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Local artists' work on display

Tesoro Adobe Historic Park hosts art show

Posted: January 3, 2009 8:16 p.m.
Updated: January 4, 2009 4:59 a.m.

Sandy Fisher, from Saugus, admires artwork on display from fellow members of the Santa Clarita Artists' Association at the Tesoro Adobe Historic Park Saturday morning. The display, which goes on all year, will rotate different works from local artists.

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Oil portraits, watercolor landscapes and dozens more colorful and unique art pieces are on display for viewing and for sale at the Adobe Ranch House in the Tesoro Adobe Historic Park in Valencia.

The park - managed by Los Angeles County - was once the home of early Western actor Harry Carey.

Recently, the park partnered with the Santa Clarita Artists' Association, allowing local artists to display their art in the Spanish colonial-style home.

The park is open at various times throughout the week for community visitors to tour. Since Dec. 6, visitors who walk through the Adobe Ranch House can enjoy the works of local artists, which are rotated every few weeks.

"It's been great and it brings in different people than usual and that's what we want - an array of people here," said Laurie Bevington, a recreation leader with the county Department of Recreation and Parks.
"We're all creative, so everyone can appreciate the art. Whether they're coming for the art show or not, people stop and look at it."

Artist Olga Kaczmar of Newhall, whose many nature, animal and landscape paintings grace the Ranch house's walls, said the desire to display her art is inherent in an artist's makeup.

"You have a garage full of pieces and you have to show them and sell them or else you have no room to turn in your own house," she said. "I'd like everyone to own at least one of my pieces."

Kaczmar said she also works for the compliments she receives from those who enjoy her art.

A soft-colored oil painting of her Calico cat named Fatso is centered within Kaczmar's display at the park.

Kaczmar started painting horses when she was a child. She's spent 30 years as a graphic artist and advertising manager. Among many art accomplishments, in 2007 her art was used to promote a film and book on the Ukrainian genocide of 1932, according to information she provided.

The Artists' Association outgoing president, Sandy Fisher, said in the time she spent leading the association, she tried to make the local artists, like Kaczmar, more known in the community.

The association was started in 1989 and is the only nonprofit organization in town dedicated to visual art, according to information Kaczmar provided.

She said she wants the Santa Clarita community to know great artists don't only exist in places like Laguna Beach or Santa Barbara, but in this valley, too.

Fisher said she'd also like for people to see the benefit in owning an original piece of art.

"People see it as a luxury item," she said. "But when you think about spending (money) on a TV or sofa, you can have a beautiful piece of art that means something - that reminds you of how it moved you when you bought it, and then it can become an heirloom."

The park will host a free reception where community members can view the art and enjoy refreshments from noon to 3 p.m. on Jan. 17.

The art show will continue for the rest of the year, Fisher said. The next art piece rotation will take place on Saturday.

The park and art show is open from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays and through appointment on additional days, Bevington said.

Tesoro Adobe Historic Park's phone number is (661) 702-8953. The address is 29350 Avenida Rancho Tesoro in Valencia.

The Santa Clarita Artists' Association phone number is (661) 618-0939.

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