"Compositions in Light," an exhibition of landscape photographs by Vidya Narasimhan, opens Tuesday at Gallery House in Palo Alto. A reception for the show will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday.

Narasimhan is inspired by natural wonders, such as Yosemite and Big Sur in California, as well as the beauties of Australia. As a photographer, it is important to her to create expressive prints of her work.

"I scour places, far and near, not with the mere intention of recording iconic landmarks, but in the pursuit of providing an emotional link to these lands," she says in her artistic statement.

She has shown her works in numerous exhibitions, including at the Fresno Art Museum, Yosemite Renaissance XXVIII, the Kellicutt International exhibition in Half Moon Bay, Carnegie Art Center and many more.

The Gallery House exhibit will be on view through Aug. 23 at 320 S. California Ave. 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.

Mixed media

The Mercy Center Art Gallery is featuring mixed media works by Jesuit priest Bob Gilroy through Aug. 31. He has degrees in studio art and art therapy and is a graduate of Weston Jesuit School of Theology.


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He has offered workshops and retreats for art and prayer at retreat houses, schools and parishes. His work has included ministering to the Lakota Sioux people of the Rosebud Reservation in South Dakota. Currently he works for St. Francis Mission.

An online retreat that uses art and galleries of past paintings can be viewed online at www.prayerwindows.com.

Mercy Center is at 2300 Adeline Drive, Burlingame. Hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. Visit www.mercy-center.org.

Feathered finery

Paintings by Floy Zittin are presented in "The Bird Show II," which opens Tuesday at Viewpoints Gallery. A reception with the artist will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday.

Zittin has painted birds of all sizes and shapes, from hummingbirds to hawks, herons and more. In this exhibit she features birds observed during the past year, from those seen in her yard or on a local hike to those seen during travels to Yosemite, Ohio and Alaska. Her field sketches and travel notebooks also are on display.

Viewpoints Gallery 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.

Different mediums

"Recent Works," a show of artwork in pastel, oil and sketching by Judi Keyani, opens Tuesday at Gallery 9. An opening reception will be held 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Friday.

The exhibit will be on view through Aug. 31. Gallery 9 is at 143 Main St., Los Altos. Hours are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays and noon to 4 p.m. Sundays. Call 650-941-7969 or visit www.gallery9losaltos.com.

Blues and more

The Redwood City Police Activities League is holding its Blues, Arts and BBQ Festival at Courthouse Square, 2200 Broadway, Redwood City, from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. today. The event is a benefit for youth programs. Call 650-780-7311.

Poetry x3

The Friends of the Menlo Park Library present "A Poet, a Poet, a Poet" from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Aug. 2 at the Menlo Park City Council Chambers at 706 Laurel Street.

San Mateo County Poet Laureate Caroline Goodwin, East Palo Alto Poet Laureate Kalamu Chaché and "Menlo Park Renaissance Man" Jym Marks will read from their work and talk about their processes.

Free van service is available for the Menlo Park area for seniors and people with disabilities. Call 650-330-2512 to schedule a pickup.

The event is free. Call 650-330-2530.

Test your metal

An introductory course in Weaving with Metal for jewelry, sculptural objects and wall hangings will be taught over eight Tuesday evenings from 7 to 10 p.m. beginning Sept. 16. A variety of weaving and basketry techniques will be covered.

Students will use scissors, pliers, dowels, wire cutters, hand drills and more while working with a variety of metals. They will explore color, pattern and scale and build three-dimensional design notebooks with patterns and samples.

The cost is $475, plus $70 for a materials kit. The class will be taught by Barbara Berk in her Studio 33 in the Upper East Wing at the Peninsula Art Institute, 1777 California Drive, Burlingame. For enrollment information, call 650-349-4137 or visit www.BarbaraBerkDesigns.com.

Information on visual and literary arts can be sent to Bonny Zanardi at Bzanardi@aol.com.Information on visual and literary arts can be sent to Bonny Zanardi at Bzanardi@aol.com.