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October 16, 2012 > Striking tapestries in collector's exhibit

Striking tapestries in collector's exhibit

By Carol Markos, Photo by Grant Peterson

Striking tapestries of wool on linen are highlights of the Grant Peterson Collection at the John O'Lague Galleria in the Hayward City Hall through November 30. Works by deceased artist Jay Lewis are the core of the works that Grant Peterson has been collecting since the 1970s. Though Lewis was a long-time resident of Sonoma and Los Angeles, he also lived in Hayward for a number of years, and he maintained friends and ties in the area.

Jay Lewis was a successful artist with a global reputation. Gallery 10 in Santa Fe was his artistic agent, and his works are hung in the National Press Club in Washington, DC, corporate boardrooms, ski chalets in Sun Valley, and world-famous hotels. They are treasured by art collectors in the Bay Area and around the country.

Lewis was a versatile artist and this show includes a variety of media. As he said, "My work is not about what the materials I use once were--it's about what they become." The impressive tapestries include "Japanese Temple Garment," a stylized rendering of a ritual robe. "Capote de Paseo" is a more realistic view of a matador's cape. A variety of metals form a two-dimensional metal sculpture called "Art Deco Panel." One of the most unusual pieces is a cape-like structure made of feathers and other found materials.

Complementing the Jay Lewis works are oil paintings by Larry Bendoski, a local artist who was a friend of both Lewis and collector Peterson. His oil portraits of both men are included in this show. Linoleum block prints in the show are the work of Frank Wight, who was a Hayward teacher for many years. Grant Peterson's extensive collection includes several works by both artists.

Grant Peterson Collection
Through November 30
Monday - Friday: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
John O'Lague Galleria
Hayward City Hall
777 B St., Hayward
(510) 538 - 2787

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