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July 30, 2013 > Art Guild sponsors workshop for developmentally disabled

Art Guild sponsors workshop for developmentally disabled

Submitted By Gail Blalock
Photos By Jurek Zarzycki

The Olive Hyde Art Guild is pleased to again sponsor a special art instruction program for developmentally disabled individuals from the Serra Center. This is the third year the Guild has made this popular program possible; several students returned to further their creative expression. Serra Center is a local non-profit agency providing housing, services, and care for more than 90 developmentally disabled adults in Fremont and other locations around the Bay Area.

The Serra Center Art Workshop Classes were held April through mid-July at the Olive Hyde Art Center in Fremont. Twenty-two students participated in the workshop: Marsha Smith, Donald Dimenco, Lisa Mungin, Rachel Bowker, Alexandra Hurlow, Ann Lunt, Roger Anglin, Bill Turner, Andrea Stahl, Duncan Cheyne, Karen Goldberg, Linda Holloman, Jennifer Sullivan, Gary Heuer, Cary Bell, Terry Shiman, Robert Cross, Kim Weatheron, Pat Tracey, Todd Lorenzo, Laura Santos, and Maryann Jerde. For the third year City of Fremont Art Instructor Haroon Ansary taught the weekly sessions with help from Serra Center staff assistants Renee Chatman, Jennifer Conner, and Malahat Hatifi.

Ansary said that he had never seen such a vast improvement of cognitive and motor skills than with students this year; returning students not only improved but were eager to learn, experiment, and explore new styles and techniques of fine art.

The Olive Hyde Art Guild, Serra Center, and the City of Fremont will celebrate the artists' accomplishments with a reception and showcase of their artwork on Sunday, August 4 in the Mission Room at the Olive Hyde Art Center. The event will include an exhibit of the artwork, a silent auction, and an ice cream social. Exhibited works will be judged by Olive Hyde Art Gallery Assistant Curator Gloria Kim who holds a Bachelor of Arts in Studio Arts from the University of California Irvine. Best of Show, 2nd Place, and 3rd Place artwork will be on display in the Olive Hyde Art Gallery throughout the "Assembly Required" exhibit from September 13 through October 12. The public is invited to this free reception to meet the artists, view and bid on their artwork, and enjoy some ice cream.

This opportunity was made possible with the support of the Olive Hyde Art Guild Board of Directors and through the collaborative efforts of Fremont Recreation Supervisor Irene Jordahl, Serra Center CEO Lisa Senadenos, Olive Hyde Board Member Gail Blalock, and Olive Hyde and Serra Center Board Member Judy Anglin. In addition to funding from the Guild, this program was supported in part by a grant from the Alameda County Arts Commission and the Alameda County ARTSFUND Grants Program. Funding from the Art Guild and the Arts Commission covered the costs of all the necessary art supplies for each student, use of the Mission Room, for the art instructor, and for the reception. A donation from local artist Denise Oyama Miller assisted in the costs associated with framing the students' artwork for the exhibition.

To learn more about the Serra Center, call (510) 477-1000 or visit online at www.serracenter.org. For the Olive Hyde Art Center, call (510) 791-4357 or visit olivehydeartguild.org.

Serra Center Exhibition of Art
Sunday, Aug 4
2 p.m. - 4 p.m.
Olive Hyde Art Center
123 Washington Blvd., Fremont
(510) 791-4357
olivehydeartguild.org
(510) 477-1000
www.serracenter.org

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