Sculptures by Elisabeth Higgins O'Connor and paintings by Livia C. Stein are presented in "Cautionary Tales Reconsidered," which currently is on view in the Main Gallery at the Sanchez Art Center.
The show is a re-examination of the duo's exhibition a year ago at The Transmission Gallery in Oakland. That gallery's owners, Cameron Brian and Ruth Santee, are curating this exhibit. Stein will join the curators in a talk about "Cautionary Tales Reconsidered" at 4 p.m. Feb. 9, the final day of the exhibition.
Stein works in oils as well as creating with ink, pastel, charcoal, monotypes, mixed media and clay. In this show, the works are an innovative mix of brilliant color and delicacy of line. She says her process is "like jumping off a cliff but gradually knowing one has the skills to land softly and surely." She notes that what matters is "the experience of jumping and doing the work."
O'Connor has created large figures with discarded materials, such as bed sheets, hardware and old boxes. The larger-than-life figures may seem pitiful or ragged, but they also are threatening or unpredictable because of their size. The artist says she has a fascination with the "undernoticed yet overwhelming, the marginal yet monumental."
Stein has a Master of Arts from San Francisco State, earned in an experimental art program founded by Jock Reynolds, who now is director of the Yale University Art Gallery. She is on the faculty at Dominican University in San Rafael. O'Connor holds a Master of Fine Arts from UC Davis and teaches at Sierra College in Rocklin.
Concurrent with "Cautionary Tales Reconsidered" is the Art Guild of Pacifica group show "Wishes Are Dreams" in the West Gallery and award winners from the 2013 Fog Fest Photography Contest in the East Gallery, a show judged by previous award winners Alan Grinberg and Edwin Hacking.
All three shows continue through Feb. 9. The Sanchez Art Center is at 1220 Linda Mar Blvd., Pacifica. Gallery hours are 1 to 5 p.m. Fridays through Sundays. Call 650-355-1894 or go to www.sanchezartcenter.org.
Twenty-two members of the Peninsula Chapter of Women's Caucus for Art (WCA) are featured in the exhibit "New Beginnings," which opens at City Hall in Daly City with a reception from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday. The show celebrates the induction and inaugural term of David J. Canepa as mayor of Daly City.
The show is co-curated by Marian Yap and Bonnie J. Smith. Fiber artist Smith has created a work titled "The Team," which she based on a long and life-changing project involving team work.
Watercolorist Lorraine Capparell, whose regimen includes tai chi and meditation in addition to producing a new painting each day, is showing "Awakening." Alysanne McGaffey is showing a recent watercolor she has titled "Blue Beach," a work of tumbling waves that scrub the beach clear with each passing tide.
The show will continue through March 31 in the 3rd floor Atrium Gallery at Daly City's City Hall, 333 90th St. Hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays. For more information, go to www.peninsulawca.blogspot.com.
Tom Chapman show
Former jockey Tom Chapman is exhibiting his paintings of horses and horse races at Masterpiece Gallery beginning Wednesday and continuing through Jan. 29.
Gallery owner Lillian Wu is showing her own watercolor and traditional Chinese pen and ink works; the gallery also offers sculpture by Ruth Waters and Gabor Kubisch.
Masterpiece Gallery is at 1335 El Camino Real, Millbrae. Hours are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesdays through Sundays, or by appointment by calling 650-636-4706. Learn more at www.artliaisons.com.
Members and mixed media
The Pacific Art League of Palo Alto (PAL) is showing its annual Members' Exhibit through Jan. 31. The show, judged by Rachel Lazo, features works by 40 artists.
Also, in the league's Glass Gallery is a show of work by several Pakistani artists, presented by Nurali Allana. In the Craft Gallery is an exhibit of work by Helen Ju, who is showing dog sculptures created from wire and paper. She donates a portion of her sales to a local nonprofit animal shelter.
PAL is still in its transitional location at 227 Forest Ave. Hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through Fridays. Admission is free. Call 650-321-3891 or go to www.pacificartleague.org.
Three new shows
The Peninsula Museum of Art is showing work by Kalani Engles in the Decker A Gallery, Tobias Tovera in the Decker B Gallery and Eleanor Dickinson in the South Gallery through March 16. A reception will be held from 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday.
Works by both Engles and Tovera are large in scale. Engles creates abstracted images that draw upon her roots in Hawaii and San Francisco. She notes that she wants "the viewer to experience the essence of a wild garden unencumbered by physical context."
Tovera says his new series of work in this exhibition "was inspired by the primordial formations of living matter and the ways life may have begun in the genesis."
Dickinson's subject for her ink drawings is aging lovers. She says, "I have always much preferred people and animals drawn in moments of heightened emotion or ecstasy." Her subject is "not the physiognomy but the soul or spirit."
The museum is at 1777 California Drive, Burlingame. Hours are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesdays through Sundays. Admission is free. Call 650-692-2101 or go to www.peninsulamuseum.org.
A variety of classes are offered by artists at the Peninsula Museum of Art's Peninsula Art Institute.
Among the classes are How to Paint Art Furniture taught by Nancy Woods (email firstname.lastname@example.org); Paper Decoupage, a 3-D photography class on Wednesday afternoons or evenings by Kay Podolsky (email email@example.com or call 650-591-9056); Classic Drawing & Painting for children and adults by Susan Switzer (call 650-692-1924 or email firstname.lastname@example.org); Sculpture in Hardwoods taught by Ruth Waters on Wednesdays from 7 to 10 p.m. in four 10-week sessions per year (call 650-692-2133 or email email@example.com); and Sculpture in Stone, a direct carving course offered in four 10-week sessions on Wednesday evenings by B.J. Stevenson (call 650-281-4190).
Other upcoming classes involve Weaving with Metal, textile techniques in metal to create jewelry and sculpture, taught in eight sessions by Barbara Berk (call 650-281-6534); In Touch Through Art, small training groups for professionals on how to use art as healing, to be taught by Doris Arrington (email firstname.lastname@example.org); and Hat-Making Workshops taught by Wayne Wichern (schedule to be announced; email email@example.com).
The classes will be held at 1777 California Drive, Burlingame. Call 650-792-2101.
Information on visual and literary arts can be sent to Bonny Zanardi at Bzanardi@aol.com.