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September 2, 2014 > Foothill Gallery bursting with new art

Foothill Gallery bursting with new art

Submitted By Bruce Roberts

Yellow eyes gaze intently out from the framed paper; eyes surrounded by wolf hair drawn so finely that every strand in varying colors constructs the overall image of a presence, a watching presence, lurking, biding time, or perhaps just admiring the works of the artists around him. This fine pencil composition, In Waiting, by artist Terry Preston is just one of over 50 works on display at Hayward Arts CouncilÕs Foothill Gallery.

The New Members and Emerging Artists show features 26 artists in a wide variety of styles. Pencil, watercolor, oil, acrylic, gouache, giclŽe, mixed media, digital photography, and beautiful fabric art are all represented in this eclectic presentation. One imaginative imageÑLisette Pomarts Natural OrderÑshows hands playing chess with personality-packed pawns, all in varying tones of brown. The paint involved? Nothing but coffee.

Of particular local interest are Jeanne BertolinaÕs manipulated photos of Hayward landmarks. From Dream to Reality shows HaywardÕs latest City Hall from the drafting stage to finished building. Caspers Hot DogsÓ shows the iconic round-fronted building on C Street. Also shown are Before the Boom, featuring CSU East Bays former Warren Hall, and the classic Ace Hardware sign on B Street. While the buildings are recognizable, the artist has reworked them into a somewhat mystical appearanceÑsurreal and aged.

Vibrant colors abound in the fabric art on display. Dolores Presley, Patricia Bailey, Julia Vitero, and Nell Mays are all members of Sew N Sews, a quilting group that recently opened its own show at this gallery. Now members of Hayward Arts Council, they have contributed varied work, all with deep colors and a mixture of symmetrical and random patterns, all beautifully stitched and obviously creative.

The painted artsÑwatercolors, oils, and acrylicsÑare the most widespread techniques to be found here. Especially interesting are the oils of Gerald Thompson, San Francisco in the Eye of the Egg 2 and Ogallala Aquifer, where concrete objectsÑSan Francisco and the aquiferÑare put into an imaginative setting. San Franciscos skyline is fine, though seen through a jagged opening and sitting atop a huge whirlpool. The aquifer shows an approximate map of its real, undulating shape, overlaid with the more geometrical lines of the farms above. Carolyn WarmSunÕs striking painting Cave of the Medicine Woman in vibrant reds was chosen as the cover of a book of poetry by Lafayette poet Christine Horner.

The New Members and Emerging Artists show is sponsored by the Hayward Arts Council. To meet the artists, attend the reception on Saturday, September 13, from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.

New Members and Emerging Artists
Friday, Aug 15 - Friday, Oct 10
Thursday Ð Saturday: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Reception: Saturday, Sep 13
1 p.m. Ð 3 p.m.
Foothill Gallery
22934 Foothill Blvd, Hayward
(510) 538-2787

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