The Harrington Gallery at the Firehouse Arts Center's next major installation, “Transformation,” features multidisciplinary works by 42 women of Asian descent who are past and/or present members of AAWAA (Asian American Women’s Art Association). From a small artists’ collective, which began in the late 1980’s to today’s influential arts organization, this exhibition documents and celebrates the evolution of its artists throughout the years as it continues to leave a legacy of art for future creatives.
The installation will be on display from Saturday, July 30, through Saturday, September 3.
Among the wide variety of interesting works: written word pieces, books, a floor mandala, a 7’ kimono constructed of glass and copper wire, and an installation with chair and mirrors. Harrington Gallery Director and Curator Julie Finegan notes: “Somehow we will make room for all these incredible pieces!”
A free opening reception with many of the artists, including a short presentation by AAWAA, will be held on Saturday, July 30, from 1:00-3:00 p.m. inside the Harrington Gallery. Light refreshments will be served. Guests are welcome to come explore the exhibit, and ask questions and chat with the artists. Suggested donation $5. More info: www.firehousearts.org, or call the gallery at 925-931-4849.
On August 4, for the Young@Art children’s gallery program, kids will view and discuss this exhibition and create a colorful koinobori and a mandala to take home. To register, visit www.pleasantonfun.com, and type in the code 62510.
A few notable artists on the roster: Barbara Horiuchi, works with Sumi ink on large sheets of handmade Iwano paper. She’s a 3rd generation American of Japanese ancestry, with work rooted in a desire to unearth her familial history while addressing the associated historical injustices and wounds West Coast Japanese experienced in the last century. She has shown in Legion of Honor, Monterey Museum of Art and Crocker Art Museum.
Lucy Liew’s painting subjects often gravitate towards spherical shapes and superimposed images, frequently of the lotus flower. Liew has previously shown in the Harrington Lobby Gallery. Her piece in this exhibit is large format, entitled Graceful Extensibility.
Lydia Nakashima Degarrod will bring an installation entitled “Landscape of a Dream,” an exploration of dreams and their causes, including fear, joy, etc. It will include an audio feature so visitors can listen to the artist directly discuss the dreams, while observing them expressed in her mixed media pieces. Lydia is from Chile, and says her “goal is to produce artworks which convey the aesthetics of social events or places in which individuals share events of an extraordinary nature.”
Betty Nobue Kano, currently a lecturer at San Francisco State University who has exhibited her work in over 200 galleries and museums, nationally and internationally, is showing a large acrylic and mixed media painting. Kano’s professional bio is indeed impressive, and includes: curated over 30 exhibits, including “Generation Nexus: Peace in the Post-war Era,” that launched the opening of National Japanese American Historical Society’s Bldg. 640 at Crissy Field, Presidio, San Francisco in November 2013; co-founded Art Against Apartheid, Asian American Women Artists Association, Women of Color Camp; and serves on numerous cultural, historical, and art society boards.
The Harrington Gallery is located inside the Firehouse Arts Center, 4444 Railroad Avenue, Pleasanton, Calif. Gallery hours are Wednesday through Saturday, 12:00-5:00 p.m., Saturday 11:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m., and also one hour before most performances and during intermissions.