Santa Clarita Artists’ Association was founded in 1989 by a group of local artists who had a desire to share their expertise and enthusiasm for art with the community. The SCAA has a range of talent, from novice to professional, in the organization. Members provide the ability to assist, develop and exchange ideas and information in order to expand artistic skill levels.
The non-profit group’s mission is to promote art in the Santa Clarita Valley by “Making Visual Art Visible.” They hold community outreach programs that are educational and free to the public. Scholarships are awarded to students from local high schools and at the college level.
On the third Monday of every month, the SCAA hosts general membership meetings, held at 6:30 p.m. The majority of meetings include professional demonstrations by well-known artists, including raffles of their artwork.
Attendees at their upcoming gala will receive a “Passport to the World of Art” on Saturday, October 17, 2015. The 26th Annual Art Classic fine arts competition, presented by the Santa Clarita Artists Association and the County of Los Angeles, will be held at Hart Hall at William S. Hart Park in Newhall from 2-5 p.m.
In addition to enjoying art by talented locals adjudicated by high profile judges, there will be complimentary food, beverages and Big Band music from the Ian Vo Jazz Trio. Approximately 100 artists will be displaying their best work and awards will be presented that afternoon in all categories of art. There will be a raffle and silent auction opportunities at the gala, and an original work of art will be given to one lucky guest as a door prize drawing.
A free public viewing of the art will be on Sun. Oct. 18, from 10-4:00 pm at Hart Hall. Tickets are $25 each and may be purchased at www.santaclaritaartists.org or by calling (661) 252-7639. A free public viewing of the art will be on Sunday, October 18 from 10-4 p.m. at Hart Hall in William S. Hart Park, 24151 Newhall Avenue in Newhall.
The following are this year’s judges:
• Linda Du Pas is a member of the prestigious Oil Paint=ers of America and California Art Club. She received much of her art education at the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena and studied extensively with respected contemporary artists through private classes and workshops. She is greatly influenced by the style and tradition of early California impressionists. She has developed a style that is uniquely her own, but is always exploring new techniques. Her paintings are in private and corporate collections in the United States and Europe, including the corporate office of Hormel Foods in Minnesota, the west wing lobby of Huntington Memorial Hospital in Pasadena, California, and Providence St. Joseph Hospital in Burbank, California. “I would like those who view my paintings to feel uplifted and peaceful. With light and color, I strive to capture the many moods of nature and draw attention to the beauty that surrounds us, even in the most everyday scenes,” said Du Pas. View her work at http://lindadupas.com
• Gary Moss is a professional photographer, educator, lecturer and mentor, based in Los Angeles. He amassed a solid reputation and prolific body of work over 30 years, specializing in travel, food, celebrity portrait, advertising and editorial photography. His work has appeared in Bon Appétit, Cigar Aficionado, Coastal Living, Condé Nast Traveler, Family Fun, Food Arts, LA Times Magazine, Men’s Health, National Geographic Traveler, Newsweek, New York Times Magazine, Outside, People, Robb Report, Rolling Stone, Sunset, Time and TV Guide. On the advertising side, his commercial portfolio includes prestigious clientele, such as Caesars Palace, Four Seasons, NBC Universal, Nestle USA, Wells Fargo, and Wolfgang Puck Worldwide. He is photo editor for 805 Living, a Southern California lifestyle magazine.
A total of 80 artists will participate in the competition this year. There are eight “masters” level artists participating as well. The following are this year’s masters:
CM Cooper refers to herself as a “contemporary traditionalist.” Her impressionistic paintings blend classic aesthetics with the modern figure. Women, children, dancers, and animals in contemporary settings come to life through her bold impressionistic brush strokes. Cooper’s delicate color sensitivity and wonderful sense of light create images that are filled with emotion and feeling.
Jim Bakman, a woodcarver for nearly 50 years, has developed his work with wood into more artistic and adventurous pieces. His research of design elements has drawn him to a deep interest in Celtic Art, human faces and wildlife.
Hector Fernandez, a self-taught artist, has developed a passion for scratchboard since high school. His subjects range from figural to wildlife. He is on the lookout for images that have interesting light and texture. He has received awards from the International Society of Scratchboard Artists.
Rick Moore, who was originally from Indianapolis, had an ambition to work in films, which brought him to projects at Walt Disney Studios. His favorite subject is the beauty he finds in all female faces. He has drawn and painted hundreds of female faces over the years.
Gary Friedman is best known in the club as a watercolorist. His artwork began with sketching and drawing cartoons. He sees the need for form and exploring color. The retired music teacher has a jazz group called the RBG Trio. Gary has excelled in the watercolor medium, and he appreciates the therapeutic aspect of creating artwork and practicing his music.
Jill Hackett is a pastel artist who graduated from Ball State University. Music was her first artistic expression, and she co-founded the Santa Clarita Master Chorale. Jill enjoys drawing pastel artworks because of the beautiful luminosity pastels create. She is a consistent gold and silver medal winner with the SCAA.
Jeanne Iler, a painter and graphic artist from Illinois, studied at the University of Illinois and Chicago Art Institute. She has been a working artist for over 30 years. Passionate about fine art and helping others, she provides private lessons in a range of art media. Jeanne travels each year and creates artwork of the locations she visits.
Laurie Beth Finkelstein has studied at various institutions, including USC School of Music and the Arts, Otis Art Institute, and California State University, Long Beach. She ultimately chose acrylics and mixed media as her current favorites. At present, her “Rock Cultures” artworks are her unique expression of creativity.