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June 2017- Gallery ‘N’ Gifts is excited to feature a very unique show for its upcoming June exhibit, just in time for Father’s Day. Join us First Friday June 2 for a glimpse into the industrial minds of Steve and Lillian Jones. You’re sure to enjoy their flair for design with a steampunk feel.

This local couple brought together in Tehachapi draw on their past experience to share this unique retro style art. Steve is a third-generation carpenter who has traveled two and a half million miles as a truck driver along with his wife Lillian who has been involved in the trucking industry for years.

During the remodel of a friend’s grandma’s kitchen memories were shared bringing attention to specific items being replaced, some of which came together to create their first memory lamp. These unique memory lamps are designed both to inspire the imagination and reflect on the past.

Treasured memories can be triggered by a variety of things including items from the past, which lead the couple to create specialized display boxes to spotlight people’s treasured memories. 

Vintage radios have been re-imagined into creative table lamps, lanterns with flickering flame light bulbs are another favorite item by this creative team. Their creations are interesting to admire without the lights on and intriguing to behold when their light flickers shadows on the walls.

When asked about their art, the talented duo replied, “It has been a positive experience to create amazing lamps and we look forward to sharing and creating lamps for others to enjoy as well.”

Opening reception for their exhibit is June 2 from 5pm-8pm at Gallery ‘N’ Gifts located at 100. W. Tehachapi Blvd.  As always you’re invited to join us for an evening of art, refreshments and music. This event is free and the artwork will remain on display through the month of June.

May 2017- Kris Gruben is a Bear Valley Springs resident and a mixed media artist working in the ancient wax technique of encaustic. Encaustic is an ancient technique dating back to the Greeks. The word encaustic means, “to heat or burn in”. Heat is used throughout the process, from melting the natural beeswax and dammar resin, to fusing the layers of wax together.  Colored pigments may be added and applied with a brush or any tool to create the image. Each layer is then reheated to fuse it to the previous layer.

Kris moved to Bear Valley Springs with her husband in 2014 and lives there with two dogs, three acres of land, and two of their sixteen grandchildren close by. Kris has been surround by art her entire life. Her mother was a professional oil and watercolor artist in the San Diego area for many years. Over the years Kris has explored many different artistic mediums to feed her creative soul. After taking several encaustic workshops in Bakersfield, she found her passion. She enjoys experimenting and playing with the wax.

Gallery ‘N’ Gifts hopes you’ll take the time to stop by, meet the artist, enjoy free refreshments and perhaps enjoy a glass of wine or punch on First Friday May 5, from 5-8pm at 100 W. Tehachapi Blvd. That will also be the closing night for the Mother’s Day Silent Auction for the Arts at 6pm. All proceeds from the auction go directly to funding art scholarships for high school seniors and art supplies for local area classrooms. For more information please call 661-330-8607 or on facebook at www.facebook.com/galleryngifts

April 2017- Youth Art Contest (See past events for more info)

March 2017- Anna Dohnke was born and raised in Porterville, Ca.  She attended elementary school, junior high and high school at the local schools there and began her journey into art at an early age. In 3rd grade, her art was chosen to be sent to Porterville's sister city in Japan.  Although she continued to create privately during her high school years, her main focus was on music at Monache High School. Anna was a featured soloist and participated in both the Concert and Chamber Choirs and traveled Europe with the California Girls’ Choir the summer of 1992.

Anna has also been involved in theater for many years. Starting in 6th grade and continuing through junior college, she was an active member of The Barn Theater, Lindsay Community Theater and Porterville College Theater.  Her senior year in high school, she was chosen to represent the Porterville Rotary Club as their exchange student in Brazil.  After living in Brazil for a year, she returned and received her AA at Porterville College, acting as the Art Club president. She then went on to receive her BA in psychology and her California Teaching Credential at Cal State Bakersfield.  She returned to Porterville to teach elementary school and became a reading specialist. 

In 2000 she met her husband, an officer in the United States Air force.  They moved to Sacramento where she spent time developing reading programs.  In 2005, she became a stay-at-home mom and began to move back into her space as an artist.  She developed her process for integrating designs and hand dying silk for her daughter to use as play silks (a Waldorf inspired "toy") and then continued to create them as wearable art.  In 2013, she and her family moved to Tehachapi which allowed her husband to take a job at Edwards AFB.  It was here that she dove back into her passion of becoming a working artist.  In the process of creating art, she also homeschool their daughter through a local homeschool charter.  Anna also does mandala work and has taught art and drama locally.

