Bob Hernandez designed a large tree depicting the stylized tree found in the ARTree logo for an M&M project for the Art Slam event held in downtown Newhall on October 3rd. The evening focused on chocolate as art as well as chocolate as a delicious treat. Bob and two others, Rae and Mia, along with the girls from Saugus High Rotary Club, assisted participants in gluing M&Ms onto the large foam core background. Everyone was given a small cup of M&Ms in the color of their choice to be glued onto the tree. When finished gluing, each person was given a scoop of M&Ms for munching as well. The end result was this beautiful tree. Art Slam is held the first Thursday of each month from March through October.
Events — Art Walk
The Art Walk is a monthly activity that the ARTree participates in. It’s an effort by the artists and Old Town Newhall Association to revitalize the arts in Old Town Newhall. It’s also a way for The ARTree to reach out to the community by supplying much needed art activities for children of all ages.
Art Walk is typically the first Thursday of each month. We usually meet on Main Street in Newhall, CA. Check the events calendar to find out when and where the next Art Walk is!
One of The ARTree’s most popular and unique activities has been The Great Shoe Project. Originally created for the Santa Clarita Art Walk, the innovative process takes an ordinary shoe – tennis, oxford, combat, sandal – and transforms it into an art statement. The type of footwear used is not as important as how inspired the metamorphosis is.
A ballet slipper can become a formal place setting, patent leather shoes can sprout flowers, and a tennis shoe can make a statement about the environment. The artists can wander down whatever creative path their mind (and shoe) takes them, limited only by their imagination.
The road to success can be strolled as a couple or caravanned with the entire family. Whether you take this trail alone or with friends, your shoe leads to creative vista that far exceeds the leather, rubber, and cloth of this common and ever-present piece of everyday attire.
Jeff Barber, City of Santa Clarita coordinator for Art Slam!, requested that The ARTree recreate this project for the April event, rebranded as “Green Slam” for this month’s theme of environmental awareness and repurposing everyday items in new and interesting ways.
Thursday’s event will once again feature local artists, food trucks, music, and hands-on creative activities. Participation in the Great Shoe Project is free, with creative materials provided by The ARTree. You can bring your own shoe to decorate, or pick up one from those donated by ARTree patrons.
When your shoe is completed, you can either bring it home with a donation that supports arts education in Santa Clarita, or bid via silent auction on one of over a dozen “shoe projects” done by artists from around Santa Clarita. Be fleet of feet and bring a shoe along with your creativity to Thursday, April 4th, Great Shoe Project at Art Slam.
ARTree Board member