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Fine Art and Design Faculty Show

By Margaret Stainer.

Tuesday, March 27, 2007—Reprinted from Tri-City Voice.

New drawings, pastels, collage, paintings, bronze and mixed media sculpture, cast glass, photographs and graphics now adorn the art gallery at Ohlone College. The artworks, made by art and design professors, each a professional artist with their own studio, reveal the range and quality of the diverse faculty.

The department faculty lean toward realism including Retro-Realism (Kenneth Mencher), Neo-Impressionist landscapes (Jian Wu), Expressive Realism (Deirdre White's somber burnt forest with looming new construction in The Builders), Symbolic Realism (Barbara Hendrickson, Margaret Stainer), and playful Abstract Realism (Patricia Moran's Little Girl with Hat.). Mary Andersen's still life and nude are in the traditional Realism vein.

By contrast, Barbara Rogers' large abstract oil on canvas, Chaos Return, is a nod to the Ab-Ex school, but oh so different! This fast-moving, segmented abstract painting with "push-pull" action in a bright, almost gaudy, color is a thoroughly contemporary renewed vernacular.

The beautiful pastel series of Denise Owen refers to the four types of drawing with a touch of humor. In the semi-abstract camp is the mixed media sculptor, Roald Hartman. Not only is he adept in traditional bronze with three pedestal pieces in the show, but he also shines in mixed media.

Carol Lawton's cast glass house fragments are absolutely beautiful in their gleaming crystalline materials. I find it appropriate that she makes her complicated process of glass casting, sand blasting and fire polishing her "dream houses" in art while she has lived for years in a shared rental.

Photography is represented by Paul Mueller's 30-image piece in a grid pattern of black and white photographs. These candid shots of single persons watering lawns with a hose comment on a" variation of a theme" as well as mundane, but well-crafted content.

Lisa Levine contributes four bromoil prints (an alternative photo process that she teaches at the college) of a woman, veiled within a shroud, slowly struggling to escape.

Barbara Hendrickson's, Ghost. A Capracotta Street is a collage of her ancestors' Italian home town showing generations of her deceased family superimposed. She includes herself as a child although in real life, she did not grow up there.

Three grief pieces made recently by Margaret Stainer are poignant and deeply symbolic. Margaret's husband and friend for 50 years died on his birthday July 2, 2006. One of the drawings on collage is a self portrait, Fugit Hora. In mourning, looking for a new self and reasons to live.

Memento Mori is a made-for- Fred Pennsylvania Dutch hex sign (by Stainer) that was in his hospital room the whole time. It gave him good luck for a while. The day he died, she grabbed her long hair and cut it off. That hair, attached to his painting, is an ancient symbolic ritual of mourning. Stainer believes in the healing properties of art; the grief work now in process, is her first art project since her husband's diagnosis last January 31.

Three fine paintings on the western wall of the gallery are Kenneth Mencher's. He paints now from photographs of his students and friends.

Cynthia Luckoski's Carpe Diem (Sieze the Day) title is a pun on the bright cheery imagery of fish (carp) in a computer graphic which is a page from her children's book in the pre-publishing process.

About every three years, we have a faculty exhibit to show the community what we do and encourage everyone to take a class to learn what we can teach you. Every six weeks during the academic year, professional exhibits occur with receptions and most often guest artist lectures. Annually in mid-April there is a student show competition with many awards and prizes. It is the culmination of our campus year and causes great excitement among the students. All gallery events are open and free to the public. Deaf interpreters are present during any lectures or workshops as Ohlone College is a deaf center and has many deaf students enrolled.

The gallery is open Monday through Friday, 12noon-3pm and during Smith Center events. Call (510) 659-6176 for more information.

Fine Art and Design Faculty Show
March 9 to April 7
Louie Meager Art Gallery
Ohlone College
43600 Mission Blvd., Fremont
(510) 659-6176

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