By Judy La Russa

     Armando Mejoradó is an innovative local artist who has a talent for various types of media. For the past 18 months, he has been working on a project on a hillside in his backyard that can be seen from Interstate 5. “I wanted art that I could share with people that drive down the I-5,” said Armando. 

     His first thought was of making a life size elephant, but then he went with an orchard of red, silver, gold and bronze-colored sculptured trees called “Steel Horizon.” “Steel Horizon” consists of nine large metal trees that range in heights of 17 to 29 feet and smaller pieces from that range five to 10 feet tall that he calls “saplings” that have “sprouted up,” as if with a life of their own.  Armando has been experimenting with different types of lighting, so the sculptures can be seen at night. The acre hillside property is located in northern Redding near the 299/Lake Blvd exit — going north it is on the right side.

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     The metal sculptures are just one of many mediums that Armando is renowned for. His home is a glorious, colorful art gallery that takes your breath away when you walk in. His works are in the style of impressionism, Cubism, still life, and abstract. The artist enjoys working with oil, ink, pencil, and acrylics, but says that he likes working with just about any media that is creative. “It is hard for me to say what is my favorite medium, but I must say that creating abstract art with oil paints has to be at the top.”

     Armando says that the artists that he admires the most are Picasso, Kandinsky, and Monet because they have created their own unique style of works. “I hope I will live long enough to be recognized as one of our great artists, or I will die trying. These are words that keep coming back to me and are a reminder to always think outside the box, “said Armando. He says that his biggest inspirations come from color and at times just objects that he may come across. “I don’t know how to explain it, but it’s like a explosion in my head when I get inspired.

     Armando is self-taught and has memories of being artistic and creative as young as five years old. “I was drawing and doodling on paper, when I realized that my stick figures I would draw were more that just lines like the drawings of other kids my age.” By the time he was 14 years old, he knew that he wanted to be an artist. During junior high he saw a flyer at school about an art show. He sent in some photos of his work and was selected to be part of the show at the de Young Museum in San Francisco.  

     Since then, Armando has had his art shown all over the world—Europe, Mexico, New York and various local and north state venues.  A few years ago, he was asked by the Royal Arts College in England to have one of his paintings tour with a group of other artist’s works from around the world. The international paintings brought awareness about cancer. After two years of touring galleries and hospitals, Armando donated his work to the cancer society.

     Armando is not shy about donating his work for good causes. For the last eight years he has opened his home/gallery to the public for charity art exhibitions. The organizations that have benefited from his charity in the past are; Old City Hall Gallery, West Side  Performing Arts Co., North State Symphony, River Front Play House, American Red Cross, and International Vision Volunteers. On September 11, Armando’s Eighth Annual Charity Art Exhibition with be benefiting Another Chance Animal Welfare League (ACAWL) in Palo Cedro.  Armando said he chose this organization because of all the hard work they do.

     Guests will experience an elegant evening of fine art, hors d’oeuvres and wine at the private home/art gallery of Armando and Gary Desmond located at 5551 Trish Ct., Redding.  Tickets are $30.00 per person and must be purchased in advance from the ACAWL thrift store —9384-D Deschutes Rd., Palo Cedro or send a check made out to ACAWL with a request to receive tickets by mail. Visitors will also have the opportunity to purchase raffle tickets for a chance to win an Armando original painting. The drawing will be held at the event but ticket holders need not to be present to win. Armando said it will be an evening to remember with 100 percent of all money raised from ticket sales going directly to ACAWL. For more information call Armando at 242-8804 or ACAWL 547-7387.

     Armando’s work can be seen at his home/gallery by appointment or during different art venues in Redding. His art can also be seen on his website