Figurative paintings by Carol Aust are on view at The Studio Shop in Burlingame through Dec. 22. While the figures in her works are engaging, there also is a sense of vulnerability or secrecy. Her paintings include figures dancing, leaping in the air or just reading quietly.

"Painting for me is an exposing of secrets," Aust says. "I paint feelings and experiences that I'm certain are unique to my journey, only to discover in the sharing that others are on the same path."

Aust's work is influenced by artists Emil Nolde, Marc Chagall and Kathe Kollwitz and by the German Expressionists.

She has shown her work in solo exhibitions locally in 2009 at Zonal in San Francisco, "Water Paintings" in 2006 at the Claremont Hotel in Berkeley and "Art for the Journey" at Studio 7 Gallery in Pleasanton in 2001. National solo shows include galleries in Massachusetts and North Carolina.

Her group exhibitions include "Go Figure" at The Studio Shop in 2011 and "Small Works" at Eriksen Gallery in Half Moon Bay in 2004, among a variety of shows in Northern California. Nationally she has shown work in Florida, Arizona and New York.

The Studio Shop is at 244 Primrose Road. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays. Call 650-344-1378 or visit www.thestudioshop.com.


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Americans in Havana

Stanford Art Spaces presents "Cubanismo: American Photographers in Havana" through Jan. 17. The show features work by Charles Anselmo, Linda Barsotti, DeWitt Cheng, Stan Chism, Dana Flores, Bill Jackson, Kristina Johnson, Dayton Misfeldt and Christian Pease, who are recent alumni at Anselmo Image Works.

Anselmo, a Redwood City photographer, has made 24 trips to Cuba over the past 12 years. He has cultivated many friendships in Cuba and recently has been leading one-week photographic trips to that country.

The Stanford Art Spaces exhibits are installed in three venues on the Stanford campus: the Center for Integrated Systems in the Paul G. Allen building at 420 Via Palou Mall, the adjacent David Packard building and in the psychology offices of Jordan Hall on the Quad.

Anselmo will be leading another photography field workshop the week of Jan. 21 to 28. For full program information with a complete itinerary, call Anselmo at 415-407-3870 or email imagecuba@gmail.com.

Call Stanford Art Spaces Curator M. Grossman at 650-725-3622 or email marigros@cis.stanford.edu.

Coastal Arts League Juried Show

The Coastal Arts League presents its 28th Annual Juried Competition through Jan. 13. An awards ceremony and reception will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. Dec. 15.

Among the accepted entries in the show are the mixed media work "The Crescent Moon" by Dana Mano-Flank of San Carlos, floral watercolor "Prima Donna" by Linda Ann Watson of San Mateo, oil on canvas "Tibetan Singing Bowl" by Joe Altwer of Moss Beach, inkjet photograph of zebras "Rushing from the Water Hole" by Elaine Heron of Portola Valley and "Heart Speaks," a hand-built ceramic book wall hanging by Nancy Struck of Half Moon Bay.

The gallery is at 300 Main St., Half Moon Bay. Hours are noon to 5 p.m. Fridays through Mondays. Call 650-726-6335 or visit www.coastalartsleague.com.

Verses of love

This is the final week for the exhibition of a series of poem-paintings by Salma Arastu at Dominican University in San Rafael. "Turning Rumi: Singing Verses of Love, Unity and Freedom — Part I" is on view at Dominican's Community Gallery, Alemany Library, through Dec. 15.

Arastu's work received a commissioning grant from the East Bay Community Foundation Fund for Artists. Her studio is in Berkeley.

Dominican University is at 50 Acacia Ave. For more information, contact Sandi Chin, Director of University Community Exhibitions, at 415-482-2453 or schin@dominican.edu.

Photo contest

The San Francisco Arts Commission Galleries and PhotoAlliance invite submissions of photography depicting images of escape and escapism for the "Take Me Away" juried exhibition.

Winning photographs will be on view, along with works by featured artists David Gardner, Rebecca Horne and Alice Shaw, from Jan. 30 to May 10 in the SFAC Galleries at San Francisco City Hall. Works must be suitable for a public space.

The deadline for submissions is 6 p.m. Dec. 14. Artists should submit between three and eight images in a jpeg format on CDs, which may be hand delivered or mailed to SF Arts Commission Galleries, 401 Van Ness Ave., San Francisco, CA 94102, Attn: Take Me Away Jury.

For more specific information, visit www.sfartscommission.org/gallery, call 415-554-6080 or email aimee.leduc@sfgov.org.

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