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July 24, 2007 > Olive Hyde Art Guild - Members Juried Show

Olive Hyde Art Guild - Members Juried Show

By Pavani. V. Kaushik

A person can live in a community for a considerable period of time and yet remain unaware of many neighborhood landmarks. Nestled comfortably at an integral intersection of the historic Mission District of Fremont, directly opposite Mission San Jose Church, rests one such landmark - the Olive Hyde Art Center. It is a charming building that has been home to many creative endeavors over the years and yet there are many who remain unaware of its existence.

The Center consists of two separate entities, the Art Guild and the Gallery. Programs in both buildings are directed by the City of Fremont Recreation Services Department. The Gallery's charm and rustic simplicity make it a favorite showcase for Bay Area artists and traveling exhibits.

Olive Hyde Art Guild (OHAG) is a not-for-profit organization whose membership is formed by local artists and craftspeople. Besides sponsoring art education programs in local schools, OHAG provides art scholarships and awards for students who intend to continue to study art at the college level. Their invaluable voluntary service supports the Gallery in its activities. Guild members host public receptions for show openings at the Gallery and generate funds for special exhibits and projects through memberships and an annual holiday show and fundraising sale in December.

As of July 20, the Gallery has been home to a showcase of the Guild's talented members. Twice each year, OHAG members display their creations ranging from jewelry, crafts, sculpture and two-dimensional media such as photography, drawing and painting. The public is invited to view this diverse showing of local talent. Members Juried Show is now open and will remain at Olive Hyde Gallery until August 18.

In this "juried" show, art professionals were solicited from outside the Guild to judge show entries. Those selected represent elite members of the art world who are well acquainted with a wide variety of art and talented artists. This year, judges were Linda Craighead, Director, Palo Alto Art Center; Brian Taylor, Professor of Art and Design, San Jose State University and Pamina Traylor, Adjunct Professor, California College of the Arts (Oakland).

"Best of Show" was awarded to local artist Dmitry Grudsky, well known for his mosaics and paintings. His mixed media entry titled "Last Call for Coffee" was chosen from a list of 35 entries. Russian born Grudsky realized his passion for drawing at the age of seven. He took classes at the Art Institute in Moscow and progressed to other media. He draws inspiration from a variety of subject matter and maintains his ethnic heritage, which places great importance on the use of vivid colors and beautiful surface decoration.

Dmitri is very involved with art education dividing his time between teaching at Jan's Art Studio in Fremont and conducting workshops for both children and adults. In his capacity as an artist and educator, he is very aware of the important role played by OHAG in shaping the minds of children in creative endeavors. His work can be viewed at his personal website - www. dmitrymosaics.com.

Second place went to Berkeley-born artist Sharon Dwyer; a self-taught artist whose pastel entry titled "Gathering" depicts a beautiful picture of a Native American woman with a basket. The vivid use of color and quality of light is Impressionist in its style. Sharon finds her inspiration using photographs and on-site sketches of various subjects. Her work is created using pastels, collage, oils, colored pencils and mixed media. Examples of her work can be seen at: www.sharondwyer.com.

Artist Dennis Mojado was awarded third place for his photographic entry titled "Erich with Sword." The toned gelatin silver print belongs to a series named "Confrontation." Mojado wanted to capture the intensity of a single mysterious gaze and use it to project his own thoughts and emotions. Japan born and well-traveled, Mojado's work echoes his search for spiritual aspects to everyday life and speaks of lessons that come from looking within for answers.

Dennis is a member of the Professional Photographers of America (PPA), specializing in Portraiture; and has a Certificate in Printing from PhotoCentral, Hayward, California. Samples of his work can be viewed at photography.mojado.com

Special Merit Awards were given to: Mavis Brown, Bobbie Burri, Jacline Deridder, Katherine Latson, Kiyoko Penso, and Donna Sanson.

Other artists featured in the show are: Judy Anglin, Donna Arillaga, Wanda Avery, Dee Bueno, Darcy Fowkes, Genie Hawkins, Lois Haselby, Kay Hille-Hatten, Rich Horton, Lynn Hossom, Shirley Lancaster, Robyn Leimer, Joan Logan, Susan Longini, Denise Oyama Miller, Eileen Morrison, Hiroko Muramatsu, Barbara Pendergrass, Grace Rankin, Maria Grazia Romeo, Adele Rose, Jan Schafir, Rebecca Stanton, Robin Worthington and Chang Qing Xie.

Olive Hyde Art Guild - Members Juried Show
Now showing to August 18
Thursday to Sunday
Noon to 5 p.m.
Olive Hyde Art Gallery
123 Washington Blvd., Fremont
510-791-4357

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