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Go Figure: an exhibit by HNU's Friends of Art

Who are the HNU Friends of Art?

In 1982/1983, Betsey Weisenfeld, a former director of our HNU campus art gallery, formed the HNU "Friends of Art", which grew out of a figure painting and drawing workshop that she conducted for over 20 years at the school. The artists were comprised mostly of Oakland Art Association members. They used the studio class room, in the Kennedy Building, much the way we still use it today.

In 1991, the group became official although the mission of the group remained the same.

"To promote the interest of Holy Names University Art Program [and] any person interested in promoting the betterment of the Art program at Holy Names University” 

Every Friday when school is in session, the HNU Friends of Art” hires a model for Life Drawing and Painting. Beginning with a short series of quick warm-up” poses called gestures” the group proceeds to compose one work stemming from these earlier "gestures." Lines drawn, transform into motions, shadows, depth, and eventually bodies personifying the model.

When Betsey left the group for Texas in 1993, she donated large printing presses to the Art Deptartment of Holy Names University, which is still in use today! Richard Gunn took over the running of the group for several years, followed by Tomalena Sweeney, who managed the group until 2014.

Holy Names University Friends of Art” is extremely grateful to the Art Faculty of Holy Names University, who act as liaison between the University and our association.

 -- Special thanks to long standing HNU “Friends of Art” member, Joan Aochi, for providing most of this history information of the group and Lorraine Bruce & Patty Garrett for their support.

For more information about the artists and artwork please contact Lorraine Bruce: lmbruce@pacbell.net

Tell us what you think

Welcome to the Holy Names University Cushing Library Virtual Gallery

Paul J. Cushing Library is pleased to present, Go Figure, our first virtual art exhibit featuring the Holy Names University Friends of Art group.   

Our newly created Virtual Art Gallery supports art and artists traditionally exhibited within the library. Due to current shelter-in-place orders we are happy to bring our community together virtually. 

Enjoy the show! 

Go Figure : an exhibit by HNU's Friends of Art

Two minute warm-up

by Lorraine M. Bruce

Charcoal pencil

Framed: 25 1/2’' X 20’’

gesture drawing

Merav

by Lorraine M. Bruce

Watercolor

Framed: 22 1/2" X 18"

watercolor

Merav

by m.e. Foster

Graphite on Stonehenge rag paper

Framed: 26” X 18.5” Unframed: 17” X 11”

Graphite on rag paper

Kristina

by m.e. Foster

Graphite on Stonehenge rag paper

Framed: 28” X 23.25” Unframed: 16” X 12.5”

Graphite on rag paper

Blue

by Cynthia Jacobs

Paper collage

Unframed: 33” X 27”

Collage

Red

by Cynthia Jacobs

Paper collage

Unframed: 33" X 27"

Collage

Susi

by Christine Rockwell

Charcoal and pastel

Unframed: 18" X 24"

Charcoal and pastel

Merav

by Christine Rockwell

Charcoal and pastel

Unframed: 18" X 24"

Charcoal and pastel

Adonis

by Julie Bernstein

Watercolor

Framed: 28" X 35"

Watercolor

Dreamer

by Julie Bernstein

Watercolor

Framed: 28" X 35"

Watercolor

Pensive

by Patricia Garrett

Acrylic on canvas

Acrylic on canvas

Twisted

by Patricia Garrett

Acrylic on paper

Acrylic on paper

Antigone 2020

by C. Mathewson 

Oil

Unframed: 12" X 16"

Oil paint

The Defeat of Niobe

by C. Mathewson

Oil

Unframed: 16” X 26”

Oil paint

Jill

by Philip Ng

Charcoal

Charcoal

Ryan

by Philip Ng

Charcoal

Charcoal

Eve in the Tree of Knowledge

by Peg Robinson

Watercolor

Framed: 9.5 in. X 11.5 in. Unframed: 5.5 in. X 7.5 in. 

Watercolor

Persephone

by Peg Robinson

Watercolor

Framed: 26.5 in. square Unframed: 20.5 in. square

Watercolor

Another View

by Maureen Langenbach

Colored pencil

Colored pencil

Jolly Ball

by Maureen Langenbach

Watercolor

Watercolor

Nude Descending Duchamp's Forhead

by Peter Langenbach

Polychromed woodcarving

Polychromed Woodcarving

Art Commission

by Peter Langenbach

Polychromed woodcarving

Polychromed Woodcarving

Uptown Dirge

by Peter Langenbach

Polychromed woodcarving

Polychromed Woodcarving

Drawing Conclusions

by Peter Langenbach

Polychromed woodcarving

Polychromed Woodcarving

Autumn Serenade

by Peter Langenbach

Polychromed woodcarving

Polychromed Woodcarving