Winter Sawdust Festival

Sawdust Art Festival’s 24th Annual Winter Fantasy

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Weekends: November 22 through December 21, 2014 open 10am-6pm

The festival grounds will be transformed into a winter wonderland where 175 artists create, display and sell original creations over the course of four weekends. The Winter Fantasy offers the most unique holiday shopping in all of Southern California. Art media includes jewelry, clothing, fused and blown glass, ceramics, woodwork, forged metals, painting, photography, sculpture, clothing and textiles.

Experience unique artwork by 175 artists, live holiday entertainment, great outdoor cafes, art classes and demonstrations, petting zoo, Santa and much, much more! With amazing art gifts, thousands of holiday decorations and picture-perfect moments, the Sawdust’s Winter Fantasy will become your family’s holiday tradition.


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Dia De Los Muertos Workshops at MOLAA

 3 days, 3 great family fun events at MOLAA that encourage art, history and the traditions of Dia Los Muertos. All events are free for kids ages 12 and under.

MOLAA is exclusively dedicated to modern and contemporary Latin American art.

On Wednesday, October 29, 2014, learn how to make a Calavera Mask  from Artist, Tony Dominguez.


 On Thursday, October 30, 2014, join in on a Sugar Skulls Workshop.


On Friday, October 31, 2014, drop in for Dia De Los Muertos face painting and Arts & Crafts.


Where: MOLAA, 628 Alamitos Avenue, Long Beach, CA 90802


General Admission $ 9.00
Seniors $ 6.00
Students $ 6.00
Children under 12 years FREE

 There is ample free parking adjacent to the Museum.


Village Venture Arts & Crafts Faire


Sorry for posting this one so late but this is great event and it’s there still time to get there. Located on the beautiful tree-lined streets of the Claremont Village, hundreds of booths filled with unique art, handmade crafts, international cuisine along with specific areas focusing on local businesses, this is Autumn’s Largest Arts & Crafts Fair in the Inland Empire!

Village Venture Arts & Crafts takes place on the Tree-lined streets in Claremont Village. Hundreds of booths filled with unique art, handmade crafts, international cuisine along with specific areas focusing on local businesses, this is Autumn’s Largest Arts & Crafts Fair in the Inland Empire! For over 30 years artists and craftspersons from near and far have participated — and over 20,000 visitors stroll the tree-lined streets enjoying the festivities.

The day begins with grins and laughter as children dressed in Halloween costumes parade in the streets beginning at 9:30am. Start with the parade and stay for the day.

Village business owners look forward to showcasing their unique shops and tempting visitors to taste the culinary delights prepared here.


Calendar of Events for 2014 Village Venture

Children’s Halloween Costume Contest
Parade begins at 9:30 a.m.
Sponsored by Moultrie Academy of Music, Voice & Dance
Assemble at the corner of Harvard and Bonita Avenues at 9:15 a.m.
Parade led by the El Roble Marching Band

Great Pumpkin Carving Contest
Sponsored by the Claremont Sunrise Rotary
-Bring your PRE-CARVED pumpkins to Shelton Park (N/E corner of Bonita and Harvard Avenues) between 8:30-9:30 a.m.
-Prizes awarded at 2:00 p.m. Winners must be present to win.

Musical Entertainment
Moultrie Academy of Music, Voice and Dance 11:30-1:30 at Claremont Depot
Hank’s Cadillac 2-4:30 at the Claremont Depot
Claremont Young Musicians Orchestra (s/e corner of Harvard and Bonita Ave)
Folk Music Center in front of 220 Yale Avenue

Shuttle Service & Parking
Parking is available on streets surrounding the closed streets of Village Venture, however, you can eliminate the parking hassles by taking advantage of the free shuttle service offered by the Pomona Valley Transit Authority (PVTA).

FREE shuttle service is available from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. The Village drop off point will be the Metrolink Parking lot. Buses run every 10 -15 minutes from all three parking sites.

Parking for the shuttle pick-up will be located at:

Claremont University Facilities on First St. (at Mills Ave/east of College Ave)
Taylor Hall at Cahuilla Park on Scripps Ave at Indian Hill Blvd. (north of Claremont High School)
St. Ambrose Episcopal Church on Bonita Ave at Mountain Ave (west of Indian Hill Blvd.)

Girl Scout Brownie Meeting – Painting Badge

paintingBadgeOne of the badges I’ve wanted to tackle for my troop is the Painting Badge but I’ve been putting it off for a while. My Brownies voted on this badge last year. I’ve had my ideas/plan all written out for this badge but I  knew that the supplies needed to earn this badge take a toll on the budget pretty quickly. also the meeting place we had really wasn’t an ideal place to paint at (not to mention the clean up involved).

Well thank goodness for a new art studio that just rolled into town, the Palette Station. They have absolutely saved me when its comes to this badge.


This art studio is very different from other art studios in town. This is a drop -in art studio, with no commitments to scheduled art classes, you use their art supplies, get assistance from an artist, draw, paint, or color whatever is inspiring to you and they clean it all up, for just $10.00 an hour, per person.

I was pretty excited to hear about this studio, not only for my girls but for my Troop. I quickly setup an appointment with the Owner, Ray, he was so accommodating.  I called him told what I needed to accomplish and set up an appointment to talk with him and visit the studio.