In her Artist Statement Anna reflects, “Choices, opportunities, and intuition. This is what life presents to us. It's what we do with our choices, our opportunities, our intuition, that define who we are.  We try to control this world of ours, only to be reminded that everyone around us also has their own choices to make, their own intuition to follow. And sometimes their choices collide with our own, reminding us, control is an illusion. Sometimes the earth shakes and upends everything we know, it forms a crack for something new to grow.  The beauty is in the new choice, the new opportunity, the new intuition that has taken seed. Letting go and allowing life to unfold creates beautiful moments.”

You can find out more about Anna and her work by liking her on facebook at www.facebook.com/annald100 Don’t forget you can enjoy her artwork, meet the artist and enjoy refreshments free at her reception Feb.3 at Gallery ‘N’ Gifts 100 W. Tehachapi Blvd. from 5-8pm. 

February 2017 - Photo Contest  (See past events for more info)

January 2017-  Gallery ‘N’ Gifts will kick off the New Year featuring artwork by Roni Cohen at its First Friday event on January 6th. Cohen is an Israeli born artist and studied at Avni, Art Institute, Tel Aviv, Israel and went on to be a Foreign Press Photographer who covered the 1973 war in Israel and also worked as a Production Manager on Israeli TV Network. Cohen enjoys creating artwork and works in many mediums such as oil or acrylic on canvas, collages, mixed media, silk screens, etchings with ink on paper and rugs with compressed felt. As an accomplished artist with 18 solo exhibitions and 17 collaborative shows, Cohen has shown her work in various galleries and venues throughout Israel and in more recent years all through the greater Los Angeles area. In the last 4 years Cohen has divided her time between her home in Los Angeles and her ranch in Twin Oaks. She credits the ranch for her newest inspirations in pen & ink saying, “These new subject paintings evolved from my new experience and relationships with horses.” She now brings her talent with pen and ink to Gallery ‘N’ Gifts for a very special show titled Ranch Images. As always great talent and delicious refreshments await you at Gallery ‘N’ Gifts for First Friday. Gallery ‘N’ Gifts is located at 100 W. Tehachapi Blvd. First Friday reception for Cohen will be 5 to 8 p.m., Jan. 6. For further information contact 822-6062.

December 2016 - This December Tehachapi Valley Arts Association celebrates “Artists Within” a special event featuring TVAA member artists who work year round to promote the production, presentation and appreciation of the arts in the Tehachapi area. Rather than featuring a single artist, this show will be a collection of paintings, photographs, sculptures, and art pieces in various mediums celebrating the creative spirit. TVAA will kick off this month long event with a First Friday reception on December 2 from 5-8pm at Gallery ‘N’ Gifts. This year’s celebrated artists include:

