Experience "Once Upon A Time" at Eclipse Art Gallery where viewers can get a glimpse at the fairy tales of the mind from a variety of talent at the reception 7 to 10 p.m. July 13 when the artists will be present with their work.


"Like a café in the middle of the forest with soft lighting giving it a romantic once upon a time kind of feel — dark yet glistening, illuminating your brain cells," curator William Cisneros said of the environment he wants to create at the reception with the possibility of a violinist performing.


"When I thought of that theme, I thought it would capture some of the artists' imaginations," gallery owner Joan Sowinski said.


And the imaginations of several artists will be on display.


One painter, 88-year-old Evelyn Delight-Carpenter from Lucerne Valley will show her painting, "The Crossing," which was inspired by her visions and dreams of the here-after, she said.


A painter since she was a teenager, she said in 1950 she attended Otis Art Institute with a G.I. Bill of Rights because she was in the United States Coast Guard Woman's Reserve during World War II.


She said although she used to paint with water colors, now she uses oil paints because she likes the way oils give depth and texture to the painting allowing her to best express herself.


"I think it must be an obsession as to why I still paint every day," Delight-Carpenter said.


A professional photographer for about five years, Chris Reay said he's had an interest in it since the early '70s.


"Any place I am — my eye is always like a camera lens looking for a photo," he said.


For the "Once Upon A Time" theme, Reay said he took the opportunity to create a photo that was "more surreal" than usual for him.


"It usually starts off as a photo then it's manipulated to the point where it doesn't look like a photo it looks like a painting," said Reay who calls this "digital painting."


For his piece, titled "Secret Garden," he added fairy tale elements, a forest and butterflies, to a photo of his daughter-in-law in a white dress, he said.


Preferring to be behind the camera instead of in front of it, photographer Jan Osborne has been taking photos for more than 35 years.


"The pictures came out whimsical and almost had a fairy tale quality to them," Osborne said. Her photos, titled "The Dancers," were taken at a dry lake bed with dancers from Victor Valley College who wore ballet costumes.


She said she loves it when she catches a subject in a moment when their face reflects the person their mother would be familiar with.


"I'm passionate about telling a story and capturing the truth in someone's personality," Osborne said.


For more information on Delight-Carpenter, visit www.PaintingDelight.50megs.com; on Osborne, see her photography blog at www.EastViewPhotography.blogspot.com; on Reay, go to his website at www.ReayDesignStudio.com.