Former San Mateo County artist Jann Pollard has completed 138 watercolor paintings of various destinations in the world for the popular Karen Brown Travel Guides to inns and bed-and-breakfast establishments in Europe, the U.S. and Mexico. An exhibit of 54 of her paintings opens Tuesday at Filoli.
The paintings offer views of France, Germany, Switzerland, Austria, Italy, Spain, Portugal, England, Ireland, Mexico and the United States.
Pollard, who now lives in Charlotte, N.C., has made many trips to Europe. In her paintings, she captures the vibrancy of the places she has visited through light and texture. She notes, "My love of art and travel, combined with a study of old world architecture, is a never-ending inspiration for me."
She earned her B.F.A. from the University of Colorado in Boulder. Pollard also took classes at College of San Mateo. Among her awards are a Patron Purchase Award from Watercolor USA and Outstanding Achievement Award from the California Watercolor Society.
Pollard is a Signature Member of the National Watercolor Society and California Watercolor Society. She has co-authored, with Jerry Little, the book "Creative Computer Tools for Artists" and is a popular teacher of plein-air painting workshops in Europe, Mexico and the U.S.
Author Karen Brown lives in San Mateo County. She launched her travel publishing company in 1977 while a student at UC Berkeley. In addition, for some 18 years she and her husband were innkeepers of their Seal Cove Inn in Moss Beach.
Both Pollard and Brown will be at Filoli from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Feb. 9 and 10 for Meet the Artist and Author Days. Admission is free for Filoli members or with paid admission to Filoli, which is $15 for adults, $12 for seniors 65 and older, $5 for students and free for children 4 and younger.
"Inspiring Destinations" will be on view through April 14. Filoli is at 86 Cañada Road, Woodside. Hours are 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays and 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Sundays. Call 650-364-8300, extension 509, or visit www.filoli.org.
Burlingame Art Society
Members of the Burlingame Art Society are showing work at 1426 Broadway Ave., Burlingame, through the end of March and in the Burlingame City Hall lobby at 501 Primrose Road through Feb. 28.
The mediums used are diverse, as are the subjects of the works. Exhibiting artists are Pat Barr, George Dumandan, Lynne Flodin, Gay Gentry, Diana Day Glynn, Brian Harvey, Pat Knowles, Leona Moriarty, Dawn Mulliken, Pat McMorrow, Rose Nieponice, Nancy Stirm and Patti Treu.
The Burlingame Art Society holds its meetings on the first Wednesday of every month at 7 p.m. at the Lions Club, 990 Burlingame Ave. The public is invited to attend. For more information, contact Pat McMorrow at 650-348-5049.
For the next year, the Pacific Art League has moved to 227 Forest Ave., Palo Alto, while its historic 90-year-old building on Ramona and Forest is being retrofitted and expanded. The first exhibit in the new location is the Annual Members Show, which features more than 50 works in a variety of media.
The group also is welcoming its new executive director, San Mateo resident Seth Schalet.
The show will be on view through Feb. 22. Gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through Fridays and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays. Call 650-321-3891 or visit email@example.com.
Portola Art Gallery show
"Scenes from the Silk Road," photos of Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan, Tajikistan and Syria by Frances Freyberg, are on view at the Portola Art Gallery in Menlo Park through Feb. 28. A reception for the show will be held from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday.
The color photographs were taken during Freyberg's 2012 travels through Central Asia as well as her 2008 travels through the Middle East.
The Portola Art Gallery is at the Allied Arts Guild, 75 Arbor Road. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays. Call 650-321-0220 or visit www.portolaartgallery.com.
Information on visual and literary arts can be sent to Bonny Zanardi at Bzanardi@aol.com.