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Firehouse presents special Fall Exhibit

Landscape art, large figurative works on display

In a special Fall Exhibit, the Harrington Gallery and Firehouse Arts Center are presenting two new installations in the public exhibition spaces through Dec. 5 -- works by oil landscape artist Ed Lucey and two large semi-figurative pieces created specifically for the Firehouse Grand Atrium by Jon Steven Walters.

Lucey, a prolific painter who resides in Los Gatos, got his early arts education at San Jose State University and later at the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena. After a long career in industrial design, he turned his full attention toward fine art, and he has taught design and drawing at Stanford and San Jose State. This exhibit will feature Central California farmlands.

Upon accepting an invitation to show his paintings in the lobby gallery, Walters chose to create two new paintings with the unique space in mind. His technique juxtaposes mixed layers of media, colors and shapes to transform figures into skewed afterimages that appear to be harnessed in layers of translucent paint, drawing on inspiration from the Bay Area Figurative Movement of the 1950s-60s.

Walters, who was born in Oakland in 1958 and grew up in Castro Valley, received his BFA in illustration from the Academy of Art University of San Francisco and his MFA in Studio Art from JFK University in Berkeley.

Firehouse hours are noon to 5 p.m. Wednesday-Friday, and 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, at 4444 Railroad Ave. Admission is free.

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