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September 18, 2012 > Keeping the arts alive

Keeping the arts alive

By Mahima Goel

As summer slowly blends its colors into the beginning of autumn, the Hayward Area Forum of the Arts, commonly known as Sun Gallery, is ready to blend its own color into the evening of September 21, when it will present "An Evening for the Arts" to benefit its children's art programs.

Founded in 1975, Sun Gallery started as a non-profit, community-based arts organization that provided exhibit space for artists and a venue for artists to sell their creations. Today, it has grown to become a place welcoming anyone with a heart for art! Sun Gallery provides professional art education classes for community members, rehearsal space for non-profit performing arts organizations and art exhibits that reflect the diverse interests of the community. Not only does it provide art experiences for many who would normally not have the opportunity, Sun Gallery follows its motto: "Building Community Through Creativity."

Among a myriad of programs, the Children's Art Programs started as a monthly activity to introduce art into everyday life by teaching children painting and drawing skills. Today, Sun Gallery hosts a summer art camp in which children learn to appreciate paper mache, painting, bookmaking, drawing, and sketching. The gallery conducts school tours, during which students visit and create their own unique art, and offers a "Free Art for Families" class every second and fourth Saturday of the month in which parents and children create their own masterpieces from scratch, assisted by art professionals.

Through classes, exhibits, and fundraising opportunities, Sun Gallery hopes to continue to be a major influence in the art community. Executive Director Valerie Caveglia says, "The fundraising this year is more challenging than usual because of Hayward's budget cuts. We hope to make up that difference as well as meet our past goal, so we have set this year's target at $13,000."

Confident that they will meet expectations, Sun Gallery's board members have arranged for an exciting An Evening for the Arts event beginning with a reception and silent auction. Violinist Mr. Andrew Kong Knight will entertain while attendees peruse a wide variety of items open for bidding. A Mediterranean and Italian buffet provided by Fresh & Natural starts at 6:30 p.m. Music by Knights on Fire and traditional ballroom dancing by Ron and Andrea Peck are only a few of the treats planned during the evening.

Caveglia adds, "In times of such a focus on math and the sciences, it's really comforting to see that so many people are still awed by the arts - whether visual or performing. Thanks to many businesses and individuals who have generously given a nonprofit like us their time and monetary commitment, our community is still able to offer benefits of the artistic world. We all hope to continue to engage young minds and never allow the love of the arts to fade from our society."

An Evening for the Arts
Friday, September 21
5:30 p.m. - 9 p.m.
Silent Auction: 5:30 p.m.
Dinner: 6:30 p.m.
Program: 7:00 p.m.
Hayward City Hall Rotunda
777 B Street, Hayward
(510) 581-4050
http://www.sungallery.org/
Tickets: $35 ($40 at the door)

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