Peninsula Museum shows works of passion 

Have you ever awakened suddenly and wanted to preserve your dreams?

On exhibit at the Peninsula Museum of Art through July 8, "The Fires Within: Passionate Drawings by Eleanor Dickinson" displays dream drawings created every morning for years as well as remembered images (and nightmares) from the night.

Curator Robert Flynn Johnson has selected drawings and paintings that express intense feelings and emotions — love, ecstasy, pain and rage. Among the subjects are religious revival scenes of the Tennessee hills and back country, old lovers, political themes, crucifixions and a current series of figure studies.

"The original enthusiasm to draw aging lovers was natural, organic and unthinking. I have always much preferred people and animals drawn in moments of heightened emotion or ecstasy," Dickinson says.

A few special events accompany the show. A drawing workshop with a model is from 1 to 4 p.m. June 9. Patrons also may bring in artwork between 1 and 4 p.m. today and June 23 during sessions in which Dickinson will be available to critique either finished pieces or works in progress. A $25 donation is suggested. The museum is at 10 Twin Pines Lane, Belmont. Hours are noon to 4 p.m. Wednesday through Friday and 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. For more information, call (650) 594-1577 or visit www.peninsulamuseum.org.

German-American Artists Exhibit

"Doppelganger," a group show of work by German-born visual artists, is at the 1870 Art Center through July 15. Founded in 2005, German American Artists promotes work by artists who have a strong affinity to German culture. Media include collage, sculpture, oil paintings, assemblage and photography.

Werner Glinka, a member of German American Artists, says, "This first ‘brick and mortar’ exhibition explores the influences of Germany and America, two worlds, one we grew up in, the other we are living in now, yet both are home for us. We perceive changes against the background of previous experiences. The new is individually influenced by our past."

A reception for the show is from 6 to 9 p.m. June 9; for more information about the organization, visit www.germanamericanartists.com.

The Art Center is at 1870 Ralston Ave., Belmont. Hours are 1 to 5 p.m. Thursday through Sunday. Call (650) 595-9679 or visit www.1870artcenter.org.

Experimenting Techniques

"Cast Acrylic Prints" by Jeannine Redon and "Invincible Summer" — new abstracts reflecting the "inner landscape" by mixed media artist Lois Parks DeCastro — share the spotlight at The Main Gallery in Redwood City through June.

DeCastro’s abstracts are characterized by large, bright, energetic composition on canvas and paper. At first glance, her work seems to be positive, joyous and playful, but on closer examination, there’s evidence of the confusion, conflict and tension of the times. "These paintings reflect the search for balance," DeCastro says.

For Redon, the cast acrylic technique opens the door to printmaking without a press. The process explores the potential of monotype printing with the use of acrylics. "In absorbing the process, my search is full of surprises, pitfalls and joys," she says.

The gallery hosts a reception for Redon from 4 to 7 p.m. Sunday. Meanwhile, "Make a Connection" events for DeCastro are scheduled for noon to 3 p.m. June 16 and 20. The gallery is at 1018 Main St. Hours are 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Call (650) 701-1018 or visit www.themaingallery.org.

jgross@examiner.com

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