By Bonny Zanardi

Happy New Year! 2019 is off to an exciting start with exhibits and events across the Peninsula.

Coastal arts  

The Members Show is on view at the Coastal Arts League through January 13.

A new exhibit, Collaborating Artists Showcase, opens January 24. A reception will be held from 2 to 5 p.m. January 26.

Artists featured in the exhibition include Kathie Martin, Abigail Murthy, Mark Murthy, Patt Sheldon, Ellen Silva, Thomas Goodson, Linda Rutherford and Rinaldo Veseliza.

“Tide Pools” by Abbie Murthy

Collaborating Artists Showcase will continue through February 17.

The Coastal Arts League gallery is at 300 Main Street, Half Moon Bay. Hours are noon to 5 p.m. Thursdays through Mondays. Visit

With friends

The Main Gallery presents Old Friends, New Art beginning January 9. A reception for the artists will be held from 6 to 8:30 p.m. January 12.

The show includes works by more than 40 of the gallery’s current and past members. Media range from oil and acrylics to photography, jewelry, textiles and found object sculptures.

One of the featured artists is Elizabeth Noerdlinger, who paints mainly in oils. Her focus is the landscape.

The gallery is at 1018 Main Street, Redwood City. Hours are 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesdays through Sundays. Call 650-701-1018 or visit

Youth views

Coastside Youth Speak Out opens January 4 at the Caldwell Gallery. The exhibit sheds light on substance use, social norms and community health.

The show began in the spring of 2018 when youth leaders in Half Moon Bay and Pescadero began a photovoice project, researching the environments influencing substance abuse.

Youth toured their cities, cameras in hand, entering into dialogue with community members about the issue and their project, and documenting their work with photos.

This exhibit is presented through the combined efforts of the Youth Leadership Institute and the San Mateo County Arts Commission. It will be on view through February 27.

The Caldwell Gallery is at 400 County Center, Redwood City. Hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through Fridays. It is curated by Boris Koodrin. Visit

Going large

Gallery House presents Large Works, a show featuring 12 artists. It opens January 8; a reception will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. January 12.

One of the artists is Trevlyn Williams, who spent the majority of her life in South Africa. In 2004 she began to paint the local Peninsula landscape.

The gallery is at 320 South California Avenue, Palo Alto. (Enter through Printer’s Café.) Hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesdays through and Saturdays and 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sundays.

Call 650-326-1668 or visit

Coffee and art

A show of work by Becky Johnson, Alexis Tong, Brooke Howie, Zdenka Bleile and James Caldwell is featured through March 14 at Philz Coffee at 113 South B Street in San Mateo.

Philz Coffee at 2116 Broadway in Redwood City is showing work by Joyce Leopardo, Joyce Savre and Michael Arnold through March 22.

The shows are curated Art Liaisons. Contact Gail Sjoman at 650-596-0868 or visit

A talk

Artist Jim Caldwell will speak on “Who shot Vincent? Van Gogh’s life and tragic death” at 5 p.m. January 12 at Art Ventures Gallery, 888 Santa Cruz Avenue, Menlo Park.



Poets Kathleen McClung and Tanu Wakefield will read from their works at the January 8 meeting of Coastside Poetry. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and featured readers begin at 7 p.m.

McClung, author of The Typists Play Monopoly and Almost the Rowboat, teaches at Skyline College and The Writing Salon. She also directs Women on Writing: WOW Voices Now at Skyline. She has won the Rita Dove and other national poetry prizes and is a Pushcart and Best of the Net nominee.

Wakefield is a poet, writer and editor. Her first book, Undersong, is to be published in February by FutureCycle Press. She has an MFA in Creative Writing from San Francisco State University, an MA in English from Tulane University and a BA in English from Wellesley College. She was the Poet Laureate of Belmont from 2015 to 2018.

A poetry open mic period will begin at approximately 8 p.m.

Monthly readings take place at Café Society, 522 Main Street, Half Moon Bay. Visit

May you find much to enjoy in this new year!


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