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Where do you find yourself, in whose company, in what layers of culture, history, religion, and environment?

What are the ways you share that experience with those around you?

This is an open countywide community exhibition populating the walls of the Clara & Allen Gresham Art Gallery of San Bernardino Valley College with the words and images of what life looks and feels like across San Bernardino County. From photographs of the view from your window or a portrait of your family to a short poem or a collage of people and images, these walls represent the vivid, textured layers of our lives that we can never see in one pass on a map.

A map only contains the layers of information we decide to include and the lens we choose to put on. When you look at a map of San Bernardino County, it is a vast space containing over 20,000 square miles, where 75% of the population lives on just 2.5% of the land. But this data doesn’t convey the rich experiences each of you have with the land you love, steward and share with those closest to you.

This is a gallery sized portrait of those selves and those places that populate the largest county in the lower 48. Those 24 cities, 27 census designated places, 77 unincorporated communities, 5 reservations, and 3 ghost towns.

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We are grateful to each of the artists and writers who participated because without your voices and individual expressions this show would not be the same.

We received 33 submissions from across the county, with artists from each of the distinct bioregions. Sculptural gourd lamps, interactive, decorative books, family portraits, creative self-portraiture, paintings, photography, pastels, drawings and collage make this exhibition is as diverse and varied as the terrain and people that comprise the county.

The works are arranged geographically according to the subject matter of the work. San Bernardino County is designated by 5 districts, or regions, so the work was organized in sections that mirror this map feature. Biographies of the artists are laid out on pedestals according to the numbered region they represent. As you walk around the gallery you might even be able to imagine how vast this space is and how many voices and places are not present. Does this inspire you to explore the County’s rich cultural history in some new way?

Thank you to the Clara and Allen Gresham Gallery Staff, especially Emily McNichols and Mandi Batalo and the exhibition planning team: Steve Thomas, Rebecca Trawick, and Jenny Kane. A special thank you to Saniyyah Thomas for her tireless help hanging and rehanging the boards that just wouldn’t stick.

A Special Thank You

Esther Shaw - Yucca Valley

Cynthia Anderson - Yucca Valley

Mary Addison Hackett - Joshua Tree

Jennifer Kane - Joshua Tree

Marcia Geiger - Josua Tree

Jennica Joyce - Joshua Tree

Jillian Sandell - Joshua Tree

Rose Loya - Muscoy

Lynette Castanon - Bloomington

Chelena Gadson - Fontana

Jonathan Nourok - Big Bear City

Theresa Shellcroft - Victorville

Kamelyta Noor - San Bernardino County, Registrar of Voters

Edgar Perez - San Bernardino County

Robert Jacka - San Bernardino

Cahlik Douglas - San Bernardino

Cindy Rinne - San Bernardino

Olivia Chavez - San Bernardino

Ana Cervantes - San Bernardino

Rosendo Deniz - San Bernardino

Jessica King - San Bernardino

Belen Ledezma - San Bernardino

Grant Wisegarver - San Bernardino

Larry Burns - Hesperia

Luz J. Sosa - Upland

Krystyny Vandenberg - Ontario

Chris Frausto - Ontario

MaryBly Cannon - Upland

Steve Thomas - Rancho Cucamonga

Rebecca Trawick - Rancho Cucamonga

August Trawick - Rancho Cucamonga

Susanne Hastings - Redlands

Jonathan Corbridge - Redlands

Abraham Atandare - Redlands

James Martinez - Redlands

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