▪ Craig Martinez’s raw mixed media sculpture “Rez Dog with Three Legs” is an archetypal image, the artist states, “bearing the cuts, scratches and scars” that represent “conceptual and literal evidence of being alive.” It’s up in his strong solo show at b. sakata garo, 923 20th St. 916-447-4276.
▪ The late Christine Hodgins’ wire, polystyrene foam and paint installations, reminiscent of works by Eva Hesse, are up in “A’Cross Town,” a retrospective survey curated by Gwenna Howard at two Sacramento galleries: Walburg’s Gallery 1632, on view 3 to 6 p.m. at 1632 35th St., and Artspace1616, 6 to 9 p.m. at 1616 Del Paso Blvd. (in conjunction with powerful linocuts by German artist Susanne Isabel Bockelmann). Questions? Call Mima Begovic 916-849-1127 or Gwenna Howard 916-204-4936.
▪ Craig Stephens’ strong oil on pane painting, “Pocket Knife,” is included in his solo show “Daily Paintings” (each one was done in a single day, which is up with a group show “A New Spin on Vinyl: In Memory of Russ Solomon,” an homage to the late Tower Records owner and art collector from Sacramento, at Sparrow Gallery, 1021 R St. 916-382-4894.
▪ Amy Pero’s vibrant image “Gladding McBean Fire #2” is up in “Mixing Light with Clay: Photographs from the Gladding McBean Pottery,” a survey of both color and black and white images of the historic architectural clay factory in Lincoln. Including works by more than 70 artists, it’s up in the main gallery at Viewpoint Photographic Art Center, along with portrait photos of famous Sacramento chefs in the Step-Up Gallery, at 2015 J St., Suite 101. 916-441-2341.
▪ “Still Life with Musicians and Birds” by Maureen Hood is included in “The Box It Came In,” a lively group show of cigar box art by gallery regulars, among them Patricia Altschul, Gary Dinnen, Maria Winkler and Richard Feese, celebrating the 35th Anniversary of Archival Gallery, 3223 Folsom Blvd. 916-923-6204.