Art & Culture

Blooming Arts of May


Blooming Arts of May

May 2014

            ARTS OUT LOUD: EXHIBITION & CELEBRATION – HOLLISTER, CA:  “We Choose To Create” will be the weekend of May 17 and 18th from 2:00pm -6:00pm.  Luisa Toste’s Art and Ceramics classes will transform the Art and Ceramics area (SBHS Rooms 301- 316) into an active Art Zone with Art and Ceramics exhibits, and other performances.  Demonstrations and workshops will allow hands-on fun.  Learn how “Arts Education Adds Up for 21st Century Innovators” to provide the best education experience and benefits possible.

          Over 175 amazing artists plus our talented entertainers will be on display.  A day for families and our community to see what dedication and education can yield.  An Artists Reception will be held with free refreshments supplied by the generosity of parents and community businesses.     All free of charge.

ARTS OUT LOUD Celebration at SBHS, May 17-18

          Original student artwork will be available for sale at “before they are discovered” prices!   ARTS OUT LOUD is a way to show care for our young people and support arts programs. Lots of fun for the whole family; it could be the best, most entertaining event of the year!  Please join us in celebrating hard working, problem solving, evolving works of art…our students!  San Benito High School is located at 1220 Monterey Street in Hollister.  Look for the signs and balloons.

          San Juan Bautista, California _30th Annual California Indian Market and World  Peace Festival is being held on May 3 & 4, 2014, 10am-7pm, San Juan School Soccer Field, The Alameda & 156E Intersection.  Laynee Reyna informs us that this celebration, promotes peace through the arts, dance, drum, music and story of American Indians. Featured are Aztec dancers celebrating  Cinco de Mayo: Resplendent Xipe Totec  Dancers of Santa Clara County with Caupulli  Itzpapalotl Dancers of San Benito County and Yaocuahtli of Monterey County. The opening prayer song is sung by Kanyon Sayers-Roods, Mutsun Ohlone and Chief Sonne Reyna,  Apache-Yaqui.  Following are Juventil Folklorico Children Dancers, and Ama-Ka-Tura, Pajaro Valley Ohlone Indian Dancers. This event is produced annually by San Juan Intertribal Council under One Earth One People Peace Vision, Inc., and sponsored by Rotary Club of San Juan Bautista and the Children’s Therapy Center of Gilroy. Admission-Donation is $1 per person. For further information please call 831-623-4771

Aztec Fire Dance

 photo by Maggi Malone

          The California Indian Market is co-founded by Laynee Reyna and Chief Sonne Reyna, Apache-Yaqui. It is an exquisite showcase and sale of Native American arts, apparel, baskets, books, carvings, crafts, dolls, dream catchers, drums, fetishes, flutes, gourds, headdresses, herbs, jewelry, kachinas, mandalas, music, paintings, pottery, prints, rug, sculpture, weavings, and many collectible items. The Market was born of a dream of Laynee Bluebird Reyna’s in the spring of 1984 ‘seeing’ Native American artists at the old Mission San Juan Bautista. Sonne Reyna brought her to the Santa Fe Indian Market, New Mexico that August and invited award-winning artists to participate in the California Indian Market.  This historical, public educational benefit in San Juan Bautista has brought major awareness to our magnificent Native American cultures of North and South America.

          Laynee Reyna recently won a blue ribbon in Veterans Creative Arts Festival, Menlo, VA. The artwork is titled:  "Dreams of a New Earth – Peace Odyssey Earth 11:11".

Ceramic bowl by Jane Rekedal

          The public is invited to Jane Rekedal’s semi-annual pottery open house at her rural studio near Aromas.  The pottery studio will be open four days this spring:  April 26th and 27th, May 3rd, and May 10th, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day.  Specialties this season include slab plates with textures, rectangular serving dishes, bowls of many shapes and sizes, and pieces decorated with leaves and forms from nature.  Garden pieces such as bird baths and planters will also be featured.  Visiting Jane’s studio is always informative, and questions are welcomed from visitors as they view her tools, materials, and equipment, including kilns and pottery wheels. 

          2014 marks the 45th anniversary year of the founding of the Aromas pottery studio!  Potters Christopher Thomson and Jon Snell began their artistic careers in this location in 1969, establishing the Family Gooey Pottery.   The following year Seth Capron joined the studio, and Jane Rekedal in 1975, and has remained as sole proprietor.  For more information about the Pottery Open House, please call (831) 566-4576. 

