National Watercolor Society exhibit at Firehouse Arts Center

Presentation represents the best of water media painting

The Firehouse Arts Center's Harrington Gallery is hosting a traveling exhibit of the National Watercolor Society today through Dec. 2.

The Firehouse Arts Center is located at 4444 Railroad Ave. in downtown Pleasanton.

The National Watercolor Society exhibit represents the best of water media painting, representing a wide range of directions and techniques. The current traveling exhibit features a selection from the society's 89th annual exhibit in 2009, which travels to numerous venues nationwide during the following year.

"We are very excited that this exhibit of nationally-ranked artists (has come) to the Firehouse Arts Center," said Pleasanton's Visual Arts Coordinator Julie Finegan. "We think that having the best of the best in our midst will be inspiring to both artists and patrons as they witness the extraordinary skill level displayed, as well as the breadth of expression."

The four local artists to be represented in conjunction with the exhibit are Karen Frey, Carolyn Lord, Robin Purcell and Michael Reardon.

The National Watercolor Society encourages support for watercolor as a vital, enduring and expressive medium. Detailed information about the organization is available at

Admission for the National Watercolor Society exhibit is $5. Admission is free on Wednesdays.

Harrington Gallery hours are Wednesday-Friday noon-5 p.m., Saturday 11 a.m.-3 p.m., and for one hour prior to each Firehouse Arts Center performance and during intermission. The entrance to free parking is located on Spring Street near First Street. Call (925) 931-4849 for more information or visit the Firehouse Arts Center website,

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