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We Are All Artists

Noel Bermudez

The ARTree Communications Chair

Most of us recognize certain professions by what they wear. We know firemen and policemen by their uniforms, and nurses by their scrubs. But it’s hard to see who artists are, because artists don’t wear uniforms. One reason is that there are so many different kinds of artists. We may think of painters in the smocks, but metal sculptors can wear heavy aprons and protective goggles, muralists put on large hats to protect them from the sun, and actors and singers (when not in costume) look just like us.

Looking like us is one of the most important things about being an artist, because artists don’t just look like us, they are us! Children have this “looking like an artist” thing perfected. At The ARTree we know that children have the spirit and freedom of artists inside. French writer Emile Zola said “if you ask me what I came to do in this world, I, an artist, will answer you: I am here to live out loud.” Living out loud is something children do naturally. Not just by being heard, but by their open and free actions. We find that children have artistic abilities within them that need only the slightest encouragement to emerge and be heard.

A primary focus of The ARTree is to help children “live out loud” through art that they create. That is why our classes are diverse in both their subjects and the teachers that inspire them. Watercolor, wire sculpture, clay forms, dance and storytelling are all aspects of art that children experience and grow from. We offer classes throughout the year and all over Santa Clarita. Look on this site to view our schedule. Then, see if you will recognize the artist right next to you.

April Guest Speaker Series – Jorge Gutierrez

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A Talk AND a Movie

“The Book of Life” director will screen the film before his talk

A film released last Halloween was described as the most beautifully animated film in 2014, fulfilling a life-long dream of its director, Jorge Gutierrez. Described it as a love letter to Mexico, “The Book of Life” has been nominated for a Golden Globe, a Critic’s Choice Award, and Annie Award for Best Animated Feature. Gutierrez is no stranger to acclaim, having won multiple Emmy and Annie Awards for his Nickelodeon series, “El Tigre, The Adventures of Manny Rivera.” However, that’s not the only reason you want to hear him speak. He tells stories of his life in Mexico, and Hollywood, with passion, humor, spirit, and honesty. Young people will see what they can become with knowledge and persistence while those of us a bit older will find his energy infectious.

Thursday, April 23, 2015 at the Newhall Community Center

4:30 pm – Screening
6:30 pm – Jorge Speaks

No charge for admission

Thanks to our partners CalArts Community Arts Partnership (CAP) and the City of Santa Clarita.

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On April 6, Show Up for Public Art

Noel Bermudez

The ARTree Communications Chair

My fellow Santa Claritans, I ask you to consider public art. Is art a sculpture on a highway median or a mural on a wall? Is it a concert in the park or a play in the foothills? The City of Santa Clarita wants to know your answer. What is public art to you? Is it important to have it in the lives of your children, your neighbors, and your community?

On Monday, April 6, 6:30pm at the Activities Center, you will have a real opportunity to tell the city want it should do about public art. Santa Clarita is creating an Arts Master Plan. It will direct the city’s spending on art for the next ten years. That’s a long time. And, as hard as it is to believe, the city wants the input of citizens from across the valley. The writers of this master plan will get ideas from many sources, but the most important source is us – the folks who live, play, drive, work and go to school here.

Do we want more concerts, support for art non-profits, public sculptures or murals, an arts center or a theater? These are just a few of the ideas that have been discussed recently by art supporters. But that’s not the full list. Priorities will be determined by what you have to say, but you can’t say it if you are not there.

Mark your calendar. Monday, April 6, 6:30pm, at the City of Santa Clarita Activities Center, 20880 Centre Pointe Parkway. Be there and be heard. Woody Allen said that eighty percent of success is showing up. You can bet that the ARTree and our supporters will be showing up. Will you?

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