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Fresh Works VII opens Saturday in Harrington Gallery

Exhibit judge to speak at artists reception

Harrington Gallery is opening Fresh Works VII, its annual open juried fine arts exhibition, with an artists' reception from 1-3 p.m. Saturday.

The yearly exhibit has become a draw for established artists in the Bay Area as well as for new talent. It includes an eclectic variety of artwork, including paintings in oil, water and acrylic, drawings in pencil and other media, sculpture, collage and photography.

This year, 66 artists were accepted from throughout the greater Bay Area and Northern California; last year there were 48. All 72 works are original, completed within the last two years, and not previously exhibited in Pleasanton.

Among the artists whose works were chosen for this year's exhibit are new local participants Sherri Kelcourse, Dave Peterson and Linda Ryan; notable Bay Area artists Michael Manente, Thomas Cory, David Casterson and Jeff Ishikawa; and returning local artists Ron and Lisa Rigge, Robert Huberman, Denise Oyama Miller and Carolyn Lord.

The reception will include an awards ceremony at 1:45 p.m. with an informal talk by Ryan Reynolds, a San Jose artist and arts professor at Santa Clara University, who adjudicated this year's Fresh Works.

Light refreshments will be served at the reception, and a donation of $5 is suggested. Early arrival is advised for parking because there is a matinee in the Firehouse Arts Center theater tomorrow afternoon.

Fresh Works VII runs through June 3. The Harrington Gallery is located inside the Firehouse Arts Center, 4444 Railroad Ave. Hours are 12-5 p.m. Wednesday through Friday; 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday; and one hour before most performances and during intermissions. Admission for this exhibit is free, and donations are gratefully accepted.

'Fresh Paint' for kids

In conjunction with Fresh Works VII, children ages 5-11 are invited to attend the Young@Art session called "Fresh Paint," being held from 4:30-5:45 p.m. May 18. Students will visit the exhibit and discuss techniques used in the works, then go upstairs to the art studio to create their own projects.

Cost is $15 for Pleasanton residents, $20 for non-residents. Visit www.pleasantonfun.com and enter code 64240 or call 931-5340.

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