The Harrington Gallery opened a major exhibit last week, "Bay Area Parks: Outdoor Treasures," in partnership with the California Art Club San Francisco Chapter.
An exhibit of works inspired by Bay Area parks and landscapes, the media range from watercolor and pastels to oils and acrylics, and the subject matter spans from the coastal beauty of Point Reyes to the majestic redwood forests of Muir Woods to the slopes of Mount Diablo.
"This exhibition is a unique opportunity to see how the beauty of California landscapes inspires and enthralls artists," Harrington Gallery director Alena Sauzade said.
She also noted that 75 pieces from 55 artists were selected, and the artists are both emerging and established.
The California Art Club, founded in 1909, supports traditional fine arts in the fields of painting, drawing and sculpture, while also promoting California heritage with historic and environment-related painting events and special themed exhibitions.
Two events were scheduled in conjunction with the exhibit, which is open through July 20 during regular gallery hours, as well as during intermissions at the adjacent theater.
Young @ Art: "The Parks We Love!", a special class for ages 5-11, will take place 4:30-5:45 p.m. this Thursday (June 20). Participants will discuss the exhibit, then create a plan for their perfect park. Register at www.pleasantonfun.com, code 12014. Fees are $18 for Pleasanton residents, and $21 for non-residents.
The other event is Coffee with the Curator, "Painting Bay Area Parks," from 3-4:30 p.m. next Tuesday (June 25). Tickets are $8 and may be purchased at the box office for the fun and informative afternoon with award-winning East Bay plein air painter Paul Kratter. Known for his strong compositions and the fresh and spontaneous feel of his works, Kratter will lead a tour, talk about the exhibit, and answer questions. Refreshments included.
The Harrington Gallery is located inside the Firehouse Arts Center, 4444 Railroad Ave. For more information, visit www.firehousearts.org or call 931-4849.