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First ‘Art Slam’ in Newhall draws hundreds

Posted: March 8, 2013 5:33 p.m.
Updated: March 8, 2013 5:33 p.m.

Neon art pieces by Linda Sue Price and Michael Flechtner on display in the J. Serraino shop on Main Street during the Art Slam in Newhall on Thursday. Signal photo by Jonathan Pobre

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Even with cloudy skies overhead, hundreds of people turned out for Santa Clarita’s inaugural “Art Slam” this week in Newhall.

The event Thursday night was the first in a monthly series and featured light-inspired art displays such as works with neon lights.

Some 25 artists, about half of them local, showed off their work, said Santa Clarita Arts and Events Supervisor Jeff Barber.

Though the arts celebration was meant to be a primarily outdoor affair near the intersection of Lyons Avenue and Main Street, rainy weather forced much of the artwork inside nearby businesses, Barber said Friday.

Weather permitting, future events will be held outside, Barber said.

“But for a first event, with the threat of rain, we were really pleased with the turnout,” which numbered hundreds, he said.

The event was conceived last August as a way to draw people to downtown Newhall, which Barber called Santa Clarita’s “arts and entertainment district.”

Thursday’s Art Slam ran from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m., but Barber said there are discussions to shorten the event by an hour in the future, since the crowd Thursday thinned significantly after 10 p.m.

Future events will be held on the first Thursday of each month, each featuring a theme.

For “Green Slam” in April, artists will craft pieces using recycled materials. “Red Slam” in May will spotlight works featuring the color red.

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