By Bonny Zanardi

Springtime is a wonderful season to adventure out to see new exhibits. Here’s a sampling of what is on view locally.

Ceramic creations

Beauty of Wood Fire, Vol. 3 opens April 2 at the Portola Art Gallery. The exhibition presents carved wood-fired ceramic works by Berkeley artist Misako Kambe.

Kambe’s ceramic pieces were produced at two wood fire kiln sites – the Richard Carter Studio in Napa and Hikarigama-kiln in Elkton, Oregon.

A reception for the artist will be held from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday, April 7. The show will be on view through April 30.

The Portola Art Gallery is at the 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

Young artists

City Arts of San Mateo presents the San Mateo High School Spring Art Exhibit at the main branch of San Mateo Public Library. The show opens April 3 and will continue through April 29.

The exhibit features 2D work by students at Aragon High School, Junipero Serra High School, Nueva School, San Mateo High School and Stanbridge Academy.


Six artists

Artwork by Anil Sawe, Charlene Sawe, Don Hoekwater, Jane Henri, James V. Lee and Noemi Manero is featured through mid-May at Philz Coffee, 113 South B Street, San Mateo.

The show is presented by Art Liaisons. Call Gail Sjoman at 650-596-0868 or visit

Three media

The show Dynamics of Transformation is on view through April 22 at Gallery House.

Featured are photographs by Michael Endicott, fiber art by Anne Lamborn and ceramic works by Anita Bora.

Gallery house is at 320 S. California Avenue, Palo Alto. (Enter through Printer’s Café.) Hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesdays and Wednesdays, noon to 8 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays and 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sundays. Call 650-326-1668 or visit

Record players

The Museum of American Heritage (MOAH) presents a display of unique artifacts in the exhibit In the Groove: A History of Record Players, on view through August 19.

Exploring how record players changed the landscape of music, the show includes Edison phonographs, a Metzner turntable, a Seeburg jukebox, a variety of music boxes and more.

The museum is at 351 Homer Avenue in downtown Palo Alto. Hours are 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Fridays through Sundays. Call 650-321-1004 or visit

From Chicago

The Burt and Deedee McMurtry Lecture: Judy Chicago will be presented at 6:30 p.m. Monday, April 23, at the Bing Concert Hall at Stanford. The event is a program of the Anderson Collection at the university.

The career of Chicago, an artist/author/feminist/educator/intellectual, has spanned five decades. She will be featured in conversation with Marci Kwon, Assistant Professor of Art History.

Seating will be available on a first come, first served basis. The event is free. It also will be simulcast at http://anderson/

The box office can be reached at 650-724-2464.

Happy Spring!


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