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Fire theme lights up Harrington Gallery at Firehouse Arts Center

Curator inspired to create interrelated exhibits

Two unique yet thematically related installations are on view at the Firehouse Arts Center public spaces through April 4.

Oil painter Vincent Liu, currently from Saratoga, is exhibiting a series of his works depicting firefighters.

"After seeing a beautiful painting of his in the 2014 Fresh Works exhibit, I invited him to show a series of the same subject," Harrington Gallery curator Julie Finegan said. "And he has made four additional large-scale paintings that I'll be proud to display."

Concurrently with the exhibit of Liu's firefighters is a display featuring Mount Diablo after the 2014 wildfires, by Danville watercolor artist Robin Purcell.

Finegan said she was inspired to create the interrelated exhibits after seeing works by both artists in recent Harrington Gallery installations.

Purcell's watercolors of post-fire Mount Diablo came to Finegan's attention when Purcell submitted work for this year's California Watercolor Association (CWA) exhibit, also at the Harrington Gallery.

"I invited her to show her work at the same time as Vincent since the subject matter is related," Finegan said. "Her paintings are landscapes that show the colors re-emerging after the devastation of the fire."

The works of these two artists can be viewed during open hours of the Firehouse Arts Center, 4444 Railroad Ave.: 12-5 p.m. Wednesday through Friday; 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. Admission is free. Call the gallery at 931-4849.

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