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May 14, 2010 > Local arts bloom in Shinn Park

Local arts bloom in Shinn Park

By Julie Grabowski

Mission Peak Heritage Foundation and Fremont Cultural Arts Council invite the community to enjoy local history and artistic talent at Arts and Crafts in Shinn Park Sunday, May 16.

The event first began at Ardenwood Farm, hosted for six years by the City of Fremont. About to be discontinued due to a lack of funding, Mission Peak Heritage Foundation (MPHF) volunteered to continue the event at a new location. "We wanted people to learn about Shinn Park, which is an almost unknown historic and beautiful park in Fremont," says MPHF Secretary and Event Chair Al Minard.

MPHF is a non-profit corporation, which was started in 1962 to preserve historic buildings in Fremont that were unrecognized or in danger of being demolished. They have saved and reestablished Higuera Adobe, Vallejo Adobe, Shinn House, Patterson House, and the Harvey House. Most of the buildings now have their own historical society or organization and are open for public viewing, with the exception of the Harvey House.

Now in its third year at Shinn Park, the event continues to prove to be a successful transfer with 40 to 50 local artists and craftspeople scheduled to display their work. Oil painting, woodworking, photography, quilting, jewelry, watercolor, crocheting, sewing, and tole painting will be among the talents on offer.

Plenty of entertainment is also on the bill with young students from Sun Kung Fu demonstrating ancient martial arts from 11 a.m. to noon, Bay Area square dancers perform from noon to 1 p.m., local non-profit Music for Minors II shows children how to make music with simple instruments from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m., and belly dancing closes the show from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. Films courtesy of the Essanay Silent Film Museum in Niles will be shown free of charge in the archive room of Shinn House.

MPHF will be selling tours of Shinn House during the event, which was completed by James and Lucy Shinn in 1876. Tickets cost $5 per adult and $2.50 for kids ages 7 to 12. Children six and under are free. Families also have the option of purchasing a year membership to MPHF for $10, which then gives them free admission to the house. MPHF will be offering refreshments as well, including hotdogs, nachos, popcorn, cookies, and hot and cold beverages. Profits will go to help maintain Shinn House and aid in the restoration of other historic Fremont buildings.

Amid the activity, the Fremont Cultural Arts Council will be celebrating their 40th anniversary in the Japanese gardens. While it is a member's only event, those interested can join on site and take part in the festivities.

About 500 visitors attended the last Arts and Crafts in Shinn Park, and organizers expect the same number, if not more. "We believe this is a way to acquaint people to Shinn Park and hope that they will come to enjoy this park and this beautiful house," says Al Minard. "We also hope that the public will come and find a piece of art done by one of our local artists that they must have in their home, which encourages the local artists to continue working and improving their art."

For more information contact Al Minard at (510) 552-4839 or alminard@comcast.net. To learn more about Mission Peak Heritage Foundation visit www.missionpeak.org.


Arts and Crafts in Shinn Park
Sunday, May 16
10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Shinn Park
1251 Peralta Blvd., Fremont
(510) 552-4839
www.missionpeak.org

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