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November 14, 2006 > Olive Hyde Art Gallery

Olive Hyde Art Gallery

by Arathi Satish

Described as a visionary and ahead of her time, Ms. Olive Hyde granted the city of Fremont the use of her property and buildings in 1962. Now, used as an art center and gallery, the property’s use is consistent with the life and passions of this generous local resident and patron of the arts. Hyde, a native San Franciscan was an avid historian, conservationist, musician and teacher. Her legacy, Olive Hyde Art Gallery, Art Center and Studio Arts building, located at the intersection of Mission Blvd. and Washington Blvd., is a singular public gallery complex of redwood buildings including a pleasant courtyard and the Mission Room equipped with a changing room and kitchen for small group gatherings located adjacent to the art gallery. This singular art venue of the East Bay features continuing exhibits throughout the year including an annual textile exhibit, a special tribute to Ms. Hyde, who was a textile art enthusiast.

Located directly across Mission Boulevard from the historic Mission San Jose in an historic district of Fremont, the 1,000 square foot gallery is located just a block away from the Gary Soren Smith Center for Fine and Performing Arts at Ohlone College. Displays throughout the year feature traditional and contemporary crafts - ceramics, glass, metal arts, fiber arts and wood – and fine arts of painting, drawing, printmaking, sculpture installation, video, photography and mixed media. Operated by the city of Fremont and supported by the Olive Hyde Art Guild, the Olive Hyde gallery offers seven shows each year including the much anticipated Holiday Arts Show and Sale to be held this year Saturday, December 2 – Sunday, December 3 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is free sales are brisk for items that are unique, imaginative and priced to sell!

On the preceding Friday evening, December 1st from 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., Olive Hyde Guild’s Holiday for the Arts Gala offers a sneak peek and advance buying opportunity with food, wine and a special drawing for an original painting by the late local art icon, Hal Booth. Tickets are available at the door for members and non-members. Bargain prices and selection of decorations and gifts are more than worth the price of admission.

Olive Hyde Art Gallery Guild supports the gallery throughout the year by hosting opening receptions and supporting special events at the complex. The guild, consisting of a cross section of the community, supports the arts, artists and artisans and arts education in local schools. Three scholarships, based on artistic merit, are awarded annually to local students with firm plans to continue art education at college level.

Irene Jordahl, Arts Supervisor, Recreation Services, City of Fremont stresses the important role the gallery pointing out, “In my six years within the City of Fremont Parks and Recreation Department, I have observed the ‘reach’ of the gallery extend beyond our East Bay borders, developing a broader wonder and appreciation of the gallery. This is due to the artistic vision of gallery curator Sandra Hemsworth whose artistic sensibilities have brought a mix of genres and concepts from contemporary to traditional art to Fremont.”

Olive Hyde Art Gallery
12 Noon - 5 p.m.
Thursday through Sunday
123 Washington Blvd., Fremont
(510) 791-4357

Holiday for the Arts Gala
5:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.
Friday, December 1
Art, Food, Wine
$15 ($12.50 Guild members)
Drawing for an original Hal Booth painting
(510) 656-1246

Holiday for the Arts Show & Sale
10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Saturday, December 2 & Sunday, December 3
FREE Admission
(510) 656-1246

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