Durga—Avenging Goddess, Nurturing Mother. This exhibition explores more than 70 works, the many incarnations of the great goddess and the ways she is depicted throughout South and Southeast Asia. Thru March 27.
OCEAN INSTITUTE, 24200 Dana Point Harbor Dr., Dana Point, (949) 496-2274. Open Sat.-Sun., 10 a.m.-3 p.m. $5.50; kids under 12, $3.50.The institute offers a look into the private lives of hundreds of living ocean animals and the opportunity to watch shark and jellyfish feedings.
THE OFFICE—AN ART SPACE, 5122 BOLSA AVE., STE. 110, HUNTINGTON BEACH; WWW.THEOFFICEART.COM. Open Tues.-Fri., 1-5 p.m.
Joel Heflin—Found Measure Project. This project is an ongoing investigation into the nature of the found object and painting as a way of interpreting or changing the nature of the object. Opening reception Sat., 6-9 p.m. Thru Feb. 10.
OLD COURTHOUSE MUSEUM, 211 W. Santa Ana Blvd., Santa Ana, (714) 834-3703. Open Mon.-Fri., 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Precious Cargo—California Indian Baskets and Childbirth Traditions. As part of a project developed by the Marin Museum of the American Indian, 30 California Indian weavers were commissioned to create cradle baskets characteristic of their regions. In addition to the baskets, a number of historic and archaeological artifacts related to childbirth are on display. Thru Mon.
OPEN, 144 Linden Ave., Long Beach, (562) 499-OPEN; myspace.com/open. Call for hours. The coffeehouse showcases works by local artists on an ongoing basis.
ORANGE COUNTY CENTER FOR CONTEMPORARY ART, 117 N. SYCAMORE, SANTA ANA, (714) 667-1517; WWW.OCCCA.ORG. Open Wed.-Sun., 11 a.m.-4 p.m.; and by appt.
Call for Artists—Confessions. Open to all artists working in all media. Jurors Nancy Harlan and Pamela Grau Twena are looking for work that discloses or reveals something about the creator, or perhaps about the process of confessing. Download your prospectus at www.occca.org. Deadline: Feb. 22.
Donald Woodman—Transitions in Photography. Works dealing with architecture. Thru Jan. 22.
ORANGE COUNTY MUSEUM OF ART AT NEWPORT BEACH,850 San Clemente Dr., Newport Beach, (949) 759-1122; www.ocma.net. Open Tues.-Sun., 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Thurs., 11 a.m.-8 p.m. $8-$10; kids under 12, free; free on Thurs.
California Modern. Works from the collection chart the artistic developments and groundbreaking exhibitions presented at the museum during the past 40 years. Ongoing.
Installation Series—Fabrice Gygi. Swiss artist Gygi creates site-specific installations, large-scale sculptures and public-service devices that reference the often unnoticed architecture and apparatuses of authority. Thru Mar. 12, 2006.
John Waters—Change of Life. This survey of 80 recent photographic and sculptural works by the iconic filmmaker address the cultural themes central to his work over the past four decades—race, sex, sanctimony, glamour, class, family, politics, celebrity, religion, the media and the allure of crime. With an edgy aesthetic, Waters captures hilarious, erotic, rude and sometimes poignant moments in the media with an alluring perspective and offers us an opportunity to explore our most basic human impulses together in public. Thru Jan. 15.
ORANGE LOUNGE, SOUTH COAST PLAZA, 3333 BEAR ST., COSTA MESA, (949) 759-1122, EXT. 272; WWW.OCMA.NET/ORANGELOUNGE/. Open Mon.-Fri., 10 a.m.-9 p.m.; Sat., 10 a.m.-8 p.m.; Sun., 11 a.m-6:30 p.m.
Transfixed: New Media and the Body. A showcase of important video, sound and other new media works from OCMA's permanent collection. Thru Jan. 15.
PASSPORT COFFEEHOUSE, 449 E. Broadway, Long Beach, (562) 495-4907. Open Mon.-Fri., 6:30 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sat., 7 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sun., 7 a.m.-4 p.m. Work by local artists on an ongoing basis.
PETER BLAKE GALLERY, 326 N. COAST HWY., LAGUNA BEACH, (949) 376-9994. Call for hours.
Jorg Dubin. Paintings of naked women and more. Indefinite.
PIER PLAZA, PACIFIC COAST HWY. & MAIN ST., HUNTINGTON BEACH, (714) 846-5509.
Farmer's Market and Art A-Faire. Okay, so you're not going to bump into the finest of arts here, but you can at least stock up on some organic fruits and veggies. While you're at it, pick up a handmade craft or two for that girlfriend or boyfriend dying for a special little something. Fri., noon-5 p.m.
RIDENOUR GALLERY, 3028 E. COAST HWY., CORONA DEL MAR, (949) 729-1513. CALL FOR HOURS.
Dana Ridenour—Pau Hana. These oil paintings capture the tranquil moments of the Hawaiian Islands. Indefinite.
SADDLEBACK COLLEGE, LIBRARY, 28000 Marguerite Pkwy., Mission Viejo, (949) 582-4924. Call for hours.
Images of India. Photographic insights into India's dynamic culture and history by Lydia E. Ringwald. Thru April.
SANDSTONE GALLERY, 384-A NORTH COAST. HWY., LAGUNA BEACH, (949) 497-6775. Opening reception Thurs., Jan. 5, 6-9 p.m. Thru Jan. 30.
Abstract Resolution. Pearlescent acrylic paintings on canvas by featured artist Brian Allan.
Sho-Art. An exhibition of Japanese calligraphy by Seiya Hisayo.
Square Art. Oils on canvas by Jenny Simon.
SAN DIEGO MUSEUM OF ART, 1450 EL PRADO, BALBOA PARK, SAN DIEGO, (619) 232-7931. Open Tues.-Wed. & Fri.-Sun., 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Thurs., 10 a.m.-9 p.m.
Domains of Wonder—Selected Masterworks of Indian Painting. One of the most important collections of Indian painting in the world (from the famed Edwin Binney III), this selection of works features 124 paintings and two bound manuscripts representing a comprehensive overview of the major styles and schools of Indian painting. Thru Jan. 22.
SCRIBBLE THEORY GALLERY, 210 N. BUSH ST., SANTA ANA, (714) 542-5928.