"Spirits of the Wild," an exhibition at the Portola Art Gallery, features images by Larry Calof of wild creatures and landscapes. A reception will be held from 1 to 4 p.m. June 14.

Calof prints some of his photographs on aluminum as well as traditional archival paper. He uses natural light and high quality digital equipment, seeking to capture images that emphasize unique characteristics of his subjects.

"In my wildlife photography, I try to find an emotional connection with my subjects," Calof says. For landscapes, he seeks "to add magical or mystical perspectives."

He has shown his work at juried shows, including those at Filoli and the Pacific Art League.

"Spirits of the Wild" will continue through June 30. The Portola Art 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.

Re-opening

The Pacific Art League of Palo Alto is happy to announce the re-opening of its newly remodeled historic building at 668 Ramona St., Palo Alto. The celebration begins with three new exhibits.

First is "WET PAINT," a juried exhibition of 41 paintings by California artists, presented in Studio One. The guest juror was Hillary Gomes.

In the league's Main Gallery is "Re|Structure," a show of works by Bay Area artists Sedonya Kay, Janine Castillo, Anthony May and Jenny Robinson.

The third exhibit, abstract landscape paintings by Ron Andrews, is in the new Corridor Gallery.

The shows will be on view through June 26. Gallery Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through Fridays. Admission is free. Call 650-321-3891 or visit www.pacificartleague.org.

Four featured

The Caldwell Gallery at 400 County Center, Redwood City, features "Inspirations in Oil," paintings by Cynthia DeBenedetti, Ellen Howard, Julia Munger Seelos and Alice Weil, through June 29.

There also is a show of paintings by Half Moon Bay artist/art teacher Susan Marie Johnson in the Community Gallery in the building's lower level.

In the adjacent 555 County Center building, the Rotunda Gallery is showing large wood sculptures by Ruth von Jahnke Waters.

Shows are curated by Teresa Silvestri and sponsored by the San Mateo County Arts Commission. Gallery hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through Fridays. Call 650-654-2766.

Strobes and darkness

Photographs by Pierce Soracco are featured at the Mercy Center Art Gallery through June 30. While his early work was primarily in landscape, still life and performance photography, recently he has shifted his focus to urban exploration and light painting.

In his new technique, images are captured in complete darkness, then selectively highlighted or colored with flashlights and camera strobes.

The Mercy Center is at 2300 Adeline Drive, Burlingame. Hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. Call 650-340-7480 or visit www.mercy-center.org.

Atherton art

The newly formed Atherton Arts Foundation presents work by Caroline Mustard, Amy Da-Peng King, Wayne Dollemore and Terri Wilson Moore from 1 to 4:30 p.m. today<cm, June 7> in the Main House at Holbrook-Palmer Park, 150 Watkins Ave., Atherton.

Call Betty Ullman at 650-369-8085 or visit www.athertonartsfoundation.org.

Joyce Barron Leopardo

Work by Joyce Barron Leopardo is on view through June 27 at Masterpiece Gallery in Millbrae. A champagne and sweets celebration will be held from 2 to 5 p.m. today.

Masterpiece is at 1335 El Camino Real. Hours are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesdays through Sundays, or by appointment by calling 650-636-4706. The exhibit is presented by Art Liaisons.

Bird photography

An exhibit of bird photographs by Gunn High School student Will Brooks is now on view at the Palo Alto Baylands EcoCenter. A reception for the artist will be held from 1 to 3 p.m. today.

The exhibit continues through Aug. 28. The EcoCenter is the headquarters of the Environmental Volunteers, 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. Call 650-941-8073.

Art on the Square

The first-of-the-season Art on the Square event, with nearly 20 artists offering their creations for sale, will be held from 5 to 8:30 p.m. Fridayat Courthouse Square, 2200 Broadway, Redwood City. The evening also includes Music on the Square with Journey Revisited.

The event is free. Call 650-780-7311.

Free for kids

Thanks to a private donor, art classes for kids will be free this summer at the Peninsula Museum of Art, 1777 California Drive, Burlingame. They begin June 24 and continue through Aug. 30. Contact joan.sieber@sbcglobal.net or visit www.peninsulamuseum.org.

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