“Colors of the Eastern Sierras”
Watercolors by Cynthia Hallstrom
February – March 2017
Monday – Friday
8:00 am – 5:00 pm
Access Center Gallery / 1330 Truxtun Ave.
Bakersfield, CA. 93301
“Colors of the Eastern Sierras” highlights the Bishop to Mammoth Lakes area, rich with its flora, fauna and fishing spots. In Spring the flowers are so abundant that I chose to create a collage of a just a smidgeon of all that surrounds you. There is one flower – the Christmas flower that can be found in the winter snow- It is a beautiful magenta and red. It seems a bit magical to happen upon one of these so I had to include it, as they are fairly rare. My nephew, who lives in Mammoth, told me about them but no one we asked around town seemed to know what it was. Look for one on your next ski trip there.
Water is a main feature of the area and I could not resist painting the rushing stream and the lakes, surrounded by brilliant foliage. Lake Sabrina, June Lake and the Owens River are all represented.
These paintings may remind you of previous fun times at Mammoth Lakes and Bishop and enthralling drives up Hwy. 395 seeing the volcanic formations and, sometimes, the most amazing clouds on the mountains. Mt. Whitney, the highest point in the contiguous United States is visible along the way and Badwater, the lowest point in the United States is close. If you have not visited this area, this show may be your inspiration.
Cynthia Hallstrom has been working in the art industry for 30 years, first as a journeyman sign painter when lettering was by hand and was an art form; then being part owner of the first sign company in Bakersfield to computerize and go into vinyl lettering. Over the years she has lettered race cars, firetrucks, trains, business vehicles and signage, and the billboards at Famoso Drag Strip, Mesa Marin Racetrack, the Bakersfield Speedway and at the Ball Park. The last 8 years she has devoted to painting murals and doing faux finishing in many local homes and businesses, participating most years in the Bakersfield Showcase Homes of Design and also the Bakersfield Extreme Makeover Home. Watercolor is her favorite medium for fine art, but she also plays with acrylics, oils, and other mediums for her abstract as well as realistic art. She is trying her hand at woodcarving now, as her grandfather was a master carver.
To stretch her love of color and design, Cynthia became certified in Interior Redesign (“No New, Just You”) and Real Estate Staging. Clearing clutter and making spaces work jazzes her. In her personal art the creations of Cynthia’s imagination are bright, dynamic, fluid, and colorful. While she enjoys experimenting with many methods and mediums, watercolor is often her first choice. And while she has gravitated more to abstract art than realistic, this show is a gentle blend of both, satisfying both sides of her spirit.
Highlights from the Opening Reception
Thursday, February 9, 2017