Vibrant colors link two exhibits now at Firehouse Arts Center

Installations are a feast of color and light

Pleasanton's Firehouse Arts Center and Harrington Gallery public spaces are hosting two unique exhibits through the end of summer: the dense oils of William Rushton and the atmospheric landscapes of Victoria Veedell.

Both artists use vibrant color palettes in very different ways.

San Francisco-based artist Veedell paints dreamy, impressionistic landscapes.

"I make atmospheric landscape paintings capturing the fleeting moments of light in nature," she said. "The colorful, light-filled paintings draw you in, offering a place of serenity and allowing for a connection to a deeper level of consciousness. Viewers find themselves feeling calm sometimes remembering a place or a time, and sometimes imagining places to go in the future."

Rushton, currently a San Jose resident, starts his work outdoors and finishes it in his studio.

"Likening my process to building a sentence, the subject would be color, the verb would be value and the shape would be the direct object," he said. "I am constantly looking for ways to create energy in the work. I mix all my paint on the canvas -- I get far more obstacles to overcome, and more possibilities to explore."

Well-known art critic Mark Van Proyen noted that in Rushton's world, color clearly reigns supreme.

"Whether or not we can make out their (his subjects') faces, it is always clear that they are frequently cloaked in brilliant, polychromatic fabrics that match the fevers of hue and chroma that earmark the sky and foliage pictured in their surrounding environments," Van Proyen wrote in his essay, "Moments of Splendor: William Rushton and California Light."

Rushton's pieces will be located in the Grand Atrium Lobby through Aug. 26, while Veedell's work is in the main floor Hallway Gallery through Sept. 5. The public is invited to explore and enjoy the exhibit during Firehouse open hours: noon to 5 p.m. Wednesday through Friday; 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday.

The Firehouse Arts Center is located at 4444 Railroad Ave.

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