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7 Bay Area artists featured in new Harrington Gallery exhibit

Opening night reception at Firehousse Arts Gallery

The Harrington Gallery at the Firehouse Arts Center will open an invitational exhibit called "Urbanscapes" Nov. 3, a show that runs through Dec. 14 and features seven established Bay Area artists whose work evokes the grittier side of inner-city life.

An opening reception with many of the artists will be held from 7-9 p.m. opening night in the Harrington Gallery.

The artists are Karen Frey (watercolor), Robert Huberman (photography), Catherine Mackey (paint and collage), Jill McLennan (narrative painting), Andy Ruble (ceramics), William Salit (various) and Beth Waldman (painting).

Harrington Gallery Director Julie Finegan notes that Karen Frey of Oakland produces masterful watercolors which pair and contrast strikingly with Pleasanton photographer Robert Huberman's bold and evocative black and white photographs. Their works can capture people participating in the urban “mundane:” on the street as they amass at an intersection, wait in line, or take a coffee break.

Jill McLennan, also of Oakland, creates narrative paintings that reveal street scenes, underpasses and freeways festooned with graffiti art. San Francisco artist Catherine Mackey uses paint and collage to create raw, reflective dockside images.

Ceramist Andy Ruble, whose studio is in Santa Cruz, forms large, roughly textured sculptures that are architectural in appearance.

And another San Francisco artist, William Salit, who is also a recognized professional designer, has his series "Looking Up" which reflects what you would see if you craned your neck upward toward a conglomeration of telephone poles, cables, wires and conductors—in his terms: “the nervous system and connective tissue" of his city.

And, Mill Valley artist Beth Waldman has created a collection of paintings which defy spacial logic with their profusion of stacked and decaying buildings

Artist websites for further exploration and information are www.karenfrey.com/ www.catherinemackey.com/ www.jillmclennan.com/ www.andyruble.com/ www.williamsalit.com/ and www.bethwaldman.com/

The Harrington Gallery is located inside the Firehouse Arts Center, 4444 Railroad Ave. Gallery hours are Wednesday through Saturday, Noon-5 p.m., Saturday 11 a.m.-3 p.m., and also one hour before most performances and during intermissions.

More info: www.firehousearts.org/ or call the gallery at (925) 931-4849.

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