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Firehouse Arts Center exhibit by figurative painters opens today

Free public artists' reception at 7 p.m. tonight

Works by a quintet of prominent Bay Area figurative painters take center stage in the Harrington Gallery's next exhibition, "The Figure in Place," opening today.

Colorful, dynamic and diverse, the installation explores "the figure" as the subject with a variety of media and approaches.

Featured artists are Brook Temple of San Rafael, Linda Christensen of Aptos, William Rushton of San Jose, and John Goodman and Kim Frohsin of San Francisco.

"Each artist depicts the figure within a special context as dynamic as the subject matter," said Julie Finegan, Harrington Gallery director and "The Figure in Place" co-curator, along with artist and teacher William Rushton.

The artworks in the upcoming showing hearken back to the Bay Area figurative movement started by artists such as Richard Diebenkorn, Elmer Bischoff and Wayne Thiebaud, according to Finegan. "These exhibiting artists could be considered the third generation of that fascinating movement," she added.

The exhibit opens with a free public artists' reception from 7-9 p.m. Thursday and runs through April 9 at the Firehouse Arts Center, 4444 Railroad Ave.

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