Erika Meriaux is one of 16 Bay Area artists participating in the "FourSquared" exhibition at Arc Gallery in San Francisco. Each artist has produced 16 small works for the show, each group presented as a small solo show. All works in the show are under $500.
Meriaux's works are 12-by-12-inch paintings, each work depicting an episode relating to the Trojan War and the Odyssey. Her series begins with Leda rescuing the swan and ends with the reuniting of Odysseus and Penelope.
A figurative artist, Meriaux was born and grew up in France. She came to the United States in 2000 and now lives in San Bruno. In her artist statement she notes that portraits, the major part of her work, "incarnate the most representative archetypes of human condition."
"From spirituality to propaganda, from lust to virtue, from loneliness to seduction, they become strong stereotypes and reflect my desire of telling stories," she said.
Other artists in the show include Sharon Beals, Francesca DuBrock, John Fitzsimmons, Charles Garrett, Beth Mullins, Hadley Northrop, Lucky Rapp, Eric Rewitzer, RubySpam, Diana Ruiz, Maja Ruznic, Ron Saunders, Alberto Toscano, Kay Weber and Brooke Westfall. The show is curated by Michael Yochum and Matthew Frederick.
An opening reception will be held from 7 to 10 p.m. Saturday. An artist talk will be held from noon to 2 p.m. Sept. 15. The show concludes Sept. 22.
Arc Gallery is at 1246 Folsom St., San
Thirty artists present their views of "Water" in an exhibit that opens Tuesday at Gallery 9 in Los Altos. A reception will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. Sept. 7.
The works vary from 2D to 3D media, including paintings, etchings, monotypes, mixed media works, ceramics, wood sculpture, metal work and jewelry. Included are "Bamboo Fountain," a ceramic sculpture by San Carlos artist Shigemi Sanders, "Reflection," a painting by Palo Alto resident Naomi Mendelzun, and "Pink Sky Santorini," a watercolor painting by Suej McCall of San Jose.
"Water" will be on exhibit through Sept. 29. Gallery 9 is at 143 Main St. 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.
Black and white
Tom and Marj Green are exhibiting 47 of their fine art black and white photographs in the second floor gallery at Keeble and Suchat Photography, 290 S. California Ave., Palo Alto.
Tom uses an infrared camera to capture his images. Some are presented in his newly created digital solarization process. Marj's images are taken in color but converted to black and white in the digital darkroom.
The show is presented through Sept. 12. Visit www.tomandmarj.com.
Shakespeare in Redwood City
This weekend is your last chance to see Shakespeare's "Henry V" outdoors in Redwood City. The production by the San Francisco Shakespeare Festival offers a work utilizing the motifs and designs of World War I to present the timeless story of the heroics and costs of war.
The play is presented at 7:30 p.m. Saturday evening and 2 p.m. Sunday afternoon. The production is free. Bring a blanket and a picnic and enjoy the play. It's presented on the grounds of Sequoia High School at 1201 Brewster Ave., Redwood City. Call The San Francisco Shakespeare Festival at 415-558-0888 or visit www.sfshakes.org.
The Millbrae Art & Wine Festival will be held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sept. 1 and 2 on Broadway between Victoria Avenue and Meadow Glen in downtown Millbrae. Included are works by 250 juried West Coast artists and craftsmakers, plus a variety of music by The Sun Kings, Evolution, Replica and Delta Wires, food and Labor Day fun.
Admission is free. The event is presented by the Millbrae Chamber of Commerce. For information, call 650-697-7324 or visit www.miramarevents.com.
Information on visual and literary arts can be sent to Bonny Zanardi at Bzanardi@aol.com.