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November 5, 2008 > Duo artists showcased

Duo artists showcased

The Fremont Art Association will showcase Gene and Donna Arrillaga, the associations' fourth quarter showcase artists at the Gallery from November 8 through November 23. A reception for the Arrillaga's and additional fourth quarter exhibiting artists will be held on Sunday, November 9 from 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Hors d'oeuvres and beverages will be served.

Gene Arrillaga was born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area. His first formal art training was in college where he took classes in design, drawing and ceramics. After college, he taught metal and woodworking in a local school district and worked on developing his skills in blacksmithing. "For as long as I can remember, I have enjoyed making things, frequently out of scrap. Every pile of junk contains a treasure yet to be discovered. A handful of old car parts become a frog. An old, rusty oil drum gets a new life as an owl, an elephant or perhaps a dragon. The subjects for many of my sculptures come from nature, a plant, a bird, an animal. I am not trying to change the world with my art, but if I can bring a smile to someone's face I have helped a little," says Gene.

Gene is a member of the California Blacksmith's Association and has benefited from numerous seminars and classes presented by nationally recognized artist blacksmiths. Gene is a regular participant in the annual Fremont Art Association Open Studio and has exhibited work in the FAA fine art show.

Donna Arrillaga was also born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area. Her first formal art training was in oil painting classes she took as a child. In college, Donna took classes in ceramics and weaving as well as introductory mixed media art classes. After graduating she went on to experiment with knitting as a holistic process, developing skills in hand spinning and dyeing yarn. Later, Donna explored fabric painting and quilting as well as doll and teddy bear making. She has benefited from numerous seminars and classes presented by local and nationally recognized artists in both the watercolor and fabric art worlds. Now her time is divided between quilting and watercolor painting. Donna's award winning work is included in several private collections, and is currently on display at both Washington Township Hospital and the Fremont Art Association Gallery.

"Art has always been a part of my life. Shapes and colors fascinate me, and as these change, different patterns emerge. I use the juxtaposition of these shapes and colors to evoke impressions and moods in both my quilting and painting. I draw my inspiration from all manner of different subjects, including still life, landscapes, marine scenes and architectural motifs. I work in a range of styles as well, ranging from a realistic approach to full abstraction. I find the creative process challenging, fascinating, and rewarding," says Donna.

The FAA welcomes the community to the Gallery to enjoy the work of these artists.

Duo artists showcased
November 8 through November 23
Artist Reception
Sunday, November 9
1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Fremont Art Association Gallery
37659 Niles Blvd., Fremont
(510) 792-0905

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