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August 31, 2004 > Olive Hyde Presents Hidden Treasures/ Local Talent II

Olive Hyde Presents Hidden Treasures/ Local Talent II

by Susana Nuñez

The Olive Hyde Art Gallery introduces yet another exciting exhibit with artwork created by our community's talented artists. Hidden Treasures/ Local Talent II features the incredible work of artists such as Scott King, Ilene Danse, Angela Villegas, and the late and beloved Hal Booth. From photography to acrylic and glass creations, the exhibit has a variety of artwork on display for the public to enjoy.

"The Trix Rabbit taught me that if I dressed up in costumes that I could get what I wanted out of life." This statement is just one of the few life lessons expressed in Scott King's work. Written boldly across a well-known smiling rabbit in his piece "Trix," the acrylic creation is an example of King's use of pop culture icons in his art. Cap'n Crunch isn't left behind, and neither is the Lucky Charms Leprechaun. "Lucky" proudly reads, "The Leprechaun taught me that food is not delicious unless it's Magically Delicious." His "Stories from the Bible" series features icons such as the Jolly Green Giant and Mr. Bubble in their signature poses. King states, "My work is a direct response to this life that I'm living from larger than life characters that appear in books or on television, to the sound tracks that go with them...The icons [in] my work are transformed ... into symbols that represent moments in my life."

Angela Villegas displays her talent in the acrylic medium with breathtaking painting of the talented Lauren Hill. Titled "Lauren Hill," Villegas captured the essence of the Hip Hop legend in her piece. Feminine, yet strong, fuchsia was her color of choice for Hill, and her close attention to detail gives a visibly soft texture to the piece. Aside from paintings, creations such as masks are also featured.

Ilene Danse has three raku and metal masks on display in the exhibit. The masks are primarily dark in color and highlighted by bright reds and blues. Coming from a broad art education background, Danse attended the Art Students League, Brooklyn Museum Art School, and Pratt Institute in New York. In California, she studied ceramic sculpture with the renowned Richard Shaw.

For those who appreciate the art of photography, Dotti Cichon and Vimal Advani, two excellent artists are featured in the exhibit. Cichon's enlarged photograph entitled "Tulip Exposed" gives visitors a close look at the delicate tulip. A petal gently dangles, unveiling the center of the flower. Advani's "Singapore Heritage Homes" series offers a detailed look at homes, which at a glance, can be mistaken for dollhouses. The beautiful alignment and rich colors give the series an incomparable quality.

The exhibit will be on display until September 25. Gallery hours are Thursday- Sunday, 12- 5 p.m. The Olive Hyde Art Gallery is located at 123 Washington Blvd., Fremont, at the corner of Washington and Mission Blvd., across from the Historic Mission San Jose. For more information about the Gallery call (510) 791-4357.

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