Painter Bryan Ida may be a Palo Alto native, but many of his works are inspired by scenery a little farther south — the architecture of Southern California, that is. In thick layers of abstract epoxy, he explores the rectangles and angles of towering buildings and how we relate to all those shapes and spaces.
Currently, 15 of Ida's paintings are on display at Stanford University as part of the latest three-artist exhibit at Stanford Art Spaces. In the halls of the Paul G. Allen (C.I.S.) building and neighboring areas, Ida's paintings are up with figurative and abstract paintings by Warren J. Hedgpeth; and abstract fiber constructions by Aryana B. Londir. For her part, Londir often finds inspiration in the Connecticut woods and Arizona cacti.
The current show is up through Aug. 8, with an artists' reception planned for July 12 from 5 to 7 p.m. in the Paul G. Allen reception area at 420 Via Palou on campus. Exhibit hours are weekdays from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Go to cis.stanford.edu/~marigros or call 650-725-3622.
Pacific Art League.
The horses stand in a misty, ethereal landscape near Glacier National Park in Montana. After a run, they're pausing for some hay, with the fog and the heat from their sprinting creating a dreamlike mist around them.
This image by Larry Calof, who had a career in corporate and securities law before photography became his real driving force, fits right in with the theme of the new show at the Pacific Art League: "Fur, Feathers, and Fins." If only "fog" were included. The show features works by 29 artists: animal-themed prints, photos, paintings and drawings chosen by juror Michael Azgour, himself a painter.
Also new at the art league this week is an exhibition of paintings by San Jose artist Zhaonan Duan, who does portraits of Chinese opera singers. Students of artist Leah Lubin are also displaying their work.
All the shows run through June 28, with a reception scheduled for tonight, June 7, from 5:30 to 8 p.m. The evening includes Lubin's performance event "The Beats: Where It All Began," with art, music and poetry readings paying tribute to the Beat poets. While the main art league building is being renovated, events are at 227 Forest Ave. in downtown Palo Alto, neighboring the construction. For more information, go to pacificartleague.org or call 650-321-3891.
A pair of Finnish performance artists roams the globe asking one burning question: "What are you complaining about?" Every little grumble becomes fuel for a melody, as the whiners learn to sing in chorus about whatever's bugging them.
This is the premise behind "Complaints Choir," a 2009 hour-long film, part documentary and part musical made by Ada Bligaard Soby. It's one of the movies that will be shown this week in Palo Alto as part of the 12th annual San Francisco Documentary Film Festival.
Films from the festival, which is presented by SF IndieFest, will be screened locally at the Aquarius Theatre at 430 Emerson St., June 9 through June 11. Overall, the festival runs June 6 through June 23 in San Francisco, Oakland and Santa Cruz.
"Complaints Choir" is set for a 3 p.m. screening on June 10. Other documentaries coming to Palo Alto include "After Happily Ever After," an American film that showcases filmmaker Kate Schermerhorn's search to find the secrets to a contented, long-lasting marriage. It will screen at 7 p.m. June 9.
The 2012 Emily Wick film "Life With Alex," showing at 7 p.m. June 10, looks at animal researcher Irene Pepperberg and her African Gray parrot Alex. At 9 p.m., "Bill W" tells the story of the Alcoholics Anonymous co-founder by that name. The 2012 film was made by Dan Carrachino and Kevin Hanlon.
Another title is "Terms and Conditions," showing at 7 p.m. June 11. This new American film by Cullen Hoback looks at what computer users are really agreeing to in these minutely written paragraphs.
Tickets are $11. For a full schedule of the Palo Alto screenings, go to sfindie.com or call 415-552-5580.
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