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September 3, 2013 > Art surge

Art surge

By Bruce Roberts

A vibrant art scene can counteract gray moods of economic downturns. Hope blossoms with the advent of art throughout Hayward: electrical boxes, library book drop boxes and beautiful murals are popping up everywhere.

Keeping the art scene vibrant, the Hayward Arts Council maintains five art galleries where local artists display their work. In the Foothill Gallery, hope is amplified by the current exhibit of "New Members and Emerging Artists." A dazzling variety of artistic media including watercolors, oils, acrylics, pastels, charcoal, pencil, digital photography, ceramics, and metal sculpture are now on display through Friday, October 18. Twenty new artists are adding their creative talents to the thriving art community in Hayward.

For diversity and ability, Florence Planells-Benjumea takes the prize. She paints in oils - a wonderful shoreline at dusk. She etches - a vividly detailed tiger on scratchboard. She weaves - a perfectly designed dreamcatcher. Where she really shines is with her book art. Using a variety of shapes, she creates exquisite little books. One is a fan that opens to reveal impeccable tiny printing that tells a story. Another illustrates four generations of her family, nestled into each other and cut down the middle so that when opened, a continuity of resemblance appears. Each book is different... all are interesting.

Other exhibiting artists are equally talented in their chosen media. Oil paintings by Kathy Lan and Mirabel Wigon, digital photos by Chris Cochems, and metal sculpture by Yuri Hernandez stand out; it would be easy to tout every artist.

Make time to view this artistic surge at the Foothill Gallery in Hayward. Come to a reception on Saturday, September 21 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. to meet the artists. Park in back, and prepare to be dazzled by Hayward's newest artistic talents.

New Members and Emerging Artists
Through Oct 18
Thursday - Saturday: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Saturday, Sept 21
1 p.m. - 3 p.m.

Foothill Gallery
22394 Foothill Blvd., Hayward
(510) 538-2787

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