The Studio Shop presents a group show of sculpture in the exhibition "Off the Wall," which opens with a reception from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday. . It will be on view through April 7.
Featured in the show are local artists Fred Yokel, Kalani Engles and the late Ray Lorenzato, as well as artists from Florida and New York. Works are created in a variety of materials, including stone, resin, bronze, ceramic, glass and cement combined with woven nylon.
Lorenzato earned his bachelor's degree from Humboldt State College in 1951 and hismaster of fine arts from the California College of Arts and Crafts in Oakland in 1952.
He taught at College of San Mateo from 1966 to 1984. Sabbatical leaves during that time allowed him to travel and study in Mexico and Guatemala and, later, in Europe and Asia Minor. He also studied stone-working in Italy during a semester-long professional growth leave in 1983.
After retiring from the college, he spent several months each year in Italy, where he worked on refining his stone-carving.
He exhibited widely, including shows at the De Young Museum and the Legion of Honor in San Francisco, the Richmond Museum of Art, Oakland Museum and four invitational exhibitions in Italy.
"Off the Wall" will be on view through April 7. The Studio Shop is at 244 Primrose Road, Burlingame. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays. Call 650-344-1378 or visit www.thestudioshop.com.
"Donald Feasél: Terra Infirma" is on view at the Wiegand Gallery at Notre Dame de Namur University through April 19. A special Fundraiser Brunch will be held from 12:30 to 2 p.m. March 30, followed by an opening reception from 2 to 4 p.m.
Feasél is an artist who pushes the boundaries in painting, often using unorthodox methods and materials. On view are several stain paintings and some "Goya-esque" still life works. The artist has said, "I always put expressiveness over coherence." He notes that "the less there is to grasp, the more you have to have faith that you're making something authentic or real."
A 34-page catalog, which includes an essay by artist/California College of the Arts Professor John Zurier, accompanies the exhibition.
The Wiegand Gallery is in the stone carriage house on the Notre Dame campus at 1500 Ralston Ave., Belmont. Hours are noon to 4 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays. Admission is free. Call 650-508-3595 or visit www.wiegandgallery.org.
Artist Tobias Tovera celebrated the completion of his 7-foot-square mixed media painting "Hermetica" at a closing reception. Sunday at the Peninsula Museum of Art.
Tovera began the work at the show's opening reception and went¿ to the museum on Wednesday afternoons to continue work on the painting.
Sunday was also the final day for the exhibition of work by Eleanor Dickinson and Kalani Engles.
Centered on seeds
Artist Beth Grossman has created the traveling art exhibit "The Law of Seeds" to be featured at botanical gardens, city halls and other public places. The show's debut exhibition is presented through April 30 at Brisbane City Hall. A reception will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday.¿
Grossman, an activist artist, is calling attention to the need to protect plant biodiversity. She says that the exhibit "is about our accountability to future generations and ensuring that nature's seed cycle will carry on."
The EcoCenter is hosting an exhibit called "We Are the Shoreline. The event includes artwork by East Palo Alto and Menlo Park elementary school students in addition to paintings by the Santa Clara Valley Watercolor Society plein-air group.
Student work will be on display through Friday; the Santa Clara Valley Watercolor Society show will continue through May 30.
The Environmental Volunteers EcoCenter is at 2560 Embarcadero Road, Palo Alto. Hours are 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Mondays, Thursdays and Fridays and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays. Visit www.EVols.org/ecocenter.
"Where We Are," an exhibit of work by photographers of the Richard Dischler Photo Workshops at Keeble & Shuchat Photography, opened Sunday.
The artists gathered in a parking lot in Palo Alto on a chilly December afternoon for their assignment to capture six strong images in just 30 minutes.
The show will be on view through Saturday. The Keeble & Shuchat Select Gallery is at 290 S. California Ave., Palo Alto. Hours are 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays and 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Sundays. Call Dischler at 925-890-8360 or visit www.kspphoto.com.
Information on visual and literary arts can be sent to Bonny Zanardi at Bzanardi@aol.com.