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Art at Hart Park is a quick draw

Artists will create original works of art during the event which will be auctioned at evening’s end

Posted: April 18, 2009 10:29 p.m.
Updated: April 19, 2009 4:55 a.m.

A private tour of the William S. Hart Mansion will be offered from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday during the Art at Hart event. Art at Hart will be held in Hart Hall and feature artists creating original works of art to be auctioned at the end of the one hour art session. The event is held in conjunction with the Cowboy Festival.

The annual Art at Hart Quick Draw will be held 7 p.m. Saturday in William S. Hart Park's Hart Hall. The event is an exclusive opportunity to enjoy a private tour of priceless art and Western artifacts in silent film star Bill Hart's Spanish Colonial mansion. The tour will be held 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. Among the artworks on display are several pieces by well-known Western artist Charles Russell.

Beginning at 7:15 p.m. nine Western artists will create works of art in water color, oil, sculpture and silver engraving - all in one hour's time. The art will be auctioned off to guests, who will enjoy the opportunity to purchase one-of-a-kind works of art directly from the artist.

The event will also include live music outside on the Hart Hall patio by cowboy crooner Tom Hiatt A petit buffet, chili bar and hors d'oeuvres, as well as wine and other beverages, will be served.

"We'll wine you, dine you, serenade you and then all these great artists will be creating their art live at Hart Hall," said Santa Clarita Councilwoman Laurene Weste.

Among the highlights of the event will be Nancy Degan of Agua Dulce and her miniature horse Cherry.

"He's tiny and cute and adorable," said Weste. "He'll be a live model for Nancy's artwork."

Cherry also is known for performing various tricks, said Weste.

Weste said the tour of the Hart Mansion will be a special treat for visitors.

"There is nothing more beautiful in our valley then the works of Charlie Russell and the Mansion is stunning in the evening," she said. "It just feels special to be in his (Bill Hart's) house in the evening. It will be a lovely event.

Sharon Ball, Art at Hart chairwoman, said the event will also feature jewelry crafted by Roger Basham for the live auction.

"He is donating some of his Southwestern necklaces, all made with a variety of gemstones, turquoise and coral," she said.

Ball said the artists will have 45 minutes to create their artwork and 15 minutes to sign and frame the work.

"It is very exciting to watch artists create original artwork in such a short period of time," she said.

The painting will start at 7:15 with the auction at 8:30 p.m.

Tickets to the event are $25 each. For information or ticket reservations call (661) 254-4584 or (661) 288-4021. Tickets are also on sale at the Hart Park gift shop and at the door.


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