Visual Art: Filoli in flower for Mother’s Day

For the perfect Mother’s Day event, check out the 20th annual Filoli flower show “Country Elegance,” which runs Thursday through Sunday in Woodside. The event honors Mr. and Mrs. William Bourn’s original vision for the country estate with historic displays of floral art and photographs on view in the mansion.

But the real draw of the show are presentations by more than 100 designers, horticultural societies, exhibitors and garden clubs that have created flower arrangements, elegant table settings and garden exhibits.

Activities also include an opening night reception, special tea and a Mother’s Day Champagne brunch.

Filoli is at 86 Canada Road. For details, visit www.filoli.org or call (650) 364-8300, ext. 508.

Environmental show at Caldwell

Werner Glinka combines mixed media andmixed cultures in “Extra Ordinary Nature,” on view at the Caldwell Gallery in Redwood City. Glinka uses materials from his home in the Santa Cruz mountains; twigs and barbed wire, ash and pearls and what he calls “detritus” are in his work. His use of such materials illustrates the intersection of mankind and nature, he says. The gallery is at 400 County Center. Hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Main Gallery offerings

Two new shows are on display at the Main Gallery. Terri Wilson Moore’s narrative paintings, a series called “The Red Beret,” are inspired by a series of anonymous family photographs purchased on eBay in 2007.

“When the photos arrived and I saw them, I was filled with curiosity over the identity of these people. Who were they and what happened to them? How did the photographs end up on eBay?” Moore asks. She approached poet Mary Petrosky to collaborate; the writer found some names and locations written on the back of the pictures, and with Moore, created works in which they explore family history and issues of personal and cultural identity.

In “Quantum Jitters,” mixed-media artist Debora Crosby and physicist John Zadrozny study science and the fabric of the cosmos in a multimedia show.

For Crosby, working with Zadrozny to translate technical concepts into artistic and poetic form was an exciting challenge. She says, “The collaborative process has enlivened my thinking about these matters and enhances my appreciation for the creativity that integrates math, physics and art.”

Both shows continue through May 25. On Saturday, an open house and artist talk runs from 6 to 9 p.m.

The gallery is at 1018 Main St., Redwood City. Hours are 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday-Sunday. Call (650) 701-1018 or visit www.themaingallery.org.

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