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Non Profit of the Week – Santa Clarita Artists Association

| SC Living | May 25, 2018

The Santa Clarita Artists Association (SCAA) was started in 1989 and continuously aims to improve the cultural aspects of Santa Clarita by Making Visual Art Visible, which serves as the non-profit’s tagline. The organization helps educate the community on the importance of art and provides opportunities for creative growth and expression.

The SCAA art gallery is at 22508 6th St. in Newhall. The current exhibit is “Colors of Spring,” which will run until June 24. The next free art reception will be July 6, 2018 from 5-8 p.m., featuring a new exhibit, “Summer Breeze.”

On June 9-10, 2018, 20 artists from Santa Clarita Artists Association will exhibit at the Oakmont Senior Living lobby and courtyard. Gourmet appetizers, pastries and drinks will be served from 11 to 3 p.m. Kindly RSVP to 661-295-2025.

SCAA exhibits can also be viewed by the public at Canyon Theatre Guild, Samuel Dixon Healthcare, Art Walk on Main and annually at Le Chene, The Art Classic at Hart Park, the libraries, City Hall, The Oaks Club and other rotating venues around Santa Clarita.

For community outreach, the SCAA provides free monthly art demos. Nancy Eckels will demonstrate acrylic painting at the August 20, 2018 meeting at Barnes and Noble.

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On June 23-24, 2018 Joseph Cibere will demonstrate his unique style of watercolor during a two-day workshop at Home Care Services. As funding allows, workshops, art enrichment and education classes are conducted for the benefit of Santa Clarita residents. Several of the members teach privately and at local schools.

Special plein-air events will be planned throughout the upcoming months. The next outing will be at Le Chene gardens. Guests are welcome.

Annually, the SCAA awards a scholarship to three high school seniors pursuing an art career. The community can help support these programs and expand the relevance of visual arts in Santa Clarita by becoming a sponsor for the organization’s big fundraiser, the Art Classic held on Sept. 29-30.

The current SCAA president is Zony Gordon. See other activities and times on the SCAA website: www.santaclaritaartists.org/.

Three Santa Clarita Women Earn Art Scholarships

The Santa Clarita Artists Association awarded scholarships to three high school seniors totaling $2,250 on Monday night. The new graduates all plan to study art in college, said Cathy King, SCAA scholarship chair.

The following were awarded:

First place is $1,000 presented to Paulina Gruzdev from West Ranch High School. She’s been accepted at CalArts and Laguna Art College. She is interested in filmmaking, illustration and graphic design and loves film, watercolor and colored pencil.

Second place is $750 presented to Anna Park from West Ranch High School. She will attend UCLA. She is interested in album design and she loves charcoal and mixed media.

Third place is $500 presented to Sophie McMurphy from Golden Valley High School. She will enroll in College of the Canyons in August 2018. She loves impressionistic art, pen and watercolor.

The opportunity was made available to all high school senior art students in Santa Clarita.

“We are very proud to honor these three outstanding student artists who will also enjoy a free membership for a year with SCAA as part of their prizes. They are great role models for young Santa Claritans to pursue their creative dreams,” said Zony Gordon, president.

The Santa Clarita Artists Association was founded in 1989 by a group of local artists who had a desire to share their expertise, knowledge, and enthusiasm for art. SCAA has a broad range of talent from professional to novice. Members provide the ability to encourage, assist, develop, and exchange ideas and information in building on artistic skills.

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