Vintage photographs and works on paper by Harry C. Bowden are featured in the Side Gallery at ArtZone 461 Gallery through Nov. 17.
Bowden was a designer and filmmaker as well as painter and photographer. He was one of the founding members of the American Abstract Artists in New York.
Originally from Los Angeles, Bowden studied at the Los Angeles Art Institute then worked in advertising before studying at the National Academy of Design and the Art Students' League in New York City.
When he returned to California, he studied at the Chouinard School of Art in Los Angeles and, later on, UC Berkeley. He lived in Sausalito from 1941 until his death in 1965.
Over the years, his circle included Edward Weston, Hans Hoffmann, Fernand Leger, Willem de Kooning and George McNeil.
The works in the ArtZone 461 show were formerly in the collection-archive of the Charles Campbell Gallery.
Showing concurrently at ArtZone 461 is a show of "Architecture & Interiors" by gallery and guest artists. The show is an investigation into the architect as artist and artist as architect.
ArtZone 461 is at 461 Valencia St., San Francisco. Hours are noon to 6 p.m. Wednesdays through Sundays or by appointment by emailing email@example.com or calling 415-441-8680.
The Studio Shop focuses on works by Martine Jardel in its next solo exhibition, which opens with a reception from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday in its newly expanded space.
Jardel uses a process of sedimentation in creating her paintings. She combines thin layers of paint and cold wax in a process that makes her work luminescent. She also does paintings that feature translucent washes of color on mylar.
She says, "I like to see my paintings as spaces of ambiguity inviting the viewer to a patient contemplation."
The Paris-born artist earned her BFA in painting at the San Francisco Art Institute and a master of fine art at San Francisco State. She has shown her work in numerous exhibitions and solo shows, including several in Paris.
The show will remain through Nov. 23 at The Studio Shop, 244 Primrose Road, Burlingame. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays. Call 650-344-1378 or go to www.thestudioshop.com.
A love of travel
Works by Judy Miller Johnson are presented through Nov. 24 at Gallery 9 in Los Altos. She will be giving etching demonstrations from noon to 3 p.m. Saturday as well as Nov. 9, 16 and 23.
The "Diversity" exhibit includes paintings, etchings, watercolors and jewelry by Johnson. Her subject matter includes landscapes and seascapes, marine animals and botanicals.
Johnson has been a co-owner and active member of Gallery 9 for more than 35 years. She maintains a studio in Cupertino as well as in Star Valley, Wyo.
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 go to www.gallery9losaltos.com.
Two new exhibitions
A show of two new exhibitions is on view at the Pacific Art League through Nov. 28. "Prints Matter!" is a regional competition and juried exhibition on view in the Main Gallery; "Flowers & Water," presented in the Glass Gallery, focuses on photographs by Joe Meyers.
Pacific Art League is at 227 Forest Ave., Palo Alto. Hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through Fridays. Admission is free. Call 650-321-3891 or visit www.PacificArtLeague.org.
Congratulations in order
Congratulations to award winners in the Menlo Art League's 39th annual Juried Show, which ended Thursday. The Best in Show award went to Jim Stinger for his watercolor "Surgeon General's Warning."
In Oils, first place was won by Karen White, second by Alice Weil, third by Krishna Mitra and honorable mention by Myrt Carey.
In Watercolors, first and second place went to Joyce Barron Leopardo, third place to Ray Martineau and honorable mention awards were presented to Betty Dennis and Shirley McKelvey.
In the Mixed Media category, first and third place were won by Pat Mayer, second place went to Sherry Gumerlock and honorable mention to Janet Creelman.
A Joyce Leopardo Special Watercolor Award was presented to Craig Brown for "Hei Ho Hei Ho" and to Gail Lynch for "Sterling Silver."
Information on visual and literary arts can be sent to Bonny Zanardi at Bzanardi@aol.com.