The distinguished Djerassi Resident Artists Program will celebrate its 2013 Open House from 1 to 5 p.m. July 28. The day includes dance and music performances, literary readings and open studios, plus the opportunity to take self-guided tours of more than 40 sculptures along trails winding through ancient redwoods and rolling hills.
Among the sculptures is "After The Celestial Axe," a work with 27 mirrored surfaces by Silicon Valley-based artist Drue Kataoka. She notes the sculpture "reveals a magical, multi-planar universe." It consists of a fallen oak which has segments covered with mirror shards. Kataoka says the work is "like a living organism, constantly changing each time you encounter it, living with and feeding off of the energy of the environment and people around it."
Open studios will feature media artists Ashley Bellouin and Ben Bracken and visual artist Chris Fraser, of Oakland, and visual artist Mara Baldwin, of Ithaca, N.Y.
Performances will feature composer Michael Harrison, of Yonkers, and choreographer Julie Mayo, of Brooklyn, N.Y.
Readings will be given by writer Vijaya Nagarajan, of Berkeley, poets Chloe Honum and Jacob Shores-Arguello, of Lubbock, Texas, and Holly Simonsen, of Salt Lake City, Utah, and playwright Rita Kniess Barkey, of Missoula, Mont.
The event also includes light fare prepared by the Djerassi center's gourmet chef, Dan Tosh.
Reservations are required. Admission is $35 per person; artist alumni of the program and children 12 and younger are admitted free. All guests must reserve space by calling 650-747-1250 or at www.djerassi.org. Tickets will be held at the door. Space is limited, so reserve early!
The Djerassi Resident Artists Program is at 2325 Bear Gulch Road, Woodside.
Blues, art and BBQ
The Police Activities League is celebrating the seventh annual PAL Blues, ART and BBQ Festival from 5 to 8:30 on Friday and continuing from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. July 27 and noon to 5 p.m. July 28.
On Friday night, ART on the Square, with 26 fine art and craft booths, will be paired with the West Coast Soul/Blues Review featuring Pam Hawkins, Roman Carter and Jackie Payne. Other great music will be featured on July 27 and 28. Visit www.palbluesfestival.com for the complete lineup.
The art and music can be found at Courthouse Square in downtown Redwood City. Beth Mostovoy, co-founder of ART on the Square, says, "Our mission is to bring art to people and people to art." Support comes from the Redwood City Civic Cultural Commission, Redwood City Parks, Recreation and Community Services and Redwood City Parks and Arts Foundation. This year, the Peninsula Arts Council also is a sponsor.
Photographs and drawings
Works by Randall Harrison are featured at the Aegis Gallery of Fine Art through July 28. "Land, Sea and Heavenly Bodies" includes landscape and seascape photographs from the Western U.S. and Peru as well as drawings executed in the French classical style.
The gallery is at 14531 Big Basin Way, Saratoga. Hours are 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesdays and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursdays through Sundays. Call 408-867-0171 or visit www.aegisgallery.com.
Call for submissions
The Coastside Land Trust Art Gallery has issued a call for artists to participate in the Fall Festival Show, which will run from Sept. 8 through Oct. 25. All media are invited to be considered.
The submission period begins Monday and continues through July 29. Submitted works should feature images from or inspired by the natural, cultural and iconic beauty of autumn in California.
Applications may be submitted by email to email@example.com or by mail to Coastside Land Trust Gallery, 788 Main St., Half Moon Bay, CA 94019. Digital images of work are required and must be submitted by email to the above e-address.
For more specific submission information, visit www.coastsidelandtrust.org.
Currently the Coastside Land Trust Gallery is showing its 2013 Youth Art Show, with works by more than 30 young artists. It continues at the gallery through Aug. 23.
The Bay Area Classical Artist Atelier (BACAA) has openings for two drawing and painting workshops in August.
The first is a six-day Portrait Drawing and Painting class, which will be held Aug. 5-10. Students will work on a single drawing and painting for the 6-day workshop. The instructor is Ted Minoff.
A second offering is a 10-day Intensive Figure Drawing and Painting course given by Juliette Aristides. It will run from Aug. 19 to Aug. 30. The course will offer a step-by-step process for painting in oils, from initial color sketch to the final glaze.
BACAA classes are held at 345 Quarry Road, San Carlos. For more information about classes, visit www.bacaa.org or call 650-832-1544.
Information on visual and literary arts can be sent to Bonny Zanardi at Bzanardi@aol.com.