The invitational photography exhibition "Lightworks" opens Wednesday at The Main Gallery. The first reception for the show will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. March 23. A second reception will take place from 4 to 6 p.m. April 20.

There also will be two Meet-The-Artist days. The first will be held March 24, Palm Sunday, with Oliver Klink and Tony Williams. The second, on March 31, Easter Sunday, will feature Rick Saal and another artist yet to be determined.

Work ranges from portraits to landscape photographs taken during travels to many different locations.

Williams, an award-winning photographer, focuses on landscapes and cityscapes. In addition to two-dimensional works, he will display his Williams Dynamic Images, a patented system which transforms normal two-dimensional digital images into photographs which appear to have depth.

Travel photographers include Bruce Beron and Oliver Klink.

Steve Johnson creates large-sized interpretations of landscapes and wildlife.

Joel Simon has gained world renown for his photographs of wildlife and native peoples. His work has appeared in National Geographic and other prestigious publications. Simon divides his time between his Menlo Park home and the South Pacific, where he guides diving tours and takes photographs.

Portraiture is the focus of both Rick Saal and Dany Suk. While Saal focuses on the ethereal "perfect portrait," Suk trains his focus on creating high impact portraits using Painter software.

Cathy Cakebread works to create richly colorful photographs with clean, sensual lines.

The Main Gallery is at 1018 Main St., Redwood City. Hours are 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesdays through Sundays. Call 650-701-1018 or visit www.themaingallery.org.

Presenting Hank Pitcher

A 40-year survey of paintings by Hank Pitcher is on view at the Wiegand Gallery through April 20. A reception for the show will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. March 24.

Pitcher, who is a professor at UC Santa Barbara's College of Creative Studies, has sought to represent life in Southern California. The exhibition features wall-hung paintings and also paintings on ceramic vessels.

As a benefit for the Wiegand Gallery Endowment Fund, Pitcher will speak at a champagne brunch held from noon to 1:30 p.m. March 24, before the public reception. Tickets for the benefit are $75, including an exhibition catalog. For information and reservations, call 650-508-3595 or visit www.wiegandgallery.org.

The Wiegand Gallery is on the campus of Notre Dame de Namur University, 1500 Ralston Ave., Belmont. Hours are noon to 4 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays. Note that the gallery will be closed March 29 and 30. Admission is free.

Youth art

The South San Francisco Cultural Arts Commission and Unified School District present the 2013 Youth Art Show. The exhibit presents art in watercolor, acrylics and mixed media, photography, ceramics and sculpture, showcasing the talents of students in kindergarten through 12th grade.

From 4 to 7:30 p.m. on March 22, the event will include performing arts presentations by the Alta Loma Middle School Chamber Music Ensemble, Halau 'O Keikiali'i from the Kaululehua Hawaiian Cultural Center and the South San Francisco Civic Ballet. On March 23, the exhibit is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is free.

This 2013 presentation is held in honor of Joy-Ann Wendler, a founding member of the South San Francisco Cultural Arts Commission, who is now retired. The exhibition is in the Municipal Services Building, 33 Arroyo Drive, South San Francisco.

In addition, selected art will be on extended exhibit in the Municipal Services Building and City Hall through April 8. Call 650-829-3800 or visit the Cultural Arts page at www.ssf.net.

Coastside call

Submissions are invited by the Coastside Land Trust Gallery for artists inspired by the natural, historic and iconic beauty of the state for the upcoming show "Wild, Natural California."

Entries should be submitted starting Monday and continuing through March 25. All mediums are invited for consideration. The show will run April 21 through June 21.

For details, visit www.coastsidelandtrust.org or call Eric Rutledge at 650-726-5056.

Congressional Art Competition

Congresswoman Jackie Speier invites high school students living in the 14th Congressional District to participate in the 2013 Congressional Art Competition, sponsored by the Congressional Institute.

High school students and seventh- and eighth-grade students on campuses shared by high schools are welcome to participate. Artwork submissions must be received by 5 p.m. on April 15 at the Congresswoman's district office at 155 Bovet Road, Suite 780, San Mateo.

Entries of 2-D art must be no larger than 28 by 28 by 4 inches, including frame. They must weigh no more than 15 pounds. Students must include a filled-in Congressional Art Competition Student Information and Release Form.

For more information, visit the website at http://speier.house.gov and click on "Constituent Services." Call Kenneth Dowling in Congresswoman Speier's Washington, D.C., office at 202-225-3531 or visit kenneth.dowling@mail.house.gov.

Information on visual and literary arts can be sent to Bonny Zanardi at Bzanardi@aol.com.