The Canyon Lake Fine Arts Guild announced its 2020 board of directors during its annual Member Meeting on Monday at the lodge. All of the 2019 directors volunteered to continue serving in their positions throughout the 2020 season. The board members are Ron Martel, president; Bonnie Dubbs, vice president; Larry Garland, operations director; Corrie Tutt, publicity; Shari Skidmore, secretary; Rhonda Pilto, treasurer and Jim Lafferty, membership.
The Fine Arts Guild traces its beginnings back to 2001 when the Woman’s Club sponsored an event to raise money for a baby grand piano. The audience, dressed in gowns, jewelry, furs and tuxedos, enjoyed classical music performed by the Inland Valley Symphony.
Club President Mavis Schaffner was so inspired by the receptive audience she proposed the formalization of what became the Canyon Lake Fine Arts Guild. The past years have featured a wide range of musical offerings, evolving from classical and opera to Broadway, jazz, swing, country and rock. From a spring and fall concert, the Fine Arts Guild’s program now includes six concerts per year.
The Guild has been and continues to be a team effort. Many community members deserve credit for its creation and success. Along with Mavis and Marlo Schaffner, there were Art Zasio, Dorothy and Ken Cable, Dr. Vick Knight, Audrey Barrows, Carol Vaughn and Shirley Beauttas. There have been dozens of others who contributed their time, energy and creative talents to the program.
With changing demographics of the community, music styles change and the Fine Arts Guild has evolved accordingly.
The last four years have featured sold-out performances for rock, pop and country tribute performers. The 2019 program featured tributes to Neil Diamond, Frank Sinatra, Garth Brooks, the Doobie Brothers, Jimmy Buffett and the Rolling Stones, each with full live bands and orchestras.
In 2018, the Fine Arts Guild proposed, championed and donated $25,000 toward the new amphitheater at Holiday Harbor Park where they offered two free concerts as a way of giving back to the community.
In addition to its free concerts, the Fine Arts Guild also awarded a scholarship to a local high school senior, who will be majoring in music, and became the largest sponsor of the Canyon Lake Community Theatre’s recent production of “Beauty and the Beast.”
The Fine Arts Guild’s 2020 program will feature tribute performances at the lodge for the Eagles, Crosby Stills Nash & Young, Brooks & Dunn and Queen and two free concerts at the amphitheater featuring Motown music from Summerhill Soul and a tribute to Journey.
The Fines Arts Guild is committed to offering the community quality shows at affordable prices; therefore, ticket prices will remain the same in 2020. General Admission tickets cost $25, VIP tickets cost $45.
For more information about the Canyon Lake Fine Arts Guild or to purchase concert tickets, visit canyonlakeguild.org.