A reception from 4 to 7 p.m. today celebrates the exhibition of work by Bill Jackson and Jill Pillot at Avenue 25 Gallery in San Mateo. In addition to food and drink, the reception will include a live model and mannequins clad in Pillot's wearable art creations.

The show is titled "Impermanence and Imperfections: photographs of mannequins." Jackson, the photographer, notes the exhibit, like much of his work, "is about finding beauty in impermanence and imperfection as well as exploring dark themed subjects."

Jackson's 36 black and white framed photos are displayed in four groups he calls "neighborhoods."

In collaboration with Jackson, Pillot, a clothing designer and teacher, clad mannequins in some of her original creations at a recent beach shoot. Pillot is the founder of Ricochet Wearable Art in San Mateo.

The show will be on view through Aug. 29. Avenue 25 Gallery is at 32 W. 25th Ave. Normal gallery hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through Fridays. Call Jackson at 650-339-3029.

3 at PAL

The biannual Members' Exhibit of the Pacific Art League of Palo Alto is on view in the PAL Main Gallery and Studio One through Thursday. Also, in the center's new Corridor Gallery is work by Ron Andrews in the show "The Evolution of a Watercolorist."

PAL is at 668 Ramona St. Hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through Fridays. Admission is free. Call 650-321-3891 or visit www.pacificartleague.org.

Special presentation

Independent art historian and author Ashley Gardini will speak on "Art Appreciation for You and Me" from 3 to 5 p.m. today at Galerie Mistral. The event includes a wine and cheese reception.

While at Galerie Mistral you also can see the exhibit of works by W.M. Vinci, Brooke Howie, Joyce Savre, Joe Ercoli, Lindsay Hogue and Ruth Waters. Mistral Restaurant is at 370 Bridge Parkway, Redwood Shores. Call 650-596-0868 or visit www.artliaisons.com.

Photography showings

An exhibit of photography by Frances Freyberg and Ron Ritz is presented in the Community Gallery on the lower level of 400 County Center in Redwood City. Both photographers are inspired by a love of nature and travel.

In the adjacent 555 County Center building Rotunda Gallery is a show of mosaic sculpture, furniture and fountains by Woodside artist Xuan My Ho. She works to capture the beauty of nature in soft colors and curved shapes.

The exhibits are on view through Sept. 3. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through Fridays. Teresa Silvestri is the curator for the galleries, which are presented by the San Mateo County Arts Commission. Call 650-654-2766.

Scientific Delirium Madness

A special open house/open studios event titled "Scientific Delirium Madness" will be held at the Djerassi Program Ranch in Woodside from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. July 27. In addition to open studios, the event will include dance and music performances and literary readings as well as self-guided tours of the center's site-specific sculpture collection.

This year's event features the residents of the first arts and science-themed residency at the Djerassi Resident Artists Program, co-hosted with LEONARDO, The International Society for the Arts, Sciences and Technology/LASER (Leonardo Art Science Evening Rendezvous), this time presented during the day.

Also included is a "Plein Air Paint Out" featuring members of the Woodside Plein Air Painting Group. Arranged in partnership with the town of Woodside's Arts and Culture Committee, the paint out will yield finished works that will be displayed from 4 to 8 p.m. Aug. 1 at Woodside Town Hall's First Friday event.

Reservations are required for the Djerassi event. Tickets are $50. Djerassi Program alumni and children 12 and younger are admitted free. The ranch is at 2325 Bear Gulch Road. Visit www.djerassi.org.

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