Mark Emerson’s jazzy abstractions and Thomas Leaver’s atmospheric landscapes are as different as night and day, but the two prominent regional artists are close friends and share the space this month at JayJay, 5520 Elvas Ave., Sacramento. (916) 453-2999.
Funk legend Maija Peeples-Bright presents a retrospective of her charming and colorful bestiaries and figure paintings at b. sakata garo, 923 20th St., Sacramento. (916) 447-4276.
Hard-hitting artist Gale Hart turns her attention to American gun culture in “Target Practice,” a show of politically trenchant art works at Elliott Fouts Gallery, 1831 P St., Sacramento. (916) 736-1429.
New monotypes and linocuts by Sacramento printmaker Dixie Laws and work from the Myrtle Press printmakers fill the new large gallery space at Axis Gallery, 625 S St., Sacramento. www.axisgallery.org
“343 Dresses: The Chromatic Convergence Project” by Southern California artist Mary Younakof is an interactive art piece that uses color to explore the sprawling Los Angeles metropolis. It’s up at Verge Center for the Arts, 625 S St., Sacramento. (916) 448-2985.