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November 27, 2012 > Holiday for the Arts

Holiday for the Arts

By Julie Grabowski
Photos By Jurek Zarzycki

Looking to check off that Christmas list without websites and shopping malls? The Olive Hyde Art Guild invites you to explore a wealth of artistic, handcrafted selections at their annual "Holiday for the Arts Gala, Show & Sale." Celebrating its 30th anniversary, "Holiday for the Arts" offers beautiful and unique gifts created by local artists with proceeds benefitting Fremont's Olive Hyde Art Gallery as well as supporting visual arts programs and projects in Fremont's schools and the community at large.

A ticketed gala kicks off the event on Friday, November 30, where attendees will enjoy hors d' oeuvres and wine alongside the first viewing of art and opportunity to buy. Not only will ticket holders enjoy the first fruits of the event, but will also be entered in a drawing to win an original watercolor painting by award-winning artist Charlotte Britton entitled "Near Elk." Britton is a signature member of American Watercolor Society and National Water Society, and founded the Santa Clara Valley Watercolor Society in 1968. She has participated in juried art exhibitions throughout the United States, and taught painting in Fremont and Berkeley as well as abroad. Britton conducted watercolor classes and workshops at La Romita School of Art in Italy and led painting trips to locales such as England, Scotland, and Spain, along the coast of Maine, and New York City's Hudson River.

In addition to Britton, over 80 artists are participating with a diverse array of creative items from paintings, photography and fiber arts to ceramics and glass, jewelry, sculpture and holiday inspired gifts. Discover the wood works of John Neto and Larry Gipson; enjoy the scenery of Grace Rankin, Thomas Cory, Lynn Slade, and Yvonne Gee; pick up some jewelry from Linda Abernathy, Nithya Ruff, and Susan Helmer; and marvel at the glass and ceramics creations of Christopher Roscoe, Akio Aochi, Debbie Shull, and Mary and Gene Bobik.

Publicity Chair and participating artist Emelie Rogers says, "What attracted me to this event is the Guild's commitment to visual arts in the schools. As a retired teacher, mother, and new grandmother, I know what difficulties our schools are facing and the many programs that have been eliminated. Students need a broad-based education which must include exposure to the Arts. There are many reasons students become engaged in their school community. For some it is sports, or music, or the computer or science lab, and for others it is art. They may never become professional artists but having the opportunity to explore that mode of learning can open a door to a whole new way of viewing themselves and their world."

While there is no set monetary goal, a percentage of earnings from the show is given to the City of Fremont, so "the more we raise, the happier we all are," says Event Coordinator Gail Blalock. "We can designate how the funds are to be used and a good share goes to support the elementary In-School Art History Program in Fremont Schools."

The Olive Hyde Art Guild also awards three scholarships to high school seniors annually, and in the past year has donated funds to the Fremont Library for children's art books, Abode Services for children's art supplies, Fremont Art Association's Paint Out and Fall Show, and for classes and an exhibit for the developmentally disabled clients of the Serra Center.

Over $25,000 of handcrafted items and fine art are sold each year, and in its 30-year history, the Guild has raised over $330,000 from "Holiday for the Arts."

Show decor and musical accompaniment enhance the cache of art; flautists Alicia Unis, Joyce Tanaka, Roberta Brokaw, and Sue Rudholm will perform on Saturday at 1:30 p.m., with classical guitar ensemble Lucy Lanham, Mark Loy and Peter Denyer on Sunday at 1:30, followed by flute and piano duo Joyce Tanaka and Yea-Lian Huang at 3:30 p.m.

"I always encourage people to come by on Saturday or Sunday even if they have no interest in buying anything because I believe it is truly a work of art - a show displaying the work of many talented artists," says Blalock.

Support the great work being done in the Fremont community while enjoying the spirit of the holiday season and finding that one-of-a-kind memorable gift.

Event sponsors include Fremont Bank Foundation, The Anderson Family Foundation, and Tri-City Voice Newspaper with In-Kind contributions from Trader Joe's, Spin A Yarn, Papillon, Massimo's, Tango Fusion Bistro & Tapas Bar, Vintage Catering, Catering by Gael, The Cheese Taster Delicatessen, California Craft Beer, Mission Coffee Roasting Co., Raley's and Safeway. Many OHAG members also make donations.

Tickets to the gala are $15 and can be purchased at the door or in advance by contacting Angie Parker at (510) 793-5067 or galatickets@olivehydeartguild.org. The Show and Sale is free and open to the public on Saturday and Sunday, December 1 and 2 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, visit: www.olivehydeartguild.org.

Holiday for the Arts

Friday Gala, Nov 30
5:30 p.m. - 9 p.m.
Tickets: $15

Show and Sale
Saturday, Dec 1 & Sunday, Dec 2
10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Free

Olive Hyde Art Gallery
123 Washington Blvd., Fremont
(510) 793-5067
galatickets@olivehydeartguild.org
www.olivehydeartguild.org

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