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April 18, 2017 > Hayward youth equals talent

Hayward youth equals talent

Submitted By Bruce Roberts

In 1499 Michelangelo, a 23-year-old obscure Florentine sculptor, completed the Pietˆ, an earthshakingly beautiful statue of Mary holding Jesus, which now sits in St. PeterÕs Basilica, the seat of the Catholic Church, in Vatican City. This sculpture was so amazing and displayed such world-class talent that many people concluded he could not have done it. ÒToo young,Ó they said. This public doubt annoyed Michelangelo so much that he returned to the Pietˆ and chiseled his name on the sash that crossed MaryÕs chest, the only time he ever signed his work.

Imagine the work he might have done in high school or eighth grade, or even second grade. At HaywardÕs John OÕLague Galleria curious art fans have a chance to see the work of artists who by age 23 could be on top of the art world. ÒArt is Education, Featuring Works of Art by Students of the Hayward Unified School DistrictÓ is a wonderful show sponsored by the Hayward Arts Council. This show dazzles with artwork by over 60 students representing 10 different Hayward schools, ranging in age from seniors in high school to Jackelin Ojeda, a second grader at Harder Elementary. All three of HaywardÕs high schools are well represented, as are six elementary schools, and Ochoa Middle School.

Besides the wide range of schools and student ages, also impressive is the range of artistic mediums. HaywardÕs art-oriented teachers are encouraging everything from chalk to pencil, markers to oil, acrylic, tempera, and ceramics. There is art out of wood, paper, and markers; one sculpture is even out of toothpicks, while ceramics and photography also fill out the show. Sadly, no one is sculpting Carrera marble ˆ la Michelangelo. Next year, perhaps.

Much of the art is quite sophisticated in concept and perspective. TennysonÕs Reeya Shakya dramatically portrays ÒInquietudeÓ by contrasting a beautiful flower with an excellently drawn girl in tears, a wolf glaring from behind.

Jaden Montgomery from Ochoa Middle School has his self-portrait photo posed kneeling, thinking, with the catchy title ÒTHIS IS ME Not Off-key.Ó Third grader Kiandre Cosby has combined chalk and pastels to create a clear and colorful portrait of artist Frieda Kahlo.

One of the most interesting assignments comes from Ochoa Middle School, where several students created a photo of themselves and their mother Ð or father, or grandfather. Scattered over these heartfelt pictures are words telling how they are alike; a wonderful family and artistic assignment.

The public is invited to view this exhibit at the Hayward City Hall through May 25. On Friday, April 28 there will be a reception where visitors can tour the gallery, have some refreshments, and meet these talented artists. And as they meet the artists and ponder their artwork, everyone should consider, ÒIs this the next Michelangelo?Ó

Art is Education
Through Thursday, May 25
Monday Ð Friday, 9 a.m. Ð 5 p.m.

Friday, Apr 28
5:30 p.m. Ð 7:30 p.m.

John OÕLague Galleria
Hayward City Hall
777 B St, Hayward
(510) 538-2787

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