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May 10, 2011 > 'Open' Art Event

'Open' Art Event

By Mona Shah

The Hayward Arts Council sent out an "open call" to artists inviting them to send in their artwork in any medium for a non-themed, non-juried exhibit. Valerie Snart, Artistic Coordinator at the Cinema Place Gallery, along with artist volunteers created this exhibit to display a variety of techniques and stages of artistic development. "The show reads well in that the placement of artwork leads the visitor to make connections and see new visions in the work displayed," says Snart.

The work of six photographers is shown on the "Photo Phantom" wall at Cinema Place Gallery. Photo Phantom photographers are a cooperative group of local photographers who use different photographic techniques to express their artistic vision. Jim Millet uses multiple negatives to produce one print, a technique made famous by Terry Uelsmann; Nick Calarco has become an expert in the Bromoil technique, replacing silver gelatin with oil based ink to create a more impressionistic image; Niall Mitchell shows a series of self-portraits; Bette Davis is exhibiting hand colored architectural drawings; and Barbara Swan has contributed some of her color travel prints.

Other artists include Christa Schanda, whose subject matter is deeply rooted in spiritual experiences. In the series shown in this exhibit, she explores the essence of nature in a single leaf or flower by enlarging it many times. Sunlight and shadow transform the objects, heightened by the interplay of color.

Artist Nancy Guarnera is currently "playing" with tie-dye, yarn and Photoshop on the computer. "With my computer art, I paint with color and light. Photoshop allows me to manipulate color, texture, light, shape, and form in an infinite variety of ways - almost instantly. The ability to produce the impact of dimensionality on a flat surface is stunning to the mind and the senses: the potential to create a never-ending transition from one image to the next is intensely inviting," says Guarnera.

"As soon as I could put crayon to paper, I was drawing," says Susan Sarti. She was introduced to "modern art" as an eleven-year-old on a school field trip to Museum of Modern Art (MOMA). "For me, a life-long passion was born. I realized then, that emotion and messages could be carried by pure color, line and mass; that 'Art' did not have to be a picture of something recognizable to elicit profound response. I have been a confirmed museum/gallery goer ever since. And, I have drawn and painted color with symbols to tell my stories."

"Over the years my work has progressed and evolved at its own pace," explains artist Justice Renaissance. "I have learned to create when my passion is high and to fully embrace dormant periods in which my focus and energies are drawn to other life domains."

Every artist is inspired by something that touches them in their daily lives. You don't have to journey far to join fellow art enthusiasts in this exploration.

Open Art Event
Through May 27
Cinema Place Gallery
1061 'B' Street, Hayward
Gallery Hours:
Wednesdays: Noon to 4 p.m.
Thurs., Fri., Sat.: Noon to 9 p.m.
Sundays: Noon to 4 p.m.
(510) 538-2787

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