You can see the latest creations in art glass and talk with the artists as husband and wife team Ken and Ingrid Hanson hold their annual Holiday Sale event at their studios on the Peninsula. It will be from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Nov 23-25 and Dec. 1 and conclude Dec. 2 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
The Hansons have worked together as artists since their early college years. Inspired by Italian and Swedish techniques, they use bold colors to create their unique contemporary works.
Surface decoration, including colored stripes or symbols of cane and murrini, adds to the allure of the works. Sometimes the Hansons also use 24K gold or pure silver leaf to add special effects.
Ingrid notes that the sale includes ornaments, small vases, teapots, pumpkins, paperweights and unique drinking glasses. She says, "Our newest technique involves the use of all of our skills that we have learned over the 18 years that we have been blowing glass."
Hanson and Kastles Art Glass is at 1045 Center St., San Carlos. Call 650-596-5163 or visit www.hansonartglass.com.
The Cantor Arts Center presents Christian Marclay's "Video Quartet," a 14-minute DVD projection, through Feb. 10. The work is on loan from the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.
"Video Quartet" was created on a home computer with an off-the-shelf program for editing and composing. It brings together hundreds of Hollywood films, with remarkable pairings of actors and musicians for a beautiful, funny presentation.
Marclay, a Swiss-American who was born in San Rafael, is noted for his musical, sculptural and video collage work. His pieces are held in the permanent collections of institutions including the Museum of Modern Art, Whitney Museum of American Art and the Centre Pompidou.
In 2011 Marclay was recognized with the Golden Lion at the Venice Biennale for his 24-hour video collage "The Clock."
The Cantor Arts Center is off Palm Drive at Museum Way on the campus of Stanford University. Hours are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesdays through Sundays, with extended hours until 8 p.m. Thursdays. Call 650-723-4177 or visit http://museum.stanford.edu.
The Peninsula Arts Council is seeking nominations for the 11th annual Diamond Awards honoring individuals and organizations for outstanding artistic achievements and contributions to the arts in San Mateo County.
There are nine categories for entries: Arts Educator, Arts Organization, Individual Artist, Ray Lorenzato Young Artist (aged 18 and younger), Arts Volunteer, Local Business Support, Donor Support, Government Support and Special Recognition.
All nominations are to be submitted electronically via the official nomination form available online at www.peninsulaartscouncil.org. The deadline is 5 p.m. Nov. 30.
The Diamond Awards gala awards ceremony will be from 6 to 10 p.m. Jan. 25 at the Hiller Aviation Museum in San Carlos.
Visit www.peninsulaartscouncil.org or call 650-591-2101.
The Coastal Arts League invites artists to enter the 28th annual CAL Juried Show, which will be on view Dec. 7 to Jan. 13. The juror for the show is Jennifer Almodova, an accomplished painter, sculptor and art instructor.
The top honor is a $500 Stuart Harwood Best of Show Award. There also are three $100 awards and two $75 awards.
Images of entries must be submitted as jpg files on a CD-ROM. Note that 3-D works may be represented by up to three views. Completed entry forms, CD-ROMs and fees should be mailed to CAL 28th Annual Juried Show, 300 Main St., Suite 3, Half Moon Bay, CA 94019. Checks should be made out to "CAL 28th Annual Juried Show."
Artwork may be delivered in person between noon and 5 p.m. December 3. For CAL members, the entry fee is $10 for the first work and $5 for each subsequent entry. For artists who are not CAL members, the entry fee is $15 for the first work and $7.50 for each subsequent entry.
Artists with questions can contact CAL President Patricia Keefe at email@example.com or Secretary Deb Wong at CoastalArtsLeague@gmail.com. Complete information is available online at www.coastalartsleague.com.
A demonstration in watercolor by artist Kay Carnie is sponsored by the Society of Western Artists (SWA) at 1 p.m. Saturday at the SWA Headquarters Gallery, 2625 Broadway, Redwood City.
Carnie will focus on painting value contrast on objects with a pattern or decoration. She is a signature member of the California Watercolor Association, Midwest Watercolor Society and the National Watercolor Society and currently teaches art at College of San Mateo.
The meeting is free and open to the public. Contact Judith Puccini at 650-737-6084.
Information on visual and literary arts can be sent to Bonny Zanardi at Bzanardi@aol.com.