Avenue 25 Gallery in San Mateo.

The show presents photographs by participants from workshop trips to Cuba led by Charles Anselmo of Anselmo Image Works. Anselmo has made nearly 30 trips to Havana since 2000. In addition to building friendships in Cuba, Anselmo has built collaborations with Cuban artists. Recently he has been leading weeklong photographic workshops to Havana.


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Avenue 25 features works by Linda Barsotti, Stan Chism, David Coleman, Christine Conroy, Sharon Downey-Hohmuth, Craig Fonarow, Dana Flores, Bill Jackson, Kristina Johnson, Mansur Kiadeh, Christian Pease, Jean Paul Torres, Ginny Veltre and Kara Wood, in addition to works by Anselmo.

Anselmo will give an artist's talk from 1 to 2 p.m. March 2. "Cuba in Transition" will be on view through March 29. Avenue 25 Gallery is on the second floor at 32 W. 25th Ave., San Mateo. Normal gallery hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through Fridays. Contact Anselmo at 415-407-3870 or visit http://avenue25gallery.plsinfo.org.

Breaking rules

The Peninsula Chapter of Women's Caucus for Art presents "Women Who Broke the Rules," an exhibit on view through March 30 in the East Wing Gallery of the Sanchez Art Center.

The show's theme, chosen to coincide with Women's History Month, centers on women who have, at one time or another, stepped outside the line, whether that means saying "no" to someone or something or making a decision to follow a difficult or unpopular path to achieve something important.

Also on view is the Art Guild of Pacifica show "Windows to the Soul" in the West Wing Gallery and Niki Ulehla's "The Inferno (Cantos 8-17)," featuring puppets based on Dante's "Inferno," in the Main Gallery. Ulehla will give an Artist Talk at 4 p.m. March 30.

The Sanchez Art Center is at 1220 Linda Mar Blvd., Pacifica. Hours are 1 to 5 p.m. Fridays through Sundays, or by appointment by calling 650-355-1894. Visit www.sanchezartcenter.org.

Judy Sleeth honored

Art in Action will celebrate its fifth annual Atelier d'Artists on March 4 at the Sharon Heights Golf and Country Club. The event will honor Art in Action founder Judy Sleeth, who developed the organization and has led it over the past 30 years.

The event also will introduce the organization's new Executive Director, Jeffrey Dollinger. Craig Watson, Director of the California Arts Council, will give the keynote speech and Carolyn Johnson of ABC7 News will be the master of ceremonies.

Atelier d'Artists will be held from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Sharon Heights Golf and Country Club, 2900 Sand Hill Road, Menlo Park. Tickets are $95. Visit www.artinaction.org.

Students invited

City Arts of San Mateo invites students at Aragon High School, Hillsdale High School or San Mateo High to enter its 2013 High School Arts Recognition Program. This year's theme is "Imagine this."

The deadline for submissions of visual or literary works is March 15. There are categories for 2-D, 3-D, photography, poetry and prose. Entries are to be turned in to the student's visual arts or literary arts teacher.

Two $500 grand prizes will be awarded, one for the winning visual artwork and one for the winning literary work. There also are $200 first place awards as well as honorary ribbons. Awards will be presented at a reception at 2 p.m. April 14 in the Oak Room at San Mateo Public Library, 55 W. Third Ave., San Mateo. An exhibit of winning works and other entries will be on view at the library for the month of April.

City Arts is a nonprofit organization serving the city of San Mateo. Call 650-522-7522, extension 2787, or visit www.cityartsofsanmateo.org.

Information on visual and literary arts can be sent to Bonny Zanardi at Bzanardi@aol.com.