Local artists meet at the mall

The Hemet Valley Art Association set up Pop Up Art Exhibit at Hemet Valley Mall

Photo by Corey Evan / The Valley Chronicle
Over two dozen artists and vendors popped up at the Hemet Valley Mall on Saturday morning.

■ By Corey Evan / Reporter

Any location can inspire art. You could find inspiration at the beach, in the mountains, at the local park or when you go shopping. Several local artists found their inspiration on Saturday, April 28 at the Hemet Valley Art Association’s Pop Up Art Show, held at Hemet Valley Mall.
According to Steven Howey of HVAA, this is just one of several such shows to pop up around the valley. “We had 25 vendors that participated and the artists did the following: photography, watercolor, acrylic, jewelry, sketching, greeting cards, graffiti art, steampunk art, wood carving and acrylic pour,” explained Howey. “We had two groups that were represented; My City Youth Center and The Art Institute of California. We also will be having a Pop Up Art Show on July 7, October 31 and one after Thanksgiving but date has not been decided.”
Booths at Saturday’s event included a kids corner, run by HVAA Art director Nancy Espensen, which helped give local kids an artistic outlet outside of school. The artists and vendors—some of whom were a mix of both—showed up to show off their handiwork and possibly turn a profit. The HVAA only asked that the artist-vendors chip in a modest 20 percent of their proceeds, so that the HVAA could continue in its mission to help local artists find their life’s achievements.
The Art Institutes also showed up, giving out information to those interested in adding art education to their credentials.
Keep your eyes peeled for more Pop Up Art Show dates and other upcoming events by visiting the HVAA website at http://hemetvalleyartassociation.com or by calling 951-652-4592.

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