“ON THE ROAD IN NOVA SCOTIA”: PAINTINGS BY JERRY PETERS AT THE PORTOLA ART GALLERY IN MENLO PARK. The Portola Art Gallery presents “On the Road in Nova Scotia” — paintings by Palo Alto artist Jerry Peters. The primary paintings in this new show are done from photos taken on a three-month road trip around the U.S. and Canada in 2005. Peters’ love of painting began after he retired from the fire service in 1996. He spent 30 years as a firefighter, the last 10 as a Battalion Chief in the Menlo Park Fire Protection District. His career drove his early work in acrylics, which featured fire engines, fire helmets and fire scenes. Now, Peters often paints from photographs taken during his travels. His work includes scenes from France, Italy, Germany, Belgium, Egypt, Greece, England and Turkey, as well as from across the U.S. and Canada. “On the Road in Nova Scotia” — Paintings by Jerry Peters will be on view from Aug. 1-31 at Portola Art Gallery at Allied Arts Guild, 75 Arbor Road, Menlo Park. The public is invited to a reception for the artist 1 p.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 4. For more information call 321-0220 or visit www.portolaartgallery.com.
PENINSULA MUSEUM OF ART HOSTS JULY 29 PUBLIC RECEPTION FOR ARTISTS JOHN MCNAMARA AND LOUISE STANLEY. The Peninsula Museum of Art announces two new exhibitions — Louise Stanley: Consulting the Oracle and John McNamara: Time Machines. The opening is marked by a public reception for the artists 2 p.m.-4 p.m. Sunday, July 29.
LOUISE STANLEY: CONSULTING THE ORACLE. Berkeley-based Louise Stanley’s work follows in the tradition of narrative painting documenting current and fictitious events using myth and allegory. The human condition, modern day romance and political issues are often explored. The exhibit title, Consulting the Oracle, refers to the ancient Roman practice of soothsaying: of inspired priests and priestesses divining the future from animal entrails, the flight of birds and sometimes under the influence of narcotic fumes.
JOHN McNAMARA: TIME MACHINES. John McNamara, who recently retired from teaching at UC Berkeley, makes surrealist photo collages, then covers his cascade of images with oil paint. McNamara has explored the creation of presence or ‘sense of place’ in painting for his entire career. A Bostonian trained at Massachusetts College of Art, he initially painted turbulent fields inset with stylized, totemic figures. In 1989, McNamara decided to tell stories by incorporating photographic and other found imagery.
MUSEUM PARTICULARS. The Peninsula Museum of Art is a free nonprofit visual arts complex housing five museum exhibit galleries, a children’s art program, a library resource center and a gift shop. Its focus is art created by living artists with a Greater Bay Area connection. PMA is also home to the Museum Studios, 30 working artist studios where visual artists work and exhibit their creations in painting, sculpture, photography, mixed media, jewelry, fiber art and millinery. 1777 California Drive, Burlingame. Museum Hours are 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday. Admission is free.
MASTER PRINTER PAUL MULLOWNEY GIVES JULY 21 STUDIO TOUR AND PRINTING DEMONSTRATION. Join Master Printer Paul Mullowney and Catharine Clark Gallery for a free studio tour and printing demonstration on 2 p.m.-4 p.m. July 21 at Mullowney Printing, 931 Treat Ave. San Francisco. This event coincides with the 2018 San Francisco Art Book Fair at Minnesota Street Project (July 20-22), where co-publishers Catharine Clark Gallery and Mullowney Printing will be debuting a new etching by Sandow Birk: “Proposal for a Monument to the Declaration of Independence” (and a Pavilion to Frederick Douglass), from the series “Imaginary Monuments.” For more information contact firstname.lastname@example.org.