Harrington Gallery and Firehouse Arts Center present two new installations in the public exhibition spaces. On display beginning May 4 through June 1 are unique print works with the subject of climate change by El Cerrito printmaker Barbara Milman. Also opening May 4, and on view through May 28 are complex, abstract oil paintings by William Sievert of Vallejo.
The public is invited to explore and enjoy the exhibits during Firehouse open hours: Wednesday through Saturday, 12:00-5:00 p.m., Saturday 11:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. The Firehouse Arts Center is located in beautiful downtown Pleasanton at 4444 Railroad Avenue. Admission is free, donations always gratefully accepted.
Artist Barbara Milman says she loves the medium of printmaking because “there are almost no limits to how you can make a print.” Milman uses the traditional printmaking technique of linocut, along with digital inkjet printing and many other old and new techniques. “When all these methods are combined, the possibilities are endless…I print all my work by hand in my studio either as unique prints or in very small, limited editions.”
Since 2004 Barbara has been making prints and artist's books on the subject of climate change. As a San Francisco Bay Area resident, she says, “I am particularly mindful of the effects of climate change on the ocean and on coastal and marine life… This is an expanding and seemingly endless topic.”
Milman’s work has been exhibited in many solo and group shows, both nationally and internationally, and is included in museums and many other public collections. She is also known for her regular arts column Art is the Answer.
Prolific Bay Area artist William Sievert creates abstract, complexly patterned works with oils. A Detroit native, Sievert migrated west and has been a Bay Area resident since the 90’s and Vallejo resident since 2009. William studied animated filmmaking in a graduate program at San Francisco State University, where he says he started painting to learn more about color theory, "and painting sort of took over."
Siefert is part of the recent movement to revitalize and invigorate the local art scene in Vallejo. "I think it's really important that that happens," he says. "What's going to draw people to Vallejo is going to be cultural life." Towards that goal, in 2014 Sievert opened his William Sievert Studio Gallery at 700 Marin Street.
Harrington Gallery Director Julie Finegan says that the pieces chosen for these special installations especially caught her eye among the hundreds of images submitted for the concurrent Fresh Works #6 exhibit, which opens at the Harrington on April 30.
For more information, contact Gallery Director: JFinegan@cityofpleasantonca.govJFinegan@cityofpleasantonca.gov, or call the gallery: 925-931-4849.