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Success for Art Classic XXIII

Annual fundraiser earns scholarship money for students

Posted: November 1, 2012 2:00 a.m.
Updated: November 1, 2012 2:00 a.m.

Photographer Bruce McFarland, center, shows Marsha and Dale McLean his portfolio of his photographs that he has converted into paintings. He also explained the technical process of the photographs' transformation.

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The XXIII Santa Clarita Artists’ Association offered guests food, music, fine art and a chance to bid on silent auction items to raise funds for a student scholarship.

“We had a terrific 23rd celebration of art, with good wine, gourmet food and fellowship,” said Olga Kaczmar, Art Classic silent auction chairwoman. “We had over 65 items of paintings, jewelry and baskets of good stuff, in the silent auction. So it was fun for all. The proceeds from this auction enables us to raise the art scholarship to $1,500.”

The student art scholarship is awarded annually to a Santa Clarita Valley graduating high school student.

The event was held Oct. 20 at Hart Hall, adjacent to William S. Hart Park in Newhall and featured the afternoon fundraiser followed the next day by a free art show open to the public.

The juried art show awarded gold, silver and merit medals to artists in eight categories including oils, acrylics, watercolors, graphics, other media, photography, sculpture and collage.

Attendees were asked to cast a secret ballot for their favorite artwork.

The People’s Choice award went to Norma Warden for Cape Kiwanda.

The city of Santa Clarita Excellence in Arts award went to Rick Moore for Precious Pieces of Shattered Dreams.

“What inspired me to paint this? I wanted to depict love, fear and hope,” Moore said.

Best of Show was awarded to Gary Friedman for his watercolor Amsterdam I.

Judges of the show were: Lynn Gertenbach, Madeleine Avirov and Art Sherwyn.

Photographer Bruce McFarland has developed a new process that transforms photos into paintings.

“I’ve been developing this treatment for about a year and a half. I see photos as paintings now,” he said.

Artists’ Association president Laurie Morgan said the event featured more than 100 pieces of art on display.

“This is our only fundraiser of the year,” Morgan said. “We raise money for scholarships and free art demonstrations and workshops.”

Santa Clarita Art Commissioner Paul Strickland said he likes Hart Hall as the event venue.

“I enjoy this venue with the combination of indoors and outdoors. The Art Classic features all types of art from Santa Clarita Valley artists,” he said. “Art is important to what Santa Clarita can become in the future.”

Guests enjoyed drinks and hors d’oeuvres on the patio and music by the Jimmy Carnelli band.

Winning artwork at For information about the Santa Clarita Artists’ Association call 661-244-7689.



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