Show Review: Hillcrest Festival of Fine Arts

It was shoulder to shoulder at the first day of the Hillcrest Festival of Fine Arts in La Habra Heights, California. It is a colorful, high enegry show with a very large selection of media, including fiber arts, jewlery, ceramics, sculpture, photography, oil and watercolor paintings, pastels, and much, much more. This wonderful show is in its 50th year and runs all weekend long, so don’t miss it!

Ernest Lacy is the featured artists at the Hillcrest Festival of Fine Art this year.

Michael Tyler, the current president of the Whittier Art Gallery, an accomplished ceramics artist.

Rose Mary Yetter demonstrating how she crafts her jewlrey from a wide selection of beautiful beads.

Hillcrest Festival of Fine Arts Celebrating its 50th Year!
Friday, Saturday, Sunday February 26-28
Fri & Sat: 10am-5pm; Sun: 11am-5pm
2000 West Rd., La Habra Heights, CA 90631
(562) 947-3755
Free Parking & Free Admission


Don’t Miss: Hillcrest Festival of Fine Arts, This Weekend!

Hillcrest Festival of Fine Arts – February 26, 27 & 28, 2010
On February 26-28, Hillcrest Congregational Church will be hosting its 50th annual Festival of Fine Arts. Come celebrate with us!

On display and for sale at the Festival of Fine Arts: Watercolor & oil paintings, sculpture, fiber arts, handcrafted jewelry, ceramics, photography, glass, wood, pottery, batik and mixed media. Wide range of prices to fit any budget!

Activities include: Arts and Crafts Boutique, Starving Artist Cafe, gallery exhibits, artist demonstrations, musical entertainment, and the free children’s art workshops (Sat. & Sun.) sponsored by Target.

Featured Artist for 2010: Ernest Lacy. Award-winning watercolor and oil painter who uses the dynamics of passion, exploration and spontaneity to transform everyday subjects into magnificent designs of form and color who is committed to find the truest expression of his artistic vision.

Hillcrest Festival of Fine Arts
Celebrating its 50th Year!
Friday, Saturday, Sunday
February 26-28
Fri & Sat: 10am-5pm; Sun: 11am-5pm
2000 West Rd.,
La Habra Heights, CA 90631
(562) 947-3755
Free Parking & Free Admission

Third Annual Hacienda La Puente Unified School District Art Show

Despite deep budget cuts, students in the Hacienda La Puente Unified School District are still producing quality artwork in a variety of media! Lisa Ruiz, accomplished artist and studio art teacher at Fairgrove Academy, a parent choice school for the visual and performing arts and technology, in La Puente, California coordinated this years show. It was judged by well-known local watercolorist, Donna Larson. This was an outstanding, well attended show which featured work done by students from Kindergarden through 12th grade.

Lisa Ruiz
Lisa Ruiz and Penny Fraumeni

Lisa Ruiz, Studio Arts Teacher and Penny Fraumeni, pricipal of Fairgrove Academy, a Parent Choice School for the Visual and Performing Arts and Technology.


‘Brooklyn Doorway’ and others by Liz Dorn

I don’t know about you, but doorways have always intrigued me. Liz Dorn is a wonderful artist in the Whittier area and she sure know how to capture the essence of buildings. Here is a a little more info on Liz, in the artist’s own words:
“I started painting when I was four years old. My father was an artist, amateur photographer, and draftsman. After he and my mother parted company, I was not given any encouragement by my mother and gave up painting altogether. After returning to junior college about eight years ago, I was required to take art classes. I then remembered how much I had loved painting and drawing so I resumed painting and earned my AA degree in art and haven’t stopped since then. ”

For More Information, visit the Liz Dorn’s artwork in

‘Equus’ and others by Donna Larson

Donna Larson is an accomplished watercolor artist.
In the artist’s own words:

“I have always been interested in all kinds of art and have been drawing and painting for as long as I can remember. I have a fine arts degree from Cal State Fullerton specializing in drawing and painting.

While working full time and raising two boys, I continued to take art classes and settled on Chinese Brush Painting to explore and perfect. I became intrigued with the loose and free style of this type of painting called Po Mo (meaning to throw ink or paint). The brush dances across the paper, laying down paint in a spontaneous manner.

Having recently retired, I now have time to develop my watercolor techniques (a combination of eastern and western styles). My subject matter comes from the places I’ve been and the things I have seen. Besides landscapes, I love to paint animals, especially horses. Watercolor lets me depict my enthusiasm for nature’s beauty. I like to capture the light within the white paper, by surrounding it with dark shadows and various textures. To me, light represents energy.”

For More Information, visit Donna Larson’s pages in

Raices de Mexico: Cien Anos at the BlueBird Art House in February

New Exhibit: Bluebird Art House in Conjunction with Fenix 5-4.
Reception: Feb. 20th, 2010 5 -10 p.m
Runs:Feb. 20th to March 6th, 2010
Restaurant sponsors: Crepes n Grapes, Baciare, Vintage Cafe
Photography printing by Dueling Mind Studio Inc.
Poster Design by LOVENAILTREE (T-shirts will be available in various images)
portion of the proceeds to benefit the Ozzy Foundation

Bluebird Art House
6747 Bright Ave
Uptown Whittier, Ca. 90601
(562) 556-9495
Our Mission
The Bluebird Art House is dedicated to artists and the cultivation of their talents. We desire to expose the community to the arts for the purpose of challenging, educating, and enriching lives. We also wish to seek the truth that bridges generations and cultures. We encourage you to participate in our many activities, shows, and workshops.

Calling all artists…Let’s paint a mural!

You are invited to help paint an exciting Phantom City mural on the stage of Fairgrove Academy. I will be there on each of the next two Saturdays from 8 to 2. come for an hour, or paint the whole time. Be part of the energy!

Start Time: Saturday, February 13, 2010 at 8:00am
End Time: Saturday, February 20, 2010 at 2:10pm
Location: Fairgrove Academy 15540 Fairgrove Avenue La Puente, CA 91744-1620 (626) 933-8500

Dennis McGonagle and his partner, Tyler Kinnaman, have begun work on their latest mural, a 300 square foot scene of Broadway Lights on the stage of the Fairgrove Academy Auditorium in La Puente, California. The mural was commissioned by the school’s principal, Penny Fraumeini, who wanted a backdrop for the school’s upcoming play, Broadway Lights. Unlike most stage backdrops, this mural will become a permanent fixture in the school.
Mcgonagle is running with the idea of Broadway lights. “I think of the historic nickname of the Broadway theatre district, which is “The great white way”, said McGonagle.
“My mural will have strong dark light contrast. The brightest lights will emerge from the darkness of the midnight sky. I will also contrast warm and cool, and very close and very far. I want this wall to be exciting and inspirational for the students and teachers of Fairgrove.” McGonagle is drawing further inspiration from The Phantom City parable in the Lotus Sutra. In the parable, a fabulous city is created by the leader of a caravan who is guiding exhausted travelers on a journey across time and space. When the travelers have been rested and refreshed, the leader waves his hand and the city disappears.
The Fairgrove mural will be painted on Saturdays in February and its scheduled completion date will be February 27th. The pair of mural painters plans on inviting a team of artists to assist and collaborate with them beginning in mid-February. “Once the lines are blocked in, we’re bringing in an all-star team of painters to help us”, Mcgonagle declared. “The eneregy level of this mural will be off the charts”.