"Color" is at the center of work created by members of the Peninsula Women's Caucus for Art for the exhibition on view at the Coastal Arts League Gallery & Museum through May 6. A reception will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. April 13.

The show features work by 20 Bay Area artists who closely examine their love of color. It's curated by Marian Yap, president of the exhibiting group, and Bonnie J. Smith.

Among the participating artists is painter Alysanne McGaffey, who is exhibiting "Forest Fire Red," a work based on her childhood memories of a cabin in the woods. She recalls how it "was built of cedar and we used kerosene lanterns for lighting."

Francine Survilo used red and green to create a painting of a ship of sheep stranded at sea, a work that was influenced by a feeling more than a thought.

Leigh Toldi is showing a pen and ink drawing. She hints, "Even an inkling of color energizes a black and white world."

Inversely, Rebecca Lambing has created the painting "Transcending Aqua," a work which is a study in color.

The show features sculpture, photography and fiber art, as well.

The Coastal Arts League Museum is at 300 Main St., Half Moon Bay. Hours are noon to 5 p.m. Fridays through Mondays. Call 650-726-6335 or go to www.coastalartsleague.com or www.peninsulawca.blogspot.com.


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Women's view

The 9th annual San Mateo County Women's Art Show is on view in the Caldwell Gallery through May 2. Congratulations to award-winning artists Helga Christoph, Linda Dulaney, Berni Jahnke, Yvonne Newhouse, LeVey Norquist and Judy Quitoriano. The show was juried by James Gleeson of the Academy of Art University in San Francisco.

The exhibit is sponsored by the San Mateo County Arts Commission and the Commission on the Status of Women. The gallery is in the Hall of Justice, 400 County Center, Redwood City. Hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through Fridays. Contact curator Teresa Silvestri at 650-654-2766.

Enlarged Left Coast

This year the Sanchez Art Center opened its Left Coast Annual juried exhibition to Oregon and Washington artists as well as those living in California. Juror Lucinda Barnes selected 50 works by 46 artists from more than 800 entries. The show opens with a celebration of visual arts from 7 to 9 p.m. April 12.

Barnes will be at the Sanchez Main Gallery at 7 p.m. May 3 to offer her observations on the experience of jurying the 2013 Left Coast Annual. That event, like the opening celebration, is free.

The diverse works in the Left Coast Annual are in the Main Gallery and West Gallery. In the East Gallery you'll find an exhibition by award winners in last year's exhibition: Jon Gariepy and Michael Acker. The exhibits will be on view through May 19.

Also, in the Mildred Owen Concert Hall, you'll find "A Festival of Photography" featuring winners of the 2012 Fog Fest Photo Contest. The competition was coordinated by the Sanchez Art Center and judged by Tanya Lin, Cynthia Rettig and Michael Risenhoover. That exhibition opens Saturday and will continue through June 30. It will celebrate its opening along with the Sanchez festivities on April 12.

The Sanchez Art Center is at 1220 Linda Mar Blvd., Pacifica. Hours are 1 to 5 p.m. Fridays through Sundays, or by appointment by calling 650-355-1894. Go to www.sanchezartcenter.org.

Calls for entries

Local coastside artists and artisans are invited to apply for the Local Artists' Block, a juried show and sale which will be held in the "Made on the Coast" exhibition space in Half Moon Bay on the Sunday, October 20, following the Pumpkin Festival Halloween parade and festivities held on Saturday, October 19.

The show is open to artists over 18 who reside or have a studio on the coast, from Montara to Pescadero, between the ocean and Skyline Boulevard. The application fee is $20 per individual. Go to the website at www.madeonthecoastlocalshmbpumpkinfest.com/. The deadline for applications is May 1. If you have questions, email MadeOnTheCoast@madeonthecoastlocalshmbpumpkinfest.com.

Another opportunity is offered by the Saratoga Library, which is issuing a 2013-2015 Art Wall Exhibition call to artists. All artists 18 and older are eligible. Submitted work must be two-dimensional. Selected artists will be assigned 30 linear feet of exhibition space.

The library, an active community center, has a light-filled main lobby. Exhibits are rotated every two months. Applications are available at www.sccl.org/Saratoga, or contact Betsy White at 408-867-6126, extension 3817 or email her at bwhite@sccl.org. The deadline is April 29.

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