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Hartnell College Gallery 'Masters of the Sea' Exhibit to Open Feb. 2nd

January 31st, 2004

"Masters of the Sea," an exhibition featuring seascapes and marine paintings from the 17th through 21st centuries, will open at the Hartnell College Gallery on Monday, Feb. 2.

The show, which is free and open to the public, will run through March 11.

"The Hartnell College Gallery is proud to present the second in an annual series of exhibitions that examine major themes in European and American painting," said Gary Smith, art instructor and gallery director.

He said the 35 paintings in the exhibit are drawn from local private collections. "They trace different styles and developments in art from their European beginnings through their introduction and growth here in the United States," Smith continued.

Included in the exhibition are paintings by Egbert Van Heemskerck (1610-80) and Richard Paton (1717-91).

The 19th century and the advent of a whole new class of art patrons is explored in the heart of the exhibit, said Smith, with paintings influenced by Barbizon artists, and later, the Impressionists.

The later part of the 20th and the beginning of the 21st centuries are represented by Monterey County artists David Ligare, Susan Manchester and Barry Masteller.

"I want to sincerely thank those private collectors who have so generously loaned these works. It is a rare opportunity to see first-hand the paintings that trace the re-emergence of the sea as a major subject in Western art," he said.

Funding for the exhibition has been provided from the Hartnell College Foundation through the bequest of Burrel Leonard, Silicon Valley pioneer who died in 2000.

The gallery is located in the Visual Arts Building off of Alisal Street on the Hartnell campus, 411 Central Ave., Salinas.

Hours are 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday through Thursday, and 6-8 p.m. Monday. For more information contact Gary Smith at (831) 755-6791.