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Art GalleriesRochelle Ford's Holiday Show
Local artist Rochelle Ford will host an annual show and sale of her unique recycled metal sculptures -- both for indoor and outdoor -- and jewelry. All are welcome. Dec. 5 and 6, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Free. Rochelle's home and gallery, 1155 Waverley St., Palo Alto.
Art GalleriesPortola Valley artists open studio
Portola Valley ceramic artists Jan Schachter and Nina Else -- as well as guest artists Margaret Realica (clay), Peggy Forman (clay, paper drawings) and Lois Anderson (paper, textiles) -- will share their work with visitors to Jan Schachter's studio. Dec. 5 and 6, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Free. Private studio, 190 Golden Hills Drive, Portola Valley.
Art Galleries'Wild Things'
In the exhibit "Wild Things," nationally known artist Rita Sklar will share her recent water-media paintings portraying vanishing birds and other wildlife from the Bay Area and beyond. Oct. 13-Dec. 7, center hours. Free. Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts, 500 Castro St., Mountain View.
Art GalleriesLee Middleman's Ceramics Open Studio
Ceramic artist Lee Middleman will share his artwork during an annual winter gallery sale. His highly-textured, decorative and functional pieces were recently exhibited in the Imperial Ancestral Temple in the Forbidden City, Beijing, China. Dec. 12 and 13, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Free. Lee Middleman's Studio and Gallery, 16 Coalmine View, Portola Valley.
Art Galleries'Chasing Light and Reflection'
The Portola Art Gallery will exhibit a collection of oil and acrylic paintings by Alice Weil entitled "Chasing Light and Reflection," which captures Weil's passion for rolling hills and majestic oaks. The show will benefit the Ronald McDonald House. Monday-Saturday, Dec. 1-22, 10:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Free. Portola Art Gallery, 75 Arbor Road, Menlo Park.
The 43 artists of the Gallery House cooperative will kick off the holiday season with the show "Artful," sharing their original work. On Nov. 20, 6-8 p.m., there will be a reception. Nov. 17-Dec. 24, Tuesday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sunday, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Free. Gallery House, 320 S. California Ave., Palo Alto.
Art Galleries'Oil Paintings of Christmas, Stories of Santa'
Peabody Fine Art Gallery in Menlo Park has on display an exhibit called "Oil Paintings of Christmas, Stories of Santa," which is composed of paintings by artist Riki R. Nelson that are inspired by antique Christmas ornaments and the artist's original holiday stories. Nov. 23-Jan. 1, Monday-Saturday, 11 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sunday, noon-5 p.m. Free. Peabody Gallery, 603 Santa Cruz Ave., Menlo Park.
Art Galleries'Santa Cruz and San Francisco'
Viewpoints Gallery will next arrange a show of oil paintings by Katherine McGuire called "Santa Cruz and San Francisco," presenting cityscapes and landscapes of the two locales. On Dec. 5, 2-5 p.m., there will be a reception with the artist. Dec. 1-Jan. 2, Monday-Saturday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sunday, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Free. Viewpoints Gallery, 315 State St., Los Altos.
Art Galleries'Got Art?'
Gallery 9 in Los Altos will offer a holiday exhibit show during the month of December, featuring pieces by all its member artists. On Dec. 4, 5-7:30 p.m., there will be a reception. Dec. 1-Jan. 3, Tuesday-Saturday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sunday, noon-4 p.m. 5-7:30 p.m. Free. Gallery 9, 143 Main St., Los Altos.
Art Galleries'Splendid Peacocks'
The exhibit at Cafe Borrone "Splendid Peacocks" will feature the newest work of local artist Flo de Bretagne. Nov. 23-Jan. 10, regular cafe hours. Free. Cafe Borrone, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park.