Founded in the 1960s, the Olive Hyde Art Gallery is located in the historic Mission San Jose area of Fremont, originally home of the Ohlone Indians. The Gallery was one of several buildings erected in the 1940s by Miss Olive Hyde. In 1962 she donated the buildings to the City of Fremont to be used for cultural and recreational purposes. Miss Hyde, member of a prominent San Francisco family, strongly supported the arts and wanted to preserve the history and atmosphere of Mission San Jose. [at right: drawing by Wanda Avery].
The Olive Hyde Center includes the Mission Building and the Gallery. Programs in both are directed by the City’s Recreation Services Department. The Gallery’s charm and rustic simplicity make it a favorite showcase for Bay Area artists and traveling exhibits. Seven unique quality exhibits of both traditional and contemporary art are presented each year.