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April 5, 2005 > Renowned Local Artist Featured by Ohlone Arts

Renowned Local Artist Featured by Ohlone Arts

by Arathi Satish

A new and exciting art exhibit is now on display at Ohlone Arts in Fremont. Local artist Maria Romeo's "Paths to Discovery," includes more than 30 unique pieces on display at Ohlone Arts in different mediums of oil, watercolors, pastels, bronze sculpture, glasswork and ceramics.

Although Mario Romeo earned a Ph.D. in Economics, she furthered her education with graduate courses in art history, art criticism, life drawing, printmaking, photography, mass media psychology and computer graphics. She also teaches some of the same subjects. Even though she was studying economics, she was always interested in adding art classes to her course work.

"My involvement in the visual arts started early. By the time I was in high school I received regional and national recognition for my artwork," said Maria, who was born and raised in Italy.

Maria and her husband Glauco Romeo have lived in Rome, India, Canada and the United States, and wherever she went, she enrolled in art classes. When they settled in New York, she participated in the Unitarian Society's art shows. She also worked as a professional artist for television programs and has been the director of Shorham Wading River Community Theatre where she also designed and built stage sets.

"My work has been used in educational films, magazines, poetry books, advertising material, interior design, and for educational and entertainment organizations," she said.

The beauty of San Francisco drew the couple to this region and they settled in Fremont. Since then, Maria has illustrated several books. Maria also teaches in Alsion Montessori Middle/High School and conducts private art classes for children and adults.

Her work can be seen in the Museums at Stony Brook, New York, and in private collections in Italy, France, Germany, Canada, New Zealand and the United States. She is currently president of the Art Review Board for the city of Fremont.

Paths to Discovery
April 9 to May 7
Ohlone Arts
43319 Mission Blvd, Fremont
(510) 657-2977

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