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March 4, 2009 > Winter art show

Winter art show

By Vidya Pradhan

Tucked away in a historic building on Hayward's Main Street is the quaintly named Green Shutter Gallery. Appropriately featuring green shutters, the gallery has been home to local artists for over a dozen years. On Saturday, March 7, the gallery hosts a reception for its Winter Show that runs through May 2.

The gallery is probably smaller than the kitchens in the homes that line the hills adjoining the nearby Mission Boulevard. But the eclectic tastes of director Barbara Berrner make for a satisfying visit. An artist herself, Berrner brings her keen eye to the selection of art that is sprinkled around the tiny space.

The show features paintings, sketches, photography and ceramics. Standing out are two striking paintings by Jeanne Rehrig of a butterfly and moth respectively. Established artist Elizabeth Chavoor has a collage up on display while Sean Creedon has whimsical ceramics of candleholders to charm the visitor. Clarice Roberts' watercolor "Penguins" is almost hidden away behind a door but it is worth looking for. There are also one-of-a-kind pieces of handmade jewelry.

"Most of the artists are members of the Hayward Arts Council," says Guadalupe Agbabiaka, who is in charge of the daily operations the business manager for the gallery. "We don't jury the art but require the artists to eschew nudity, political issues and violence." The gallery accepts as many works as can be fit into the small space. Additional artwork is displayed at other locations throughout the city like the John O'Lague Gallery at the Hayward City Hall.

"For such a small gallery, we get a surprisingly high amount of foot traffic," says Doris Rodriguez, one of the volunteers who is also the President of the Arts Council. It is almost entirely driven by volunteers most of whom are retired professionals who now have the time and inclination to provide support to the artists in the community.

Every year the gallery puts on four shows with unique art featured at each one. The Winter Show which is running currently is the first show of the year. At the reception planned on Saturday, artists contributing to the show will be on hand to discuss their art, most of which is for sale at reasonable prices. There are postcards for as little as $3 and one painting that is expecting around $1500. Most of the art is priced at the lower end of that range.

Do stop by the Green Shutter Gallery to check out the offerings of local artists. The best time to do so would be at the reception where you can hob-nob with the artists while sipping wine and snacking on refreshments.

Please call (510) 538-2787 before your visit to ensure the gallery is open.

"Winter Show"
Through May 2

Artist Reception
Saturday, March 7
1 p.m. to 3 p.m.

Gallery Hours
Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays
10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Green Shutter Gallery
22654 Main St. Hayward
(510) 538-2787

Free and open to the public

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