The group show "Small Works ... Great Values" opens Sunday at Portola Art Gallery. A reception will be held from 1 to 4 p.m. Dec. 7.
Original paintings, fine art photographs and other small-sized works are showcased. The exhibit offers an opportunity to find unique gifts or to purchase an original piece of art for personal enjoyment.
"Small Works ... Great Values" will continue though Dec. 31.
Also, Saturday, the gallery is participating in an After-Thanksgiving Shopping Event which offers a creative way to search for gifts. Other participants include Esther Baran Artwork, Davide Bigazzi Jewelry and Joy Imai Pottery. Local shops will provide holiday treats, hot cider and tea.
The 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.
A first, plus Open Studios
The Peninsula Museum of Art is hosting its first-ever annual fundraising "Art and Artifacts" silent auction from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Dec. 7 and 8. Last bids in the silent auction will be called at 3:30 p.m. each day. The sale will continue from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Dec. 11 to 22.
Among the offerings are a documented photograph by Imogen Cunningham, an oil painting on gold foil by Flo Ray Harmon and a variety of Asian art.
There also will be a variety of collectibles, from women's wearable textiles to art books, paintings and other treasures donated by friends of the museum.
Also on Dec. 7 and 8, the adjacent Peninsula Art Institute will be holding its Fall Open Studios. Visitors can tour 28 artists' studios and their gallery exhibition of "Small Works."
Live demonstrations scheduled on both days include hat blocking and trimming at noon in Studio 7, creating 3-D images from 2-D photographs at 2 p.m. in Studio 5, weaving with metal at 2:30 p.m. in Studio 33 and stone carving outdoors (weather permitting) or in Studio 11 at 3:30 p.m.
The Peninsula Museum of Art and Peninsula Art Institute are at 1777 California Drive, Burlingame. Call 650-692-2101 or visit www.peninsulamuseum.org.
Life Thinly Sliced
Illustrated recycled doors by San Bruno artist Boris Koodrin are featured in "Life Thinly Sliced" at the Caldwell Gallery. In the works, he explores beauty and human consciousness and the place where the two intersect.
The show is on view through Dec. 31. The Caldwell Gallery is on the first floor at 400 County Center, Redwood City.
Concurrently, watercolor paintings by San Mateo artist Linda Watson are presented in "Travels in Watercolor" in the Community Gallery on the lower level of the building. Watson has captured her travels through Ireland, Italy, Turkey and the United States in the works.
Gallery hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through Fridays. The curator for both galleries is Teresa Silvestri. Call 650-654-2766 or email TeresaPPup@aol.com.
The Main Gallery's 2013 Holiday Show is on view through Dec. 29. It features original hand-made work, including translucent porcelain tea light covers and ceramic menorahs by Susan Wolf and Lynne Auld's photographs of seasonal celebrations all over the world.
The gallery is at 1018 Main St., Redwood City. Holiday hours are 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. every day through Dec. 29. Call 650-701-1018 or visit www.themaingallery.org.
Information on visual and literary arts can be sent to Bonny Zanardi at Bzanardi@aol.com.