In the Winter 2016 IssueDec 15, 2015 01:32PM ● By Kevin
On the Cover
The General Grant tree at Kings Canyon National Park – Fresno’s tradional “National Tree.” Photo by Quang-Tuan Luong. terragalleria.com
Brad Polzin, Photographer
Brad Polzin is a Fresno-based photographer and artist, drawing inspiration from a wide range of interests and experiences. He studied at the French École des Beaux Arts, The Arts Institute of Chicago and the Art Institute of Seattle, among others, and has taught photography, art and digital technology for more than 25 years. His travels have taken him to 30 countries, including Egypt, where he was a Fulbright Seminar Scholar.
My favorite thing about Central Valley winters is … I appreciate all the aspects of winter, from the crisp chill of the air, rain and fog to the warmth of winter festivities.
One thing that people don’t know about me is … I was once held hostage in Morocco.
The one person who most influenced my life is … My mother.
Cindy Wathen, Writer
Cindy Wathen is the public relations specialist for Fresno State’s Henry Madden Library and a Fresno Art Museum board member. She has degrees in marketing, psychology and a Juris Doctor of Law. She has worked as an editor and publicist for McGraw-Hill, The University of California Press, and Quill Driver Books. She’s also the co-author of Remembering Cesar: The Legacy of Cesar Chavez, the first book to be endorsed by the Cesar E. Chavez Foundation.
My favorite thing about Central Valley winters is … Snow on the mountains.
One thing that people don’t know about me is … Cindy Lane (aka Candy Cane Lane) is a street that my father, Spalding Wathen, originally named for me. He named one for each of his daughters and several of his family members. Who knew Cindy Lane in Clovis would become what it is today.
The one person who most influenced my life is … Like many people, my father was the most influential person in my life. He was a brilliant businessman, and I’m still in awe of everything that he achieved in his life.
Kim Leonard, Writer/Photographer
Kim Leonard is a Fresno native who has only lived elsewhere for two years, but she came running back to the open arms and open fields of the Central Valley as quickly as she could. This place has substance, promise and real, good people. She blogs (31 Days of Fresno, Downtown Fresno Blog, Anzula and The Alpha Blonde), creates handmade books and has participated in panels and workshops about zinemaking and given zine readings as LA Zinefest as a featured writer. She works for Bertz-Rosa Strategy & Creative as a project manager, and she’s the owner of The Central Valley Buzz, a local television program that airs every weekday on KAIL.
My favorite thing about Central Valley winters is … I’m a summer girl at heart, so I really appreciate that throughout most of winter, we can get away with wearing cardigans and leggings without having to have heavy jackets and boots for every trip out to the mailbox. I also love the colors of winter here. White Christmas doesn’t apply to us: We have bright, clear blue skies in the crisp afternoons, green and orange citrus trees, and that thick, velvety gray fog that turns everything into a monochromatic, Instagram-filtered scene.
One thing that people don’t know about me is … Don’t be fooled by my ultra-cool exterior (ha!): I’m a huge fan of the ‘90s band Hanson. I’ve seen them live at least 10 times, have a Hanson tattoo, and even once asked Zac to predict the sex of my unborn baby. Thankfully, security was not called.
The one person who most influenced my life is … My lovely best friend, Aurora, who has always been the best cheerleader, server of realness and source of inspiration for me. There’s not a single endeavor I even think of attempting without first consulting her. The way that she constantly works to keep her life artful and every action she takes ultimately fits into her personal philosophy makes me want to do the same.
A Few Cool Things
The nonprofit museum, one of the fastest-growing in California, is dedicated to the restoration and preservation of military aircraft, vehicles and memorabilia of those who served in arme... Read More »
Keeping the Faith
A Holiday tradition unlike any other: Bracebridge Dinner at Yosemite has been holiday tradition for nearly 90 years
Faith Sidlow has wanted to attend the elegant Christmas dinner at Yosemite’s historic Ahwahnee Hotel, since 1985 and finally had an opportunity 30 years later. Read More »
Stories From the Heartland
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Health and Wellness
Arts and Entertainment
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