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March 27, 2012 > Olive Hyde Textile Exhibit

Olive Hyde Textile Exhibit

Submitted By Diane Leys

Olive Hyde Art Gallery's 44th Annual Textile Exhibit will open with a reception from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Friday, March 30, and run through April 28. Primarily a quilt exhibition in its early years, this annual show began in recognition of Miss Olive Hyde who generously contributed the Art Gallery property to the City of Fremont for use as an Art Center. Twelve contemporary Bay Area artists will have their work exhibited: Marie Bergstedt, Susan Helmer, Maureen Langenbach, Peter Langenach, Ann Baldwin May, Barbara F. Meyers, Denise Oyama Miller, Chris Moteley, Caroline Ogg, Roz Ritter, Irene Schlesinger, and Kazuko Yamamoto.

Each of these artists finds inspiration in their own unique way. Caroline Ogg for example, finds motivation in nature, in the twisted branches of a tree to the beautiful California coastline, in the development of patterns and textures seen in her use of fabric.

Also inspired by the natural world, Denise Oyama Miller's work often focuses on intimate landscape scenes. "I love the challenge of taking an idea from one of my inspirations and interpreting it in fabric or watercolor. The challenge of taking an idea from inspiration to completed artwork is thrilling."

Often reflected in the social narrative of Peter Langenbach's sculptures are his college experiences during the late '60s.

Memories, life challenges, and the power to overcome inspire the themes of Marie Bergstedt's mixed media sculptures.

Successful watercolorist, Maureen Langenbach has recently taken her art in a different direction, recycling the collection of objects she has previously used as subjects in her paintings to create wearable art.

Chris Motley finds that the process of knitting can itself be a driving force in her art, with a piece developing differently from her original vision. Alternatively, she sees something in the real world which triggers an idea. Chris states that her work reflects her enjoyment of knitting.

As one of Olive Hyde Art Gallery's most popular and frequently visited exhibitions, the innovative art work will include textiles and fibers used in both traditional and contemporary examples of sculpture, weavings, quilts, baskets, paper, wearable art, books, and mixed media.

Annual Textile Exhibit
March 30 - April 28
Thursday - Sunday, noon - 5 p.m.

Opening reception
Friday, March 30
7 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Olive Hyde Art Gallery
123 Washington Blvd., Fremont
(510) 791-4357

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