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January 30, 2007 > Fine art revealed in Fremont

Fine art revealed in Fremont

By Julie Grabowski

The Nova Gallery of Fine Art is hidden in plain sight, just off busy Automall Parkway across from Fry's Electronics. Inside an inviting building that resembles a rustic lodge in wood and stone construction, exclusive pieces of highly regarded art are revealed.

Gallery owner Dale Sobek is a Fremont resident whose love of art led to the establishment of Nova two years ago in converted office space. With a lot of friends in the art business and a collection of his own, Sobek wanted a space to showcase a variety of outstanding art and to support local talent.

The gallery houses a selection of wide-ranging pieces from original Renaissance paintings dating back three hundred years and elaborate 19th and 20th century ivory carvings from China, to freshly created glass sculptures. Featured artists include well-known names who have achieved distinction in their mediums and continue to create beautiful and engaging works.

Still-life painter Stanley Maxwell Brice awes with his scrupulous attention to detail and incredible work in reflections while British import David Smith's tranquil English landscapes soothe and indulge daydreaming. The luminous handmade glass sculptures of Jack Storms are on display; his highly praised work only available through select galleries. Harland Young provides depictions of western life, as well as a bronze sculpture of a lively Arabian horse kept company by an original bronze from the famous Frederic Remington titled "Buffalo Horse."

The oil paintings of Chinese artist Wang Bo Song are a delightful discovery. Using the impasto technique of building up paint on the canvas, Song's three large landscapes are riveting in their wonderfully rough texture and vibrantly alive scenes. Another impressive sight is the four hand-carved ostrich eggs, created in prison by a former inmate.

On-site artist Christopher Walsh is in the gallery daily painting commissioned works, requests from Sobek and following his own interests. Walsh began practicing art at age 11 with a lot of drawing before moving on to a paint-by-number kit given to him by his father. When he finished the instructed picture, Walsh says he turned over the box and created his own on the back with the leftover paint. He decided to try and get his paintings out into the world after being laid off from his job as a graphic artist and was directed to the Nova Gallery. "I came in off the street, basically," says Walsh, whose work was well received and quickly established him in the gallery.

He specializes in maritime pictures, but is equally adept at portraits, landscapes, western scenes, and whatever else might be requested, completing about one painting per week. Walsh undertakes all of the gallery's commissions, and says that many come from local ranchers, though they accept numerous subject matters. He was given the honor of painting the portraits of Fremont mayor Bob Wasserman and individual city council members with their legacies. All of the portraits currently hang in city hall. The gallery hopes to expand their roster of commissioned works in the New Year.

A secondary location of the Nova Gallery can be found in Los Gatos at 37 E. Main Street, which has been undergoing renovation. This site serves as a major location, providing more visibility and foot traffic. There are plans to rework the Fremont gallery as well in order to better utilize its space and harmoniously arrange the artwork. But as it stands, the Nova Gallery presents exquisite pieces of art in a warm and personal atmosphere that makes it well worth a visit. Whether abstract, watercolor, or sculpture, historic or modern, it's simply all about art.

For upcoming featured artist shows or more information call (510) 353-1464 or visit www.novagalleryofart.com.

Nova Gallery of Fine Art
43801 Osgood Road, Fremont
(510) 353-1464
Hours: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday to Saturday
Closed Sundays and Mondays

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