By Bonny Zanardi

August brings a wonderful combination of exhibits, family activities, music, Shakespeare performances and invitations to submit work. There’s plenty to enjoy as summer is in full swing.

Community show

The 2018 Community Art Show is on view at the Peninsula Jewish Community Center through August 26. Tom Chapman, Gene Firpo, Frances Freyberg, Wendy Golden and Javier Urzua are among the 83 artists presented in the show.

"Machu Picchu, Peru" by Frances Freyberg

The show will be on view through August 26. The PJCC is at 800 Foster City Boulevard, Foster City. RSVP online at or call 650-378-2703.

Sculptural works

Sculpture in hardwoods by Ruth von Jahnke Waters, founder and executive director of the Peninsula Museum of Art, is featured in the exhibit Seeking Harmony and Balance at the Rotunda Gallery at 555 County Center in Redwood City through December 31.

Waters has spent 59 years creating sculptural works. First sculpting in hardwoods in 1957, she later branched into working in bronze and marble and constructing room-size sculpture. Most recently she has expanded to painting, as well.

Of her work, she says, “By and large, my sculptures are commentaries on humanity, observations of individuals and reflections on universal truths.”

She is a graduate of Stanford University. Waters has founded and developed a number of organizations, including the 1870 Art Center in Belmont (1977 to 2012), the Peninsula Chapter of Women’s Caucus for Art and the Peninsula Arts Council.

The exhibit was curated by Boris Koodrin and sponsored by the San Mateo County Arts Commission. Gallery hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through Fridays. Call 650-296-0622 or e-mail

Happy anniversary

Gallery House is celebrating its 60th anniversary with the exhibition Past, Present, & Future. The show features work by current and alumni members.

A reception will be held from 4 to 6 p.m. August 11. It will include complimentary wine tasting by Foot of the Bed Cellars and art-inspired bouquets by Flowers by Eryn Johnson. Ruth Waters, a Gallery House alumnus, will be the special guest speaker.

The show will be on view through August 19. Gallery House is at 320 South 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

You’re needed

The San Mateo County History Museum presents Your Country Needs You: Posters from World War II through October 7.

Dr. Frank Stanger, founder of the San Mateo County History Museum, collected reminders of World War II home front activities and compiled a large collection of wartime posters.

The museum is at 2200 Broadway, Redwood City. Call 650-299-0104 or visit

Philz on B

Art Liaisons presents a show of work by Kat Bergman, Ayesha Azhar, Constantinos Vorrises, Edna Acri, Margaret Plumley and Robert Lee at Philz Coffee, 113 South B Street, San Mateo. It will be on view through September 6.

For more information, call Art Liaisons director Gail Sjoman at 650-596-0868 or visit

Family fun

The Anderson Collection and Cantor Arts Center at Stanford University will present a Second Sunday event from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. August 12. The free activities will be held on the terraces and in the galleries.

There will be family-focused museum tours at 12:30 p.m., hands-on activities inside and outside the museums and Art Boxes to check out for drawing in the galleries.

The museums are at 314 Lomita Drive at Stanford University. Call 650-721-6055.

Art and Music

Art on the Square will be presented along with Music on the Square from 5 to 8:30 p.m. August 24 at Courthouse Square in Redwood City. E-mail

Shakespeare at Sequoia

The San Francisco Shakespeare Festival production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream will be presented in Redwood City starting August 11.

Performances will take place on the grounds of Sequoia High School, 1201 Brewster Avenue at Broadway on weekends starting August 11 and continuing through August 26. Saturday evening performances begin at 7 p.m.; Sunday afternoons the plays begin at 4 p.m.

The performances are free. For more information visit

Call for artists

The Coastside Land Trust has issued a call to artists for its upcoming show Coastal Fall. They are seeking pieces revealing both the ordinary and the astounding beauty of our coastal environment, from the shore to the barnyard.

"Gilia Buds" by Beau Gill

Artwork in all media will be considered. The submission period is on now and will continue through August 24. The show will run from September 21 to October 7.

For an application and instructions, visit The trust is at 788 Main Street, Half Moon Bay.

Happy August! May you find insight, delight and inspiration.


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