The ARTree Community Arts Center

Developing the Roots of Creativity

About ARTree

Mission

The ARTree offers and provides opportunities to explore, create, and nurture artistic potential for children 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.

Testimonials

Read about the wonderful things people are saying about ARTree!

ARTree Documentary

Our own Board member, Noel Bermudez, has put together a documentary on ARTree. Take a look!

Board of Directors

Bob Hernandez

Bob Hernandez

President

Bob Hernandez graduated from California Institute of the Arts, BFA with honors. Bob was a Design Director for KCBS, Fox Sports Network, Telemundo and has served on the Executive Board of The Boadcast Designers Association.

With his own company, Bob Hernandez Design, he lead creative teams in formulating multimedia projects and producing art for such companies as Simon & Schuster, IBM, Time Warner, and NBC.

The teaching bug hit years later and Bob got an opportunity to take on the position of Associate professor at Cal State Northridege, teaching design and experimental film.

Soon after the mult-media craze hit, both his illustration and design talents began to flourish. His multi-media work for Simon & Schuster on The Amazon Jungle and Animals of the world has been on display at The Smithsonian Institute.

Though Bob has been nominated several times, won an Emmy, and has various National and International awards during his career, Bob confesses that his true joy is teaching children, and heading up the ARTree's efforts in bringing arts education to the community.

Dianne Foderaro

Dianne Foderaro

Vice President & Education Chair

Dianne is a founding member of the ARTree and is currently the Vice President as well as the education chair. An educator with thirty years of experience in the public schools, she has shared her love of art with thousands of children. She continues to focus on teaching children the basics of art, by both planning and teaching many of the classes offered by The ARTree.

Dianne is a metal sculptor who incorporates discarded metal objects into the whimsical characters she creates. Her dancers and skaters depict pursuits of childhood. The use of uncommon materials and the poses of her sculptures remind the viewer to revisit simpler times. She has personal and collaborative works installed in public areas in Santa Clarita as well as in private collections throughout California.

Andrew Tyzbir

Andrew Tyzbir

Fundraising Chair

Andrew has been a Valencia resident since 1984. He is married with two adult daughters and is a Realtor with Pinnacle Estate Properties specializing in residential and commercial properties throughout the Los Angeles and Ventura county areas. Andrew has a Bachelor of Science degree from New Hampshire University. Andrew is retired from Unocal, a major oil company that was ultimately purchased by the Chevron Corporation. At Unocal, Andrew working in the Human Resources Division, managed the administration of the Company's benefit plans and programs. Andrew also sits on the Board of Directors for the Valencia Hills Homeowners Association and is also committee member for the Los Angeles Alzheimer's Association. As a Board Member of The ARTree, Andrew's primary responsibility is fundraising. In his free time, he enjoys cooking and gardening. His beautiful wife Idelle, an artist, is also a very active volunteer in The ARTree.

Noel Bermudez

Noel Bermudez

Communications Chair

Noel Bermudez has been on the ARTree board since 2012. His focus is on the organization's external communication and he oversees the ARTree Newsletter and e-blasts, as well as writing articles to maintain the profile of the organization in the SCV community. He also teaches and assists in a variety of ARTree classes. Noel has been a professional in the entertainment industry for over 30 years, currently working as a production accountant. He earned his BA in Mass Communication from Oklahoma City University, and a MA in Communication and Leadership Studies from Gonzaga University. Noel is married, with two adult sons, both of whom are proud graduates of Hart High. Noel and his entire family enjoy attending concerts, strolling museums, cooking, and traveling when time and budgets allow.

Melissa Lackman

Melissa Lackman

Treasurer

Melissa is presently the Treasurer for The ARTree. She also teaches classes and workshops to children and teens in the community. She is an Attorney-Member of the California Bar since 1981. She practiced personal injury and business litigation for eleven years in California, Washington DC and Virginia. Although she is "retired" since 1992, she maintains an active bar membership in California. Since "retiring" she has had extensive community and national nonprofit involvement at the board level. Melissa earned her J.D. at Boalt Hall School of Law, University of California at Berkeley and her B.A. in Art at Seattle Pacific University. While she does not provide specific legal advice to The ARTree, she does provide general insight. She is an expert communicator and provides sage guidance to Board matters. Melissa also participated in a performing Welsh choir for several years.

Eileen Zeidner

Eileen Zeidner

Secretary

Eileen is presently the Secretary for The ARTree. She also assists instructors in teaching art classes to children in the community. Her passion for nurturing children also shines through with her work in tutoring first-graders in the classroom for the SCV Education Foundation's Read With Me Program. She studied at Adelphi University for a career as a Legal Assistant and coupled with her experience as a Medical Library Assistant at Jamaica Hospital, New York she practiced as a Paralegal specializing in medical malpractice and personal injury for 25 years. As her education and experience did not fully translate out of the jurisdiction of New York State she took an "early retirement" and started on the volunteer track in 1999. She is a Master Gardener in the state of Texas and served at the Coppell, Texas Community Garden both in growing fruit and vegetables and on their "steering" committee. She volunteered at the Denton County Food Bank providing recipes for the produce donated by the community garden. In California she has volunteered for the Assistance League, Library and Hosting Foreign Students. She has a passion for cooking and practices in her copious spare time!