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September 2, 2009 > Gallery showcases members' best

Gallery showcases members' best

By Julie Grabowski

Olive Hyde Art Guild makes the transition into fall a welcome prospect with their fifth Members Juried Show beginning September 4. Established in 2001 by accomplished artist and long time guild member Lynn Slade, the Members Juried Show occurs every other year as an opportunity for local artists to share their craft. Participants must belong to the non-profit guild, which currently numbers around 250 members, made up of art lovers and artists alike. The current show brought in seven new members, five of whom had their artwork selected. "It is a chance for the artists in our membership to exhibit their art in the gallery and to present a variety of exceptional artwork for the public to view and enjoy," says show chairman Judy Anglin.

Members are allowed to submit up to four pieces of two or three-dimensional art, including painting, photography, mixed media, sculpture, ceramics, jewelry, glass, fiber art, or works on paper. All submissions must be original and completed within the last two years. Art professionals outside of the guild membership serve as judges to ensure a high standard for the show.

Independent curator Kathryn Funk, Ohlone College Art Instructor Carol Lawton, and Ohlone College Professor of Art and Art History and Director of the Louie Meager Art Gallery Kenney Mencher conducted this years judging. A collection of 143 art pieces from 47 artists were whittled down to 66 accepted pieces by 33 artists including Grace Rankin, Dmitry Grudsky, Robin Worthington, Mavis Brown, Amanda Lee, Jacline Deridder, and John Neto.

Best of Show was awarded to Farshid Namei for her oil painting entitled "Re-Birth of Venus." Namei received her formal education in Engineering and Financial Planning but had always dreamed of being a painter. In 2002 she left her job as a company vice-president to pursue this lifelong ambition, taking art classes and earning several awards in juried competitions. "Portrait is my favorite subject, and I do my best to show the emotion and expression of my models in my paintings," says Namei.

Richard Horton took second place for "Smudged Buddha" in wood, and third place went to Hiroko Muramatsu for the photograph "Zabriske Point, Death Valley." Merit Award winners include Thomas Cory, Hiroko Muramatsu, and Ralph Cooksey-Talbot.

A price list will be provided for the works available for purchase, with prices ranging from $85 to $3,000.

The show opens with a reception and awards on Friday, September 4 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Olive Hyde Art Gallery across from the historic Mission San Jose. The public is welcome to attend and enjoy wine and hors d'oeuvres as well as the opportunity to meet the artists and view their work. Inventive and original art should be expected, such as Armand Stephens's lounge chair constructed from a collection of wine corks and ready for sitting. Attendees will also be able to cast a vote for their favorites, which will be announced as the People's Choice Award. "This show covers a lot of different mediums; as an art appreciator it's a good stretch of your mind," says Anglin. Let the Members Juried Show broaden your horizons in the celebration of great local art.

Weekly gallery hours are Thursday through Sunday from noon to 5 p.m. For more information call (510) 791-4357 or visit online at

Olive Hyde Art Guild Members Juried Show
September 4 - October 3
Thursday - Sunday
Noon - 5 p.m.

Artist Reception and Awards
Friday, September 4
7 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Olive Hyde Art Gallery
123 Washington Blvd., Fremont
(510) 791-4357


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