Visual Arts: Main Gallery goes ‘Outside Inside’

Just as Americans cherish sometimes opposing national ideals of liberty and equality, Menlo Park artist Marianne Lettieri’s art demonstrates how freedom and confinement can complement each other. Her exhibition “Outside Inside” is at the Main Gallery in Redwood City through April 20.

“For years, I have collected a great inventory of interesting containers to use in my art,” she says. “The challenge for me with this series was to work with enclosures that have strong symbolic imagery, but say something unexpected.”

Along with cages and lanterns, Lettieri has assembled other familiar objects that exemplify an “inside-outside” tension in one piece.

Redwood City’s Katinka Hartmetz exhibits new paintings in “On the Surface,” also at Main Gallery. The abstract painter’s new works are characterized by notable textures; they mix acrylic paint, paper, tissue and photographs on wood panel or canvas. The layering of the materials creates multiple surfaces.

Some of Hartmetz’s paintings are big. “In this show I wanted to do very large paintings where I could be exuberant in the movement of my paint brush,” she says. “In some areas I just threw paint on. It was very liberating.”

The Main Gallery is at 1018 Main St. Hours are Wednesday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. For information, call (650) 701-1018 or visit www.themaingallery.org.

AIRLINE HEADGEAR

Remember how stewardesses once were identified by their caps? Vintage headgear is on display in “Hats Off! Women’s Airline Uniform Caps” at San Francisco International Airport through Friday. These 35 caps include haute couture-inspired looks from the 1940s, “mod” designs of the 1960s, as well as more recent looks from the ’80s and ’90s. Adolfo, Howard Greer, Oleg Cassini, Stan Herman, Eric Javits, Raymond Loewy, Jean Louis, Hanao Mori, Mary McFadden and Frank Olive are among the heavyweight designers featured.

The caps may be viewed every day in the pre-security area on the departures and ticketing level of SFO’s Terminal 1.

NEW SHOW AT 1870

“Plasticity” — paintings by Sabina Suie — is on view at 1870 Art Center in Belmont through May 4. The artist’s method is to deconstruct, or “scrape away” previous layers of work.

“The plasticity of new objects becomes the focus. It is the quality of being artificial, superficial or synthetic. The act of encountering art itself in an exhibit can also be a many-layered experience,” Suie says.

The center is at 1870 Ralston Ave. Hours are Thursday through Sunday from 1 to 5 p.m. For information, call (650) 595-9679 or visit www.1870artcenter.com.

FILOLI CELEBRATES SPRING

California’s rich environment — plant, animal life and native people — is explored in a spring exhibit at Filoli, running through May 4.

A meet-the-artists event is set for April 12 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Observers may ask questions, watch demonstrations and learn about the art; reservations are not necessary. Filoli is at 86 Canada Road in Woodside. For information call (650) 364-8300 or visit www.filoli.org.

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