Los Altos artist Jan Meyer is featured in the show "Rooms and Blooms" opening Tuesday at Gallery 9. A reception with the artist will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday.

The show features Meyer's interior room scenes, which include table settings, bedrooms and sofa arrangements. Her works combine rich colors and simple flat shapes for a patterned effect.

Meyer, who holds a BFA from San Jose State University, has exhibited throughout the Bay Area and in New England. She was with Gallery 9 from 1973 until 1984, then concentrated on her mural business for many years. In 2012 she returned to Gallery 9.

"Rooms and Blooms" will be on view through June 2. Gallery 9 is at 143 Main St., Los Altos. Hours are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays and noon to 4 p.m. Sundays. Call 650-941-7969 or visit www.gallery9losaltos.com.

Artist of the Year

Sen. Jerry Hill selected San Mateo painter Kevyn Warnock as Artist of the Year for the 13th Senate District. Her painting, "Fishing at Moss Landing," will hang in the Senate gallery through September 2014.

Other finalists were Linda Gass, Werner Glinka, Guy Magallanes, Beth Mostovoy, Neil Murphy, Roberta Salma and H. Momo Zhou.


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Hill spoke of the extraordinary art in the competition and lauded all the competitors. The selection was announced April 19 in the gallery of the Peninsula Art Institute in Burlingame.

Silicon Valley Open Studios

The 27th annual Silicon Valley Open Studios will be held the first three weekends in May. The first weekend, May 4 and 5, centers on San Mateo County. The second and third weekends, May 11-12 and 18-19, feature sites in the South Bay.

To shape your plans, participating artists and maps to their studios are available online at www.svos.org. You also can pick up an Artist Directory at local libraries, art centers and Caltrain and BART stations. Open Studios hours run from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day of the free event. It offers a unique opportunity to meet the artists in person and to interact with them.

Artists will be presenting their work individually at their own gallery, in small groups or in larger numbers at different art centers.

On May 4-5, larger locations include the new Peninsula Art Institute at 1777 California Drive in Burlingame, where 26 artists are participating.

Other first weekend group locations include the Linden Street Warehouse at 275B Linden St. in Redwood City and Holbrook-Palmer Park's Main House Garden Room at 150 Watkins Ave., Atherton. Also, the six artists are participating at 856 Partridge Ave. Menlo Park will be donating artwork to raffle to benefit Mission Hospice & Home Care, a nonprofit providing compassionate end-of-life care to patients and families in the San Mateo County area.

There are many more sites where individual artists as well as groups of artists are participating. Mark out your maps and enjoy seeing a variety of artwork and meet the creative artists.

Earthly pleasures

Watercolor paintings by Barbara von Haunalter are featured in "Garden of Earthly Delights," which opens Wednesday at Viewpoints Gallery. A reception to meet the artist will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday.

The artist's watercolor paintings feature plants, vegetables and fruits which were inspired by her outdoor adventures. In addition to working in watercolor, von Haunalter also enjoys painting landscapes in oil.

"Garden of Earthly Delights" will be on view through May 31. Viewpoints is at 315 State St., Los Altos. Hours are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays and 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sundays. Call 650-941-5789 or visit www.viewpointsgallery.com.

Quilting and bonsai

The South San Francisco Cultural Arts Commission presents an exhibition of artistic quilts and bonsai which opens with a reception from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Friday and continues from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. May 4.

"Home+Quilt=Family" features special exhibits by the South San Francisco Greenhouse Quilters, plus a boutique of unique gifts as well as door prize opportunities. It will be held in the Municipal Services Building, 33 Arroyo Drive, South San Francisco. Admission is free. Call 650-829-3800 or visit the Cultural Arts page at www.ssf.net.

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