Edenvale Community Center Grand Opening

Meet CoLab artists Matthew and Maria Salenger, learn more about the artwork and celebrate the Edenvale Community Center Grand Opening
Date: Saturday, September 25, 2010
Time: 12:00 Noon-3:00 p.m.; ribbon-cutting ceremony at 12:30 p.m. ; Q & A with the artists to follow.

Location: Edenvale Community Center
330 Branham Lane East, San José
Everyone is welcome. This is a free community event.

The artwork is titled Not If But When, a title that came from the community’s stated aspirations for their young people. The artwork consists of two elements: bronze sculptures adjacent to the three entrances to the building, and vinyl drawings on the large gymnasium windows facing Branham. All the elements are based on objects, images and ideas cultivated by the artists from the community. The artists engaged in extensive interaction with the Edenvale community in the creation of the artwork. They went out to schools, neighborhood and community gatherings, youth centers and the Library to encourage community members to “Be a Part of the Art” by contributing objects, stories, photos and memorabilia that represented their own lives.

The window drawings in the long glass window wall depict a series of doors, many photographed in the adjacent neighborhood. The doors become an entry point to different ideas the artists wanted to convey, based on the community outreach and their own research.

Sculptures are set in boxes that are inset in the façade of the building. The sculptures are hybrids of many of the donated and discovered items from a very diverse community brought together in a surrealistic way to inspire new thinking about everyday objects as well as the long and interesting history of the area. The bronzes are accompanied by quotes from a book of inspirational thoughts by Mary Hayes Chynoweth, an early and colorful settler in the Edenvale area, and builder of the Hayes Mansion.

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