The talents of 85 local artists will be celebrated with a reception and awards presentation from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday at the Peninsula Jewish Community Center (PJCC). The celebration is part of the Community Art Show on view through Sept. 17.

Foster City Mayor Charles Bronitsky will present the honors, which include categories for mixed media, handcrafted jewelry and photography. At the reception, the recipient of The Community Choice Award also will be announced; a ballot box for casting votes is available through 2:30 p.m. on the day of the reception in the PJCC lobby.

The show includes 115 works of art by both professional and amateur artists. All of the artists live and create their work within 60 miles of Foster City.

Among artists in the show are Wayne Dollemore, Gene Firpo, J.M. Golden, Wendy Golden, Teresa Hsu, Amy Da-Peng King, June Levin, Kenneth Mahar, Bill Moy, Neil Murphy, Kay Podolsky, Irene Schlesinger, Myrna Wacknov and Marvin Wax, to name just a few.

The PJCC is at 800 Foster City Blvd., Foster City. Hours are 5 a.m. to 11 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays, 5 a.m. to 10 p.m. Fridays and 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. Call 650-212-7522 or visit www.pjcc.org.

Happy anniversary!

The Main Gallery presents "Climate Best By Government Test: The 2014 Anniversary Show" through Sept. 7. An opening reception will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. today.


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Included in the exhibition are works showcasing 22 artists who call The Main Gallery home, among them Robin Apple, Helga Christoph, Susan Fast, Tom Haines, Diana Krupka, Shang Ma, Tim Scott and David Scouffas.

In the show, artists explore what Redwood City's 1920s slogan -- "Climate Best By Government Test" -- might describe today, from the social or political to the cultural or natural.

Works include images created by Apple with her iPhone5 and post-processing applications and ceramic pieces by Nina Koepcke, including a replica of the home of the late Jeff Carlick, a gallery member who lived for years in a houseboat at the Redwood City marina.

The gallery is at 1018 Main St., Redwood City. Hours are 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesdays through Sundays. Call 650-701-1018 or visit www.themaingallery.org.

Chinese ink paintings

"Rebel as Creator: The Art of Liu Kuo-sung and His Students" opens with a reception at 2 p.m. today at NanHai Art in Millbrae.

Liu, who was born in Anhui, China, in 1932, moved to Taiwan in 1949. He graduated from Taiwan Normal University in 1956. He was one of the earliest practitioners of modernist Chinese painting.

The show will be on view through Sept. 13. NanHai Art is at 520 Broadway. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays, or by appointment by calling Alice Zhang at 650-259-2100, or e-mail art@nanhai.com.

A retrospective

Work by Eric Shapira is featured in the exhibit "Retrospective: Forty Years of Sculpture and Painting," which is on view at the Coastal Arts League Museum through Sept. 17. A reception for the show will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. Aug. 16.

The museum is at 300 Main St., Half Moon Bay. Hours are noon to 5 p.m. Fridays through Mondays, or by arrangement by calling 650-726-6335. Visit www.coastalartsleague.com.

Pumpkin time

The deadline is approaching for the ninth annual Poster Design Contest for the Half Moon Bay Art & Pumpkin Festival. Entries must be submitted online by Sept. 1. Details and entry forms are available at www.hmbartpumpkin.com.

Designs are for the 2015 festival. The winner for the 2014 festival is Gabe Marshall of Augusta, Georgia.

The top prize is $1,000. There's also a $500 second-place award and $250 for third place. In addition, $250 awards will be presented for the "Peoples Choice" and "Most Creative."

A special opening and reception, with all entries on display, will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. Oct. 10 at Pasta Moon Restaurant, 315 Main St., Half Moon Bay. Accepted entries will be on display during October, including Pumpkin Festival weekend (Oct. 18-19), at the restaurant's Music Box Gallery.

The contest is presented by the Half Moon Bay Art & Pumpkin Festival in association with the Coastal Arts League.

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