Photo synthesis at Avenue 25 

Photography had always been a passion of San Mateo resident Evan Reader, but it wasn’t until he retired from his post directing information services for the California State University system four years ago that he was able to pursue it.

Reader, who progressed from basic to advanced classes in photography at College of San Mateo in four years, is now participating with six other photographers he met through his studies in the exhibit "Art 7 @ Avenue 25" running through April 29 in San Mateo.

"Although one can absorb all the fundamentals, you must get out and take many pictures to fully appreciate what it’s all about. There is no more picturesque area to do that than right here on the Peninsula," Reader said. "Two of my favorites are Filoli Gardens, particularly after a rain, and Baylands Nature Preserve in Palo Alto."

Some of the other artists are:

» Italian-born Lui Gino De Grandis, whose photos range in variety. He shoots landscapes, news photos as wellas portraits that reflect peoples’ inner qualities.

» Laura Denning, who started taking pictures of "invisible" people who are not usually asked to pose for photos. Her subjects are often people of Hispanic origin who are struggling to survive in a culture foreign to them.

» Anat Reisman Kedem, who wants to create a singular elusive moment that occurs only once. Her specialty is portraiture, particularly babies, toddlers and children with their families.

» Anne Conlon, whose photos feature local gardens — colors, shapes and textures. They often focus on intricate abstract details, sometimes in one flower.

» Dave Massolo, who tries to capture fleeting moments of light, color, motion and tranquility, which gives his images a sense of heightened reality.

» Kathy Ponti, who takes photos on vacation or at special events. Her subjects include still life, flora and architecture.

The gallery is at 32 West 25th Ave. on the second floor. It’s open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. For information, call (650) 619-7948.

Celebration of San Francisco Ballet

"San Francisco Ballet at 75" is a fascinating exhibit on display at the San Francisco International Airport. Lush costumes as well as historic and contemporary photos are on exhibit. Among the 18 ballets showcased are classical works by Lew Christensen, Michael Smuin’s "Cinderella" and Lar Lubovitch’s modern "Elemental Brubeck."

The artifacts are located in the pre-security International Terminal Main Hall through May 11. The airport is open 24 hours a day.

Joint exhibit at Gallery House

Gallery House in Palo Alto presents "4 artists, 4 walls," a show of works by resident artists that runs March 4 through March 30. Artists include:

» Laverne Broadbent, who experiments with sawdust, cardboard, packing supplies and newspapers in collages.

» Martha Castillo, whose works in clay print, exploring complex interplays of shape, color and texture, inspired by cities where she has lived or traveled.

» Janet Trenchard, whose abstract paintings are done in acrylic and mixed media.

» Trevlyn Williams, whose acrylic and watercolor landscapes include views of Edgewood County Preserve and other local areas.

An artists’ reception runs from 6 to 8 p.m. March 8. Gallery House is at 320 S. California Ave. Hours are 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday and 1 to 4 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday. For more information, call (650) 326-1668 or visit www.galleryhouse2.com.

jgross@examiner.com

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