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June 8, 2010 > High Art exhibit

High Art exhibit

By Alyson Whitaker
Photos By Alyson Whitaker

Most people have heard of Picasso, Van Gogh, Michelangelo, and Monet. Easily identified by their unique style, these artists made a name for themselves through their amazing artistic talent honed over years of hard work.

How about artists Selene Sierra, Nathan Childress, or Jennifer Beltran? While not yet famous, these are the names of just a few of the talented young artists whose work is on display at the Sun Gallery in Hayward this month.

The "High Art" exhibit is a collection of highly creative and high quality artwork created by local students from Mt. Eden High School, Hayward High, Arroyo High and Moreau Catholic High School. The pieces on display include oils, acrylics, pastels, charcoal sketches, digital animation, sculptures, collages, and photography.

Art is an interpretive subject, one with no right or wrong answers. Through art, students can express their individuality and complex emotions in a safe and productive manner. Art also provides a sense of belonging, both collectively and individually. "Art is my best friend. No matter what I want to express, she accepts it," says student Maggie Lo.

Developing an artistic talent takes time, and a lot of patience. While some of the students exhibited talent as young children, for many, the talent was not discovered until exposure to art in junior high or early high school. Mt. Eden High School Senior Corey Hashida says, "Art isn't about the end result . . . its how you get there."

Students in the AP Art Studio class, at Mt. Eden High School, created many of the exhibits on display. Under the instruction of teacher Carrie King, students are free to explore different mediums and techniques. Sculptures like "Suicidal Chicken" by Carlos Amezcua are representative of creativity and a sense of humor. A painting titled "Open Your Eyes" offers a thoughtful insight into the worldwide epidemic of AIDS.

Chabot Art instructors Diane Zuliani and Kevin Muller will judge the exhibit and award cash prizes sponsored by Armas Consulting Group, Pacheco Brothers Gardening, Inc., R. Zaballos and Sons, Inc., and Swan Communications.

Regardless of whether these artists choose to pursue a career in art, their creativity, passion, and dedication are sure to be an inspiration throughout their lives.

The gallery is open to the public Wednesday through Saturday. Admission is free, but donations are appreciated.

High Art Exhibit
Through June 19

Gallery Hours:
Wed., Thur., Sat.
11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Noon - 6 p.m.

Sun Gallery
1015 E Street, Hayward
(510) 581-4050

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