//Ad libs: Midpeninsulans here and there

Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Midpeninsulans here and there

Spring means the plein-art painters and photogs are out in force. (Try crossing Gamble Garden without tripping over a lens.) Local artists are also out exhibiting in many venues beyond the Midpeninsula. Here's a sampling:

* Several local plein-air painters are gearing up for "A Breath of Plein Air," an exhibit opening May 2 at the Leonard & David McKay Gallery in San Jose. Palo Alto pastel artist Mary Stahl is showing "Receding Bay Waters" (above), together with two other PA artists, oil painters Lin Ching Peng and Karen White. Other oil-favoring locals in the show are Agnes Derbin-Caulfield and Will Maller of Los Altos, Rebecca Osgood of Stanford, and Lucy Sargeant of Los Altos Hills.

* Visions of Tibet abound in the art of Los Altos doctor-painter Ming Jing (Mike) Wang, whom I profiled in the Weekly last year. He's currently taking part in a four-artist figure painting show at the Triton Museum of Art, called "Narrative Realities."

* Laurie Naiman of Palo Alto is in a show of 61 photographers at The Center for Fine Art Photography in Colorado. "Tired of Waiting," the photo on the center's press release, displays Naiman's signature witty style.

* And closer to home, Palo Alto itself is on display at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. Italian photographer Gabriele Basilico has turned his lenses on several Bay Area cities. Our city of the tall tree is included in these celebrations of the American asphalt jungle.