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Guest Speaker Series: Margie Russomanno & Mark Gasbarro


Gasbarro Russomano

Mark Gasbarro
Margie Russomanno
Composers, Musicians, Performers

How music is made

Sometimes Mark Gasbarro and Margie Russomanno work alone. Mark might be on the scoring stage playing for films like Jurassic World and Inside Out, and Margie would be writing lyrics for a commercial or TV series. They’re great alone, but together…they’re gems.

Maybe that’s why their collaboration is called EMERALDE, creating music with an ethereal and cinematic feel. For us, Mark and Margie will define their creative process, take us into the world of writing and arranging, and perform some of their inspiring music. What a melodic night this will be!

Thursday – March 24, 2016 – 6:30pm, at the Old Town Newhall Library


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ARTree, We Hardly Know You

Noel Bermudez

The ARTree Communications Chair

What is going on with ARTree! It has been more than six months since ARTree moved into a place to call its own. A community arts center that really has a center and is in the community. Imagine that! Old Town Newhall is where we call home. In case you haven’t been there, we’re at the south end of the Arts District, down the street from where the soon to be built (hey, two years isn’t a millennium) Laemmle Theater. You can still find our classes in Seasons Magazine (in your mailbox or online) but we will soon be, as the cowboys say, “bustin’ at the seams” with new classes. Are the ever-popular Arts Sampler and Watercolor classes going away? Au contraire my future CalArts grads. We will have these and much, much more.

We already offer a wonderful class in 8mm filmmaking that teach preteens to shoot and edit in one almost seamless process. You can take your watercolor talents to the next level with our advance classes. In the works are limited series in origami, clay sculpting, and drawing. And, girl and boy’s favorite – building robots!

Also, don’t forget our public art projects for Canyon Country and Newhall, and our continuing Speaker Series at the Old Town Newhall Library on the fourth Thursdays of the month. Not bad for a scrappy little non-profit with dreams bigger than its bank account. Right?

It’s easy to discover what ARTree is up to. Sign up for our newsletter, follow us on Facebook, or just call us at (661) 672-7500. Yes, your smart phone is actually smart enough to be used for that, and we know you’re smart enough to know that art needs to be an important part of your life and that of your family. ARTree is here to help you do it.

Guest Speaker Series – Ruth Balbach



Ruth Balbach
Creative Director
DreamWorks Animation

Creating Art for Others

What inspires you? What’s your personal artistic journey? Ruth Balbach’s creative path took her from managing creative teams for Target to designing and branding for DreamWorks Animation.

Ruth will tell us about the conflicts, revelations, and transformations that carved her unique path, and will give a presentation illustrating that where you end up might not be the same place you thought you were headed.

Thursday – February 25, 2016 – 6:30pm, at the Old Town Newhall Library

Thanks to our partners CalArts Community Arts Partnership (CAP) and the City of Santa Clarita’s Thursdays@Newhall.

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