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June 18, 2013 > Olive Hyde Art Guild Member's Art Exhibit

Olive Hyde Art Guild Member's Art Exhibit

Submitted By Diane Leys

Olive Hyde Art Gallery's newest exhibit will showcase art by talented members of the Olive Hyde Art Guild. The public is invited to meet the artists and enjoy an evening of art, music and refreshments during the opening reception on June 21. The show celebrates a unique and diverse sampling of premier local art.

Established in 2001 and occurring every other year, "The show provides the opportunity 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," said Show Chair Judy Anglin. The pieces chosen for the exhibit were judged on originality and quality by two professional artists uninvolved with the Guild. Juror Donald Feasel both paints and is an instructor and lecturer with the Department of Art and Art History at San Jose State University and at Santa Rosa Junior College. Photographer Keay Edwards, the second juror, is a lecturer and facility manager in the Department of Art and Art History at San Jose State University. From a field of 131 pieces of work, both two dimensional and three-dimensional, 34 artists with a total of 70 works were selected to exhibit.

Best of Show was awarded to national and international award-winning artist Farshid Namei for her oil painting "I Picked These for You!" With a degree in engineering, an MBA and a CFP in Financial Planning, Namei enjoyed a successful career as a financial planner and V.P. with a major bank. Motivated by her childhood dream of becoming an artist, she left the corporate world to focus on her desire to paint. The April 2012 edition of the "American Art Collector," a magazine written for galleries, collectors, and painters of traditional fine art, featured Namei's work.

Second place was awarded to Thomas Cory for his acrylic painting "Weidemeyer's Admiral." With a career as an artist and an experienced high school art educator, Cory has exhibited nationally and has received many awards.

Photographer Rudi Blondia was awarded third place for his photograph "Bicycle Rack." Blondia has had work accepted and exhibited at the Center for Photographic Art in Carmel, California.

Three Merit Awards winners were also named: "Spring Has Sprung," colored pencil by Maureen Langenbach; "Bird on a Rail," acrylic painting by Kiyoko Penso; and "Textured Pot," ceramics by Gene Bobik.

The following artists will also be exhibiting in this year's show: Judy Anglin, Koushik Biswas, Lisa Blaylock, Mary Bobik, Sister Brigid Bray, Therese Ely, Irina Esikova, Hal Geren, Dmitry Grudsky, Lois Haselby, Jean Henretty, Susie Howell, Peter Langenbach, Katherine Latson, Miran Lee, Robyn Leimer, Susan Longini, Hiroko Muramatsu, John Neto, Mitchell Neto, Grace Rankin, Emelie Marie Rogers, Maria Grazia Romeo, Janice Schafir, Barbara Schlein, Kathleen Schwab, Gregory Smith, and Robin Worthington.

Olive Hyde Art Guild Member's Art Exhibit
June 21 - July 20
Thursday-Sunday: 12noon - 5 p.m.

Opening reception
Friday, June 21
7 p.m. - 9 p.m.

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

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