A reception from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday celebrates "Carving Magic," the show of work by Misako Kambe on view through May 31 at the Portola Art Gallery.
Kambe creates her artwork by carving in three different methods: line carving, relief carving and erosion.
For line carving, a technique inspired by 11th-century Chinese Gong Dynasty celadon ware, she first cuts outlines at a 90 degree angle to the surface and then cuts lines with a 45 degree angle. After the clay dries a bit the cut areas peel off easily.
In her relief carving, Kambe does no carving until the piece is bone dry. At that point she carves out the background. The process is extraordinarily time consuming, but the effects can be very dramatic.
In the erosion method, Kambe uses shallow relief carving.
After creating a work using one of these methods, she then applies celadon glazes or uses natural wood firing or wood-soda firing to add variation to the piece.
The Portola Art Gallery is at the Allied Arts Guild, 75 Arbor Road, Menlo Park. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays. Call 650-321-0220 or visit www.portolaartgallery.com.
All night long
Every weekend in May, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art is showing Christian Marclay's internationally acclaimed 24-hour video montage "The Clock" around the clock. The work was created from thousands of film clips and follows real time.
"The Clock," created in 2010, won the Golden Lion at the Venice Biennale in 2011. The SFMOMA showing is the Bay Area premiere of the work.
All during May museum visitors have the opportunity to see the entire 24-hour work on the weekend. It is shown in a setting with just 81 seats. Admission is on a first-come, first-served basis. You can check @TheClockSFMOMA on Twitter for estimated wait times.
The film is part of the regular admission to the museum. The final weekend, from Thursday, May 30, until Sunday, June 2, museum admission will be free, including the continuous screening of "The Clock" from June 1 to June 2.
On June 2 the museum is closing its doors for its major construction project. Museum collections will be moving around the Bay Area, starting with a show opening June 28 at the Contemporary Jewish Museum in San Francisco.
SFMOMA is at 151 Third St., San Francisco. Visit www.sfmoma.org.
A show house
The Studio Shop in Burlingame has been working to bring stellar artwork to the decorator show house presented by Peninsula Volunteers. It opens Saturday and will continue through May 24.
There are more than 100 pieces of art by 20 artists on display in the 11,000 square foot show house. The tour, which presents 20 designer decorated rooms, will traverse various surfaces and floor levels. General admission is $35.
On Thursday, May 16 and May 23 there will be special designer evenings from 6 to 8 p.m. with wine and light hors d'oeuvres. Tickets for those events are $50 and are available until the day before the event.
Complimentary parking and a shuttle are available at The Horse Park at 3674 Sand Hill Road, Woodside, 1 mile west of Highway 280. The show house is open to adults and to children age 12 and older. For tickets or more information, visit www.penvol.org or call 650-381-9933.
Burlingame Art Society
The Spring Art Show 2013 of the Burlingame Art Society begins May 11, with a showing and reception from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at 1426 Burlingame Ave., Burlingame. The show continues from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. May 12.
The exhibition features work by Burlingame Art Society members. Ning Hou will judge the show. Admission is free. Visit www.burlingameartsociety.org.
Artists winning awards at the 2013 Left Coast Annual at the Sanchez Art Center include Lucy Traeger and Ellen Little, who will receive the Juror's Exhibition Award, and Lisa Espenmiller, Adrienne Heloise, Kimberly Ann Rowe and Lael Selzer, who will receive the Juror's Award of Merit. Congratulations to all.
The show will continue through May 19. The Sanchez is at 1220 Linda Mar Blvd., Pacifica. Gallery hours are 1 to 5 p.m. Fridays through Sundays, or by appointment by calling 650-35 5-1894. Visit www.sanchezartcenter.org.
Information on visual and literary arts can be sent to Bonny Zanardi at firstname.lastname@example.org.