When I walked in the following day, I found an inviting and bright location filled with inspiration. He was so prepared when I arrived for our appointment, he already had all the requirements and a game plan for my troop.



When my troop arrived, the Palette Station staff had prepared a beautiful welcome sign for my Brownie Troop (that I will proudly display and use through the year for other troop events). My Brownies where obviously as excited as I was. The Pallette Station staff had arranged three separate areas set up and ready to go.

Girl Scouts – Legacy Painting badge requirements: 

1. GET INSPIRED: Learn more about the paintings you like and the artists who painted them.

2. PAINT THE REAL WORLD: Painting what’s around you is the first step to becoming an artist. Pick one choice and try to painting something from the real world.

3. PAINT A MOOD: Some painters create “abstract” art. They don’t paint objects or people. They use shapes, lines, and colors to paint a feeling or mood.  Pretend you are an artist who is trying to paint an emotion. Paint what you think one of these moods would look like.  Remember, it’s your idea, so it’s OK if other people don’t see it like you do!

4. PAINT WITHOUT BRUSHES: Who says you have to use brushes? Try painting with one of the things below.

5. PAINT A MURAL: A mural is a really big painting that tells a story.  Murals are something painted on buildings (some take up whole city blocks!) Do you have any murals in your town? If not, team up with an adult to look at some online.  Then create a mural on butcher paper (or many pieces of paper taped together).

They started with one of the artist giving them an explanation of art and quick tour, they than moved onto a still life display and painted on canvas, they discussed how to paint a mood using colors and painted and did some finger painting station, lastly they all worked together to create a Troop mural.

Throughout the night, my Brownies were at times very focused , very passionate, very excited and very liberated while working on their art projects.  I loved watching them work on their troop project. All of them were huddled around it, all participating, all them felt free to express themselves without any expectations or preconceived ideas of what their art should look like.


I apologize if this post sounds like an advertisement for this art studio but I have to thank the Palette Station for not only making this badge painless and worry free for me but for making this badge so much fun for my Brownies. They put together an awesome program for us and my Brownies loved it. If you are in or around Tustin/Orange County, this is the place to get this badge completed. They are reasonable and they take care of everything for you.

Congratulations Troop, consider this badge earned!

FREE Sundays at MOLAA


Discover the Museum of Latin American Art (MOLAA) through their FREE Sunday program. MOLAA is exclusively dedicated to modern and contemporary Latin American art.

Museum of Latin American Art

The Museum of Latin American Art expands knowledge and appreciation of modern and contemporary Latin American art through its Collection, ground-breaking Exhibitions, stimulating Educational Programs, and engaging Cultural Events.

When: Every Sunday

Time: 11:00 a.m. – 5: 00 p.m.

Where: MOLAA, 628 Alamitos Avenue, Long Beach, CA 90802


General Admission $ 9.00
Seniors $ 6.00
Students $ 6.00
Children under 12 years FREE

 There is ample free parking adjacent to the Museum.


Children’s Garden Workshop at the Great Park

This season’s Children’s Garden Workshop Series is designed to highlight the connection between nature and the core education disciplines of science, technology, engineering, arts, music, and math.

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October is Art Month: A Gardener’s Palette

This FREE workshop’s focus is on the amazing forms, colors, and textures of nature have inspired people throughout the ages to create some of the most beautiful pieces of art ever produced.  Come and see examples of these masterpieces and learn why nothing sparks the imagination or stokes creativity better than a garden.  Afterwards, let the budding artist inside you bloom while you create your own brilliant work of art using a mix of mediums and materials.

Where: OC Great Park

When: Sunday, October 12, 2014

Time: Workshops are offered every half hour from 11:00am – 1:00pm.

 The workshop is 20 minutes of a sit down interactive presentation followed by a craft and planting activity, all ages welcome.

A garden is a perfect backdrop for exploring the ways in which the natural world impacts every aspect of our daily lives.  This new set of fun and engaging STEAMM inspired topics are sure to delight and inspire young and old alike, so please join us.

This program is produced  and presented by the City of Irvine’s Community Services Urban Agricultural Programs Division, and is supported by volunteers from the University of California’s Cooperative Extension Master Gardener program and Irvine Youth Action Team.


Art in the Park

The 11th annual Art in the Park event is a free, annual fund-raising art fair open to the public. It is hosted by the Newport Beach Arts Foundation. The event will take place on Saturday, October 11, 2014 from 10:00 a,m, – 4:00 p.m.


Stop by to enjoy a festive day with the arts, have a bite to eat and mingle with the artists and craftspeople who will be exhibiting and selling their original art and fine crafts. View and purchase works by over 100 artists working in:

Oil Paintings
Glass Art
Mixed Media

The one-day event is held on the green at the new Newport Beach Civic Center adjacent to the Newport Beach Library.

Free admission and parking. 100 Civic Center Dr. Newport Beach, CA 92660

The Foundation’s mission is to support the city appointed Arts Commission and to promote the presence of  the arts in Newport Beach by helping fund the city’s acquisition of significant art, including sculpture.  Artists and artisans from across Southern California are invited to exhibit their works for sale.  The public is invited to come enjoy the day while having the opportunity to see and purchase original works created by the various artists and artisans who are participating in Art in the Park.