  • Gale Caldwell is candle-maker by trade, but has always had the urge to create something lasting and visual.  “I like the feel of a pen in my hand and seeing the ink transform into something unique on my paper. I find the whole process physically relaxing and feel blessed by how calming it is for my creative soul.”
  • Marjorie Colby creates in a variety of mediums and styles. She is currently very active in fiber arts as well as sculpture as well as being an avid miniaturist, creating miniature bronze sculpture and art works collected by the miniature enthusiasts. She also designs and creates jewelry cast in gold and silver and set with precious stones. Being a lapidary, she often cuts and polishes her own stones for these works.
  • Dennis Cowden is a retired Engineer who has developed his passion for photography.  He seeks out organic sites - from landscapes to cookies.  His photography and Cookie Cookbook are available for your enjoyment at Gallery 'n' Gifts.
  • Glass artist Coral Degagne’s creations take on many forms; stained glass, fused glass and glass etching are her mediums, sometimes all together at once. The many tools and colors are what keeps her challenged and interested in her work.
  • Tina Dille a local Tehachapi artist for ten years draws her inspiration from the wild critters and tamed pets sharing her home. Using watercolors and fluid acrylics, Dille creates expressionistic paintings that have exhibited in numerous galleries and museums across the state such as a solo exhibition in 2015 at Lancaster Museum of Art and History, and an upcoming solo exhibition next spring at Bakersfield Museum of Art.
  • Shirley Given appreciates the organic quality of the gourd and pine needle. She went on to say "I find it challenging to create a beautiful piece of art from something as humble as a pine needle or gourd".
  • After retiring from being an advertising photographer for thirty years, Robert Hardy found a new vocation in Fine Art Landscape Photography which has opened up new horizons allowing me to travel to beautiful remote locations.
  • Marti Howell is a painter and potter who has lived in BVS since 2002. Her pottery is handmade or, occasionally, hand decorated. Marti loves texture on her clay pieces and unusual colors, her beautiful paintings of various mediums reflect her love for color as well.
  • Anita Jesse, in describing her equine Paintography, says, "My work comes from the collected stories in my heart. They are imaginings, as well."
  • Stephen Lee has lived in Tehachapi more than 20 years and his primary passion is capturing the natural beauty of God's creations. The Eastern Sierras, including Alabama Hills and the area around Bishop, have resulted in some of his most prized works.
  • Larry & Monica Lindsey create unique works of art in metal and iron. From traditional wrought iron work to a smile in the garden, they create custom pieces to make your memories last for generations.
  • Michelle Miller started oil painting after she became a grandmother and reflects affectionately about her talent saying, “I feel so lucky to have found something I enjoy so much.”
  • Chris Paschke has been strongly influenced by traditional Chinese masters and Japanese Sumi-e painting, crossed with edgy abstract expressionism—thus redefining both mediums into her own contemporary style.  And as a second generation custom picture framer owner of Designs Ink, she often integrates the framing design into the art creating a truly unique blending of the art and presentation. 
  • Jenny Zur says “Painting Icons lets me just surrender to the Creative Process, and participate in a very structured art tradition over 1,000 years old.  They are one of the oldest art forms,  are refreshing for me to co-create as an artist, and are made to last a lifetime.”

As always First Friday at Gallery ‘N’ Gifts is free to attend so mark your calendars for December 2 from 5pm- 8pm. Don’t forget our Silent Auction to raise funds for high school art scholarships ends the same night at 6:30 pm. Plan to stop by for wine and hors devourers while treating yourself to a display of new works celebrating the “Artists Within”. Gallery ‘N’ Gifts is located at 100 W. Tehachapi Blvd.

November 2016- Colonel Mark Pestana, USAF (ret), is currently a consultant and contract research pilot at the NASA Armstrong Flight Research Center, Edwards AFB, CA, specializing in human factors engineering and remotely piloted aircraft operations. He has flown NASA Earth science missions through hurricanes, mapped fault lines, measured rain forest health, and sampled atmospheric pollution. He also serves as adjunct faculty in the aerospace safety program at the University of Southern California’s Viterbi School of Engineering. He is a rated command pilot, orbit analyst, and space operations engineer, and has flown over 5000 hours in over 30 aircraft types, ranging from heavy transport to supersonic aircraft. Among his flying assignments he logged 213 combat reconnaissance sorties flying unarmed intelligence missions, and flew as a safety chase pilot for the CV-22 Osprey flight test program. As a space operations engineer he developed astronaut flight operations for the Department of Defense Space Shuttle Program and the International Space Station. As a professional artist, Mark specializes in aerospace themes, but also enjoys painting landscapes and seascapes. He is a member of the American Society of Aviation Artists, the International Association of Astronomical Artists, the Society of Illustrators Los Angeles, and the U.S. Air Force Art Program, with nine paintings in the Pentagon Collection. Mark has exhibited is art at numerous galleries and are in corporate and government collections around the U.S. He’s been recognized with national and international art awards including First Place in the 2007 Aviation Week & Space Technology Magazine’s competition. He has the unique distinction of designing nine Space Shuttle mission patches for the astronauts. And he likes the challenge of “drawing” detailed images on an Etch-A-Sketch. Mark earned a BS in Natural Science and an MS in Systems Management/Research & Development. He is a member of the Society of Flight Test Engineers, the Experimental Aircraft Association, a Senior Member of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics. Locally he is a member of the Tehachapi Society of Pilots, and a board member of the non-profit Arts, Science, and Technology Corporation (AST), providing volunteer support and service in science, technology, engineering, arts/agriculture, and math (STEAM) to Tehachapi area schools. You can learn more about Mark’s work on his website at: PestanaFineArt.Wordpress.Com We hope you’ll join us at Gallery ‘N’ Gifts on Nov 4th from 5-8pm to celebrate the artwork, partake in the refreshments and enjoy our community’s creative spirit.

