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'Center for the Arts' studio in SJB joins ‘First Saturdays’ event this weekend

Crēdo Studio in San Juan Bautista is partnering with Vertigo Coffee Rosters
Interior of Crēdo Studio in San Juan Bautista.
Flier announcing artist and musicians featured at Crēdo 'First Saturday.'
Crēdo's garden area.
Crēdo Studio flier announcing its participation in 'First Saturday' event, courtesy of Crēdo Studio.

Crēdo Studio in San Juan Bautista is partnering with Veritgo Coffee Roasters in hosting the city’s second ‘"First Saturdays" event this weekend.

Crēdo’s owner and San Juan resident, Ramona Hill, explained in a joint telephone interview with BenitoLink that five years ago she was looking for a creative space to teach dance and art. But in the weeks since her business opened its doors on Jan. 20, the building at 1 Polk St. has become so much more. 

“A center for the arts,” is how Hill described her business.

The studio has four departments housed in its interior, while a fifth is located in its outdoor garden, explained Mandisa Snodey, who joined her mother in the interview.

Snodey stated that a 550 square foot indoor “multipurpose area” serves as an open gallery, where instruction in art and music take place. And a 600 square foot space is where dance and theater are taught.

When Vertigo launched its "First Saturdays" event in January, Snodey reached out to its manager and her good friend, Ryan Morris, in hopes that the two businesses could collaborate in cultivating the arts in the historic town.

In an email to BenitoLink, Morris described the relationship as “very unofficial,” but added that the partnership was forged over a “shared desire to see and support the creative community that exists here in the area.”

Snodey sees Crēdo and Veritgo as artistic bookends, each located on opposite sides of San Juan but committed to the same purpose.

“We both want to create a network for local artists by offering community involvement and support,” she said. 

Snodey, who is spearheading this weekend’s event on Hill’s behalf, said that Crēdo will be offering free, introductory classes for children in “movement expression and theatre” from 10 a.m. to noon followed by an artistic, creative cluster from noon to 1 p.m. that is open to all ages.

From 4-7 p.m., the studio will host an exhibition by Santa Cruz artist and 2004 San Benito High School graduate, Allison Marie Garcia. Garcia was Veritgo’s January artist of the month.

The band, Sage and the Chemists, will perform live as attendees view Garcia’s work. 

From 7-8 p.m., an open, community mic session is scheduled followed by adult open mic from 9-10 p.m.

Snodey said that during the one-hour break between open mics, Crēdo’s visitors will be encouraged to head to Vertigo, where the coffee shop is hosting an exhibit by its February artist, Nine60Xray.

More Information

Crēdo Studio
1 Polk Sreet​
San Juan Bautista
(831) 245-8470
Email: info.credostudio@gmail.com
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Send inquiries for Crēdo's 'First Saturdays' activities to Mandisa Snodey by email at mandisa@credo.studio.

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Frank Perez (fjperez)

I’m a lifelong resident of San Benito County. I reside in Hollister with my wife, Brenda. I’m embarking on my 18th year at San Benito High School, where I teach World Studies and Chicano History. In addition, I'm moonlighting as a freelance journalist for BenitoLink. My passion is delving deeper into the nuances of the local, historical record, while including lesser-known stories of our past. My hope is that county residents will have a greater appreciation for the diversity and complexity of San Benito County, realizing that its uniqueness depends upon our responsibility as its stewards.

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