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September 6, 2005 > Hal Booth - The Originals

Hal Booth - The Originals

by Arathi Satish

Ohlone Arts presents an exhibit, Hal Booth - The originals, on Saturday, September 10, 2005. This exhibit is significant as it will be the first showing of Hal's original painting since his death in 2003. The collection includes Oils, Acrylics and Watercolors done by the artist during the last twenty-five years of his life.

Hal booth worked as an art teacher and practicing artist in Bay area. As a child, Hal was fascinated by forms in nature and the effect of light and shade on these forms. That interest remained with him all his life. Although Hal was one of those truly gifted artists who had been able to draw and paint from early childhood, it was only when he started pursuing a master's degree, he learned to perceive relationships between forms in nature and to express them in various media.

Hal worked with serigraphs, oils and acrylics and later on with watercolor. His work clearly demonstrates the beauty found in nature and the interplay between the environment and natural light. He focused on watercolor paintings and felt that a painting should be more than a photograph that reports and records. According to Hal, a painting reflects the artist's observation and perception of the image being painted and may involve an overemphasis of detail, color and contrast which causes the viewer to focus on a particular area of the painting.

The exhibit at Ohlone Arts displays Hal's original paintings. Importance of light is obvious when one views his art. The artwork displayed stands out for the natural beauty of the subject and has a gentle, calming effect on the viewer. It is clear that Hal felt close to the subject he was portraying.

In Hal's opinion, if an artist decided to make representational images, he should observe, study and become acquainted with the basic characteristics of his subject resulting in knowledge and a feeling of intimacy that becomes strong enough to inspire the production of art. Hal's artwork has been included in major exhibits and solo shows around the world. His commission work includes historical murals as well as commercial buildings and homesteads.

Hal Booth - The Originals will open on Saturday, September 10 and runs through Saturday October 8th, 2005 at Ohlone Arts Gallery, 43319 Mission Blvd, Fremont. The opening reception will be from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on September 10. Gallery hours are Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. For further details, contact (510) 657-2977.

The Hal Booth Memorial Art Fund currently offers grants to local teachers to develop visual arts lessons based on the concepts of Peace, Acceptance and Tolerance. Requests for information about grant availability may be sent to the Fund at 40087 Mission Blvd., #393, Fremont, CA 94539 or e-mail at

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