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November 28, 2007 > Exploring the world of original art

Exploring the world of original art

Celebrating art for 25 years

By Anuja Seith

On its 25th anniversary, Olive Hyde Art Gallery, adorned with silver and blue stars, garlands, bows and ribbons invites everyone for a holiday shopping spree at its annual Holiday for Arts show. Those who come by will be transported to a wonderland of artistic creations that feature three to four thousand exclusive art items for sale. But here you don't have time to dream as scintillating art offers a feast for eyes and senses, luring you to its beauty and reasonable prices. Though some artwork may sell for $400-$500, most of these mesmerizing creations in ceramic, glass, wood or silk are available for extremely reasonable prices between $20 and $75.

"People at this time of the year are looking for gift items, so we try to cater to that market with reasonable and high quality goods," says Diane Leys, artist contact at the Olive Hyde Art Guild. Shoppers can buy a necklace made of yarn, beads, glass or wooden ornaments that can adorn a Christmas tree or decorate your living room along with gorgeous vases or plates adorned with ceramic flowers and animal figures (available from $125 - $350).

This show with its "one of its kind art" is a kick off for holiday extravaganza. "It is an opportunity for viewing and buying exclusive work of art that you will not find in a store," says Kay Hille-Hatten, a guild member and non-traditional jewelry designer who displays necklaces made in silver, antique and modern beads. Hille-Hatten also exhibits an ancient work called gourd art, another form of decoration that can beautify your home. Returning artist Robin Worthington enjoys outdoor settings using gardens and floral designs in her paintings. For this show her works include a water color collage of a garden as well as greeting cards with photographs of her paintings. Worthington also feels the show is a chance to buy a unique gift made by the best artists in the area.

Denise Oyama Miller, who has been showcasing at the festival for four years, displays realistic and abstract paintings in watercolor. Miller also presents wearable art including knitted wool hats, hand made hat pins and knitted socks made on a machine from the First World War. While buyers can be comfortable in the warmth of these socks, women can add exotic "Asian inspired vests," designed by new artist Nancy Ryan.

With so much to offer, the show is shopping heaven for anyone looking for an exclusive gift or searching for unique dˇcor to give their home a fresh and distinctive look this holiday season.

Exploring the world of original art
Olive Hyde Art Gallery
123 Washington Blvd., Fremont

Friday, November 30
5:30 p.m.-9:00 p.m.
Call Jean Holmes at (510)-656-1246 or purchase at door.
Tickets: $15

Show and Sale
Saturday, December 1
10 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
Sunday, December 2
10 a.m.-4:00 p.m.
Admission free

For more information call Karen Tobin at (510)-490-4394 or visit

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