Over 200 artists showed off their work at the 14th Annual event of the Hemet Valley Art Association
■ By Corey Evan / Reporter
It is often said that an artist puts their feelings into their work. This holds especially true for younger artists, as they try to find their way in an often unaware world. Those feelings were easily felt upstairs at the Hemet Public Library on Saturday, March 24.
There, the library hosted the 14th annual “Evening of Art” of the Hemet Valley Art Association.
Over 200 artists put their work on display, not just paintings and portraits but also three-dimensional art. These included woodworks and steampunk creations, just to name a few.
Live demonstrations were given by several artists such as Janice Cipriani, watercolorist, who studied fine arts at Cal State Los Angeles, uses light as a focal point in her works.
Bhadraji “Bud” Jayatilaka paints with oil, acrylic and watercolors and has lived in Hemet since 1983 and publishes books, CDs and plays, while working as an actor and teaching art at several venues, including MSJC.
Betty Pilley, who paints landscapes and still life, teaches at HVAA and has held the HVAA “Artists of the Year” designation many times over.
Laura Ryan, a self-taught artist who specializes in abstract acrylics who teaches a variety of art media including acrylic pouring at HVAA.
Barbara Rivera, who specializes in oil painting and focuses on capturing scenes of Latin American culture when she’s not at work in the front office at San Jacinto High School.
Event chairperson Constance Peters seconds that motion. “We really hope to encourage them to continue in whatever area of art they are enjoying now,” said Peters. “This helps them get their art out there and gives them the chance to work with the public a little bit and with the art gallery.”
As HVAA committee member Sharyn Dana emphasized as the evening went on, this event is all about helping young artists grow. “We just want you to remember that this is not about the baskets and the raffles,” she said, as patrons bought raffle tickets to try and win an opportunity unity drawing basket. “This is about the kids. It’s about the scholarship kids. We thank all of you that donated.”
HVAA has worked hard to make art pay off, especially for students in our valley. Once again, they made scholarships available for students this year. There were 25 entries from high school students in the valley, and this year saw three students taking away checks to go toward college.
Third place went to Dannie Perry of Mountain View High School for her painting of “Yoda.” May the force be with her.
Second was won by Cassandra Tan-Torres of San Jacinto High School, for her painting entitled “Setbacks.” Who hasn’t had a few?
The top spot was taken home by Rylee Ripley of Tahquitz High School for her “Creativity.” The world needs more of it.
HVAA thanks all those whose contributions made these scholarships possible, including Jean Domenigoni, Motel 6 Hemet, Diamond Valley Arts Council, Ferguson Flooring, Sherri and Don Domenigoni, VIP Autos among others. The HVAA also thanks the City of Hemet, the Hemet Police Department Volunteers and the Hemet Public Library staff for making this event possible once again, and to those who bought pieces at the auction portion of this evening’s event, the young artists of this valley certainly thank you.