Susan Else, Pony’s Dream
August 2- September 14
Opening Reception: Thursday, August 1, 7:00-9:00pm
Marionettes, circus clowns, fairytale characters and a tightrope walking elephant are all coming to the Harrington Gallery this summer for Play Date, a vibrant exhibit focused on play and playfulness. Featuring Carolyn Crampton, Susan Else, Dmitry Grudsky, Martin Hsu, Diana Krevsky, Hugo Kobayashi and Joshua Nissen King, the exhibition explores creative interpretations of play in a variety of media- from watercolor to mechanized fiber sculpture. Beyond presenting a world of fun and whimsy, the exhibiting artists also use play in surreal and satirical ways- from questioning the capitalist utopia promised by Monopoly, to imagining an uncanny carousel of humans ridden by ponies. Original and complex, Play Date speaks to the kids in all of us, engaging viewers of all ages in a conversation about imagination, the games and amusements we love, and the roles they have in our lives.
Exhibition Related Children’s Program: YOUNG@ART on Thursday, August 29, 4:30-5:45 pm. For more details visit our Gallery Program page.
LOBBY, HALLWAY, & ALCOVE GALLERIES
Barbara Maricle July 24 to September 8, 2019
This month, Berkeley abstract painter Barbara Maricle brings new works from her Cartography and Continental Drift series to the lobby and alcove galleries of the Firehouse Arts Center. Maricle’s works are inspired by nature, cartography and movement and explore “how we perceive and navigate space.”
Ruth Miller July 24 to September 8, 2019
Vibrant and lively, Ruth Miller’s watercolors combine her passions of art, travel and photography. A signature member of the California Watercolor Association with a unique vision and elegant technique, Miller’s work in the Firehouse Arts Center hallway gallery is not to be missed.
PLEASANTON ART LEAGUE WALL
Usha Shukla July 17 to August 24, 2019
Pleasanton Art League member Usha Shukla’s unique nature inspired abstract works are currently on view at the Firehouse Arts Center. Raised in New Delhi, Inda, Shukla has always been a lover of the outdoors. This passion is ever present in her work, which she says, is “a harmonious balance of my subconscious landscape and the physical world.
Exhibits are FREE—Donations Always Appreciated.