When you've flown more than a million miles, it's nice to give those long schleps an artistic purpose. Laura Oliphant does just that with her photography. Her images of the planet from above, shot from the windows of commercial airliners, have won her prizes and exhibits. This month, many of them are on display at Gallery 9 in Los Altos.
The Redwood City artist sees a lot of beauty, but "translating it into the camera is a technical challenge," she said in a press release. "At the very minimum, the shooting platform is moving at 600 miles an hour, never mind the scratched and dirty windows. But ... I've learned to bring out the beauty of the world as I see it."
The exhibit is up through Sept. 29 at 143 Main St. Go to gallery9losaltos.com or call 650-941-7969 for more.
At the Pacific Art League this month, longtime local photographer Judy Kramer is taking a different direction with her work. A past president of the Palo Alto Camera Club, she's known for her abiding interest in wildflowers. Now she has a solo show up of photos she took on a recent humanitarian trip to Guinea in West Africa, documenting a campaign against tetanus in mothers and newborns.
Kramer is a member of the Kiwanis Club of Palo Alto, and the effort, called The Eliminate Project, is organized by the Kiwanis and UNICEF. On her trip last fall, she followed a regional immunization campaign in a remote town. "It was such a privilege to watch lives being saved," she said.
The exhibition is up through Sept. 26 in the art league at 227 Forest Ave. in downtown Palo Alto (its temporary location while its home is being renovated nearby). 650-321-3891, pacificartleague.org
The research and development company PARC frequently hosts exhibits of work by contemporary artists. Photographer Michael Kern, who captures spirited images of reptiles, amphibians and birds, has a solo show up through Oct. 31 called "Finding Beauty in the Beast." 3333 Coyote Hill Road, Palo Alto. 650-812-4000, parc.com
Bryant Street Gallery
Peter Roux, he of the atmospheric oil paintings and the "fog of spirits" series, has a solo show up through Sept. 30. 532 Bryant St., Palo Alto. 650-321-8155, bryantstreet.com
Art with a nature and often Baylands theme is periodically exhibited at the Environmental Volunteers' EcoCenter out by the Bay. Now up: the finely detailed paintings of wildlife and open space by Dale Beliveau, who has a particular fondness for birds. His show is on display through Dec. 7, with a reception set for Oct. 26. 650-493-8000, ext. 340, evols.org
Kristine Taylor, whose bronze sculptures are a menagerie of beasts and fowl, has a solo show of her animal-themed works on the gallery walls through Sept. 21. Paintings by Midori McCabe and Wendy Fitzgerald go up Sept. 24. 320 S. California Ave., Palo Alto. 650-326-1668, galleryhouse2.com
Mohr Gallery at the Community School of Music and Arts
An exhibit of quilts by Mountain View day workers opens Oct. 11, with a reception planned for Oct. 25. 230 San Antonio Circle, Mountain View. 650-917-6800, arts4all.org
Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts
Solo shows are hung periodically in the center's lobby, to be viewed before performances or at noontime on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. Vibrant oil paintings by Elizabeth Jimenez-Montelongo, who often explores the culture of the indigenous American nations, go up Oct. 15. 500 Castro St., Mountain View. 650-903-6000, mvcpa.com
Oshman Family Jewish Community Center
Up now at the JCC through Oct. 21: "Peace in Mind," Lori Greenblat-Wick's framed Judaic art of handmade paper, found objects and other materials; and "Tree House," Neta Levi's nostalgic mixed-media works of paint and fabric on canvas. 3921 Fabian Way, Palo Alto. 650-799-1854, paloaltojcc.org
Palo Alto City Hall
The lobby often houses art exhibitions by one or more artists. Details for 2013-14 were not yet available at press time; keep an eye on cityofpaloalto.org. 250 Hamilton Ave., Palo Alto.
Portola Art Gallery
The first exhibit of the fall is "Orphaned Elephants of Tsavo and Recent Works," oil paintings by Marsha Heimbecker, many of them depicting elephants who are cared for at the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust in Africa. The show is up through Sept. 30. At the Allied Arts Guild, 75 Arbor Road, Menlo Park. 650-321-0220, portolaartgallery.com
Smith Andersen Editions
"Greetings From the Lost Edge" pays tribute to the American artist David Gilhooly, who died recently after a long career that included being influential in the Bay Area's funk ceramics movement. The solo exhibition draws on four years of the artist's collage work and runs Sept. 20 through Oct. 31, with a reception Oct. 5. 440 Pepper Ave., Palo Alto. 650-327-7762, smithandersen.com
Stanford Art Spaces
Contemplative lithographs and paintings by 100-year-old Japanese artist Toko Shinoda are on display in a retrospective exhibit through Oct. 17. Stanford Art Spaces shows work in the Paul G. Allen building (C.I.S.) and the David Packard building. 650-723-3622, cis.stanford.edu/~marigros/
Red barns, verdant bluffs and dynamic skies fill the pastels of artist Teresa Ruzzo, whose solo show "Reflections" is up through Sept. 29. 315 State St., Los Altos. 650-941-5789, viewpointsgallery.com