Carole Belliveau in her studio

          Carole Belliveau has been invited to give a three day class in portraiture at the Santa Cruz Art League. This is a great opportunity explore portraits for those of you that have been meaning to try, but just did not know how to start. The class will be fun and supportive as you learn about how to get the best photographic references and how to paint in oil color.  The class is for beginners to intermediate students,  on August 29-31 from 9:00 am to #:30 pm with a fee of $225 for non-members and $195 for Santa Cruz Art League members. To register via Mastercard, please contact someone at 831-426-5787 or    Level: Beginner and Intermediate, Offered: August 29, 30 and 3.  For further instructions on photo adjustments prior to class please contact Ms. Belliveau at at least a week before class.

          Ms Belliveau has a website at describing how she has created some of her recent paintings.  She looks forward to hearing from you.

          Aromas Country Garden Tour 2014 celebrates the art of gardening for garden lovers and folks who want to learn more about drought resistant plants and landscaping. This wonderful event happens Saturday, 10:00 to 4:00, May10th, the day before Mother’s Day. Wouldn’t your mother love to see ten beautiful gardens ranging from small cottage to large farm style? Imagine walking the dappled paths, sniffing fragrant roses and taking in far-away views.

          As if the lovely gardens were not enough, artists will be stationed along the paths working on and showing their art. It will be a perfect opportunity to buy direct from the producers of art work such as paintings, fused or stained glass, books by local authors, pottery, sculpture, jewelry and much more.

          Speaking of more, the 4H will be selling their jams, jellies, potted plants and box lunches at the Aromas Grange. Master gardeners will be on hand to answer your gardening questions.

          The Aromas Hills Artisans sponsors the garden tour event, which is a 22-year-old community tradition and a fundraiser to help support community projects, workshops open to the public and Aromas Hills Artisans events. Tour tickets may be purchased at the Aromas Grange, corner of Rose and Bardue. $15.00 or 2 for $25.00. Seniors (65 and older) and AHA members are $10.00. Follow the signs.

Painting by Kati D'Amore

          Kati D’Amore, of Aromas, as noted by author, Joyce Oroz, has a rare amount of talent. Her oil paintings are fresh, vibrant and so beautiful. She paints wonderful portraits, landscapes, seascapes and still lifes. Ms. D'Amore was  influenced by her father who was a painter well known for his portraits and landscapes in Germany. Kati grew up with paintings all around her and visited many art galleries in Munich, Germany. Her actual kick off to painting was after having moved to Sarasota, Florida for her husband’s job.  She visited the Ringling Museum of Art, featuring paintings by Grandma Moses. They showed an interview with Grandma Moses on a screen and Kati heard her answer the interviewer’s question, why did she start painting at 70: Ms. Moses replied, "Well I could have cleaned the house more or fed the chickens more often…" That made Kati realize that it is never too late to follow a passion, and so she started with a watercolor class. 

          Now Kati prefers oil over any other medium. “Watercolor requires a lot of preplanning and that is not how I paint.” She says. “Oil lets me develop the painting and correct my mistakes, so I feel much freer as I work on the canvas. She finds landscapes painted in "plein air" the most satisfying. Currently she is a member of the Monterey Bay Plein Air Artist Association, which holds monthly paint outs at different inspiring locations.  One has ample opportunity to experience the smells and sounds of the environment.         

          The most difficult subject for Ms. Amore are portraits of babies as their features are under developed.  In general, she loves doing portraits best.  She lives on five acres in Royal Oaks. Her studio is a newly converted two car garage with skylights and windows and she loves the privacy and rural feel of her home.  One can find her work at and by contacting her at to arrange a visit to her studio.  She also exhibits her work at the Dragonfly Gallery in Aromas, 380 Blohm Ave.

          The San Benito Stage Company is gearing up to present a series of Theatre Workshops. These workshops will encompass a wide range of topics for many age groups, beginning with Stage Management followed by Character Development for Actors, Scenic Design, Musical Theatre Auditions, Directing for Stage and Vocals for Theatre. Ages vary per workshop theme. San Benito Stage Company is pleased to have professionals  such as Dennis Beasley MFA and BA in Theatre,  Andrew Cummings BA in Theatre and Performance Studies, Nathan Chase, Kimi Helm and Stephi Gable as instructors.
          The workshop series will be held on Saturdays beginning May 17 and run through June 14. They will take place at the Granada Theatre unless otherwise scheduled. These workshops are sponsored in part by a grant from the Community Foundation for San Benito County. Fees are $20 per session and $18 for members of SBSC. Scholarships may be available.
          For more information or to make workshop reservations please call: 831-636-0122 or visit our website You may also find us on Facebook. 

Darlene Boyd