Alex Bult Gallery
Bud Gordon's urban landscapes are in the tradition of the Bay Area Figurative painters and Central Valley scene painters. "A View From Buena Vista Park" is on view with other new paintings at Alex Bult Gallery, 1114 21st St., Suite B. (916) 476-5540, alexbultgallery.com
Pamela Skinner/ Gwenna Howard Contemporary Art
Greg Arlotta, Linda Raynsford, Chris Botta, Gary Dinnen, Cherie Hacker and Mick Sheldon are among the artists included in "Dog & Cat Show," a fundraiser for PALS, a nonprofit that works to improve the welfare of companion animals. The show is up at Pamela Skinner/Gwenna Howard Contemporary Art, 723 S St. (916) 446-1786, www.skinnerhowardart.com
Axis Gallery is home to a collective of artists who mount innovative shows each month. This month Birgitta Franzen McCarthy , Phil Amrhein, Janice Nakashima, Ron Peetz and other members focus on the concept of "Big" in "The Big Show." The gallery is at 1517 19th St. (916) 443-9900, www.axisgallery.org
La Raza Galería Posada
Don't miss Mercado Navideño, a taste of a traditional Mexican marketplace with holiday music, lights, piñatas and 15 unusual vendor stands with gifts priced from $3 to $300. It's at La Raza Galería Posada, 1022-1024 22nd St. (916) 446-5133, www.larazagaleriaposada.org
"Twelve: Parallels" is the title of a juried exhibition of photographs exploring the theme of parallels in single and multiple images. Judged by Brian Taylor, who is known for his innovative approaches to photography, the show is up at Viewpoint Gallery, 2015 J St., Suite 101. (916) 441-2341, www.viewpointgallery.org.