The Harrington Art Gallery at the Firehouse Arts Center is presenting "EIGHT TAKES: California Impressionism," running this Saturday through Oct. 30, with nationally known Northern California impressionist artists.
The public is welcome to meet the artists -- Nancy Seamons Crookston, Terri Ford, Ellen Howard, Ryan Jensen, Laurie Johnson, Jim McVicker, Carole Rafferty and Tonya Zenin -- at an opening reception from 1-3 p.m. next Saturday (Sept. 18) and also at three demonstrations of their work.
The artists embrace the impressionistic style in their paintings with attention to the effects of loose brush work and rich color -- and most of all, a fascination with the effects of sunlight -- to capture the atmosphere and emotion of a scene.
The terms "California Impressionism" and "California Plein-Air Painting" describe the large movement of 20th century California artists who worked directly from nature outdoors in California. Their work became popular in the San Francisco Bay Area and in Southern California in the early 1900s.
The Harrington Art Gallery, 4444 Railroad Ave., is open 10 a.m. to noon Thursdays; 3-5 p.m. Fridays; and 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays; and additional times by appointment. For more information, visit www.firehousearts.org or call 931-4848.
* Nancy Seamons Crookston: Portrait Demo -- 1-3 p.m. Sept. 19
* Laurie Johnson: Portrait Demo -- 1-3 p.m. Oct. 3
* Ellen Howard: Seascape Demo -- 1-3 p.m. Oct. 10.