link Symphony Inspires Art

"In Harmony" Inspired by Mission College Symphony

by Michelle Pitcher, San Jose Mercury News

symphony orchestra in water colour
artwork by Tenny Tang

With its brick interior, vaulted ceilings and abundant natural light, the Sunnyvale Public Library looks a lot like a hip modern art gallery. And on June 8-9, it will transform into one.

The Sunnyvale Art Club’s annual free library show will feature recent work by more than 40 local artists in the library’s program room. The displayed work will run the gamut, from watercolor to oil to acrylic to mixed media, and attendees can cast their votes for their favorite piece. Club members will also do painting demonstrations outside and will sell some of their work.

All members of the club—a dues-based group that provides community support, lessons and exhibitions—are eligible to submit their work to be featured at the library show for a small fee. As there is no theme to the exhibit, artists can choose to showcase anything from their recent collections.

Local artist and art club member Jenny Tang will show a subdued watercolor piece entitled “In Harmony,” depicting members of an orchestra intensely engaged in producing their own form of art. Tang says the painting was inspired by her son’s performance in the Mission College Symphony at Mission Santa Clara Church last winter.

“The performers came from a variety of backgrounds, ranging from students to retirees to adults from all sorts of industries,” Tang said. “I was moved at how so many different people were able to come together and make beautiful music together.”

Denise Sils will showcase her colorful and realistic oil landscapes. One depicts small, richly colored houses dotting a green hillside, which Sils says was inspired by a combination of some local valley scenes and work by artist Pierre Bonnard. Another shows an ocean with deep, dynamic blues, surrounded by trees.

That piece “reminds me of one of those days when the beaches are deserted, it’s a bit chilly, and you are the only one there with a friend, walking on the beach and taking in the ocean air and open space,” Sils said. “Another world from our daily lives and a time for freeing of our spirit.”

Another local artist, Tien Hsu, will show several paintings, including vibrant semi-surreal landscapes as well as a still life.

Jane Hofstetter, a fellow local artist, will judge the pieces and award four winners in each category, who will receive ribbons and/or small cash prizes. Mayor Larry Klein will also cast his vote, selecting his favorite work among all those displayed.

The Sunnyvale Art Club, now in its 60th year, has partnered with the Sunnyvale Library to produce this event for more than 20 years. The first installment at the library coincided with its grand reopening in 1998, and according to art club member Catherine Gross, the event was held outside the library on the green for a few years before being moved inside.

According to Chris MacDonough, exhibits chair for the club, approximately 100 community members attend the two-day event each year.

Club members have other opportunities to display their work throughout the year. Each fall, their works are featured for about a month at the Santa Clara Center Library. Several local businesses—Bean Scene Cafe, Elite Medical Center, Cupertino Physical Therapy, Other Living things, Pho Nam restaurant and Red
Rock Coffee—display club members’ pieces, as do the city attorney’s and mayor’s offices.

The 2019 Library Showcase will run from noon to 5 p.m. both days. Light refreshments will be served.