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May 27, 2009 > Paintings that make profound impression

Paintings that make profound impression

By Meenu Gupta
Photos By Meenu Gupta

From landscapes to still life, from traditional to contemporary styles, a picture speaks a thousand words. Explore your creative side in an idyllic setting as artists with a talent of illustration paint a wide variety of subjects, from landscapes to sketches, at the Newark Senior Center's inaugural art show. "This is the first time we are having the art show, it is the brainchild of senior advisory commission and local dignitaries have been invited," said Margrith Reichmuth, Senior Center Supervisor.

Miranda Miller has two art pieces: "Parades," a swarm of ducks against the backdrop of buildings, painted in watercolor and a portrait of an old man drawn with crayon and water color, titled "Remembering." Instructor of senior arts and crafts class, she provides guidance in drawing, composition, and color in primarily watercolor medium. "We will also have tiles and clay artwork soon," she said. Prospective members are welcome to join the next quarter in fall for a nominal fee of $25 per quarter. "Bring your own supplies," said Miller. "We go outdoors and paint, each quarter we go to fieldtrip," she said. The class has often visited homes of professional artists like Nancy Pratt, Simone Archer and will visit Fremont Art Association gallery in Niles on Wednesday, June 3, the last day of the quarter. "I love to see people use imagination and there is a wonderful camaraderie in the class," said Miller who taps the hidden creativity in her students.

Mary Rodriguez has her painting, "Emerging" in watercolor, a portrait of a young woman surrounded by butterflies. Clara Mar who will have one of her paintings in the art show, finds her painting class a "relaxing and refreshing" experience. Anna Varghese enrolled in the art class this quarter, has two of her works in the show. "There will be scenery of a Canyon drawn with watercolor and another of vegetable basket done with acrylic," she said. Yvonne Brown's, "Abstract" is a painting in both watercolor and crayon, about joy, positive feelings and bright spring colors. "The art class besides painting is a good socialization experience also, we critique each other's work and learn from it," said Brown. Bob Larsen's "Old Ranch" is a work of art drawn from imagination. "It is a landscape showcasing dilapidated barn farmhouse, medium being just water color," he said. Instructor, Miranda Miller and Senior Center Art Students will have their works of art on display weekdays until June 29. "The art show will feature the art of about six art students from the Senior Center," said Reichmuth. "There are two main events on May 28 and May 31. Newark Senior Advisory Committee will be the hosts of both events." Both events are free to the public and are for all age groups. Light refreshments will be served. Piano entertainment will also be provided by Carol McCarty. Member of Newark Senior Center, McCarty started playing piano at a very early age. She'll provide background music at the art show. Some of the artwork will be for sale.

The event also showcases art of Linda Patterson of Newark. Her work is primarily painted in the medium of pastel and represents California landscapes. "Without the footprint of man, my landscapes reflect the raw natural beauty of the land," said Patterson. Her paintings titled, "Newark Wetlands" was inspired by the rich warm colors of plants growing in Newark wetlands. "Saving Open Space" was inspired by the concept of protecting the sweeping vista of open space in front of Coyote hills so future generations can enjoy the beauty, wildlife, and view at the gateway to the park "Sometimes before the last light of the day vanishes from the land there is a moment of silence that invites one into nature's cathedral," she said. Motivated by that she painted her work "Sacred Places." Talking about her work "Towering Eucalyptus" she said I am inspired by this California icon that makes the landscape so much a part of our visual history. "Mustard Fields" represents the carpet of yellow mustard glows from sunlight in early spring throughout the open space in front of Coyote Hills. "My work has been influenced by the local beauty I find in our wetlands, marshes and open space," she adds.

Inaugural Art Show

Thursday, May 28
6 p.m. - 8 p.m.

Sunday, May 31
2 p.m. - 4 p.m.

Newark Senior Center,
7401 Enterprise Dr., Newark
(510) 578-4840

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