The Harrington Gallery at the Firehouse Arts Center in Pleasanton will host the California Watercolor Association Annual National Exhibition now through Feb. 22.

With 85 artists accepted out of more than 600 submissions, the 50th anniversary of the National Exhibition offers diverse techniques, styles, and subject matter. This is the fifth time the Harrington Gallery has hosted this national juried show, with artists participating from across the U.S. The selection juror this year is John Salminen, president of the International Masters of Watercolor Association. The awards juror is Michael Reardon, recipient of the prestigious Gabriel Prize.

Several events are scheduled at the gallery in conjunction with the exhibit, including tours, artist demos, and informal sessions for CWA members and interested artists.

There will be painting demonstrations from 1-3 p.m. on most Wednesdays from 1:00-3:00 p.m. The schedule is as follows: Jan. 15, “Playing with Texture,” with Sue Johnston; Jan. 22, “Simplifying Your Subject for Better Composition,” with Steve Berry; Jan. 29, “Airbrush, Painting from the Heart,” with Sal Valencia; Feb. 5, “Plein Air, Urban Streets,” with David Savellano; and Feb. 12, “Urban Painting,” with Barbara Tapp.

On Thursday, Feb. 6, children 5-11 will get a guided tour of the exhibit, followed by an opportunity to create their own work of art in the studio workshop. YOUNG @ ART: “Watercolor Adventure!” will run from 4:30-5:45 p.m. Register at, code 16085. Cost is $18 for Pleasanton residents, and $21 for non-residents.

There will be a free panel discussion, “Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About CWA and a National Show,” with CWA exhibit organizers Iretta Hunter, Ruth Miller, and Carol Husslein on Tuesday, Jan. 28, 1:00-2:30 p.m.

The Harrington Gallery is located inside the Firehouse Arts Center in downtown Pleasanton, 4444 Railroad Avenue. Regular gallery hours are noon - 5 p.m., Wednesday through Friday, and 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. on Saturday. Parking is available in the Firehouse lot off Spring Street. For more information on gallery exhibits and events, go to, or call (925) 931-4849.