The show "Afghanistan: Images from an Era of Peace" is on view at the Wiegand Gallery through Oct. 27. A reception for the exhibit will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. Sept. 30, including a discussion of Afghan art and life by the photographer Joseph N. Hoyt, kite maker Basir Beria and members of the Bay Area Afghan community.
Among the images on view are 51 black and white photographs, as well as six Afghan kites. Hoyt visited Afghanistan when he was a young traveler in the early 1970s. This exhibition offers visitors a view of what life was like 30 years ago, providing a contrast to the imagery typically seen in the news today.
"The world's press focuses its lens on the turmoil and despair of the ongoing tragedy that has been unfolding there for the past 30 years to remind us of the importance of saving Afghanistan from the forces intent on its dominance or destruction," Hoyt says.
Wiegand Gallery Director Robert Poplack says, "Through these powerful black and white images and essays, we discover the fascinating history of the once peaceful Afghanistan -- its people, landscapes and ancient ruins in a poor but culturally and historically rich nation."
On Sept. 29, Beria will lead a kite-making workshop from 1 to 5 p.m. in the Wiegand University Madison Art Center. The fee is $75 for non-students. Call 650-508-3595 to reserve your space.
The Wiegand Gallery is on the campus of Notre Dame de Namur University, 1500 Ralston Ave., Belmont. Hours are noon to 4 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays. The gallery will be closed Oct. 12. Admission is free. Visit www.wiegandgallery.org.
Four females featured
"It's All About Me" at the Avenue 25 Gallery presents work by four female artists: Cristina Velazquez, Efren Alvarez, Elizabeth Jiménez Montelongo and Sarah Joy Cabana. A reception will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. on Sept 28 with live poetry by Umbelina Martinez from 8:30 to 9 p.m.
The show will be on view through Nov. 2. The gallery is on the second floor at 32 W. 25th Ave., San Mateo. Hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through Fridays. Admission is free. Visit http://avenue25gallery.plsinfo.org.
Burlingame Open Studios
Several members of the Burlingame Art Society are holding open studios from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 29 and 30.
At 121 Warren Road, San Mateo, 15 artists will exhibit their art in the gardens and studio of Susan Pizzi. Among the artists are Julie Andrews, Pat Barr, Doug Bell, Diana Day Glynn, George Dumandan, Jacquelyn Gray, Kay Johnson, Pat Knowles, Ellen Lee, Pat McMorrow, Paul Rubas, Teresa Silvestra, Nancy Stirm and Lotus Tanabe.
In Burlingame, Leona Moriarty will be joined by Olga Parr and Deborah Sullivan at 1132 Cortez Ave., Lynne Flodin and Rose Nieponice will be showing their works at 1404 Balboa Ave. and Brian Harvey will be showing works in his home and studio at 605 Trenton Way.
For more information and a site map, visit www.burlingameartsociety.org or phone 650-348-8833.
Camera club show
Color photographs by members of the Peninsula Camera Club are featured at the City Arts Gallery at Peninsula Ballet Theatre through the end of October.
The works are by Bob Braun, Sallie Bernstein, Bob Fournier, Kirsten Klagenberg, Jeff Klagenberg, Larry Salveson and the late Eleanor Webster.
The gallery is at 1880 S. Grant, San Mateo. Visit www.cityartsofsanmateo.org.
Free arts day
Yerba Buena Family Day will be held from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday in San Francisco. Participating museums and cultural institutions are the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art at 151 Third St., Contemporary Jewish Museum at 736 Mission St., Museum of the African Diaspora at 685 Mission St., Children's Creativity Museum at 221 Fourth St. and Yerba Buena Gardens Festival on Mission Street between Third and Fourth.
Activities include hands-on art making and family-friendly performances. Admission for all ages is free. Call 415-614-3216 or visit www.ybfamilyday.org.
An Artful Evening
Wings Learning Center, a Peninsula organization serving children with autism and communication disorders, presents "An Artful Evening" from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Sept 28 at Thomas Fogarty Winery, 9501 Skyline Blvd., Woodside.
The event features works by local artists Jackson Butler, Jan Carr, Michelle Flynn, Jessica Joy Jirsa, Nicole Keating, Naoko Nojiri, Kat Vaughn, Irma Velasquez, Kimberly Vogel and Rachel Wells.
There also will be dancing to music by The Circuit Breakers as well as edibles by Toast Catering. Tickets are $100 per person. Visit www.wingslearningcenter.org.
Information on visual and literary arts can be sent to Bonny Zanardi at Bzanardi@aol.com.