Elderwood Kimonos hang at PC art show

The public is invited to see the paintings of John Sundstrum, a prolific and versatile artist working out of his studio in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada near Elderwood, Calif. The exhibition will run now through Oct. 25.

The subject of Sundstrum’s exhibition of paintings is the kimono: a series that arose out of an interest in the form, yet is also an opportunity for, as Sundstrum says, “experimenting with relationships between ideas, materials, shapes, symbols and colors. I often take an idea into a multiple work ‘series’ – working out as many forms of the ideas I can.”

Sundstrum earned Bachelors and Masters Degrees in Fine Art from Otis Art Institute in Los Angeles. Then in 1974 he joined a four-member team painting murals at the J. Paul Getty Museum in Malibu, Calif. Upon completion of the murals he was employed as a scenic artist for the television, theater, and motion picture industry.

In 1979 he relocated to Visalia where he was a scenic artist for the California Shakespeare Festival, both in its seasonal productions and later under a California Arts Council grant producing the “Bard in the Box” – a traveling theater visiting schools in the southern San Joaquin Valley.

In 1980, Sundstrum began work as teacher and Art Director at the Creative Center in Visalia while also designing sets for local theater. He is now a full-time studio artist devoting his time to the creative process.

“For me, observing is the key that begins the creative process,” Sundstrum said. “The process moves from that initial observation to planning and working through to the finish. The process is the work. At times the work is tough and laborious. However, after the process plays out and I like what I see, it’s all worth it”.

The show will run from Oct. 1 to Oct. 25. Gallery hours are Monday through Thursday from 12 to 2 p.m. and 4 to 6 .pm.

When you come to see the exhibition, contact the front desk upon your arrival for a free temporary parking permit.

Please contact Chair, Fine & Applied Arts Division, Jim Entz at 791-2257 with any questions.

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