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February 18, 2014 > Hayward art excels

Hayward art excels

Submitted By Bruce Roberts

Take plain white walls, grace them with a vibrant cornucopia of color and concepts in a variety of mediums, and Voila! You have the Hayward Arts CouncilÕs newest show at the Foothill Gallery in Hayward.

The 2014 MembersÕ Show has this small gallery bursting at the seams, with 39 artists contributing 68 works of art. A wide array of oils, pastels, watercolors, acrylic, and digital photography are represented, as well as the more exotic mediums, such as wire sculpture, solar etching, poetry, bead jewelry, and mixed media recycled sculpture. In short, there is something for everyone.

The digital photography is spectacular. Patra Nesseth-SteffesÕ ÒSwallowtail and Flowers,Ó Rosa BazzaniÕs ÒAutumn Mist,Ó Clint BoernerÕs ÒPolar Bear Was Here,Ó and Joanie MillerÕs ÒFacesÓ all demonstrate excellent use of color and positioning. Eugene CerelliÕs ÒStreet DancerÓ captures the life and movement of a pretty lady lost in her dancing in New OrleansÕ ambience.

Peace pervades Mark MertensÕ pastel, ÒReflected Clouds,Ó while John NessethÕs pencil drawing, Ò#2 by the Waterfall,Ó shows dazzlingly intricate detail. The acrylic paintings of Shukuko Heinzen Ñ ÒSpring TreesÓ and ÒCherry BlossomsÓ Ñ display vivid colors and precise lines, and the intense gaze of Bella KruseÕs acrylic, ÒFunky ChickenÓ would dominate any room.

In oil, Evelyn CallÕs ÒDiabloÓ absorbs all the dry summer beauty of the East BayÕs highest peak, while in Nina StarrÕs ÒThat Little Shop in VeniceÓ and ÒSurely You Jest,Ó brilliant color and minute detail transport the viewer to the colorful ÒCarnivaleÓ shop windows of Venezia.

Nick CalarcoÕs solar etching ÒAngkor Wat,Ó brings a ghostly presence, and the beaded creativity of Shannon Jurich and Heather ReyesÕ jewelry would enhance the appearance of any special lady. Jim FonsecaÕs Mixed Media, ÒLife,Ó shows the virtue of being a packrat, as he assembled this eye-catching sculpture from items collected over the years in his garage.

Describing every fine piece in this show would take forever. Suffice it to say that local artists Ñ several of them first-time exhibitors Ñ have provided the Hayward Arts Council with a high-quality show that is well worth a visit to the Foothill Gallery.

The 2014 MembersÕ Art Show
Through April 4
Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays: 10 a.m. Ð 4 p.m.

Saturday, March 1
1 p.m. Ð 3 p.m.

Foothill Gallery
22394 Foothill Blvd., Hayward
(510) 538-2787

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