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December 2, 2009 > Holiday Show and Sale

Holiday Show and Sale

By Shavon Walker

The winter holiday season is filled with family gatherings, joyful reminders of our blessings and... shopping. Searching and finding gifts that are unique and express just the right sentiment can be an arduous task or an interesting and rewarding trek. Each year, Olive Hyde Art Guild (OHAG) has just the right answer to this dilemma for area residents and visitors. At the Holiday for the Arts Show and Sale, the hunt is guaranteed to put you in a cheerful mood and reveal one-of-a-kind items produced by over 80 artists, sure to please even the toughest name on any gift list.

Beginning Friday December 4, and continue through the weekend. It will be celebrating its 27th year of operation. Many wonderful items will be available, and over 80 artists will have works of art to take home.

Friday Night's Gala, will open the 27th year of this event as a preview, sale and smorgasbord of food and drink. A small fee is assessed for non-members who attend this event that precedes Saturday and Sunday sale days with no admission charge.

The Guild expects over 300 people to take part in the Gala and many more on Saturday and Sunday. Lisa Stambaugh, web designer and OHAG artist contact, notes that participating artists are usually local. The show allows their talent to shine if it can pass a rigorously selective process. "We have a screening process," she says. "Everything is screened for quality and fair prices." In addition, the guild keeps a careful eye on their artists' sales, and those who have been successful are asked to return year after year. This attention to detail assures new items for returning customers while favorite works and artists are available too.

Artwork includes paintings, photography, ceramics, glass, metal, jewelry, fiber, wood and holiday themed pieces. Local artist Denise Miller has donated a painting "Yosemite Aspens" for a drawing. Seventy percent of sales go to the artist, while 30 percent are retained by the guild. Guild President Gail Blalock notes that some crafts include hand-knit scarves in various colors and beautiful glassware, as well as amazing and creative ideas using ordinary materials. There is an amazing variety from year to year which entices shoppers to return.

OHAG members can be identified by their love for the arts, as well as their love for their city and local schools. The guild has donated more than $166,000 to the City of Fremont and its schools since 1989. Major sponsors for this year's Holiday Show and Sale include Hewlett Packard Company, Fremont Bank Foundation and Tri-City Voice as Media Sponsor.

Fremont Elementary In-School Art History Program, local scholarships, student art awards, purchase of art supplies and payment of fees for low income children are funded by proceeds from the show. In addition, purchase of art books for the public library and juvenile detention center, improvements at the Olive Hyde Art Gallery, and special gallery exhibits and promotions are also recipients of OHAG generosity.

Helping the community is the goal of Olive Hyde Arts Guild. "If you're going to spend money on presents," says Stambaugh, "spend to support local community and local causes." Impressive gifts at a sensible price are a good bonus too!

Holiday Gala
Friday, December 4
5:30 p.m. - 9 p.m.
Tickets: $15
(510) 656-1246

Show and Sale
Saturday, December 5
10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Sunday, December 6
10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Olive Hyde Art Gallery
123 Washington Blvd., Fremont
(510) 494-4228

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