Art of the foothills will greet those who ‘Visit Visalia’

Tourism office displays art featuring oil paintings by Heidi Steinman


VISALIA – A new art exhibit will be on display in the local tourism office that spotlights the beauty of the Tulare County, and not just the majestic mountains to the east.

Last week, Visit Visalia announced an exhibition of artwork by local artist Heidi Steinman at its the office, 112 E. Main Street in downtown Visalia.

“Steinman’s vibrant oil paintings capture the beauty and color of our region’s Sierra Nevada foothills,” said executive director of Visit Visalia Demea Metcalf.

The exhibition is free to the public. Visitors and art lovers are encouraged to come by to view Steinman’s work during regular business hours. Visit Visalia is open Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Thursday and Friday until 6 p.m. and on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The exhibition will run through Wednesday, Aug. 7.

Steinman was born and raised in Visalia and credits her grandfather for supporting her pursuit of the arts. For her, art has continued to be an outlet of expression. Her artwork reflects that passion, through the color-rich oil paintings she creates using the natural surroundings of her hometown as inspiration.

“It’s an honor to have my work featured at Visit Visalia,” Steinman said. “I find pleasure and joy in the process of making an oil painting, and seeing the whole picture come together at the end is very rewarding.”

Visit Visalia has a history of displaying the work of local artists. They continually support the creative community and were a stop on the First Friday Art Walk on June 7.

“We enjoy showcasing original, local artwork and supporting the things that help to attract visitors to Visalia. Arts are a big draw for tourists to our city,” Metcalf said.

Visalia, located in Central California with easy access from Los Angeles and San Francisco, offers numerous attractions to visitors. The arts and entertainment destination, nestled in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada mountains, is the most robust city near Sequoia & Kings Canyon National Parks.

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