This is the 63rd anniversary of the Society of Western Artists (SWA) Annual Exhibition. The show is on view through Aug. 18, with an artists' reception and awards ceremony to be held from 1 to 3 p.m. on that closing day.
Congratulations to all the award winners. Ferenc Besze took best of show for her watercolor "Chinatown." Laurie Johnson won the portrait award for her oil "A Touch of Sunlight in Her Hair."
For the oil painting category, Tomiko Bailey won first place for "San Gregorio Valley," Diana Jaye took second place for "Jughandle Beach" and Anneliese Drbal took third place for "California One."
For watercolors, Victoria Chiofalo took first place for "Harmony," Geri Keary won second place for "Walk Thru John Muir Woods," Edna Acri took third place for "Canyonlands" and Myrna Wacknov won honorable mention for "Weary."
Helen Scheel was the pastel winner for "Wendy's Pumpkin."
Other artists in the show are Gerald Boyd, Diana Potter Burnell, Pam Della, Shirley Green, Dimitry Grudsky, Sharon Harris, Ellen Howard, Jane R. Hofstetter, Sharon Hogan, Charlotte Huntley, Berni Jahnke, Joyce Barron Leopardo, Deborah Matlack, Yvonne Newhouse, Evelyn Nitzberg, Anne Oseberg, Barbara Todd, Akiyo Walker, Decker Walker and Henri Williams.
The show is on view at the SWA Gallery, 2625 Broadway, Redwood City. It is free and open to the public. Hours are 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesdays through Saturdays. Call Judith Puccini at 650-737-6084 or visit www.societyofwesternartists.com.
"Hidden Beauty," a juried photography exhibit, opens Tuesday at Filoli. The show is on view through Aug. 18, with Meet the Artist Days scheduled for July 20 and 21.
The exhibition features 38 images by 24 Northern California photographers. There also is a display of vintage cameras, highlighted by a collection of pinhole cameras owned by Judith Hoffman.
Filoli is at 86 Cañada Road, Woodside. Hours are 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays and 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Sundays. Admission is $15 for adults, $12 for seniors 65 and older, $5 for students and free for children 4 and younger. Call 650-364-8300, extension 509.
Robert Buelteman talk
Montara photographer Robert Buelteman has gained an international reputation for his work. His "Signs of Life" exhibition is on view at PHOTO in Oakland through July 13. He will give an Artist Talk at 3 p.m. June 29 at which he will describe his camera-free method of capturing light-filled images of plants and leaves.
Formerly a landscape photographer who worked in black-and-white, Buelteman has developed a camera-free method of capturing images using such materials as aluminum sheet metal, liquid silicone, plexiglass and 40,000-volt transformers. As his process proceeds, he reveals the energy field around his subject with ionized gas, then combines various light sources, such as xenon-strobe or fiber-optic light, for further degrees of illumination, finally capturing the image on film.
Those resulting images are brilliant, gracile and beautiful, but also unpredictable. Buelteman notes that bringing together the elements--the subject, film, light and aesthetics -- has provided him "a connectedness" that has been elusive in other parts of his life.
PHOTO is at 473 25th St. Hours are noon to 6 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays. For appointments Sundays through Thursdays, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. Call 510-858-7352 or visit www.photogalleryoakland.com.
Earl Junghans' watercolor paintings of various landscapes and the flora and fauna of the Mountain View and Palo Alto Baylands are featured at the EcoCenter in Palo Alto through Aug. 28. A reception for the show will be held from 1 to 3 p.m. June 29.
Junghans, a retired architect, has been pursuing painting since 1965. The show at the EcoCenter presents 28 of his works.
The EcoCenter is at 2560 Embarcadero Road. Hours are 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Mondays, Thursdays and Fridays and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays. Admission is free. Call 650-493-8000 or visit www.Evols.org.
Students studying painting and drawing with Mary Szasz of the South San Francisco Adult Education School are having a summer vacation exhibit at the Pacifica Community Center Gallery.
The student work in watercolor, acrylics and oils is on view through June 30. The gallery is on Crespi Drive at Highway 1 in Pacifica. Hours are 8:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays and 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Fridays.
Information on visual and literary arts can be sent to Bonny Zanardi at Bzanardi@aol.com.