Julianna O'Hara paints in the studio with oils. Photo courtesy of Julianna O'Hara.

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Artists offer virtual studio tour

San Benito County Arts Council hosts online show during COVID-19 pandemic.

2020 Census poster at a bus stop on Fourth Street in Hollister. Photo by Leslie David.

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Local artist lends a hand in census efforts

Bryan West creates posters in English and Spanish to help spread the word with just two weeks left in the nationwide survey.

Rob Reed (left) readies his RC plane for flight. Photo by John Chadwell.

San Benito Lifestyle

Piloting planes on a smaller scale

Academy of Model Aeronautics flies remote control aircraft in San Benito skies.

James Owen Welch holding a copy of debut book, 'Steven Black and the Tales from Beyond: The Orb of Possibility.' Photo courtesy of Ryan Welch.

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Hollister teen self-publishes first book

James Owen Welch blends sci-fi and fantasy in ‘Steven Black and the Tales from Beyond: The Orb of Possibility.’

Open Studios artist Michaela Graves, Hollister home studio. Photo provided by SBC Arts Council.

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Arts Council takes annual Open Studios Tour online

Community invited to explore the 2020 Virtual Open Studios Tour and Arts Marketplace from Sept. 12-26.

Local author Terry Butler. Photo courtesy of Terry Butler.

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Terry Butler and his Crooked Ladder

Hollister author publishes a first volume of collected stories.

Christian Clifford in front of Mission San Juan Bautista during his mission walk. Photo courtesy of Christian Clifford.

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Walking the California Missions

Christian Clifford becomes 49th person since 2013 to complete ‘El Camino Real de California.’

Andres Gutierrez with the Ladies of San Juan. Photo courtesy of Lupe Valdez.

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El Teatro Campesino remembers performer Andres Gutierrez

A San Juan Bautista fixture finds peace after struggling with PTSD and COVID-19.

Frances and Joe Ostenson, proprietors of Mr. O's Academy of the Arts in Hollister. Photo by Andrew Pearson.

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Mr. O’s Academy of the Arts closing

Hollister institution ‘helped everyone get involved with music.’

Akira Boch makes his acceptance speech for "Masters of Modern Design: The Art of the Japanese American Experience" at the 2020 Los Angeles Area Emmy Awards, which streamed live on July 18. Photo courtesy of the Television Academy via Invision/AP.

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Documentary by former San Juan resident wins L.A. Area Emmy

Akira Boch’s ‘Masters of Modern Design’ focuses on five Japanese American artists, their experiences during WWII and the impact it had on their work.

Ricky and Lana Villegas. Photo by Carmel de Bertaut.

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San Benito Arts Council curbside fundraiser brings out the community

‘Farm to Your Table’ dinner provides a meal to eat at home.

Artist Ruth Asawa creating a looped wire structure (circa 1957). Photo courtesy of Akira Boch.

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Former San Juan resident nominated for L.A. Area Emmy

Akira Boch documents WWII-era mass incarceration of Japanese Americans.

Photo taken by Emilia Gonzalez from Panoche Elementary School.

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Rural students learn photography amid COVID-19 shutdown

Kirti Bassendine works with Jefferson and Panoche elementary schools on composition and framing.

Sonne and Laynee Reyna. Photo by Robert Eliason.

San Benito Lifestyle

SJB library receives Native American book collection

Laynee Reyna donates over 300 books and 70 field recordings for public use.

Summer Art Camp 2020. Photos provided by San Benito County Arts Council.

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Arts Council announces virtual Summer Art Camps

Three-day camp provides opportunity for students to try different styles, mediums and techniques.