Velo Pasadena, a high end boutique bike shop, located in the quaint part of Pasadena, hosted a fun night of bikes and art this past Saturday evening. Velo Pasadena was the perfect venue for showcasing the artistic works from Cameron Calderon, a former mechanic and employee of Velo Pasadena, and Jeff Herring a prominent figure in regional cyclo-cross scene. The attendees enjoyed wine and cheese while viewing the completely different styles of art by Cameron and Jeff.
A former Velo Pasadena employee, Cameron Calderon left the cycling industry after 16 years to pursue his art work full-time in Long Beach California. Self taught and working primarily in acrylics, landscapes and settle gradients are the tools of his technique. As a surfer and mechanic his work is consistently rendered from his travels around southern California and Mexico. His paintings have been exhibited in California at that studio channel Islands, art Du Vin, and currently at the Aperitif Gallery.
Jeff Herring was born in Los Angeles June 4th 1970, and grew up in Altadena at the base of the San Gabriel Mountains. With a family background in the arts, creativity was always his top interest.
The mountains are a huge part of Jeff’s life. By mountain bike, he would explore and find inspiration from the crags and canyons of his backyard.
Once discovering the joy of fitness, competitive cycling became a huge passion as well. After 15 years of racing in mountain, road and cyclo-cross events around the country, Jeff found renewed inspiration for his art.
In oil, acrylic, mixed media and printmaking, Jeff shares his passion for the great mountains and the beauty of cycling. In his home studio, he continues to produce his art with a focus on woodcut prints.
Herring said, “ Printmaking is a process, step one , step two,.. etc etc, I find inspiration in the phases of the project.”
In addition to studio time, Jeff enjoys creating garden sculptures, growing native plants, playing guitar and hiking with wife Dorothy and two dogs, Duster and Charger.
Photos & Report by Frank Sarate / SoCalCycling.com