Hillcrest Festival of Fine Arts and the Whittier Artists!

by Robin Schroeder 28. February 2010 22:07
The following is a collection of pictures of the Whittier Artists that participated in the recent Hillcrest Festival of Fine Arts in La Habra Heights, California this weekend. Congratulations to those artists artists who received awards!! I will post more about those a little later.

Marty Wilson at the Hillcrest Art Festival Maud Aretz at the Hillcrest Art Festival
Congratulations to Marty Wilson on her award (more about the awards in a later post)! Maud Aretz shows off some of her wonderful, wearable fiber art!

Pat Brown at the Hillcrest Art Festival Marie Brock at the Hillcrest Art Festival
Pat Brown and Marie Brock with some of their latest 3D creations!

Jay Gould demonstrating at the Hillcrest Art Festival Donna Larson selling gourds at the Hillcrest Art Festival
Jay Gould demonstrating his plein-air old painting techniques and Donna Larson with a fabulous selection of her unique painted gourds.

Sadly, Hillcrest is over now, but we are looking forward to it again next year!
Whittier Daily News Review of the Hillcrest Art Festival

Show Review: Hillcrest Festival of Fine Arts

by Robin Schroeder 26. February 2010 23:21
It was shoulder to shoulder at the first day of the Hillcrest Festival of Fine Arts in La Habra Heights, California. It is a colorful, high enegry show with a very large selection of media, including fiber arts, jewlery, ceramics, sculpture, photography, oil and watercolor paintings, pastels, and much, much more. This wonderful show is in its 50th year and runs all weekend long, so don't miss it!

Ernest Lacy is the featured artists at the Hillcrest Festival of Fine Art this year.

Michael Tyler, the current president of the Whittier Art Gallery, an accomplished ceramics artist.

Rose Mary Yetter demonstrating how she crafts her jewlrey from a wide selection of beautiful beads.
Hillcrest Festival of Fine Arts Celebrating its 50th Year!
Friday, Saturday, Sunday February 26-28
Fri & Sat: 10am-5pm; Sun: 11am-5pm
2000 West Rd., La Habra Heights, CA 90631
(562) 947-3755
Free Parking & Free Admission

Life Drawing from the Human Figure Sessions in March!

by Robin Schroeder 26. February 2010 19:24
The Whittier Art Association Gallery Presents:
Life Drawing from the Human Figure

Come be inspired to draw with us from live models. The gallery is sponsoring ‘sit, stand and sketch’ sessions on Friday nights 6:30 PM to 9:00 PM in March.
The first Friday evening, March 5th begins at 6:30 PM. There will be a model’s fee cost of $10.00 each per session. Some easels are available for use.
Location: 8035 S. Painter Ave, Whittier 90602.
Call: (562) 698-8710 or (562) 693-0605 for information.
This is not a class but an open forum for artists who are interested in developing their skills and ability to draw from life.
(Feedback and drawing instruction upon request).

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Don't Miss: Hillcrest Festival of Fine Arts, This Weekend!

by Robin Schroeder 25. February 2010 18:54
Hillcrest Festival of Fine Arts - February 26, 27 & 28, 2010 On February 26-28, Hillcrest Congregational Church will be hosting its 50th annual Festival of Fine Arts. Come celebrate with us!

On display and for sale at the Festival of Fine Arts: Watercolor & oil paintings, sculpture, fiber arts, handcrafted jewelry, ceramics, photography, glass, wood, pottery, batik and mixed media. Wide range of prices to fit any budget!

Activities include: Arts and Crafts Boutique, Starving Artist Cafe, gallery exhibits, artist demonstrations, musical entertainment, and the free children's art workshops (Sat. & Sun.) sponsored by Target.

Featured Artist for 2010: Ernest Lacy. Award-winning watercolor and oil painter who uses the dynamics of passion, exploration and spontaneity to transform everyday subjects into magnificent designs of form and color who is committed to find the truest expression of his artistic vision.

