Phone: (818) 634-4180
The ARTree Community Arts Center
PO Box 220801
Newhall, CA 91322
Federal Tax ID #27-3352257
The ARTree offers and provides opportunities to explore, create, and nurture artistic potential for children and adults throughout the community of Santa Clarita.
Classes and Events
We offer classes and events throughout the year. Check the calendar to see what’s coming up.
Maps & Directions
We are the community arts center without a home! But, every FIRST THURSDAY you can find us at THE ART WALK in front of 24258 Main St., Newhall, CA.
Board of Directors
Bob Hernandez has always been a person who enjoys challenges, big or small and takes them on with great passion. As a California Institute of the Arts student and graduate Bob took great joy in discovering his unique gifts as an artist, designer and later in his career as a communicator of ideas and vision.
Bob has been a Design Director at KCBS, Fox Sports Network, Telemundo and has directed teams of creative people.
His multi-media work on The Amazon Jungle and Animals of the world has been on display at The Smithsonian Institute.
Though Bob has won an Emmy, and various National and International awards during his career, Bob confesses that his true joy is seeing a child or adults face at the moment they create something.
Secretary Education Chair
Dianne Foderaro is an artist and a teacher. She has a Master of Arts degree in education with an emphasis on art, and have completed research proving the importance of drawing in the development of visual perceptual skills. Her grant-funded projects include guiding students to complete movable murals as well as the development of video projects with 5th grade students. She creates welded metal art, breathing new life into discarded metal objects. All of her pieces include recycled materials.
Fund Raising Chair
Andy has been a Valencia resident since 1984. He’s married with two daughters, is a Realtor Commercial and Residential with Pinnacle Estate Properties (covering Santa Clarita, Los Angeles and Ventura areas). Andy is a retiree from the Chevron Corporation (having worked for Unocal 76, which was acquired by Chevron). There he managed the administration of all benefit programs for the corporation such as Retirement, 401(k), Medical, Life, Workers’ Compensation, Disability, etc. He also sits on the Board of Directors for the Valencia HOA.
Press and Publicity
Mary works as a patient advocate for medical device manufacturer. She has lived here in the Santa Clarita Valley for 5 years and has two grown sons. In her free time, photography is her main passion. Through her photography, she seeks to document her own personal experiences, to capture scenes and events as she see them and to share with others the beauty and diversity of the world. Also a wood turner, she values the freedom from strict form in her wood turnings. Mary’s turnings are infused with a sense of freedom incorporating traditional shapes with a contemporary flair.
Noel Bermudez has a passion for communication and learning. He is married, with two adult sons, and has worked in the entertainment industry for over 30 years, currently as a production accountant. With a B.A. in communication and theater from Oklahoma City University (where he also served in the Air Force), he is now getting his masters in communication and leadership studies. Noel’s desire is to use these skills to contribute to the artistic growth of Santa Clarita, where he has lived since 1981. Noel, and his entire family, enjoys attending concerts, strolling museums, hosting parties, and traveling when time and budgets allow. You might also see him running in the valley wearing his signature sushi-chef headband.
Melissa got her undergrad degree in art and then went to do other things for a while. She’s picked up her paints again in recent years. She is a member of the bar of the State of California (since 1981) and has a long history of working with nonprofit and community organizations in both fundraising and teaching and implementing skills in influencing public policy. She enjoyed teaching with the ARTree at the Newhall Community Center in 2011 and looks forward to more projects!
Read about the wonderful things people are saying about ARTree!
Our own Board member, Noel Bermudez, has put together a documentary on ARTree. Take a look!
The Arts Sampler, six weeks of varied arts experiences taught by ARTree volunteers, was kicked off this week by Noel Bermudez. He taught storytelling techniques and encouraged the children to act out three different tall tales. As the class began, the kids were a little reluctant to volunteer for the roles of each character, but Noel’s enthusiasm was too contagious to ignore. Before long all of the kids were excitedly acting out each tale. It was a great class that was videotaped so that parents will be able to see the tall tales at the celebration of the arts created by their students on the last evening of the series.
On Tuesday, August 5th the photo shoot for the new, “Ever-Changing Wall.” took place at the Newhall Community Center. Mel Carll was there with all of his photo equipment, lights, cameras, and backdrops. Roy Juan was there with his visual expertise. Bob was on board setting everything up, including all kinds of arts props to help the kids feel more comfortable. I (Dianne) was there to shoot the shoot. I captured the pics that you see here.
When I arrived, everything was in place and the teens behind the camera were already on their second subject. I climbed up into the boxing ring for a bird’s eye view and started snapping pictures of the event. The kids who “were ready for their closeups “were all excited. The teen photographers took turns behind the camera. There was great help from Dar at the Center as we worked with children from the center, the local Boys and Girls Club and the community.
In under two hours each of eleven kids was photographed with and without props. They laughed, clowned, and played through the session. The adults were charmed by the kids as we each completed our designated tasks. Following the shoot four of us went back to Mel’s studio to view the shots and choose the final photos for the wall. It was an amazing day in the progress of the Ever-Changing Wall.
The ARTree took on the challenge of teaching classes at two different locations this summer. Our “Arts Sampler” included classes in watercolors, Boba straw sculptures, watercolor inks, mixed media works, colored pencils, and clay sculpture. It was our debut at the Canyon Country Community Center.
We also tried something new at the Newhall Community Center. We worked with a small group of teens that created 3D characters, wrote a script, painted a backdrop and then performed the story they created on the last night of class. The performance of the “Bots” was videotaped. It was a wonderfully creative process for all who were involved.