The Underwater World of Cheryl Walsh
Cheryl’s dream has been to have something more than a “gallery show” but rather an “Exhibition Event,” a celebration of not only her work but the creative spirits that contributed it and the peaceful relaxation she feels while creating it. Orange County Center for Contemporary Arts’ 6,300 square foot gallery, in her hometown of Santa Ana, has allowed her the familiar space and freedom to welcome the public into the world she lives in - full of magical feelings, people and experiences. She explores the stories behind her images, their meanings, how they were created, and ultimately celebrating the amazing artisans that she works with. Without these fellow creatives, designers, seamstresses, milinars, metalsmiths, and models she would be very lonely, taking photos of clear, empty water. Almost exclusively women, their incredible talents and hard work as independent working artists has played a pivotal role inspiring Cheryl to create her images. On display are gowns, headpieces, wigs, corsets, crowns, videos, faerie wings and mermaid tails long side the finished fine art prints and their stories. All fine art prints, from nine of her most popular series, are printed by the artist herself and showcasing the multiple fine art papers that are an integral part of her finished art pieces, culminating in her own unique artistic signature. Along with large scale, elaborately framed prints on thick, beautifully textured, European, fine art papers are images on translucent, mulberry bark based, Japanese papers. Window coverings, wallpaper, hanging scrolls, small cabochon embellished necklaces and a large room divider all printed with Cheryl’s art create an experience for viewers beyond a traditional gallery show. Working with a lighting designer, utilizing projection and environmental stimulus, an “Underwater Experience” room will allow the viewer a glimpse into the sensations that Cheryl experiences at the bottom of her pool offering a glimpse into the reasons why she works underwater. As an educational component, and furthering Cheryl’s passion for promoting printing among the photographic community, a large format fine art printer will be on location for printing her work on demand as well as a professional workshop. Cheryl will be an artist in residence, giving artist’s talks, on hand available for conversation and editing her images at various times.
On Oct 5th you, your friends and family are invited to the opening of
“The Underwater World of Cheryl Walsh”
at OCCCA, Orange County Center for the Contemporary Arts,
in Santa Ana, Southern California.
The show runs for 3 weeks in October from the 5th to the 26th.
Show hours are available on the OCCCA.org website
and Cheryl’s website CherylWalsh.art as well as
Facebook and Instagram @cherylwalshfineart.