All are invited to Art Association Spring Gala


Canyon Lakers and their guests are invited to the Canyon Lake Art Association’s Spring Gala at the Senior Center on April 25, from 4 to 7 p.m. The gala will honor the Art Association’s sponsors. Hors d’oeuvres will be served.

Artwork currently on display in the Senior Center is based upon an “Abstract Expressionism” theme, a method in which the artist takes an intriguing idea, or image, and transforms it into an emotional, expressionistic response. some of the artists’ whose work currently is on display are Barbara Perryman, Rhonda Strickland and Marilyn Sarkisian-Latimer.

The CLAA recently added Rebecca Esquibel to its board as the 2nd Vice-President. Rebecca, a resident of Lake Elsinore and a board member with the Studio 395 Foundation (a nonprofit arts-related organization) brings more than 28 years of corporate business experience to the group as they focus on grant funding and community engagement to fulfill their mission.

The Art Association is a philanthropic non-profit organization with a mission of taking art into the community, awarding scholarships and providing events and venues where artists can display their work and educate others.

“I’m looking forward to continuing my volunteer work in the arts with the CLAA,” says Rebecca. “There is so much talent in this area and my view is that art invigorates a community; it brings people together. I’m not an artist, but I do have an appreciation for its impact and I feel that I can contribute by helping with my skills: business organization, professional writing and marketing.”

“We are very excited to be able to add Rebecca to our board,” says CLAA President Barbara Perryman. “We look forward to her contributions and new perspective. We also think that this link with Studio 395 is a step towards pooling our resources towards the common goal of engaging more artists and expanding the local community’s awareness that there is quality art creation happening in southwest Riverside County.”

The CLAA is hosting two upcoming events: the Spring Gala on April 25 and the Student Scholarship Awards reception, scheduled for May 18.

The group hopes to add more dollars this year to their student scholarship program that benefits local high school graduates looking towards an education in various art disciplines.

On an ongoing basis, Pepe’s Mexican Restaurant and Cantina will feature a new CLAA artist in its banquet room. Selection will be every two months based on a theme. The theme for May and June is interpretive, abstract or expressionist pieces. All mediums are welcome. Artists must be current on their dues in order to exhibit. The work of Cindy Keith, an oil and watercolor artist, is currently on display.

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