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Fine art exhibition at Firehouse

Fresh Works IX features new and emerging artists

The ninth annual Fresh Works juried exhibition opens this Saturday at the city's Harrington Gallery inside the Firehouse Arts Center, featuring both emerging and established artists who reside or work in the greater Bay Area. All of the art in Fresh Works IX has been completed in the last two years.

The exhibit opens with an artists' reception and awards ceremony from 1-3 p.m. Saturday, and the public is welcome to come explore the works, meet and chat with the artists, and enjoy light refreshments. The Nancy and Gary Harrington Award, along with other cash and merit honors, will be announced and presented during the event.

This year's Fresh Works has 66 works by 52 artists working in a variety of media, including watercolor, oil painting, mosaic, photography, video, oil, colored pencil and sculpture. The works were chosen from 430 works submitted by 164 artists.

The show features returning artists including Jenny Balisle, Christine Bourg, David Casterson, HyunJung Chae, Thomas Cory, Harlan Crowder, Judith Feins, Sarah Harrington, Angela Johal, Martin Lasack, Carolyn Lord, Ruth Miller, David Peterson, Lisa Rigge, Talita Saussuna and Lynne Shephard.

The professional juror who chose the participating works of art was Virginia Tominia, a fine art consultant in Atlanta and California since 1999. She holds a bachelor's degree in art history with a focus on contemporary art, a minor degree in sculpture and philosophy, and has exhibited her own work both in the United States and internationally.

In conjunction with the exhibit, the city is holding a Young@Art special class titled "Fresh Paint" for ages 5-11, from 4:30-5:45 p.m. May 9. Participants will have a guided exploration of the exhibit, then create their own art in the studio workshop upstairs. Register at www.pleasantonfun.com, code 12013. Fees are $18 for Pleasanton residents, and $21 for non-residents.

The Firehouse Arts Center is located at 4444 Railroad Ave. The exhibit runs through June 1, open during regular gallery hours, as well as during intermissions for performances in the theater. For more information, visit www.firehousearts.org/gallery or call 931-4849.

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