Hillcrest Festival of Fine Arts Celebrating its 50th Year! Friday, Saturday, Sunday February 26-28 Fri & Sat: 10am-5pm; Sun: 11am-5pm 2000 West Rd., La Habra Heights, CA 90631 (562) 947-3755 Free Parking & Free Admission

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Third Annual Hacienda La Puente Unified School District Art Show

by Robin Schroeder 21. February 2010 06:22
Despite deep budget cuts, students in the Hacienda La Puente Unified School District are still producing quality artwork in a variety of media! Lisa Ruiz, accomplished artist and studio art teacher at Fairgrove Academy, a parent choice school for the visual and performing arts and technology, in La Puente, California coordinated this years show. It was judged by well-known local watercolorist, Donna Larson. This was an outstanding, well attended show which featured work done by students from Kindergarden through 12th grade.

Lisa Ruiz Lisa Ruiz and Penny Fraumeni
Lisa Ruiz, Studio Arts Teacher and Penny Fraumeni, pricipal of Fairgrove Academy, a Parent Choice School for the Visual and Performing Arts and Technology.
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'Brooklyn Doorway' and others by Liz Dorn

by Robin Schroeder 19. February 2010 18:28
I don't know about you, but doorways have always intrigued me. Liz Dorn is a wonderful artist in the Whittier area and she sure know how to capture the essence of buildings. Here is a a little more info on Liz, in the artist's own words:
"I started painting when I was four years old. My father was an artist, amateur photographer, and draftsman. After he and my mother parted company, I was not given any encouragement by my mother and gave up painting altogether. After returning to junior college about eight years ago, I was required to take art classes. I then remembered how much I had loved painting and drawing so I resumed painting and earned my AA degree in art and haven’t stopped since then. "

For More Information, visit the Liz Dorn's artwork in WhittierArtists.com

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'Equus' and others by Donna Larson

by Robin Schroeder 15. February 2010 18:20
Donna Larson is an accomplished watercolor artist. In the artist's own words:

"I have always been interested in all kinds of art and have been drawing and painting for as long as I can remember. I have a fine arts degree from Cal State Fullerton specializing in drawing and painting.
While working full time and raising two boys, I continued to take art classes and settled on Chinese Brush Painting to explore and perfect. I became intrigued with the loose and free style of this type of painting called Po Mo (meaning to throw ink or paint). The brush dances across the paper, laying down paint in a spontaneous manner.
Having recently retired, I now have time to develop my watercolor techniques (a combination of eastern and western styles). My subject matter comes from the places I've been and the things I have seen. Besides landscapes, I love to paint animals, especially horses. Watercolor lets me depict my enthusiasm for nature's beauty. I like to capture the light within the white paper, by surrounding it with dark shadows and various textures. To me, light represents energy."

For More Information, visit Donna Larson's pages in WhittierArtists.com

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Raices de Mexico: Cien Anos at the BlueBird Art House in February

by Robin Schroeder 11. February 2010 22:24
New Exhibit: Bluebird Art House in Conjunction with Fenix 5-4.
Reception: Feb. 20th, 2010 5 -10 p.m
Runs:Feb. 20th to March 6th, 2010
Restaurant sponsors: Crepes n Grapes, Baciare, Vintage Cafe
Photography printing by Dueling Mind Studio Inc.
Poster Design by LOVENAILTREE (T-shirts will be available in various images)
portion of the proceeds to benefit the Ozzy Foundation

Bluebird Art House
6747 Bright Ave
Uptown Whittier, Ca. 90601
(562) 556-9495
Email: bluebirdarthouse@yahoo.com
Our Mission
The Bluebird Art House is dedicated to artists and the cultivation of their talents. We desire to expose the community to the arts for the purpose of challenging, educating, and enriching lives. We also wish to seek the truth that bridges generations and cultures. We encourage you to participate in our many activities, shows, and workshops.

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Calling all artists...Let's paint a mural!

by Robin Schroeder 8. February 2010 17:22
You are invited to help paint an exciting Phantom City mural on the stage of Fairgrove Academy. I will be there on each of the next two Saturdays from 8 to 2. come for an hour, or paint the whole time. Be part of the energy!

