Visual Arts: ‘World’ showcases Nagler art

“He’s got the whole world in his hands” could be the theme song for JoAnneh Nagler’s oil paintings show at the Caldwell Gallery in Redwood City through Aug. 29.

Calling the exhibit “The World Is My Canvas,” the artist says: “One of the greatest gifts I’ve been given from traveling is the sense of feeling connected to the other side of the earth. It’s a sensation of knowing beyond my own time and space, of being moved by places and reminiscences of history and culture. To walk the earth of another country is to see things and sense things anew and to feel a vibrancy of colors not known at home.”

Her large abstract works on canvas and board are studies of color and light inspired by travels in Nepal, Thailand, Egypt, Israel, Italy, Honduras and South America.

The gallery is in the County Government Center, 400 County Center. Hours are Monday to Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, call (650) 591-2101.

RARELY SEEN PLANTS AT FILOLI

“From the Greenhouse to Your House,” a special four-day program at Filoli, 86 Canada Road, Woodside, highlights plants from the desert, tropics and elsewhere — specimens in collections not often seen by visitors to the estate.

Running July 17 through July 20, the event includes tours of the greenhouse as well as informative talks and demonstrations. On July 15, the theme is “Celebrate Succulents”; on July 18, orchids; on July 19, carnivorous plants; and July 20, “Something for Everyone.”

Meanwhile, “Portraits through Time: Traditional and Revival” is the 10th annual Botanical Art Exhibition at Filoli. The show, running through Aug. 3 in the ballroom, features contemporary works as well as historical antique prints.

An artists’ reception will be July 12 from 4 to 6 p.m. The public is invited; reservations are required. For information, call (650) 364-8300 or visit www.filoli.org.

SOUTH S.F. CENTENNIAL

South San Francisco celebrates its 100-year birthday with a special photography exhibit showcasing the past and present.

Local artists focus on an array of subjects including nature and landscapes as well as animals and people; those images are complemented by historical photos presented by the South San Francisco Public Library.

Admission is free to the show, which is open from 7 to 9 p.m. July 11 and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. July 12. The free event, sponsored by the Cultural Arts Commission, is at the Municipal Services Building, 33 Arroyo Drive. For information, call (650) 829-3800 or visit www.ssf.net.

HISTORY OF ART THERAPY

Nationally known art therapist and watercolorist Cay Drachnik’s latest works are on view in a show called “Then and Now” at the Wiegand Gallery at Notre Dame de Namur University.

The show, running Friday through Aug. 8, explores the history of art therapy as a profession. Works by students, faculty and alumni of the master’s degree program in art therapy are also featured in the exhibit.

The campus is at 1500 Ralston Ave., Belmont. Gallery hours are Tuesday through Saturday from noon to 4 p.m. For information, call (650) 508-3556 or e-mail arttherapy@ndnu.edu.

jgross@sfexaminer.com

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