Art Beat

Our critics weigh in on local exhibits

Gregory Lind Gallery. "Associative Realms": Jonathan Laib's mixed-media collages, Leslie Baum's delicate paintings, Ruby Sky Stiler's sculpture, and canvases by locals Jon-Paul Villegas and Jim Gaylord. Through July 2. Free. 49 Geary (at Kearny), Fifth Fl., 296-9661,

Hackett-Freedman Gallery. "Still Lifes and Narratives": New paintings by Richard Ryan. Through July 30. "Select Modern Works": Group show. Through July 30. 250 Sutter (at Kearny) (Fourth Fl.), 362-7152,

Haines Gallery. "Terminal Mirage": Part of David Maisel's The Black Maps Project. Through July 16. 49 Geary (at Kearny) (Fifth Fl.), 397-8114.

Haley Martin Gallery. "Sprawl": The exhibit's coordinators -- Robert Gutierrez, Amanda Hughen, and Jennifer Starkweather, all artists themselves -- have put the show together to showcase the wide range of creative visions on the theme of suburban and urban landscapes. Through July 8. free. 101 Townsend (at Second St.), 543-1550,

Hang Annex. "Contrapsychosymmetry": New work by Dana Martin McCutcheon. Through July 3. 567 Sutter (at Mason), 544-0610.

Hang Gallery. "Seventh Anniversary Celebration": Group show of Bay Area artists. Through July 3. 556 Sutter (at Mason), 434-4264.

In Color 2. "Outside and Inside America": New photographs by Bill Dane. Through June 30. 2475 Third St. (at 22nd St.), 861-3997,

International Museum of GLBT History. "Sporting Life: GLBT Athletics and Cultural Change From the 1960s to Today": A multimedia exhibit chronicling the participation of gay and lesbian people in a wide variety of sports. Through Dec. 31. 657 Mission, No. 300 (at New Montgomery),

Istituto Italiano di Cultura. "Sandro Sanna": New abstract paintings. Through July 15. 425 Washington (at Battery), 788-7142,

Jack Hanley Gallery. "Katy Dove, Kevin Hutchinson, & Duncan Marquiss": Group show of photographic work. Through July 9. 395 Valencia (at 15th St.), 522-1623.

Jenkins Johnson Gallery. "Seventh Annual Realism Invitational": Large group show. Opening reception is June 2 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Through July 16. 464 Sutter (at Powell), 677-0770,

John Pence Gallery. "Joseph McGurl, Jim McVicker, & Dorothy Morgan": Group show of new paintings. Through July 2. 750 Post (at Jones), 441-1138.

Kala Art Institute. "The Real World": Exhibit of replica work by Libby Black and Justin Walsh. Through July 16. 1060 Heinz (at San Pablo), Berkeley, 510-549-2977,

Lake Merritt. "The Unknown Island": Sonja Meller's art installation is a small, partially anchored boat, home to a single oak tree and some flowers, that floats around Lake Merritt. Through June 30. Free. Grand Ave. off 580, Oakland.

Lola Gallery. "Spiritus Mundi": Group exhibit of work having to do with nature. Through July 9. 2517 Mission (at 21st St.), 401-6800.

Meridian Gallery. "Works in Ink and Light": Miniature etchings by David Avery, video installation by Ruth Eckland, and sound design by Matt DiFonzo. Through July 2. 545 Sutter (at Powell), 398-7229.

Micaela Gallery. "Pamina Traylor": Exhibition of sculpture; also featuring work by other artists. Through July 31. 333 Hayes (at Franklin), 551-8118,

Mills College Art Museum. " Improving the Bow Tie": The art of African-American quilt-makers based on the popular bow-tie pattern. Through Aug. 7. free. "Second to the Gods": Three exhibitions of African art: "Royal Regalia of the Yoruba," "The Seat of Power," and "Fertility." Through Aug. 7. free. "Oakland Picture Lady: Traci Bartlow": Bartlow creates an installation with photographs of the 98th Avenue area of East Oakland. Through Aug. 7. 5000 MacArthur (at Buell), Oakland, 510-430-2164,

Mission 17. "The Diorama Show": Group show of miniature 3-D scenarios. Opening reception is June 24 at 6 p.m. Through July 16. 2111 Mission (at 17th St.), Suite 401, 336-2349.

Mission Dolores. "Ohlone Portraits": An exhibit that features life-size depictions of the Ohlone people, a Native American tribe. Through Oct. 1. $2-$3. 3321 16th St. (at Dolores), 621-8203.

Newmark Gallery. "Apparent Opposites": Contemporary abstract paintings by Ilan Laks, Theo den Boon, and Hans Vanhorck. Through July 30. 251 Post (at Stockton), No. 412, 392-3692,

Nob Hill Masonic Center. "The Universe Within: The Human Body Revealed": A science-educational exhibit featuring 200 former human bodies, preserved through the process of plastination. Daily, 11 a.m. $10-$17. 1111 California (at Taylor), 776-4702.

Oakland Art Gallery. "Bay Area Currents": Group show featuring the work of Kent Alexander, Laura Ball, Kathleen Henderson, Jason Mortara, Laura Paulini, Chris Peterson, Joshua Pieper, Chris Thorson, Marie Van Elder, and Hyewon Yoon. Through June 30. 199 Kahn's Alley (at 14th St.), Frank Ogawa Plaza, Oakland, 510-637-0395,

Patricia Sweetow Gallery. "Peter Tollens and Michael Toenges": Works on paper and drawings by two German artists. Through July 2. 49 Geary at Kearny, 788-5126.

Polarity Post Production. "Road Trip": Group show featuring the work of Andres Le Roux, AnneKarin Glass, Jack Freeman, Jamie Erfurdt, Jo Farrell, John McCarthy, Latino Torelli, Laura Lengyel, Lynn Friedman, Mary Lou D'Auray, and Nick Wightman. Through July 16. 69 Green (at Front).

Presidio Officers' Club. "From Above: A Robert Cameron Retrospective; A Life's Work in Aerial Photography": Exhibition of large-format photography. Through July 31. 50 Moraga (at Arguello), 561-5500,

Ratio 3. "The Wedge": New abstract sculpture and video work by Ara Peterson. Through July 3. 903 Guerrero (at 21st St.), 646-732-2767.

RayKo Photo Center. "Lori Nix": Solo exhibition of photographic work. Opening reception is June 17 from 6 to 9 p.m. Through July 24. 428 Third St. (at Harrison), 495-3773,

Red Ink Studios. Open Portfolio Night: Artists are welcome to sign up a week in advance of this first come, first served event. Last Thursday of every month. 1035 Market (at Sixth St.), 596-4810,

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