The Harrington Gallery at the Firehouse Arts Center in Pleasanton presents the Pleasanton Art League’s (PAL) 10th Anniversary Members Juried Exhibit, on display from November 8 through December 18.
The opening Public Artist Reception and Awards Ceremony will be held on Thursday, Nov. 7, from 6 to 8 p.m., at the gallery. The public is invited to attend and explore the exhibit, chat with the artists, and enjoy light refreshments.
Complementing the installation, the Firehouse will host a series of fine art demonstrations on Wednesday afternoons from 1 to 3 p.m. With this informal opportunity, visitors are invited to explore the exhibit, observe the demonstrations, and speak with the artists to get up close to the creative and practical aspects of making fine art.
Some 75-plus members of PAL will submit work showcasing a wide range of media, including watercolor and oil painting, pencil drawing, prints, pastels, 3-dimentional pieces, photography, and mixed-media. Criteria for consideration in the annual exhibit is that submitted works are to have been completed within the last two years, and have not been shown in the area before.
The guest juror for this year’s show is Mel Prest, an active artist, curator and educator living and working in San Francisco and occasionally New York. She received her BFA in Painting from Rhode Island School of Design and her MFA from Mills College in Oakland, and has taught at Mills College, San Francisco State University, San Francisco City College, San Francisco Art Institute, and California College of the Arts.
As an in-demand integrator, Prest currently serves as an advisory board member of Root Division, a non-profit arts organization in San Francisco, and on the board of Trestle Gallery in Sunset Park neighborhood of Brooklyn, N.Y. She has organized shows in Los Angeles, San Francisco, New York, Rotterdam, Amsterdam, Berlin, Munich and Zagreb.
A special youth session, “Young@Art,” takes place on Thursday, Nov. 11, from 4:30 to 5:45 p.m. in the small classroom upstairs. Students will explore the exhibit focusing on works by local artists, then join instructor Debbie Wardrope to create art inspired by life in Pleasanton. The age range for students is 5-11 years old, and the fee is $18 for residents, $21 for non-residents. Visit www.pleasantonfun.com to register, and select code 16084.
Established 50 years ago, the Pleasanton Art League has been supporting the creative endeavors of Tri-Valley artists of all skill levels since its 1969 founding. PAL is a non-profit arts organization open to everyone from novice to professional artist, with the foundational belief that the arts are fundamental to developing individual potential.
The Harrington Gallery is located inside the Firehouse Arts Center in downtown Pleasanton, 4444 Railroad Ave. Regular gallery hours are Wednesday through Friday from noon to 5 p.m., and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. (Closed on holidays.) The Gallery is also open one hour before most performances and during intermissions. Free parking is available.
Visit www.firehousearts.org/gallery, or call 925-931-4849.