By KAYLA PONGRAC
Our Town Correspondent
Elaine M. Bergstrom’s exhibit, “A Glimpse Into an Artist’s Journey,” is set to be unveiled Sept. 10 inside the Goldhaber-Fend Fine Arts Center at Community Arts Center of Cambria County.
This exhibit features three themes: unleashed, untangled and contemplated, and is inspired by Bergstrom’s interest in chakras, kabbalah and Asian culture. She has created her artwork using watercolors, Sumi ink and mixed media.
“This exhibit is so unique,” arts center Executive Director Angela Godin said. “Some pieces are so simplistic and others are intricate and full of wild, beautiful colors. We can’t wait to share this exhibit with everyone.”
An opening reception for the exhibit is scheduled for Sept. 10 from 1 to 3 p.m. Bergstrom will offer a gallery talk beginning at 2 p.m. The talk is to feature a question-and-answer segment at the end.
Though Bergstrom is originally from Chicago and serves as an art instructor within the Pittsburgh area, she is no stranger to Johnstown. Bergstrom has taught workshops at the arts center, sharing her love for art with community members and employees of the nonprofit.
“Elaine has taught several workshops in Traditional Oriental Brush, all of which I have taken,” arts center Education Coordinator Lida Hood said. “I can’t wait to see this new direction in which Elaine has taken her work. It will be intriguing, to say the least.”
Godin added that Bergstrom’s classes and workshops have always been well-received.
“People really enjoy her particular style because it is so unique,” she said.
Bergstrom has a bachelor’s in design from the University of Illinois, and earned a Botanical Illustration Certification from the Morton Arboretum. She completed her teaching education certification from Carlow University.
She is also a professional member of the Allegheny Highlands Botanical Society Chapter, and a volunteer docent for Beechwood Reserve.
Godin said that she is impressed by this exhibit and thinks that others will be, too.
“Elaine is a uniquely diverse artist while still emphasizing all her works with an influentially specific theme,” Godin said. “In each series, the pieces flow beautifully. However, when you look at her other mediums, the style is extremely different.
“To me, that shows an evolved artist who has honed in on her craft. We look forward to the entire show being hung, especially, over the Log House Arts Festival weekend.”
Bergstrom’s exhibit, which features between 60 to 70 pieces of art, will continue through Sept. 30. Those who wish to view it can do so for free during the arts center’s regular gallery hours, which are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays. For more information, call 814-255-6515 or visit www.caccc.org online.
The arts center’s exhibitions are partially supported by state arts funding through grants provided by Pennsylvania Council on the Arts and National Endowment for the Arts.