October 2016- Witch's Hats and Costume contests mean one thing...Fall is right around the corner. What better way to kick off the season than with some cool prizes to celebrate your creative spirit? With Halloween only weeks away it will be fun to get your costume together early and join Gallery 'N' Gifts for a costume contest on First Friday Oct. 7 from 5-8pm at 100 W. Tehachapi Blvd. If a whole costume is too overwhelming for you, why not grab a $4 witch’s hat from Gallery 'N' Gifts early and decorate it in your unique style? Wear your creation to October’s First Friday event and see if you win one of 3 prizes! Witch's had judging will happen at 6:00pm with costume contest judging at 6:30 and awards at 7pm. Prizes will be awarded for each contest in the following categories: Spookiest, Funniest, and of course Most Creative. Both contests are FREE to enter and refreshments will be served as we celebrate the unique creations of our October featured artist Susan Roussel. Susan is a California-based, self-taught artist. Her passion for art and love of color began at an early age; when she would use any materials available to create. Presently, Susan works with clay, making a combination of altered slip cast and slab pieces. Her work has been exhibited in galleries across the country, as well as large City Venues targeting children in both the Bakersfield and Pismo Beach Communities. As an art instructor for inner city youth and clients of the Neuro Skills Centre, she finds inspiration and new found appreciation of life and art with every session.

September 2016- First Friday September 2 will be a special event. Gallery ‘N’ Gifts will be celebrating its 37th year in business. The artists invite you to attend their celebration so they can express their appreciation of your support. A birthday cake made by Tehachapi’s own Front Porch Bakery will be served along with various refreshments, wine and punch from 5pm-8pm. To kick off Gallery ‘N’ Gift’s celebration, they will be featuring two different styles of artwork in a unique father/daughter show. Wood turned bowls by Corky Lunceford and paintings by Cherice Hatton. Corky's life has been centered around all things wood. He made a living as a professional finish carpenter and cabinet maker. He loved the challenge of redesigning a kitchen, tearing it apart, and rebuilding it. Corky worked at a cabinet shop for 13 years, the last two years of which he was the foreman. Learning the trade from the bottom up taught him to understand the characteristic of different woods. He left the shop to go out on his own doing kitchen remodels. Unfortunately the market went into the cellar. But he took his experience to work at the Ventura Co. Hospital as a finish carpenter for the next 20 years. He wasn't tearing apart kitchens, but remodeling all the nursing stations, CCU and ICU of all the clinics. In 1999 Corky and his wife Dorine moved to Bear Valley Spring from Ojai California. Working with wood still remained an important part of Corky's life and he took a great interest in wood turning. Having his knowledge of wood, it didn't take long to learn some new techniques and take up the art of wood turning. He and Dorine became familiar faces practicing their individual art forms and showing their works around Bear Valley Springs and Tehachapi. There are many people who turn wood and make bowls or vases, including Corky. But wooden hats are not common, and precise measurements are needed to make a full size wearable hat. This mindset easily transferred from his days of cabinet making, combine with the creative process, resulting in beautiful full size wearable hats. Corky's wood turnings, some as natural edge bowls and vases, some embellished with turquoise, and some turned as miniature and full size wearable hats, all let the wood speak of its natural beauty. Cherice Hatton has been painting all of her adult life and has been using watercolors for about 15 years. In the last 4 years she has taken some time to explore multi-layered paintings. Similar to a collage, the finished work sometimes has multiple perspectives of one subject, and other times simply looks like one image is dimensional. Sometimes it helps her to tell a story or give the painting a particular rhythm. She also feels her work can be very literal, so in the instances she uses this technique it brings some abstraction and creates a little more interest. Cherices' paintings are about the environment and the wildlife within it. She's interested in natural light and color and how this plays a part with animals and their surroundings. "It' is fascinating to me when a creature can be hidden right in front of you because of its coloration or patterns. In exploring this theme I sometimes place animals within a painting where at first glance they may not be noticed. When viewing my work I would like to think that others might find this theme intriguing as well, but also might find it pleasing to focus their attention for a moment on one of the many beautiful things in our surroundings." Be sure to stop by and take in the beautiful artwork and help celebrate 37 years of promoting, producing, presenting and appreciating art in the Tehachapi area. Gallery ‘N’ Gifts is located at 100 W. Tehachapi Blvd.

