The Underwater World of Cheryl Walsh

Welcome to the surreal, beautiful, magical, immersive, Underwater World of Cheryl Walsh, fine art, multi-media exhibition event.

October 5 – 26, 2019

Opening Reception October 5th, 6-10pm

Artist Collaborators’ Talk: Creative Collaborators in Neo-Romantic Digital Fine Art. Tuesday, October 8th,  7- 9pm: Free
Cheryl has often said that without the artists she works with she would be all alone on the bottom of her pool, taking photos of empty water.  These women model underwater and create elaborate gowns, corsets, crowns, headpieces, wings, mermaid tails, armor and so much more. Cheryl is very excited to share these wonderful people with you during an Artists’ Panel Discussion at OCCCA during the run of my Exhibition Event.  She will host the event and ask each artist to discuss what she does, why, and how she does it. Then they will open the discussion up for questions from the audience.

1. Jessica Dru - model, designer
2. Rachel Day - model, designer
3. Vanessa Walton - owner Creature of Habit, model, designer
4. Susan Fiori - owner Fiori Couture, designer stylist
5. Caley Johnson - Miss G Designs, headpiece creator
6. Alta DeKoven - make up artist


World of Inkjet Paper Workshop:
Saturday, October 19th, 2019 10am - 1pm: $25 Admission*
Artist Cheryl Walsh strongly believes that photographers printing their own work is the most important topic in digital photography today. After facing the challenges of curating, printing and mounting her entire gallery show herself she will host a workshop featuring her mentor, Eric Joseph, who will share valuable information about digital printing and inkjet papers, offering insight into the secrets of creating a perfect print each and every time. Topics include inkjet paper and how to choose a paper that is right for you and your work. Color Management, simply explained and demonstrated to allow you to achieve reliable, consistent, controllable and repeatable results. File preparation using Adobe Photoshop and Lightroom and an open forum for questions.
*This event is a fundraiser for OCCCA.

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OCCCA is pleased to present underwater fine art portrait photographer Cheryl Walsh’s first solo gallery exhibition. Cheryl has created an immersive, multimedia experience celebrating not only her own work but the women artists she frequently collaborates with. She will showcase their unique wearable artwork along with behind the scenes videos telling the stories behind a number of her series. As an artist-in-residence she will be available to share her process and what goes into creating her unique art. Cheryl will have a large format fine art printer onsite and will offer artist’s talks and a workshop as part of her mission to encourage and educate photographers on how to digitally print their own photographs.

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 sights, feelings, relationships and experiences.

She explores the stories behind her images, their meanings, how they were created, and ultimately celebrates the amazing artisans that she works with. Without these fellow creatives, designers, seamstresses, milliners, metal smiths, 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, alongside the finished fine art prints and their stories. All of the fine art prints, from nine of her most popular series, are printed by the artist herself. They showcase 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 embellished cabochon 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, Cheryl created an “Underwater Experience” room. This allows the viewer a glimpse into the sensations that Cheryl experiences at the bottom of her pool and offers a full sensory explanation 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 and for professional workshops.

As an artist in residence, Cheryl will give an artist’s talk with her collaborators and be on hand for conversation as she works at various times on recent projects.

Instagram @cherylwalshfineart.



Naida Osline: Chasing Clouds

November 2 – 29, 2019

Reception November 2nd, 6-10pm


About the show

An ambitious solo exhibition brings together several bodies of photographic work by Naida Osline that coalesce around our human intersection with mystical and natural worlds. The artist combines and manipulates images sourced from both analog and digital processes that blend conceptual and documentary practices.Each series often takes years to develop, sometimes involving imbedding herself within a community or growing the plants that become the subject matter in her work.

About the artist

“Naida Osline has been involved in the arts for decades. OCCCA is proud to present her first major solo exhibition after her recent return to Orange County two years ago. She consistently explores economic and cultural structures, as well as community and identity in her work. They are important and relevant issues in today’s cultural dialog,” says Robin Repp, of OCCCA Executive Board.

Naida Osline is a practicing artist who lives and works in Huntington Beach, California. She has had numerous solo exhibitions and has been included in many group shows throughout Southern California, as well as internationally. Her work has been reviewed in the Los Angeles Times, Artillery Magazine, Huffington Post, the Orange County Register, Artweek, and ArtScene.

Website: http://naidaosline.com/

Naida Osline Explores the Transformative Interactions Between Plants and People

The newest series at the heart of the show is “Chasing Clouds” (2019), which explores the visual manifestation of a breath pattern. The works suggest ectoplasm, escaping spirits, auras, chakras, energy fields, and the dissolution of the self. The title is inspired from a vaping subculture that references the practice of exhaling large amounts of vapor to produce complex formations for the purpose of competition or spectacle.

Other works in the show include those from her ongoing “Visionary Plants” project (2007 to present). Overall, the various series under this title—including tattooed tobacco leaves, portraits of opium poppy heads, and fantastical arrangements of marijuana, magic mushrooms and Datura plants—pay homage to important psychoactive plants that have contributed to global economies, challenged beliefs, caused violence, fueled addiction, promoted spirituality, raised consciousness, inspired art and generated photographing them at various stages and finally recombining them into fanciful compositions that suggest their psychoactive nature. The scale of the plants is much larger than life-size enhancing their mythological status.

Selections from “Las Reinas De La Selva (Queens of the Jungle)” (2014), will be on view for the first time in the United States. This series features drag queens, women, and transgendered people from Colombia, surrounded by jungle environs, while donning local fauna, as if the two have transformed into a third being; connecting the work back to other of Osline’s series in the show that focus on plants that are consumed by humans. The “Las Reinas” images evoke ideas about identity, power, representation, gender, fame, beauty and fashion. The notion of a self-appointed “queen of the jungle” explores concepts of privilege, hierarchy and self-empowerment. The series was among those produced during an artist residency involving several visits to Colombia over aperiod of three years.

In the back gallery will be an ongoing screening of a series of twelve, ten-minute video shorts that comprise “Gringotopia” (2018), which has been widely viewed on Vimeo. For this project, Osline traveled to an area south of Guadalajara that is a magnet for U.S. and Canada expatriates who have moved there for a better quality of life. The artist spent a total of three months over a period of two years interviewing a diverse group of 25 people who tell insightful, intimate, and humorous stories about life-changing moves across more than just a geographic border. “Gringotopia” interweaves these interviews, which are fast-paced, mimicking the structure of a social conversation. All videos are in English with Spanish subtitles.

Image: Naida Osline, Chasing Clouds, Amanda, 2019, dye sublimation
print on aluminum, 24 x 36 inches, oval. High resolution images available upon request

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