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February 6, 2018 > Exhibit delivers serene, wide-ranging Asian experience

Exhibit delivers serene, wide-ranging Asian experience

Submitted By Bruce Roberts

When I was young, my mother became interested in Chinese brush painting. Born in and still living in Hayward with absolutely no travels to or obvious interest in Asia, she became fascinated with the peace and beauty of this style of painting Ð the delicate flowers and the clear joints and connections of bamboo. This same fascination is expressed over and over in the autobiographical statements of the many artists displaying in the OÕLague GalleriaÕs ÒAsian Inspired Art Exhibition,Ó sponsored by the Hayward Arts Council.

Large-petaled peonies, mist-filled mountains, swirling waves and sunlight, small birds on branches, and the ubiquitous bamboo Ð all are common subjects in the many paintings of this show. This serenity, by their own admission, brought peace to the painters, which is well-reflected throughout the display.

Tranquility is also reflected here in Chinese calligraphy, where carefully constructed lines spell out profound messages in an ancient language. Similarly, Maureen LangenbachÕs watercolor of a gold kimono is decorated with the same exquisite natural beauty as the brush painting, whereas Ruey SyropÕs non-representational painting, ÒTurmoil,Ó contrasts them all, with spots of blue ink wafting spontaneously upward from a black pool. Beautiful, but different.

The show is rounded out by Japanese dolls, vintage poetry in Chinese calligraphy, modern traveler poetry in English, and quirky, eye-catching sculpture. The broad range of the art validates many different points of view on one topic Ð Asia.

So, for a wide-ranging Asian experience, without spending thousands of dollars and hours on a plane, come to HaywardÕs John OÕLague Galleria on the first floor of City Hall from Friday, February 9 through Friday, March 23. If you would like to meet the artists, bring yourself to the reception on Friday, February 23.

My mother would be delighted.

Visit for more art exhibits and events.

Asian Inspired Art Exhibition
Friday, Feb 9 Ð Friday, Mar 23
Monday Ð Friday: 8 a.m. Ð 5 p.m.

ArtistsÕ Reception
Friday, Feb 23
5:30 p.m. Ð 7:30 p.m.

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

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