Work by Katinka Hartmetz, Diana Herring, Arena Shawn, Ginger Slonaker and Susan Wolf is featured in the show "Insects & Bugs," which opens Wednesday at The Main Gallery. A reception with the artists will be held from 4 to 6 p.m. Feb. 16.
Hartmetz is featuring soft toys made with upcycled wool sweaters, felt and yarn. Additional works include an abstract dragonfly painting and two antique windows graced with distressed botanical drawings of insects.
Herring spent hours browsing through an encyclopedia she had as a youngster and re-examined the French printmaker Grandville, "who excelled at depicting insects reflecting human foibles." For the show, she has created prints using various silkscreen processes and forms of intaglio printmaking.
Shawn, who is new to the gallery, is a watercolorist. She presents a detailed realistic series depicting butterflies on flowers. In addition, she is showing a set of studies of bees, dragonflies and beetles done with more expressive colors.
Slonaker is a painter known for humor in her work. She has used cabinet doors, old windows and fan blades, recycled materials "where bugs might typically collect," for her reflections on the phrase "bug off." She notes, "Funny how those words can apply to shooing away insects as well as parents!"
Recently Slonaker has been leading a mural art club at the Bayside STEM Academy, a San Mateo middle school focused on science, technology, engineering
Wolf presents ceramic winged insects in the show. She says that her creations are different from work she has done before, although "most of them do have wings!" For Wolf, wings are a recurring interest. For this show, the wings primarily are made of different kinds of wire.
"Insects & Bugs" will be on view through March 17. 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.
A reception from 6 to 9 p.m. Wednesday celebrates "Love Locks" at The Museums of Los Gatos, including an unveiling of a creative new structure incorporating chain links that will hold messages of love.
The new work carries on the tradition of the Main Street Bridge over Highway 17 where, in the past, Los Gatos community members have hung gestures of love. The idea is inspired by fence displays on bridges around the world, including the Pont des Arts in Paris.
At the reception, attendees will be invited to share a favorite love story as part of the museum's StoryShare project. The StoryShare opportunity also will be available between 5 and 7 p.m. Thursday.
The Museums of Los Gatos is at 4 Tait Ave., Los Gatos. Call 408-395-7386 or visit www.museumsoflosgatos.org.
Filoli, an American Daffodil Society Display Garden, celebrates three days of "Daffodil Daydreams" from Feb. 22 through Feb. 24. The center's gardens will offer a spectacular display of nearly a million daffodils in bloom. Included are talks, demonstrations, activities for children and families and horticulturalist-led garden walks.
Artists are invited to paint and take photographs in the garden between noon and 3 p.m. on Feb. 22 and Feb. 24. Easels and tripods are welcome. Reservations are not necessary, but space is available on a first-come, first-served basis.
Other art-centered events include a discussion of "Botanical Art: Historical to Contemporary" by Catherine Watters at 10:30 on Feb. 22. Also that day, at 2:30 p.m. Lucy Barter will give a talk on "The Art of Embroidery."
On Feb. 23 at 1:15 p.m. Kim Reaves will offer a demonstration on "The Timeless Beauty of Stained Glass."
On Feb. 24 at 1 p.m. Keiko Fumita will demonstrate "Flower Origami for Children."
Check the schedule at www.filoli.org. The center is at 86 Cañada Road, Woodside. Admission is free for members of Filoli; for nonmembers, admission is $15 for adults, $12 for seniors aged 65 and older, $5 for students aged 5 to 17 or with valid student ID and free for children 4 and younger. Call 650-364-8300, extension 507.
The Coastside Land Trust Gallery presents its Midwinter Art Show through April 12. An opening reception will be held from 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday.
Gallery hours are 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sundays, or by appointment by calling 650-726-5056. The gallery is at 788 Main St., Redwood City. Visit www.coastsidelandtrust.org.
Information on visual and literary arts may be sent to Bonny Zanardi at Bzanardi@aol.com.