The Left Coast Annual Juried Exhibition opens with a reception from 7 to 9 p.m. Friday at the Sanchez Art Center. Concurrently, the center presents a show featuring work by the 2013 award winners, Ellen Little and Lucy Traeger, in the East Gallery.
This year's competition is juried by Jenny Gheith of SFMOMA. At 1 p.m. April 13 she will give a talk and present awards. This year the competition was opened to artists from Alaska as well as California, Oregon and Washington.
Gheith selected 47 pieces to exhibit from 936 works created by 360 artists. The number of entries marked a new record for the Sanchez.
In the East Gallery, Little presents her large watercolor paintings. Sanchez Program Manager Melinda Lightfoot notes that the paintings maintain the "delicacy that transparent watercolors can bestow, despite their size." Traeger presents acrylic paintings focused on people and events from the news media. She brings her personal compassion and indignation to bear on tragic stories, aiming to inspire viewers to take action.
Both exhibitions will be on view through May 18. The Sanchez Art Center is at 1220 Linda Mar Blvd., Pacifica. Hours are 1 to 5 p.m. Fridays through Sundays. Call 650-355-1894 or visit www.sanchezartcenter.org.
Stanford Art Spaces
Colorful abstract paintings by Michael Fram and Timothy Stroth are presented through the end of April at Stanford Art Spaces. A reception for the artists will be held from 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday.
The works are on view in the Center for Integrated Systems and David W. Packard Electrical Engineering Building at Stanford University. The buildings are open during normal business hours Mondays through Fridays. Contact curator DeWitt Cheng at 650-725-3622 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Art of the haggadah
The Contemporary Jewish Museum is showing "Arthur Szyk and the Art of the Haggadah" through June 29. It is the first showing of all 48 original paintings of Szyk's 1940 masterpiece in more than 60 years.
The haggadah ("the telling") recounts the story of the exodus of the ancient Hebrews from slavery in Egypt. Szyk illustrated the story with the ancient techniques of medieval illuminated manuscripts, but with a contemporary twist. He drew parallels between the situation of the Jews in Egypt and the rising threat of Nazi power.
When it first came out in the 1940s, The Times of London said it was "among the most beautiful of books that the hand of man has produced."
The CJM is at 736 Mission St., San Francisco. It is open daily (except Wednesdays) from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., with extended hours from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Thursdays. Admission is $12 for adults, $10 for students and senior citizens and $5 on Thursdays after 5 p.m. Call 415-655-7800 or visit www.thecjm.org.
A retrospective exhibition of illustrations by Gail Gandolfi is on view at the Manor House through April 29. A reception for the show will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday.
The Manor House is at 10 Twin Pines Park, Belmont. Hours are noon to 4 p.m. Wednesdays through Sundays.
Call to artists
Art on the Square has set the dates for the eighth annual showcase of original fine arts and crafts at Courthouse Square in downtown Redwood City. It's held in conjunction with the city's Music on the Square concerts and the Police Athletic League Blues, Art & BBQ Festival.
The dates for Art on the Square are June 13, July 11 (Jewelry on the Square), July 25 and August 22. Hours are 5 to 8:30 p.m. The PAL Blues Festival date is July 26; the event runs from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.
There's also a call to artists who live, work or exhibit in Redwood City to submit an original design for the city's second annual "Summer Event T-shirt Contest." The winner will receive $250 from the Redwood City Parks & Art Foundation plus a $250 gift certificate courtesy of University Art. The contest deadline is April 18.
To enter the contest or to submit an application for Art on the Square, visit www.redwoodcityevents.com.
Jazz On The Hill
KCSM-FM's live music celebration "Jazz on the Hill" is coming to College of San Mateo from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on June 7. Arts and crafts vendors interested in being a part of the event should visit the Web site at www.jazzonthehill.org; click on "Vendor" for information and an application. The application deadline is April 18. For further information, contact Denise Delaney at Denise@kcsm.net.
The Not Yet Dead Poets Society presents a reading by Cathy Barber and Maurine Killough at 7 p.m. Wednesday<cm, April 9> at The Main Gallery, 1018 Main St., Redwood City. An open reading period will follow. The event is hosted by Casey FitzSimons.
Information on visual and literary arts can be sent to Bonny Zanardi at Bzanardi@aol.com.