August 2016- Take Your Best Shot Photographers show us what they've got in this year's edition of a community favorite event. Stop by and see the event running through Aug 30 2016.

July 2016- Gallery ‘N’ Gifts is delighted to showcase Bear Valley Springs artist Jeff Peal as their Featured Guest Artist for the month of July beginning with a First Friday artist reception on July 1 from 5pm-8pm. Peal is a multi-media artist/painter/wood carver and designer with an intrinsic sense of style and an ability to inspire through his various creations at PealWorks. Originally from Sierra Madre, Ca, he found his passion for art at a young age and fondly remembers drawing on his Grandma's coffee table. Soon his brilliant sketches made way to illustrative multi-media paintings and visualscapes and vivid, come-to-life carvings as well as many other inspired creations. Jeff employs his years of experience and delicate sense of the visual to a variety of materials and media at PealWorks, whether they be with pencil, paintbrush, chisel or chainsaw. His work has been featured in various galleries and shows over the years and is a testament to his drive to continue to make people smile through his interpretations. The public is invited to join this free event. Refreshments will be served throughout the evening. Gallery ‘N’ Gifts is located at 100 W. Tehachapi Blvd.

June 2016- This June, Tehachapi Valley Arts Association and Gallery ‘N’ Gifts is delighted to feature an entire new collection of artwork by Anita Jesse—work she calls Paintography.
After years in theater and film both as performer and teacher, Anita Jesse discovered cameras and that changed everything. In spite of having a passion for making pictures with her camera, Anita soon became impatient with what, to her, felt like the constraints of photography. She wasn’t satisfied with images that depicted the cold reality of what her camera captured. She yearned to convey not only what she saw, but more about what she felt, when she saw it.  Eventually, Anita began to see what the camera sensor recorded as a starting point, not a final product. Anita began to read about painting techniques to supplement her knowledge of photography. She was ready to leave photographic realism behind.
Now, Anita says that thanks to combining the photographer’s tools with digital brushes, a graphics tablet and a new way of seeing, she can paint in light and shadow, color, and texture until she finds her way to an image that existed only in her mind’s eye. Anita shared, “My work comes from the collected stories in my heart. They are imaginings, as well. They emanate from dreams, half-forgotten memories, impressions, and feelings. I hope my images will stir memories, dreams, and stories in your heart.”
Please join us on First Friday June 3 from 5pm-8pm for an evening of sharing dreams at Gallery ‘N’ Gifts, located at 100 W. Tehachapi Blvd. For more information call 661-822- 6062. For a tantalizing, curiosity rousing glimpse of what Anita’s show has in store, follow her facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/AnitaJesseEquineArt.

