Pleasanton Weekly

Arts & Entertainment - June 10, 2011

'A Difference of Perception'

Surrealistic works on exhibit at Harrington Gallery

An eye-opening experience awaits patrons at the Harrington Gallery's final exhibit of the 2010-11 season, "A Difference of Perception," which opened last night with a reception.

"This is a fantastic surrealism and hyper-realism exhibit featuring five Bay Area artists: painters Bill Sala, Ron Norman, Bill Weber and Peg Magovern, and sculptor Jason Griego," said Julie Finegan, visual arts coordinator for the Firehouse Arts Center, who set up the exhibit Tuesday.

"Bill Sala, a very unassuming and self-taught artist from Castro Valley, paints in the style of the old masters, first laying in values and then adding color," Finegan explained. "Extremely fine detail, haunting and vast landscapes, and strange, vacantly staring figures dominate his work, in which few brushstrokes are visible.

"Jason Griego's sculptures, cast from a mixture of bone and resin and embedded with found objects, depict visceral, economical, sometimes winged female forms."

The exhibit showcases the unconventional and imaginative artwork of the surrealists, along with a new collection of hyper-realistic renderings by Ron Norman.

"I hope my art goes beyond the factual," said Norman. "My aim is for my drawings to show more than what is actually there. A solitary moment, a slightly surreal feeling, a new way of looking at something."

Peg Magovern is a pencil artist from Danville, who says on her website, "From the first pencil stroke up until the last one, the final outcome remains unclear. ... One line at a time... just pure, hand-drawn art. The rest is from my heart and soul."

Bill Weber, a Brentwood resident, has murals displayed throughout California. He is also a painter, sculptor, illustrator, architect, holographer, digital artist and photographer.

The Harrington Gallery is located at the Firehouse Arts Center, 4444 Railroad Ave., Pleasanton; its hours are noon-5 p.m. Wednesday-Friday; 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday; and for one hour prior to each Firehouse Arts Center performance and during intermission. A donation of $2 is suggested.

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