Paintings by Judy Gittelsohn are featured in "Up So Close" at the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Library in San Jose. The show is on view through April 5.

Gittelsohn creates narratives through her sense of color, composition and imagery. In the exhibit she considers such questions as how close we can be, and how can an individual be separate and together at the same time.

She says, "As I worked on these paintings and thought about this subject, I solved my riddle." She landed on the idea that "one point of being is to be 'we.'" Ultimately, her thoughts led to the view that "the exchanges of this existence are where life, growth and creativity reside."

The idea of "we" is at the heart of Gittelsohn's art. Work in the community is part of Gittelsohn's life as an artist. "I teach art in the juvenile hall and at low-income housing in Palo Alto, and I have a studio -- Art For Well Beings -- where I teach people with special needs," she notes.

You can see Gittelsohn's art in the Second Floor Gallery of the library at 150 E. San Fernando St., San Jose. Hours are 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Fridays, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturdays and 1 to 7 p.m. Sundays. For more information, contact Gittelsohn at 650-561-3499 or visit www.judyg.com.

Juried photo show


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"Take Me Away," a juried photography exhibition, brings together more than 100 works. The show is presented by the San Francisco Arts Commission Galleries.

After an open call that encouraged photographers to reflect on real and imagined spaces where one could get away from the daily routine, 18 artists were selected from 167 photographers who submitted works. Jury members were Ann Jastrub, Aimee Le Duc and Thom Sempere.

In addition to the 18 winning photographers, the exhibition includes work by three established Bay Area photographers who were invited to show larger bodies of work: David Gardner, Rebecca Horne and Alice Shaw.

The show is on view through May 10 on the ground floor of San Francisco City Hall, 1 Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Place, San Francisco. Hours are 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Mondays through Fridays. Admission is free. Visit www.sfartscommission.org/gallery.

Family at Filoli

Filoli will celebrate "Spring Fling" from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. April 6. The event invites families to visit the historic house and its 16-acre garden and to enjoy a host of activities, including flower arranging demonstrations and arts and crafts for children.

The center's three historic greenhouses will be open for viewing. They include Filoli's collection of plants from 1920 to the present, including carnivorous plants, orchids and edible tropical plants.

In addition, visitors can enjoy the arts exhibit of paintings by Jann Pollard for Karen Brown Guides in the Visitor and Education Center.

Entertainment will include The Shorebirds Band and Joe's Jazz Ensemble. Boxed lunches can be ordered and paid for in advance. Lunches are $18 for adults and $10 for children.

Tickets are $20 for members and $25 for adult nonmembers, $5 for children ages 5 to 17 and free for children 4 and younger. Purchase tickets online and see a complete listing of event activities at www.filoli.org or call 650-364-8300, extension 508, between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. weekdays. Reservations are recommended as space is limited.

Filoli is at 86 Cañada Road, Woodside.

Opportunities

Artists and crafters are invited to apply for space at Redwood City's "Art on the Square" to be held June through August. Also, "Jewelry on the Square" will return in July. Apply at www.redwoodcityevents.com.

The Alameda County Arts Commission is inviting artists from the nine counties of the San Francisco Bay Area to apply for the 2013 Artist Registry, a prequalified artist pool to be used for upcoming public art opportunities. Application information is available online at www.acgov.org/arts (click on "Opportunities") or call 510-208-9646 to receive the information by mail. To be considered for these opportunities, artists must register and submit an application through the CaFE website at www.callforentry.org (search for "Alameda County" in the list of current calls). The deadline is 10:59 p.m. April 30.

Entries are invited for the Santa Cruz Art League's 83rd annual statewide exhibit "Landscape: Incredible Places." The juror for the show is Michael Zakian, an art historian and director of Pepperdine University's Frederick R. Weisman Museum of Art. A prospectus and entry form are available at www.onlinejuriedshows.com/. The deadline for submission of a prospectus and jpeg is 11:59 p.m. March 31. Among the prizes is the $1,000 Best of Show Award. E-mail questions to cindy@scal.org. The Santa Cruz Art League is at 526 Broadway, Santa Cruz.

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