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Visual art on display in the SCV

Art that shows

Posted: November 12, 2009 5:16 p.m.
Updated: November 13, 2009 6:00 a.m.

Artists from the Santa Clarita Artists' Association paint scenes during one of the association's "Plein Air" events. SCAA members' works are regularly displayed at venues throughout the Santa Clarita Valley.

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You've got your performing arts and you've got your "visual arts," and the yearly highlight of visual art activity in the SCV is the annual Street Art Festival in Old Town Newhall (was Oct. 3 and 4 this year). But year-round there is top quality art on display in our valley from international artists, local artists and student artists. Here's where to see it and buy it.

Third Thursday Art Walks
The third Thursday of each month
in Old Town Newhall, 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.  
Enjoy wine tasting and hors d'oeuvres on a self-guided tour of art and quaint shops. Talk with visual and performing artists and visit with the shop owners. The Thursday, Nov. 19 Art Walk will feature a free artists' reception at the Canyon Theatre Guild; the art of Olga Kaczmar at Cookbooks Plus; works from photographer Ken Lubas at OutWest as well as glass artists Laila Asgari and Peggy Wyly, hand woven items by Rick Ayers, and music. Capelli's Salon will feature artist Jane Dietz as part of a fundraiser for the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network.

Santa Clarita Artists' Association
26893 Bouquet Canyon Road
Suite C, #305
Saugus, CA 91350
(661) 244-7689  
The Santa Clarita Artists' Association (SCAA) was started in 1989 and is the only non-profit organization in town concerned with visual art. The association aims to improve the cultural aspects of Santa Clarita by "Making Visual Art Visible." SCAA art exhibits can be viewed at Tesoro Adobe Historical Park, Hart Museum, The Canyon Theatre Guild, Elite Smiles Dental Office, Capelli Salon, OutWest, Tournament Players' Club, Providence Holy Cross in their Art of Healing Program and the City Hall Gallery.
At 7 p.m. on the third Monday of each month, the association hosts a General Membership Meeting. Visit the meetings page for specifics on the evening's agenda, as well as the location and directions. Most of the meetings have professional demonstrations by well known artists, but several meetings during the year focus on the marketing and business aspects of the art world. If there is a demonstration the evening concludes with a raffle of the demonstration piece, or a limited edition print from the artist.
Annually, the SCAA awards scholarship(s) to high school or college students pursuing an art career. Help support these programs and expand the relevance of visual arts in Santa Clarita. For further details contact SCAA president, Laurie Morgan at (661)244-7689.

B&R Art Gallery & Framing
17726 Sierra Highway
Canyon Country, CA 91351
(661) 298-2038  
Since 1983 Dave and Barbara Joseph have made B&R Gallery the heartbeat of local visual art, and shows are gatherings of old friends. "We really enjoy being able to have a beautiful gallery that local folks can enjoy in the SCV," Dave Joseph said. "We have a large selection and a good variety of art, and we have people coming from all over the country for our shows."
The offerings include limited edition works from $150 and up, plus fine porcelain gifts and Christmas items, starting at $75.
Featured artists of local and/or international fame include: Rod Edwards, Laura Wambsgans, Lorelle Miller, Bev Doolittle, Howard Terpning, June Carey, Robert Copple, Morgan Weistling, Ernie Dollman, Jane Mick, Robert Skerstonas and many more.
Gallery hours are Monday through Friday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Joseph said to "Stay tuned for upcoming shows."

Fine Art and Soul
28271 Newhall Ranch Road
Valencia, CA 91355
(661) 775-4900
Started by a brother and sister team, Chris and Kathy Maloney, Fine Art and Soul offers an atmosphere of elegance without intimidation. The gallery displays an eclectic mix of original and limited edition works of art by some of the most respected artists here and abroad. It hosts receptions and events throughout the year, providing opportunities to meet and interact with the artists. In addition to fine art pieces, custom framing and a various selection of artistic gifts and décor are offered. Visit the Web site for a list of the featured artists. Winter hours are Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Sunday noon to 5 p.m.

24265 Main St.
Newhall, CA 91321
(661) 255-7087  
OutWest is a Western boutique and "cultural center" in Old Town Newhall that offers related décor, accessories, apparel, music, books, Native American items, novelties and much more. As part of that, there is an art and photo gallery. OutWest is one of the core participants in the Third Thursday Art Walk. Visit the Web site for store hours.

Valencia Gallery
in the Westfield Valencia
Town Center, Unit 2004-A
25420 West Valencia Blvd.
Valencia, CA 91355
(661) 254-8466
Valenica Gallery is located on the second floor of the Westfiled Valencia Town Center, adjacent to the children's play area. The art offered includes signed and numbered, limited edition prints on canvas in a wide range of prices. Featured artists include: Thomas Kincaid, Michael Godard, Susan Rios, Stephen Shortridge and others. On Saturday, Nov. 14, from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m., there will be a showing of paintings by artist Bob Pejman, who will be signing all show purchases and drawing original sketches on the backs of the canvases. Gallery hours are 10:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. daily, Saturdays 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Sundays 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Canyon Theatre Guild
24242 Main St.
Newhall, CA 91321
(661) 799-2702
The CTG provides free hallway galleries for artists, administered through the Santa Clarita Artists' Association. The galleries are changed out every two months, for six "shows" a year and include paintings and/or photography. The art can be viewed six days a week during business hours, generally 10 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. - and, of course, the art can be viewed whenever you attend one of the CTG theatrical productions.

Repertory East Playhouse
24266 Main St.
Newhall, CA 91321
(661) 288-0000
The REP's walls feature paintings by select artists as part of the Third Thursday Art Walk program. (The next is Thursday, Nov. 19 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.) and art can also be viewed, of course, whenever you attend one of the REP's theatrical productions.

College of the Canyons
Valencia Campus
Mentry Hall 108
26455 Rockwell Canyon Road.
Valencia, CA 91355
(661) 362-3612  
The College of the Canyons Art Gallery is committed to serving the college community and the community at large through exhibitions and programs that enhance curriculum as well as engage a greater audience in the visual arts. The gallery curates a variety of exhibitions annually. The next exhibition will be "Beyond the Image," Nov. 19 through Dec. 18 (reception Nov. 19, 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.). This exhibition is being organized by COC faculty member, Mercedes McDonald, in partnership with Black Maria Gallery in Glendale, Calif., and features the work of approximately 12 of the most creative and cutting edge illustrators working today.
Gallery hours are Monday through Thursday 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. - or by appointment. Admission is free.

California Institute of the Arts
24700 McBean Parkway
Valencia, CA 91355
Art Office (661) 253-7801
Both undergraduate and graduate student art is displayed in seven on-campus art galleries. There are different shows in each gallery each week and regular business hours, Monday through Friday, are the best time to visit. Every type of art is featured, from paintings to photographs to sculpture. For current display details visit and click on "Gallery Exhibitions."



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