A show of recent landscapes by Menlo Park artist Carolyn Jones opens Monday at the Portola Art Gallery. A reception will be held from 1 to 4 p.m. Sept. 6.
Jones has created landscapes featuring some of her favorite California scenes as well as those from her travels in Vermont and in France.
Her medium is oil, her tools ranging from brush to rag, fingers and palette knife. Jones seeks to capture an impression of the moment in her work.
Transparent oils are another favorite for Jones. She finds they "add mystery, mood and depth" to her paintings. In this medium she paints "wet-into-wet," which "allows the colors to mix in the painting."
Jones's "Recent Works" will be on view through Sept. 30. The Portola Art Gallery is at Allied Arts Guild, 75 Arbor Road, Menlo Park. Hours are 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays. Call 650-321-0220 or visit www.portolaartgallery.com.
New oil paintings by Katherine McGuire are presented in a show opening Tuesday at Viewpoints Gallery. A reception for "Santa Cruz to San Francisco" will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday.
McGuire takes an abstract approach to realism, her style emphasizing shape and color. Her views vary from the "funky beach town culture" of Santa Cruz, where she spends time on the weekends, to the urban landscapes and stunning views of San Francisco.
The exhibit will remain through Sept. 27. Viewpoints is at 315 State St., Los Altos. Hours are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays and 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sundays. Call 650-941-5789 or visit www.viewpointsgallery.com.
Abstract and minimalist
The show "RANDOM" at Gallery House presents sculptures by George Perazzo and paintings by Charlotte Coqui. A reception will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Sept. 6.
"RANDOM" will continue through Sept. 20. Gallery House is at 320 S. California Ave., Palo Alto. (Enter through Printer's Café.) Hours are 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesdays and Wednesdays, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays and 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sundays. Call 650-326-1668 or visit www.galleryhouse2.com..
Honoring Madeline Ettin
Also at Gallery House through Sept. 20 is an exhibition of monotype prints by the late artist Madeline Ettin. A memorial reception in her honor will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Sept. 9.
An auction of her work will be held through Sept. 9. Ettin's husband, David Israel, will donate the proceeds to various art schools in her memory.
The Pacific Art League is holding a Grand Opening Celebration for the completion of its newly remodeled historic building at 668 Ramona St., Palo Alto. An opening reception, with art, music and refreshments, will be held from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Friday.
In addition, an afternoon open house will be held from 1 to 4 p.m. Sept. 13, beginning with a ribbon-cutting ceremony. Attendees will enjoy refreshments and explore the various classes, exhibitions and events that the new Pacific Art League offers.
The opening exhibit will remain on view through Sept. 26. Call 650-321-3891 or visit www.pacificartleague.org.
An exhibit of work by 10 Bay Area artists will be presented from 4 to 7:30 p.m. Friday in the Jennings Pavilion at Holbrook-Palmer Park.
The show, presented by the Atherton Art Foundation, includes work by Florence de Bretagne, Jim Caldwell, Larry Calof, Bob Joyce, Michael Killen, John Peck, Kathleen Podolsky, Linda Salter, Margaret Sloan and Annette Tan.
From 5:30 to 6 p.m. Shaowei Liu will present "Fabulous Illusions of a Virtual World," about creating 3D computer art. Reserve a seat by e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Holbrook-Palmer Park is on Watkins Avenue between Middlefield Road and El Camino Real in Atherton.
Sculptures and paintings
A show of sculptures and abstract paintings by Richard Bostrom opens Tuesday and continues through Sept. 27 at Gallery 9. A reception for the show will be held from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Friday.
Gallery 9 is at 143 Main St., Los Altos. Hours are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays and noon to 4 p.m. Sundays. Call 650-941-7969 or visit www.gallery9losaltos.com.
Kings Mountain Art Fair
The 51st annual Kings Mountain Art Fair is being held today, Sunday and Monday at the Kings Mountain Firehouse and Community Center, 13889 Skyline Blvd., Woodside. It opens at 10 a.m. and continues through 5 p.m. each day, with breakfast available from 8 a.m.
Admission is free. Proceeds from the sale of art and food benefit the Kings Mountain Volunteer Fire Brigade and the local three-room public school.
One of the finest art fairs in California, it features more than 135 juried artists showing their work in a redwood forest.
Park along Skyline Boulevard and take the free trolley from marked stops (two stops, located approximately one mile north and south of the fair) to the fair entrance. Call 650-851-2710 or visit www.kingsmountainartfair.org.
Millbrae "Last Blast of Summer"
The Millbrae Art & Wine Festival will be held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. today and Sunday on Broadway (one block west of El Camino Real), between Victoria Avenue and Meadow Glen in downtown Millbrae.
Included in the event are a juried show with 250 professional artists and craftmakers, plus music, food and drink, the "Classically Cool Car Show" and many activities for youngsters.
Admission is free. The festival is presented by the Millbrae Chamber of Commerce. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days.
Information on visual and literary arts can be sent to Bonny Zanardi at Bzanardi@aol.com.