2016 Window Gallery Winners


Chet Collom  First Place

Chet Collom, presently makes his home in Chatsworth, but he was born in Glendale, California in 1927.  He received his professional training at the School Of Allied Art, in Glendale, and The Chouinard Art Institute, in Los Angeles.  Chet is a painter who works in a wide variety of media and has also ran his own private teaching studio in Chatsworth for many years.  At the Glendale School of Allied Arts, he learned anatomy, perspective, painting, and virtually all the basics he still teaches to this day.  His motto:  “You have to know the rules before you’re allowed to disobey them.”

In his early years, he supported himself as a milkman and worked as an apprentice in his father’s print shop. After World War II, he became an illustrator.  Collom started his own art studio in Los Angeles while running errands for many other art studios; this gave him the opportunity to learn about the commercial field.  He eventually ended up at Stevens Biondi diCicco, one of the top studios in the 1950s.  Then he continued as a freelance illustrator in the 1960s painting covers for paperback books and movie one-sheet lobby posters.  “There is a lot of crossover between fine art and illustration, because illustration employs many of the techniques used in fine art,” Chet says.  “When you illustrate a story or do commercial or product art, it’s the medium and the way you use it is that’s important.”

During that time, Collom married the love of his life, Sally, and started a family.  At the time fewer New York magazine publishers were hiring artists so Collom started working in TV as an Art Director.  That was also when he and Sally became real estate agents.  In the early 1970s Collom opened a gallery on Ventura Boulevard where he taught, sold paintings, and continued his commercial work and fine art; simultaneously he began studying fine art with the famous Russian painter Serge Bongard.

Exhibits of Collom’s works have been sponsored by The Los Angeles Art Association, and he has done illustrations for Ford Motor Company, Stardust Hotel, Carnation Milk Company, Pacific Mutual Insurance Company, Teen Magazine, And Tops Records. He is a member and former treasurer of The Society Of Illustrators of Los Angeles, and a Board member of the Chatsworth Fine Arts Council. Collom’s paintings have hung in the White House and in the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum in Washington, DC.

To see more of his work go to ArtbyChetCollom.com  or contact him at chetsally1@aol.com

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Dick Pearson - California Dreamin'

Dick began taking 35mm shots in his twenties, while raising his three children.  Early professional shooting came when he was a pit crew member on a Nascar team in the 70’s. Dick went on to shoot Indy cars, drag races and car shows.  Over time he gravitated toward travel inspired nature and landscape photos during trips with his family.

He went digital when digital quality was ready, and now shoots, edits, and prints his own work under the Pop’s Images identity.  Now along with his wife and partner, Linda, they travel the back roads, the national scenic venues, ever looking for that image that will “Take You Away”.  Dick and Linda are an avid outdoor couple, and enjoy the demanding life of getting up early or staying up late in order to capture the best possible shot. Their travels have taken them from coast to coast and from Canada to Mexico and they always return with a wealth of images from some of the world’s most beautiful places.

Dick has begun to specialize in larger prints and panoramas. He exhibits his work at local photography shows and can be seen at the Chatsworth Chamber of Commerce and at various Chatsworth businesses.

To see more of his images go to www.popsimages.com

Second Tie: Jack Benson - View Into Eternity

Jack Benson is a nature and landscape photographer based in Montecito, CA. He was made in Russia, assembled in Italy and ultimately imported into the US. His work is inspired by his father (an amazing photographer in his own right) and showcases a love affair of all things requiring a passport and eloquent far-teaching destinations.

He can be reached at runnerguy55@gmail.com.
People's Choice Award

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Third Place: Judy Heimlich - Descanos Iridescent Iris

Judy is a a fine artist who has also been very involved with art education and programs for children.

Prior to studying privately with Jeanne Down, Chet Collom and Rosa Odow, Judy studied Art at Cal State University, Northridge while earning her Master’s Degree in Education. During that time, she worked with the Artist-in-Residence program at Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles. Judy’s graduate school project, “Art Programs for Hospitalized Children” was based on that experience and was published in Pediatric Mental Health, in 1987.  As an Assistant Principal for the Los Angeles Unified School District, Judy directed the Art Program at three of her schools. For several years, she was the school chairperson for the Very Special Arts Festival held annually at the Music Center. As a Program Specialist and as an Assistant Principal, she continued to stress the importance of Arts Education by teaching art workshops for parents, teachers and students. She was a conference presenter on the value of Art for young children at the California Association for the Education of Young Children in Fresno and for the LAUSD Special Education Conference in Los Angeles. She received the Educator of the Year Award in 2007 from Delta Kappa Gamma Society International.

Judy is skilled in a variety of art media, and scenes from travels to places near and far have been the subject for her recent paintings.  “The wildlife and landscapes found in nature inspire my paintings.  Using the transparency of watercolors and the richness of oils and pastels adds a new meaning and dimension to the world around me.”

Judy is a member of the Valley Artists Guild, the San Fernando Valley Art Club, Valley Watercolor Society, Public Arts Initiative, Museum of the SFV, SFV Arts Council & Chatsworth Fine Arts Council. 


She has won numerous awards in many juried shows

To see more of her art go to www.judysartstudio.com

People's Choice Honorable Mention: Taylor Myers (11th grade) - Vacation

Taylor is a very promising young artist of seventeen.  Born in San Diego, California, Taylor now lives in Simi Valley.  Having attended a Waldorf school throughout her life, she has had years of bringing artistry to her academic work.  Her first piece, published in a calendar, was a floral watercolor she painted in kindergarten. One day, doodling during an eighth grade lecture, she realized she had created something new and unique that she liked, and her artistry took off in a new direction. 


Fluent in many mediums, including graphite, watercolor, photography, colored pencils, acrylic, and pen, she possesses a unique ability to create exquisitely detailed pieces. Taylor's artwork has been displayed at the CSUN High School Art Show for the past two years. She has also designed tattoos, done a number of consignment pieces for other artists and boutiques, and won the 2014 San Fernando Valley High School Public Art Initiative contest.

Her first professional exhibit, in 2016, was at the My Creative Outlet Gallery in Chatsworth.

Taylor may be contacted thru the gallery at info@mycreativeoutlet.net

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