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Arts & Entertainment - January 17, 2014

'Just Add Water' and 'Black on White'

Major exhibits opening at Harrington Gallery

Meet the artists and enjoy the new "Just Add Water" and "Black on White" exhibits at the Harrington Gallery at the opening reception from 7-9 p.m. Wednesday. This first major exhibit of 2014 takes advantage of the gallery's unique architecture to present the two complementary, yet distinct, exhibits.

The large gallery will host "Just Add Water," with four prominent Bay Area watercolorists, Melanie Lacki, Claire Schroeven Verbiest, Anne F. Fallin and David Savellano. These nationally known, award-winning artists have styles and techniques that range from wet-in-wet, dry-brush, plein air, realism, abstract and sometimes an interesting mix of the above.

"Just Add Water" also includes the work of sculptors Mark Goudy and Liza Riddle, who are art studio partners and husband and wife. Both create burnished earthenware vessels, often extremely fine and smooth, with intricate and surprisingly colorful markings, but with very different forms and aesthetics.

"These vessels are constructed from asymmetric parabolic surfaces that project a unique contour with each viewing angle," Goudy said. "My approach is to combine ancient methods of stone-burnishing and earthenware firing with computer-aided shape design to produce talismans that fuse traditional and modern aesthetics."

Riddle said of her pieces: "I have been deeply inspired by the rhythm, patterns and forces of life ... during extensive travels around the world."

"Instead of glazing, I paint the bisque vessels with water soluble metals -- iron, nickel, cobalt, and other slats -- chemicals that permeate the non-vitrified clay," she added. "I have developed my own mixtures of metal salts and techniques for applying these almost transparent 'watercolors.'"

In contrast, the adjacent Old Engine Bay Gallery will exhibit "Black on White," with artists Cary Bailey, Holly Wach and Rebecca Fox who work, respectively, in ink, charcoal and welded steel. This show was the inspiration of Harrington Gallery Director Julie Finegan in response to the colorful "Just Add Water" installation.

San Francisco artist Cary Bailey uses black ink to create still lifes that are intricately detailed and slightly whimsical. Charcoal artist Holly Wach's works are sensuous and expressive, and show her fascination with the mythical. Rebecca Fox has been creating welded steel sculpture for 16 years, and has developed an extensive following of collectors with her work in over 150 private and public collections throughout the United States. Her works were chosen for "Black on White" for their dark silhouettes in the gallery to complement the wall art, states Finegan said.

The Opening Artists' Reception, which is free and open to the public, welcomes guests to explore the exhibit and chat with the artists and gallery staff. Light refreshments will be served.

The Harrington Gallery is located in the Firehouse Arts Center, 4444 Railroad Ave. Admission for this exhibit is free, and donations are gratefully accepted. For more information, visit www.firehousearts.org.


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