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Cheryl Del Toro

Cheryl Del Toro

Fountain Valley, CA

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From an early age I wanted to draw and paint. Born in Los Angeles, I attended Los Angeles and Orange County colleges, taking classes in drawing, painting, design and art history along with private instruction. In recent years I have explored the world of photography and computer enhancements.

After working for over 20 years in aerospace, I started focusing on art. Having a love for travel and history took me to places I thought I would never see. These adventures influenced my painting and later, photography.

Traveling to Europe (1989-2004) I visited France, Italy, Spain, Germany, Switzerland, Austria. A cruise through the Mediterranean in 2012 included Italy, Greece and Turkey.

I found festivity and charm in Mexico, Hawaii, Jamaica & Puerto Rico. Architecture and points of interest were explored in the large cities of New York, Boston, Chicago, Austin, Las Vegas, Salt Lake City, San Francisco, San Diego and Los Angeles. I enjoyed the vast scenery of Colorado and Alaska.

I visited Hollywoods wild and crazy side several times, once on an open air bus tour, which provided unusual perspectives to my photos. Santa Anas historical Wilshire Square had charming little houses with colorful gardens. The Victorian mansions in Williamsport, Pennsylvania took me back in time. Golden hour and sunset on a cruise of the Port of Long Beach had silhouettes of harbor cranes, bridges and cargo ships. I've enjoyed photographing time period studies at Renaissance Faires, Venetian Carnevales and U.S. Civil War reenactments.

From 2004-2013 I was a facilitator in the Memories in the Making art program for Alzheimers patients. Using watercolor, I assisted ladies with this disease to express their feelings and emotions that were trapped inside.

I currently serve as Windows Gallery Chairperson on the Huntington Beach Art League board and am a member of the Photo Society of Orange County.

My past exhibits include: The Showcase Gallery, Costa Mesa; The Huntington Beach Art Center; The Village Edwards Theater, Costa Mesa; Bristol Restaurant, Santa Ana; Peros Restaurant, Huntington Beach; Santa Anas Wilshire Square Neighborhood Secret Gardens Tea and Art Show; Orange County Fair; Borders Bookstore; and The Huntington Beach Central Library Windows Gallery and Corner Gallery; Huntington Beach City Hall; RIBBA Art Exhibits at Coastline Art Gallery, Newport Beach; All Media Exhibits at Irvine Fine Arts Center, Irvine; Laguna Beach City Hall; Chaos Exhibit OCCCA, Santa Ana; Smile: Expressions of Orange County at Irvines Great Park Gallery; Bowers Museum Aging as Art Council on Aging Exhibit, Santa Ana.

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From an early age I wanted to draw and paint. In recent years I have explored the world of photography and digital enhancements and am a student of internationally acclaimed photographer Kurt Weston.

Born in Los Angeles, I attended both Los Angeles and Orange County colleges, taking classes in drawing, painting, basic design and art history along with private fine art instruction.

In 1991, after working over 20 years in aerospace, I started focusing on art. Having a love for travel and history took me to places I thought I’d never see.

Traveling to Europe four times since 1989, I visited the charming sights and museums of Paris, the canals of Venice; castles in Spain and Germany; the magnificent Alps in Switzerland and Austria. Cruising the Mediterranean in 2012, I explored ITALY: Rome, Amalfi, Pompeii; GREECE: Athens and Greek Isles; TURKEY: Ephesus, Istanbul. Exploring cultures, places of worship and ancient structures was an amazing experience and visually inspiring.

Travels to Mexico, Hawaii and Jamaica added festive colors, natural beauty and charm to my paintings and photos.

In New York I was fascinated by skyscrapers, architecture and history. Austin, Texas' 6th Street jazz and blues scene, with its flashing neon lights, added amazing night scenes to my photography.

Lively Hollywood-Los Angeles found unusual characters on the Avenue of the Stars. An open bus tour there provided unusual perspective to my photos. Santa Ana’s small historical homes and gardens were delightful and the Victorian mansions in Williamsport, Pennsylvania took me back in time.

I captured Chicago and San Francisco's amazing structures and architecture in recent photographic series.

From 2004-2013 I was a facilitator in the “Memories in the Making” art program for Alzheimer’s patients. Using watercolor, I assisted ladies with this disease to express their feelings and emotions that were trapped inside, hoping to find distant memories.

I currently serve as a Windows Gallery Director on the Huntington Beach Art League and participate in their board meetings.

My past exhibits include The Showcase Gallery, Costa Mesa; The Huntington Beach Art Center; The Village Edwards Theater, Costa Mesa; Bristol’s Restaurant, Santa Ana; Pero’s Restaurant, Huntington Beach; Santa Ana’s Wilshire Square Neighborhood Secret Gardens Tea and Art Show; Orange County Fair; Borders Bookstore; and The Huntington Beach Central Library Window’s Gallery and Corner Gallery, Huntington Beach City Hall; RIBBA/500 Art Exhibit at Coastline Art Gallery, Newport Beach; 2014 All Media Exhibit at Irvine Fine Arts Center, Irvine, Laguna Beach City Hall.