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May 8, 2018 > Hidden Treasures, Local Talent

Hidden Treasures, Local Talent

Submitted By Seema Gupta

Olive Hyde Art Gallery is back with an eclectic mix of artwork by talented community artists in its popular bi-annual show, Hidden Treasures, Local Talent, which opens Friday, May 11 with a reception on Friday, May 18.

The exhibit will showcase a wide variety of creations including painting, sculptures, and photography by many experienced and award-winning artists, alongside lesser-known, emerging talents. Among those displaying this year are Deborah May Adams, Hetal Anjaria, Shone Chacko, Sandra Clark, Thomas Cory, Barbara Cronin, Vanessa Cudmore, Randy Garber, Dmitry Grudsky, Seema Gupta, Susan Helmer, Jeff Ishikawa, Mamta Kumar, Maureen Langenbach, Peter Langenbach, Robyn Leimer, Mingchien Liang, Prajakta Mahajan, Giorgiani Mathey, Bhavna Misra, Patricia Moran, Mitch Neto, James O'Donnell, Kiyoko Penso, Don Ramie, Grace Rankin, Barbara Schlein, Durba Sen, Mary Sullivan, Emi Tabuchi, Vasanthi Victor, and Anshoo Tikoo Zutshi.

Pieces selected are varied in their medium of presentation, content, and style. Their originality and creativity are inspired by the artists unique perspectives and diverse backgrounds. To Georgiani Mathey, the quality and value of the materials are just as important as the color, composition, and overall content of the work. Her art derives from nature, looking for interesting color interactions between landscapes and people.

The soft look and transparency of watercolors make it a preferred medium for many artists. Sandra Clark began painting plein air landscapes using watercolors over 60 years ago. Painting outdoors for her is like visiting with friends, and she loves the experience of being focused on the beauty and liveliness of nature. Inspired by the 19th and 20th century artists and French Impressionists, Jeff Ishikawa started painting in watercolors ?because his best friend at the time did.? He considers himself a realist, with the primary goal of trying to capture the light and mood of the subject in his paintings.

Kiyoko Penso also likes to maintain a sense of reality so that the viewer can relate to her paintings. She has enjoyed art from grade school through college but went back to painting post retirement. Starting off with watercolors after taking some classes, she switched to acrylics about six years ago. Her work is small in scale, but detailed.

Another very realistic and detail-oriented artist, Shone Chacko learned scratchboard art on his own and likes to draw wild cats and wolves. In 2016, he made a resolution to draw something new every day, which led him to make 366 pieces in one year ? an incredible achievement by any standard. Mostly working in oils, Vasanthi Victor is also a self-taught artist, who started off with figurative abstracts. Later, inspired by the hills and palms in the area, she expanded her repertoire to include landscapes.

Color is an essential element of art and is used as a predominant means of communication by many artists. Prajakta Mahajan, a computer engineer who has always been inclined towards art, loves to work on ?anything which she can express with colors!? Patricia Moran likes to express her experiences and feelings with bold, primary colors and shapes. Much of her work ?appears childlike in its directness and spontaneity, but it is the process that interests her.? Likewise, abstractionist Anshoo Tikoo Zutshi uses color as a language to explore and articulate her feelings and emotions.

Through her travels in the East, Durba Sen has come to love the color and fragrance of spices and flowers, and the celebration of life. She uses paper-mache, sand, wax, texture paste, and fibers, along with oils and acrylics to create paintings that are abstract in nature, and intense in color. Hetal Anjaria, who is inspired by the traditional Indian paintings, works with a variety of mediums to bring out vivid colors representing the lively atmosphere in India.

Using art as therapeutic meditation, Mamta Kumar rediscovered her childhood passion a few years ago. It is a healing ritual that kept her from drowning in depression. She draws her inspiration from nature and captures the moments on canvas with oil paints in vibrant colors. Part of the reason why Mary Sullivan likes to paint in oils is its ?richness of color.? Painting beautiful roses from her garden is what she enjoys the most.

Thomas Cory, on the other hand, uses acrylics for his artwork. Drawing and painting have been an integral part of his entire life. Even though Cory has painted landscapes and portraits, his primary focus seems to be ?birds set in compositional tension.? Two of Don Ramie?s acrylic paintings to be displayed depict the panoramic views of Fremont during the last ice age from about 1 million B.C. He was commissioned for these interpretive signs after the largest ice age fossil deposit in the United States was found at Sabercat Creek.

With so much to offer, this exhibit will be a treat for all art enthusiasts. The show remains open until Saturday, June 9.

Hidden Treasures, Local Talent
Friday, May 11 ? Saturday, Jun 9
Thursday ? Sunday: noon ? 5 p.m.

Opening Reception
Friday, May 18
7 p.m. ? 9 p.m.

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

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