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October 14, 2011 > Olive Hyde offers Rhythm and Light

Olive Hyde offers Rhythm and Light

Submitted By Diane Leys

"Rhythm and Light," a show featuring the work of three Bay Area women artists, will open at Olive Hyde Art Gallery with a reception from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Friday, October 14 and run through November 12. The work, selected by Curator Sandra Hemsworth, "evokes a feeling of the quiet simple moments" we experience in nature and show a "mastered control of the brush and the mediums of watercolor, oils and acrylics." Everything about the work recalls her "early springs and summers in California."

Attracted to the light in California, artist Sonia Gill moved to the Bay Area from Wisconsin and in 1976 attended The California College of Arts and Crafts. With a degree in Painting she set up her studio in Oakland, later moving it to Emeryville. After purchasing an old orchard in Mendocino County, she began her exploration of the orchard in watercolor, oil, and acrylic. Using digital photographs of her orchard, Sonia recreates the photo emphasizing the lights and darks and rhythm of the shapes she sees in her photographs.

Former environmental planner and yoga teacher, Ruth Koch began to study drawing and painting in the early 1990s at Merritt College in Oakland. Inspired by repetitive patterns in nature and rhythmic inter-plays of color and shape, she continues to find painting a deeply satisfying and meditative process. Ruth's work has been shown extensively in Northern California museums and galleries, receiving many awards along the way.

Wendy Yoshimura was born in an internment camp for Japanese Americans at Manzanar, California, during World War II. Upon release after the war, her family moved to Japan. In 1957, when Wendy was fourteen, her family moved to Fresno. Eventually Wendy's love of art led her to the California College of Arts and Crafts in Oakland. She feels that at CCAC she confirmed that her love and passion was best expressed in her art. Using watercolor she paints the subtle moments when morning light illuminates flower petals, fruit, and glass.

Rhythm and Light: The Work of Sonia Gill, Ruth Koch, and Wendy Yoshimura
October 14 - November 12
Thursday - Sunday
Noon - 5 p.m.
Opening reception
Friday, October 14
7 p.m. - 9 p.m.
Olive Hyde Art Gallery
123 Washington Blvd., Fremont
(510) 791-4357
www.fremont.gov/Art/Olive-HydeArtGallery

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