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March 26, 2013 > 'Five Palettes' features diverse watercolor art

'Five Palettes' features diverse watercolor art

Submitted By Diane Leys

"Five Palettes," featuring the watercolors of five Bay Area artists opens with a reception at the Olive Hyde Art Gallery on Friday March 29.

Five women, all members of the California Watercolor Association and accepted into numerous CWA member art shows, have gathered weekly for six years to paint, critique, share techniques, and experience the joy of working together. Each artist expresses herself in her own style.

Marilyn Miller characterizes her work as a combination of realistic and abstract. She sometimes paints in a semi-pointillist method, prefers to use bright colors and bold contrasts, using figures to create patterns and moods.

Leslie Wilson paints landscapes, still life and figures in an impressionistic style. She loves transforming the ordinary into the extraordinary and reminding people of the places they have been, the people they have met, and the truly remarkable light and color in our world.

Iretta Hunter enjoys the unpredictability of watercolor in her work, which she feels is a reflection of humans and the natural world.

Susan Johnson paints primarily in transparent watercolor but experiments with opaques. She enjoys painting realistically but adds touches of abstraction. Her "dinosaur" paintings to be shown at Olive Hyde were inspired by a trip to the Field Museum in Chicago.

Maggie Metcalf's work reflects her own interpretation and often emphasizes emotion or mood. She always has a camera or sketchbook handy with which to record fleeting images for future paintings. Her work reflects her fascination with shadow and light patterns.

With a variety of both subject matter and styles, "Five Palettes" offers a unique selection of paintings to the Fremont community.

Five Palettes
Friday, Mar 29 - Saturday, Apr 27
Thursday-Sunday: 12noon - 5 p.m.

Opening reception
Friday, Mar 29
7 p.m. - 9 p.m.

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

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