The Coastal Arts League Museum presents "Mavericks: Everest of the Seas," a celebration in art of the world-class surfing competition on the San Mateo County Coast, through Feb. 24. A champagne and wine tasting reception will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. Jan. 26.
Some of the photographs in the show feature great surfer Jay Moriarity in some of his early runs on the towering waves. Moriarity was featured in the 2012 film "Chasing Mavericks."
Grant Washburn, a surfer, is a leading spokesman on Mavericks. He's competed in all the Mavericks surfing events and reached the finals three times and the semifinals five times. In 2004 he won the Jay Moriarity Award.
Sonoma County surfer, diver and artist Tom Rissacher is one of those presenting work in this year's exhibition. He has enjoyed more than "30 years of surfing and diving all over the world." He also paints scenes of the ocean in oil and is a glass artist, as well.
Another great name in this year's exhibition is Jeff Clark, a Mavericks pioneer, who also has been making surfboards for more than 25 years. His business is Mavericks Surf Shop in Half Moon Bay.
The show, curated by surfing photographer Ed Grant, also features Bob Barbour, Rob Brown, Tony Canadas, Seth Migdail, Eric W. Nelson, Martha Jenkins, Art Gimbel, Sue Pemberton, Fred Pompermayer and David Evans.
The Coastal Arts League Museum is at 300 Main St., Half Moon Bay. Gallery Hours are noon to 5 p.m. Thursdays through Mondays. Call 650-726-6335 or visit www.coastalartsleague.com.
"Fictions: The Worlds Writers and Artists Create" is on view at Muse Gallery in San Francisco through Feb. 24. From 7 to 10 p.m. Sunday there will be an artists' reception and a talk given by Joshua Landy, a professor at Stanford, who will present themes from his new book, "How to Do Things With Fictions."
Among the artists in the show is Belinda Chlouber of San Mateo. She has been working with text and poetry for the past few years and is showing a piece inspired by Voltaire's "Candide."
The gallery is at 614 Alabama St. It is open 7 days a week by appointment; most days it is open from 2 to 5 p.m. Visit www.yourmusegallery.com/exhibits.html, call 415-279-6281 or e-mail email@example.com.
The Art Museum of Los Gatos presents the concurrent exhibitions "Draw Me A Story: A Century of Children's Book Illustration" and "Storytelling in Pictures: From Idea to Art" through Feb. 24.
"Draw Me A Story," organized by the Cartoon Art Museum in San Francisco, offers a journey through the history of children's book illustrators and their techniques. Included are such innovators as Tomie DePaola, Maurice Sendak and William Steig.
"Storytelling in Pictures," organized by The Museums of Los Gatos, showcases current Bay Area children's book illustrators. Artists include Bob Barner, Yuyi Morales, Stacy Schuett and Susan Jaekel. There also is digital media illustration in graphic novels by Thi Bui and Emma T. Capps.
A reception will be held from noon to 3 p.m. Jan. 26. On Feb. 3 and 10, there will be a Family Art Day/Artist Demo Day from noon to 3 p.m.
The exhibition is at 4 Tait Ave., Los Gatos. Hours are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesdays through Sundays. Call 408-395-7386 or visit www.museumsoflosgatos.org.
The South San Francisco Cultural Arts Commission will present an exhibit of works by San Mateo County photographers Feb. 8 and 9. Photographic entries will be accepted, along with application and fees, in the Betty Weber Gallery, 33 Arroyo Drive, South San Francisco, from 5 to 7 p.m. Feb. 6.
Entered works must be ready for hanging and may not exceed 9 square feet or be excessively heavy.
The competition is open to artists aged 13 and older who reside in San Mateo County. All work must be original and created within the last two years. There are categories for color, black and white and digital photos.
Up to six works may be entered. The fee is $5 per work of art, payable to the City of South San Francisco. For complete entry requirements and an application, visit the Cultural Arts page a www.ssf.net or send a stamped self-addressed envelope to the Cultural Arts Show c/o SSF Parks and Recreation Department, P.O. Box 711, South San Francisco, CA 94083-0711.
For further information, call 650-829-3800.
Information on visual and literary arts can be sent to Bonny Zanardi at Bzanardi@aol.com.