HARLINGEN — As galleries go, the art-to-space ratio at Escanuela’s Fine Art is fairly high.

The small gallery can’t be more than 350 square feet, but it makes up for its size by being jammed with the brilliant, hot-colored acrylics and oil paintings of Christian Escanuela.

His father Augustine’s heavy sculptures of benches and tables of old, reclaimed wood create an incongruous balance in the tiny space at 103 W. Jackson St. in the old Rialto Reception Hall.

For years, the family worked Market Days in downtown Harlingen before opening their gallery one year ago.

“It started with my mom and dad,” Christian, 26, said yesterday. “But I’ve always liked artwork, and took some classes down the street there at the Art Center.

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