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January 7, 2014 > Reflections


Submitted By Diane Leys

Reflections, an exhibit featuring the contemporary mixed media sculptures of six Bay Area Artists, recently opened at the Olive Hyde Art Gallery in Fremont, and runs through February 1. A reception, open to the public, will be held on Friday, January 10.

Born in different locations across America, with occupations and living experiences spanning decades, artists Marie Bergstedt, Laurel Shackelford, Melissa Woodburn, Roslyn Ritter, Jeanmarie Nutt, and Marla Brill create work honoring memories and defining moments of their lives. With their work, they invite visitors of all ages to discover a thread leading to their own lives, coaxing memories and imagination, inspiring ideas for the future.

Marla Brill uses textiles, paper, fabric, mixed media and found objects to communicate her thoughts on remembrance, relationships and time passing. Known for her work in intricate beaded pieces, Brill introduces the simplest of materials taken from childhood for her compositions.

For the Olive Hyde exhibit, Jeanmarie Nutt selected pieces that tell a story about her childhood. Her work is created using organza, paper, embroidery floss and digitally manipulated photographs.

Much of Laurel ShackelfordÕs sculpture explores the cataclysmic changes in American womenÕs lives from 1960 to the present. She uses steel mesh as a metaphor for the resilience required of women who navigated this tumultuous period. Shackelford left a career in journalism to work on her sculptural art.

As a graphic designer, Melissa Woodburn designed the wall graphics for the SmithsonianÕs National Air and Space museum room ÒThe History of Rockets and Space Craft.Ó Her work today is influenced by her teaching of mediation techniques to pregnant women to open their sense of feminine power in labor. Woodburn works in combinations of clay, fiber and mixed media.

Roz Ritter pieces together her life stories, using hand embroidery, stitching, appliquŽ, photo transfer and mixed media on vintage books and clothing. Through her work, Ritter explores and pays homage to her stories, documenting the power they have had on her life.

ÒReflectionsÓ art exhibit
Through Feb 1
Olive Hyde Art Gallery
Thursday Ð Sunday: Noon - 5 p.m.

Opening reception
Friday, Jan 10
7 p.m. - 9 p.m.

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

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