April 7, 2010 > Blossoming Artists
By Mona Shah
For art to flourish, art forms of many kinds must blossom, work together and thrive. As an example, artists Carol Ramos, Norma Neto, Meena Bhayani, Hetal Anjaria, Shirley Huang and Florence Stronck became friends during their watercolor class and will display their watercolor art in a joint exhibit at Mission Coffee in Fremont.
Carol Ramos is a former Fremont Unified school teacher who took her first art class 13 years ago. A student of Jan Schafir, she along with Norma, Shirley and Florence have plein air painted with Schafir in various California locations and in Europe.
Norma Neto says she inherited her talent. Her mother and son painted in oils. Since retirement from the City of Fremont, Neto has taken watercolor classes with Schafir and devoted much of her time to painting.
Liz Mabanglo started oil painting in college. After establishing her career, watercolor painting has become a serious hobby.
Hetal Anjaria majored in Textile Design. She learned the basics of textile designing on fabric. "I love doing freehand designs as it gives me the liberty to move my hand as much as I can. The feeling of experimenting with color to its maximum comes very naturally to me," she adds.
Meena Bhayani began drawing at the age of nine. She was fascinated by eyes and facial features that expressed moods and emotions. Her first work, in watercolor, was a painting of a woman with an impressive facial expression wearing an Indian sari that fell in many folds and shades. The challenge of creating this exotic face juxtaposed with the soft drape of the sari was one she could not resist. Her love for art took a temporary hiatus as life's demands on her time took over. Now she spends as much time as she can on her art.
The public is invited to a hors d' oeuvre reception on April 11th with classical guitar music provided by Rudy Ramos.
Blossoming Artists reception
Sunday, April 11
3 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Mission Coffees and More
151 Washington Blvd., Fremont