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February 15, 2011 > Zoom, Zoom Goes the Car on Open Roads

Zoom, Zoom Goes the Car on Open Roads

By Lucinda Bender

Artists with different backgrounds and styles of work share a common bond in "Open Roads," the next exhibit at the Olive Hyde Gallery. Here you will find works in photography, watercolor, oils and glass by award-winning artists whose works have been published in the American Style Magazine, The Artists Magazine and The New York Times, to name a few. Their works are sold in numerous art galleries and dozens of museums across the nation. Featured artists are Sarah Regnier, James Torlakson and Joshua Hershman.

James Torlakson:
Torlakson is best known for photo-based realism. His imagery has centered on "everyday" America, shifting over the years from trucks, to railways, to amusement parks, to waterfronts, to deserted drive-in theatres, to coastal landscapes. Through these shifts in subject matter, related architecture has been a steadily repeated motif.

Torlakson has been working as a professional fine artist since 1971. His realist oils, watercolors, aquatint etchings, and drawings have been widely exhibited nationally and internationally. Many of Torlaksons' artworks are housed in permanent collections of American Museums.

Sarah Regnier:
Regnier studies the light before capturing an image; this is always the foundation to her photographs. It is what creates the mood and alters shapes and lines within the composition. She uses both light and composition to interpret the beauty of her subjects, whether a landscape in Yosemite or a classic car parked in an alley. Her goal is to create an intimacy between the subject and the viewer, the same intimacy she experiences with her subject as the shutter is released creating an image.

Regnier was heavily immersed in the photojournalism community. She also worked closely with commercial and fine art photographer, Tom O'Neal, known internationally for his 1960's Rock and Roll photography. Over the last three years, she has been exploring both nature and automotive photography, using a variety of mediums and cameras. In 2009, two of Sarah's automotive images were published in The New York Times.

Joshua Hershman:
Hershman is a mixed-media artist who primarily works with glass, photography, and found objects. He first started working with glass in 1997 and has exhibited throughout Canada, Holland, Mexico and the United States. Throughout his career, Hershman has worked closely with internationally recognized artists and collaborated with many mixed-media artists on experimental installation sculpture projects. His work can be found in many galleries and private collections throughout North America.

Olive Hyde curator, Sandra Hemsworth states, "I chose these three artists for their different interests and perspectives in relation to using autos, trailers, carts, buses, etc. in their work. I also liked that all three have an interest in cars at times, from a nostalgic era. Their work on the subject evokes that to the viewer."

So, zoom on over to Olive Hyde's Open Road Exhibit and sit back and enjoy the view.

Open Road
Feb 18 - Mar 19

Opening Reception
Friday, Feb 18
7:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m.

Gallery Hours:
Thursday to Sunday
12 noon - 5 p.m.

Olive Hyde Art Gallery
123 Washington Blvd., Fremont
(510) 791.4357

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