Tehama County Presents ‘Fairies & Fantasies’ Art Exhibit | Corning Observer

Tehama County Presents ‘Fairies & Fantasies’ Art Exhibit | Corning Observer

Local artists will offer a glimpse into the fantastical worlds they have created through their imaginations and visions for the “Fairies and Fantasies” art exhibit July 12-27 at the Tehama Arts Gallery, 328 Oak St., Red Bluff.

The featured artist/illustrator of the exhibition is Steve Ferchaud, well known for his fantastical and whimsical works.

world of gnomes, frogs and other creatures and characters.

He inspires and entertains his loyal following with his illustrations, poetry and writing and has a gift for telling stories with insight, passion and pleasant wit, said the Tehama County Arts Council, which organizes the event.

Ferchaud has participated in the annual downtown Red Bluff art walk for many years, drawing five-minute caricatures of people.

The community is invited by the TCAC to meet Ferchaud and other artists at the opening reception from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Friday, July 12, where guests will have the opportunity to vote for their favorite work to receive the People’s Choice Award.

Ferchaud, who grew up in Red Bluff, drew in the margins of his homework and on his desk. He received plenty of encouragement from his teachers and parents who saw his precocious talents. He took every art class available in high school and college.

He was greatly influenced by illustrators of the 1930s, particularly Norman Rockwell, and learned to draw figures from Mad magazine in the 1970s.

All of Ferchaud’s training and experience have led him to a career of published and award-winning illustrations.

His first paid job was when he was in Grade 7 and was asked to draw a picture for a school board event. After that, he says he was lucky to be in the right place at the right time to do what he loves.

Ferchaud has created illustrations for commercial projects including books, magazines and newspapers, as well as artwork for various labels and t-shirts.

He also illustrated more than 40 children’s books, including the award-winning Benjamin Franklin book “The Carpenters Legacy.”

Ferchaud received a Golden Quill Award for best illustrations of “The Man Who Talked to Cats” and a CPA Award for best illustrations of “Josh and Bigfoot.” He has written and illustrated five books that he will publish soon.

As a survivor of the Paradise Camp fire, Ferchaud wrote and illustrated “My Name Is Haley, and I Live in Paradise,” drawing on his own experiences and those of others who experienced the devastation and loss of their town, their home, and all their possessions. He donated the book to raise money for the Paradise Ridge Community Foundation. He said it was very therapeutic for him and he never gave up or stopped painting, even after losing all his work.

“My art has always been important to me,” Ferchaud said. “I feel so privileged to be able to do what I do. I love it and I’m happy when others do it too.”

His advice to artists is to stay creative.

“Don’t worry about your talent. Be the best you can be. Even great artists have been frustrated with their art and emptied their palette of paints. Enjoy it and let the child in you have fun with it,” Ferchaud added.

The event is sponsored by the Tehama County Arts Council.

The Tehama County Art Gallery hours are Friday from 2 to 6 p.m. and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. For more information: www.tehamaarts.org, or call (530) 278-5691