Start Time: Saturday, February 13, 2010 at 8:00am
End Time: Saturday, February 20, 2010 at 2:10pm
Location: Fairgrove Academy www.fairgrove.hlpusd.k12.ca.us 15540 Fairgrove Avenue La Puente, CA 91744-1620 (626) 933-8500

Dennis McGonagle and his partner, Tyler Kinnaman, have begun work on their latest mural, a 300 square foot scene of Broadway Lights on the stage of the Fairgrove Academy Auditorium in La Puente, California. The mural was commissioned by the school's principal, Penny Fraumeini, who wanted a backdrop for the school's upcoming play, Broadway Lights. Unlike most stage backdrops, this mural will become a permanent fixture in the school. Mcgonagle is running with the idea of Broadway lights. "I think of the historic nickname of the Broadway theatre district, which is "The great white way", said McGonagle.
"My mural will have strong dark light contrast. The brightest lights will emerge from the darkness of the midnight sky. I will also contrast warm and cool, and very close and very far. I want this wall to be exciting and inspirational for the students and teachers of Fairgrove." McGonagle is drawing further inspiration from The Phantom City parable in the Lotus Sutra. In the parable, a fabulous city is created by the leader of a caravan who is guiding exhausted travelers on a journey across time and space. When the travelers have been rested and refreshed, the leader waves his hand and the city disappears.
The Fairgrove mural will be painted on Saturdays in February and its scheduled completion date will be February 27th. The pair of mural painters plans on inviting a team of artists to assist and collaborate with them beginning in mid-February. "Once the lines are blocked in, we're bringing in an all-star team of painters to help us", Mcgonagle declared. "The eneregy level of this mural will be off the charts".

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'Aili Schmeltz: La Fuente de la Vida' at the Greenleaf Gallery

by Robin Schroeder 2. February 2010 21:53
Aili Schmeltz: La Fuente de la Vida
Exhibition Dates: January 26 – February 25, 2010
Artist Talk: Thursday, February 25 at 5:15pm
Closing Reception: Thursday, February 25 from 6:00-8:00pm
Hours: M-F, 9:30am to 5:00pm
Location: 13406 Philadelphia St, Whittier, CA 90603, 562.907.4200

The La Fuente de la Vida (The Fountain of Life) project is a collaboration between American and Mexican artists, filmmakers, professors, writers, dance professionals, and students. The body of work is comprised of four elements: a video installation with sound, drawings, a catalogue, and still digital photographs. The video component of the project is a three-channel projection in which each video is edited by a different artist, one American and two Mexican.

Beginning in the midst of the Flu epidemic outbreak, the project is an epic story surrounding a civic fountain in downtown Monterrey, Mexico entitled “La Fuente de La Vida” (The Fountain of Life). The monument has fallen from grace in the eyes of the city. To regain its glory the characters from the fountain, Neptune and his nymphs, begin a search for a new location for their monument. By paralleling Mexico's ‘fall from grace’ in the eyes of the international community - ranging from the ‘Swine’ Flu outbreak and drug cartel infused US border conflict – the project fosters a creative rethinking and examination of cross-cultural currents between Mexico and it’s sibling neighbor nation to the North. Fuente de la Vida serves as a rebuttal to the persistent negative media effluence that has helped perpetuate cultural stigmas and discrimination.

Special thanks to all of the hard work from the collaborators on both sides of the border including the video editors Samuel Ceped and Iván Pujol; music composer Greg Bryant; Audio/Visual Technician Daniel Annareau; essay writer David Hernandez Casas; book designer Aissa Deebi; cameramen Marco Treviño, Rubén Gutierrez, Aissa Deebi, Julio Orta, and David Hernandez Casas; performers Iván Pujol, Vanessa Moya, Janna Samira Alcaraz Sona, Cristina Garza, and Areli Morán; and Director of Projecto Arte, Héctor Santos, who graciously provided the private discothèque for filming with two in-house DJ performers: DJ 22 locos and DJ Ninja. This project would not have happened without each of your contributions and I humbly thank you.

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