Abstract paintings by Midori McCabe and Wendy Fitzgerald are presented in the exhibition "A Free Hand" opening Tuesday at Gallery House in Palo Alto. A reception for the show will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday.
McCabe, who is of Japanese origin, uses colors, form and textures in her work reflecting a direct, raw reaction to nature. In this show she explores her boundaries in her art.
Fitzgerald, a native of Taiwan, is focused on shapes and lines. In these new paintings, her intent is to "simultaneously display tension and movement in a quiet and ambiguous surrounding."
"A Free Hand" will be on view through Oct. 19. Gallery House is at 320 California Ave., Palo Alto. (Enter through Printer's Cafe.) Hours are 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesdays and Wednesdays, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays and 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sundays. Call 650-326-1668 or visit www.galleryhouse2.com.
City Arts of San Mateo presents work by young artists Pailey An Deborde, Halle Donovan, Nicole Donovan, Angus Keddie, Paolo Skyrus and Magine Slonaker in the exhibit "Kids Create" at Peninsula Ballet Theatre in San Mateo. A reception for the show will be held from 4 to 6 p.m. Sunday.
"Kids Create" will be on view through Oct. 17. The gallery is at 1880 S. Grant St., San Mateo. Hours are 2 to 7 p.m. Mondays through Fridays and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays. Visit www.cityartsofsanmateo.org.
Layer and impact
"Backward is Forward: Layer and Impact in Printmaking" opens with a reception from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at The Museums of Los Gatos.
The show includes prints by Sam Francis, Frank Lobdell, Nathan Oliveira, Joan Miro, Kathy Aoki, Jessica Dunne and 13 others to reveal the techniques behind relief, intaglio and planographic printmaking processes.
A Print Connoisseurship Workshop will be held from 1 to 2 p.m. Oct. 5. It's free for members and just $10 for nonmembers. Space is limited; call 408-354-2646 to reserve a spot.
The show will continue through Jan. 12 at 4 Tait Ave., Los Gatos. Hours are noon to 4 p.m. Wednesdays through Sundays. Call 408-395-7386 or visit www.museumsoflosgatos.org.
An exhibit of seascapes by Linda Saytes is on view at the Mercy Center Art Gallery through Oct. 31. She seeks to capture the beauty and serenity found along the beaches of California and Cape Cod in Massachusetts.
The gallery is at 2300 Adeline Drive, Burlingame. Hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. Visit www.mercy-center.org.
At Little House
The public is invited to visit Little House for an artists' reception from 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday. You can enjoy the work of Alisan Andrews, Kalani Engles, Frances Freyberg, Nathaniel F. Lewis, Beth Mostovoy, Christine Oliver, Joyce Savre, Deanna Tarr and Marian Vandenbosch.
You also will be able to check out Little House ceramics and lapidary work. Admission is free. The center is at 800 Middle Ave., Menlo Park. Call 650-326-2025, ext. 222.
Pastelist Teresa Ruzzo is featured in the show "Reflections" at Viewpoints Gallery. The exhibition includes her new plein air and studio work focused on water and sky.
"Reflections" is on view through Sept. 29. 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.
Get the point
Denise Howard, president of the San Francisco chapter of the Colored Pencil Society of America, will give the free presentation "Colored Pencil as a Fine Art Medium" from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Sept. 28 at the Coastal Arts League Museum, 300 Main St., Half Moon Bay. Call 650-726-6335 or visit www.coastalartsleague.com.
The San Mateo grass roots philanthropic organization C.R.U.S.H. (Caring, Responsibility, Understanding, Sharing, Hope) is holding its annual event from 5 to 9 p.m. Sept. 28 at the Domenico Winery, 1697 Industrial Road, San Carlos.
Each year artist Ginger Slonaker creates a poster to raise money for the designated organization. This year's event supports the Northern California Multiple Sclerosis Society.
Tickets for the event are $50. It includes a dinner, auction, quilt game, live music and more. For tickets, call 650-678-0493 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Information on visual and literary arts can be sent to Bonny Zanardi at Bzanardi@aol.com.