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September 12, 2017 > Serra Center students share artwork

Serra Center students share artwork

Submitted By Gail Blalock

This year marks the seventh art instruction program for developmentally disabled individuals from Serra Center. Serra Center is a local non-profit agency providing housing, services, and care for more than 90 developmentally disabled adults in Fremont and other nearby locations. This yearÕs program offered weekly art classes in pencil drawing, watercolor and acrylic painting, and ceramics and glazes, and was taught by City of Fremont Art Instructor Susan Bettencourt. ÒIt was a joy to see the students take pride in the artwork they made and see everyone happy socializing with one another,Ó said Bettencourt.

A unique feature this year was the opportunity for students to create artwork for a dedicated public Serra Center ÒboxÓ in the City of FremontÕs boxART! program led by local artist Susan Longini. ÒMy WorldÓ was chosen as their theme, and early weeks of the art classes were devoted to creating paintings for boxART! Each student will be represented with a painting on the box. Miguel Rivas, a Reprographics Specialist and employee of the City of Fremont, volunteered his expertise to graphically assemble the selected paintings into a collage form, which will ultimately be vinyl wrapped on the utility box. The timing and location of the utility box hasnÕt been confirmed yet, but the 21 students are anxiously awaiting its completion.

This art instruction program is made possible through the collaborative efforts of the Olive Hyde Art Guild, Serra Center, City of Fremont Recreation Services, and the Alameda County Library. The public is invited to join in celebration of the studentsÕ accomplishments at a reception and exhibition of selected paintings on Saturday afternoon, September 16 in the Fukaya Room at the Fremont Main Library. The reception will include a silent auction of framed paintings, sale of matted artwork, and refreshments. Following the reception, the artwork will be relocated to the second floor of the library, where it will be available for viewing through October 27.

Participating artists this year are Roger Anglin, Cary Bell, Patrick Carleton, Robert Cross, Donald Dimenco, Donald Fields, Karen Goldberg, Sophia Halsey, Gary Heuer, Maryann Jerde, Maurice Kaasa, Todd Lorenzo, Lisa Mungin, Kelly Rommelfinger, Lori Santos, Terry Shiman, Marsha Smith, Jennifer Sullivan, Patrick Tracey, Bill Turner, and Ryan Vevoda. When asked how they felt about the program, a common response among the students was Òart makes me happy.Ó

To learn more about Serra Center, call (510) 477-1000 or visit

Serra Center Art Exhibition
Saturday, Sep 16 Ð Friday, Oct 27
Library hours

Saturday, Sep 16
1:00 p.m. Ð 3:00 p.m.
Fukaya Room

Fremont Main Library
2400 Stevenson Blvd, Fremont
(510) 745-1424

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