HILLCREST FESTIVAL OF FINE ARTS
For one weekend a year, Hillcrest Congregational Church transforms into an art lover’s paradise filled with Paintings, Sculptures, Fine Art Crafts and other terrific art work.
This year, the church will host its 60th Hillcrest Festival of Fine Arts diamond anniversary, on Feb. 21-23, with the participation of seventeen of its most successful past featured artists, that come together for its celebration; artists such as:
Annette Atwood, Armando Baeza, Kelly Bracamontes, Gerald Brommer, Nancy Enkoji, Brad Faegre
Sandra Grassi Nelipovich, Bill Haskell, Suzette Hodnett, Candace J. Metzger, Miss Mindy
Joel Nakamura, Yoshio C. Nakamura, Jon Oakes, Ernest Lacy, LeRoy Schmaltz & Adrian Van Suchtelen
To celebrate this sixtieth anniversary, International artist Joel Nakamura has created an original piece of art titled “God Geometer” depicting a diamond radiating light in a cosmic planet surface, looking into the future, a good sign for more celebrations to come.
The church’s main exhibit gallery hall will feature many impressive pieces of fine art that spotlights the uses of many mediums such as watercolor, ceramics, photography, jewelry, acrylic, bronze and mixed media, just to name a few. Other several artists will be holding demonstrations during the three wonderful days’ event, giving visitors a chance to see them in action; furthermore, artwork will be on display outdoors and throughout other halls and galleries of the church.
The event featured a Children’s Art Studio as well, which gave younger artists the opportunity to showcase their ability. In addition to the fine art pieces, the festival will be featuring great music during the festivities on two, perhaps three different stages located throughout the premises.
Artist Roberto Chávez, who also served as the event’s chairman, has successfully led the Fine Art Festival for the past decade. According to Chávez, producing the yearly event takes a team effort “A whole lot of work is involved,” said Chávez, “It’s all volunteer work, and I cannot take all the credit for myself, lots of great artists, church members including Rev. Paul Clay and community leaders, assist every year on putting it all together, some of them are my mentors who have paved the road for me to take on this amazing task every year.”
Mr. Chávez said that at least 60-70 volunteers work every year to bring Hillcrest Festival of Fine Arts to the community.“During the year,” Chávez said. “We attend museums and exhibits to find new artists. We then have a screening in October.” “This year, we have about 23 new artists participating and joining other 200 plus artist for the celebrations; one of the biggest misconceptions some people have, is that this incredible Fine Art exhibition is about religious art, we are open to numerous artistic visions, talents and interpretation of art” he said.
Hillcrest Congregational Church is located at 2000 West Road LA Habra Heights, 90631
(half a mile north on Santa Gertrudes Ave. from Whittwood Town Center).
Come and experience all the great things Hillcrest Festival of Fine Arts has to offer during this three-days event.
Introducing Fine Art Artist Bianca Rice
In continuing with our tradition of sustaining the Fine Arts in our Community for the past 59 years, inspiring students and young artists in our community, this year we are proud to introduce Fine Art artist Bianca Rice.
Bianca Rice is a landscape and fine art artist that works with both Oils, and Watercolors creating impressive yet serene peaceful landscapes. Bianca’s technique moves quickly with an unapologetically fluidity and conviction, leaving traces of justified color on the canvas for audiences to see and fall in love with. These color movements on the canvas create a sense of freedom capturing the innermost aspects of her personality that began when she was a child.
Bianca Rice attained a MAFA from the University of San Francisco; currently she resides in Ojai, CA, where she continues to be inspired by such a beautiful natural environments of the land that she calls home.