New exhibit at City Hall gallery

HAYWARD — A new exhibit is going up at the John O’Lague Galleria at Hayward City Hall.

Beginning March 29, the gallery will be presenting Mark Mertens’s pastels. The public is invited to a reception at 5:30-7:30 p.m. April 5 at the gallery, 777 B St.

Mertens, of Castro Valley, has won several art awards.

Gallery hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. For more information, please call the Hayward Arts Council Office at 510-538-2787.

Mark Mertens’ seeks to capture the effects of light on color and realism. His work is rooted in realist traditions, careful draftsmanship and observation. Beginning with a loose sketch done in warm colors of hard pastels the final layer consists of rich, soft pastels that are directly applied.
Mertens is the recipient of many local art awards, is a signature member of the Pastel Society of the West Coast and studied landscapes with Duane Wakehan and Clark Mitchell. He resides in Castro Valley.


  • Teresa Conti

    Big Mike is back in town too. Great!

  • Sherry Blair

    Yeah Big Mike! What a day. First finding Big Mike again and then finding The Hayword. What was lost is now found. Cool.

  • Teresa Conti

    It is good that Mike moved. It would be a pain in the neck to try to drive by to see him now on Mission.

  • Sherry Blair

    I went by and saw Big Mike yesterday. If there is a way to insert a picture here, let me know. The artist did a good job of restoration.