Peggy Cowden - O Sew Sassy
Marjorie Colby - Studio 'C'
Three names, one amazing group of people with a shared purpose! Tehachapi Valley Arts Association,
Gallery 'N' Gifts and Tehachapi Arts Foundation; all working together to produce, promote and appreciate the arts.
TVAA was formed soon after World War II. In 1945, Tehachapi’s soldiers were returning home. Many had developed new skills and talents while serving their country. The women who had waited at home had also developed skills and artistic talents – after all, this was a time of new beginnings, creativity, and make do with what you have. It was a time of hope and wanting to bring color and beauty to their surroundings. A casual group of artists and crafters was formed – Tehachapi Valley Art Association.
A few years later in 1963, this group of artists and crafters became more organized and hosted the first juried Arts & Crafts show in Tehachapi. This show allowed other talented people in the area an opportunity to showcase and sell their creations. TVAA discovered their new organization brought in a modest income and they chose to return this to the children of Tehachapi by sponsoring art related projects for students in the area. Also the organization discovered they wanted and needed to interact with other groups in the area to be more successful. This expansion was the beginnings of today’s Mountain Festival. The Art Show continued to be a juried showcase for local artisans. In 1987 the Tehachapi Chamber of Commerce took over the event from TVAA. At that time TVAA saw an unfulfilled need once again for a juried arts and crafts show focused on local and nearby artisans and then established the first Springtyme Faire and the Fall Harvest Faire. TVAA is extremely proud of its many years of providing a venue to showcase local artistic talent.
Tehachapi Valley Art Association sponsors several special events throughout the year – two Photo Contests (in February and in August), Tehachapi Youth Art Contest in April, Springtyme Faire in June, Chalk on the Walk in August, Handcrafts Festival in August, Fall Harvest Faire in September. The success of this volunteer organization has been because of the strong commitment of many artisans over many years and their loyalty to continuing a tradition of giving back to the community and developing the creativity of its future citizens.
TVAA is governed by a board of directors.
TVAA general meetings are held monthly at 8am on the 4th Monday at Kelcy's Cafe.
If you are interested in joining TVAA you can click HERE for an application, or stop by Gallery N Gifts at 100. W Tehachapi Blvd.
Tehachapi Valley Arts Association
Gallery 'N' Gifts
In September 1979, twelve active TVAA members saw a need and another opportunity to establish a permanent selling location and founded Gallery ‘n’ Gifts located at 100 West Tehachapi Boulevard. The first Gallery ‘n’ Gifts artisans were Peggy Fourmet, Billy Fowler, Brenda Church, Peg Kugler, Fred Paul, Jim Mc Wain, Lily Garland, Helen Faulkner, Sonia Schmidt, Marie Wyman, Edna Drain and Rose Plesko. This was to be a ‘not for profit’ co-operative store for local artists and crafters to sell, on a daily basis, items of their own making. The newly established Gallery ‘n’ Gifts found that they (like their parent organization) could gain a profit after expenses, and they too chose to return this to the children of Tehachapi by awarding Scholarships to graduating seniors and sponsoring art projects for the youth in the area. Gallery ‘n’ Gifts is extremely proud of being in business for over 38 years in the same location in downtown Tehachapi. Click HERE for Application.
Tehachapi Arts Foundation
Newly formed in 2016 the Tehachapi Arts Foundation is a non-profit organization who's purpose is to support and promote public interest, awareness,knowledge and education in the arts in Tehachapi Valley communities. The Foundation’s main emphasis shall be the youth of the Tehachapi Valley communities. To this end, the Foundation’s goals are:
to promote arts in the Tehachapi Valley communities
to introduce artists to the Tehachapi Valley communities
to provide opportunities for art related events to the Tehachapi Valley communities
to provide opportunities to qualifying students for scholarship funds for advanced art education
to provide art materials and equipment to Tehachapi Valley schools for art education
About our Organization & its Members