How Great The Arts

| Articles, Canyon Country Magazine, Spotlight News | February 11, 2014

By Martha Michael

Darlene Marcos

How to Paint a Mural
Budding artist or not, you will either gain some painting pointers or just enjoy getting some insight into the mind of a talented local muralist at the next meeting of the Santa Clarita Artists’ Association (SCAA). The talent of artist Darlene Marcos will be front and center at this month’s art demo, entitled “How to Paint a Mural.”

“My sole source of income has been surrounded by art from the time I was 18 years of age,” said Marcos. “As a ‘fine artist,’ I have enjoyed creating canvases for shows and illustrating books for my ideas, likes and wants. As a ‘muralist/finisher,’ I have enjoyed creating for others from their ideas, likes and wants. Color plays a big factor in designing for homes and businesses. The murals and finishes must flow with the concept of their personal surroundings. Finishes are a tool for muralists to complete the walls encompassing the murals. Many faux finishes and decorative finishes are used inside and outside the mural – definitely a handshake between two worlds. I have now been a professional muralist for over 35 years.”

The SCAA’s meeting will be held on February 17 at 6:30 p.m. at Barnes & Noble in Valencia, and it is free and open to the public. Arrive


One of Darlene’s Murals

early, as there is often standing room only. For information regarding SCAA, contact www.santaclaritaartists.org or call (661) 244-7689. Barnes & Noble is located at 23630 Valencia Boulevard in Valencia.

Arts Alliance Revival
Over the years, Santa Clarita has seen the Arts Alliance come and go. It’s baaaaaack!

The non-profit committee was formed in 1997, as a coalition of artists and arts organizations coming together to address arts needs in the community. The group was hosted by the City of Santa Clarita, and it accomplished some key pieces of history: the development of a Cultural Arts Master Plan, advocating for support for additional funding for the Performing Arts Center, advocating for an Arts Commission, and arts funding.

While the entity faded away for a time, it was recently given new life, and members are currently being sought to become involved. The group acts as a forum to discuss issues that face the local arts community: on-going arts funding, public art, local venues, development of an arts center, and further development of the Arts Commission. Its aim is to foster local jobs in the arts and strengthen the local arts economy.

“It was always the goal of the Arts Alliance to be independent of the City,” said David Stears, a founding member of the Arts Alliance. “Now is a great time to revive the Arts Alliance. The arts are on the verge of a renaissance in our community.”

Currently the Arts Alliance can be found on the following forms of social media: Facebook.com/ArtsAllianceSC, a twitter account called @ArtsAllianceSC, email ArtsAllianceSC@gmail.com, and a facebook group for artists: Facebook.com/groups/ArtsAllianceSCV. Anyone can sign-up for a monthly newsletter at the website: http://artsalliancesc.weebly.com.

The Arts Alliance is open to all artists, performers, arts organizations, and arts supporters in the entire Santa Clarita Valley. Currently there is no formal structure to the group, however there are plans for a future meeting. Anyone interested in participating, organizing, or hosting a physical meeting, send an email to ArtsAllianceSC@gmail.com.

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