The ARTree Community Arts Center

Developing the Roots of Creativity

About ARTree


The ARTree builds community by providing opportunities to nurture creative thinking and expression through the unique power of the arts.

Classes and Events

We offer classes and events throughout the year.


Read about the wonderful things people are saying about ARTree!

ARTree Documentary

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

Bob Hernandez

Bob Hernandez

Founder and President Emeritus

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 Broadcast 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, and Time Warner.

The teaching bug hit years later and Bob got an opportunity to take on a teaching position at Cal State Northridge, teaching design and experimental film.

Soon after the multi-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.

Bob lives with his wife, Diane in Santa Clarita and has two grown sons that are executives in the entertainment industry.

Board of Directors

Melissa Lackman

Melissa Lackman

Treasurer & Acting President

Melissa Morton Lackman grew up surrounded by artists and musicians and has always loved fine art. She took a B.A. in Art from Seattle Pacific University in 1977, before turning to a career in law. After earning her J.D. from Boalt Hall School of Law, University of California at Berkeley in 1981, she was a full-time litigator for 11 years.

Melissa has been directly involved in nonprofit management at the board level since approximately 1995, serving a variety of organizations, both local and national.

In addition to her studio practice, she has passion for children’s mental health, children’s arts education, music, language learning, and travel.

Mrs. Lackman serves as the Treasurer of the ARTree as well as is Chief Business Officer of International Encaustic Artists.

Dianne Foderaro

Kay Kaminski

Secretary & Teacher

Kay is a visual artist, with formal studies in photography and graphic design. She has been an instructor with ARTree since 2014.

With a B.A. in Education from Michigan State University, working with the ARTree fits her well. Formerly a manager and buyer at a large independent bookstore, followed by curating exhibits at a respected art gallery, these positions brought her great personal satisfaction from their strong ties with the community. After moving to California from Michigan in 1999, she studied graphic design at UCLA and began freelancing.

Creatively, she works in collage and printmaking, and hopes to inspire the students of ARTree in those mediums.

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. He 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.

As a Board Member of The ARTree, Andrew's primary responsibility is fundraising. He also sits on the Board of Directors for the Valencia Hills Homeowners Association and is a committee member for the Los Angeles Alzheimer's Association.

In his free time, he enjoys cooking and gardening. His beautiful wife Idelle, an artist, is also a very active volunteer in The ARTree.

Michael Powell

Michael R. Powell


Michael is an artist and musician. He co-owned an art studio in Saugus, CA. where he taught an after school art program. He also taught art classes at an elementary school in North Hills, CA.

Michael has assisted with and instructed art classes for The ARTree for the past few years. He joined the ARTree because of how the other instructors seem to enjoy teaching the kids from the community.

Michael is very passionate about art and music, saying; “if you can see it, you can draw it and if you can hear it, you can play it.”

Michael has been a resident of Santa Clarita for over 29 years, is married and has six grown children and three grandchildren.

Karen Martinez

Karen Martinez

Newsletter, Social Media, & Teacher

Karen Martinez has lived in Santa Clarita since 1984. She loved art as a child, but took a circuitous path via a degree in Electronics and a career in Medical Equipment Service Management before finding her way back to art after retirement.

Karen enjoys assisting with and teaching classes at ARTree, watercolor painting, playing guitar, reading, and traveling.

As a Board Member of ARTree, Karen is primarily responsible for publishing the Newsletter, and facilitating a social media presence on Facebook and Instagram.

Karen is married and has two grown stepchildren and four grandchildren.

Sheri Carlson

Sheri Carlson

Education Chair & Teacher

Sheri lives in Valencia with her husband and daughter. She has always loved visual and performing arts, but had a career in food microbiology in Northern California after earning a Bachelor of Science in Fermentation Science from UCDavis.

After relocating to Valencia, Sheri has been very involved in the community, volunteering with Newhall School District, MOMs club, The Senior Center and most recently ARTree. She has spent countless volunteer hours working with Metropolitan Educational Theater over the last 10 years, painting and building sets, assisting with costumes and props, and working backstage and even on stage. She is also a member of the Santa Clarita Artist's Association and loves working in watercolor.

Sheri is excited to work with ARTree to bring more art and creativity to Santa Clarita. She believes that art should be a part of everyone's life and hopes to bring more opportunities to participate in art to the community.