May 2016- “All That Glitters” will be on display for the month of May at Gallery ‘N’ Gifts with a special show opening party on First Friday May 6 from 5pm-pm. Six Tehachapi Valley Arts Association members will be featured in this month’s show featuring beautiful hand created pottery and unique jewelry which can easily be described as wearable art. This show is sure to be a hit for Mother’s Day.
Marti Howell has been a member since 2013. She is a painter and potter who has lived in BVS since 2002. Her pottery is handmade or, occasionally, hand decorated. Marti loves texture on her clay pieces and unusual colors. Her pottery for this shows a variety of her pieces. This selection will include plates, platters, bowls, etc. All of Marti’s handmade pieces are made in her studio with white stoneware, hand glazed, and fired at least twice. Marti will also have available a Tea for Two set & African Violet pots which are hand decorated with special crystal glazes. In addition to her pottery work and painting, Marti also rides her Fox Trotter, helps landscape & care for their 5 1/2 acres, plus trains & competes in dog agility.
Karen Lewis aka Klew has been creating for many decades and loves to explore new directions with all mediums. She began teaching in the mid 90's and now travels the world sharing her knowledge and creativity. Klew has been a guest on The Learning Channel , featured Artist on the Smithsonian Arttrain, has 5 tutorial DVDS, as well as been published in dozens of books and magazines.
Amanda Tomlinson started making jewelry in 2005 after an injury that ended her career as a deputy sheriff. She likes to express her creativity and design wearable pieces of art. Amanda enjoys learning new techniques and making all styles of jewelry. She started out making beaded designs, then became interested in wire weaving, and last year started metal smithing. Amanda shared, “I like to mesh these styles together to create unique mixed metal pieces with materials like copper, brass, silver, and natural stones. You can find my work by looking for Jewelry by Amanda at etsy.com, on Facebook, or here in town at Gallery N Gifts!”
Kelli Horton was born in the lovely coastal area of Ventura County, in Southern California. Kelli started creating at a young age and was encouraged by her parents who were both creative. She began to dabble in Jewelry making when she chose to stay home with her children. Kelli is a self-taught artist learning a wide variety of techniques through books and magazines. As her interest grew, Kelli became an apprentice at a high end jewelry store owned by a family friend and there learned the techniques of casting, setting stones, engraving, finishing and repairing, all types of jewelry. While she enjoys learning new techniques and trying new things, she particularly likes the freedom of artistic metal pieces. Kelli feels that the greatest compliment she or any other artist can receive is for someone to spend their hard earned money on one of her pieces. Kelli considers all of her customers friends, and feels like they are taking a piece of her home with them, when they purchase one of her creations.
Marjorie Colby has been a TVAA member for 30 years. She designs and creates jewelry cast in gold and silver and set with precious stones. Being a lapidary, she often cuts and polishes her own stones for these works. She is also an avid miniaturist, creating miniature bronze sculpture which is available year round at Gallery ‘N’ Gifts. Over the years, Marjorie has been actively involved with the arts community of Kern. She helped found the Southern Sierra Sculpture Society, the Bakersfield Art Museum’s Artists Guild, and the Tehachapi Arts Foundation, Inc. Her award winning work has been exhibited throughout Southern California and is represented in galleries and private collections throughout the USA and abroad.
Tehachapi raised Suzanna Young has been a jewelry artist since the age of 10. Suzanna sold her first handmade jewelry pieces at the 1970 Tehachapi Mountain Festival when she was 15 years old. She studied under her friend and mentor who was a well-known resident and Jewelry Designer named Harold Rouse, for 13 years, as his only student.  After his passing at 93 years old, Suzanna furthered her education at GIA, (Gemology Institute of America) in Carlsbad, CA.  certifying in both diamonds and colored gem stones.  She has continued to make custom and one of a kind wearable art pieces for approximately 25 years now.  Suzanna cuts and polishes many of her stones and enjoys hand forged work.  She is a membership of San Luis Obispo County Art Assoc., Inyo County Art; Invitational Balboa Island Art Walk as well as many other shows and festivals.  She also received an award for Best of Show Inyo County. Suzanna shared, “I am proud to be a member of my hometown, Tehachapi Valley Art Association and have my work come full circle and back home.”
As always First Friday at Gallery ‘N’ Gifts is free to attend so mark your calendars for May 6 from 5pm- 8pm. Don’t forget our Silent Auction to raise funds for high school art scholarships ends the same night at 6:30 pm. Plan to stop by for wine and hors devourers while treating yourself to a dazzling display of “All That Glitters”. Gallery ‘N’ Gifts is located at 100 W. Tehachapi Blvd.

April 2016- Gallery N Gifts will host the 20th annual All Tehachapi Youth Art Contest. Children from our community will show off their creative talents in a variety of mediums.

March 2016- Tehachapi Valley Arts Association and Gallery ‘N’ Gifts is proud to host award winning artist Maia Cummins as their Featured Artist for March. Maia creates her art under two distinct styles and often blending the two. A Surreal Style: being "dreamlike" and a Figurative Style which can be gentle and playful, sometimes funny and always interesting. Her paintings incorporate a strong vibrancy of colors which promise to dazzle. She has been an artist all of her life. Maia's parents were visual and performing artists in their own right. She grew up with artistic mentors who remain lifelong friends. Her childhood home was an artist's studio filled with splatters of paints, stacks of books and the smell of turpentine (which she still loves). Maia was accepted into F.I.T. in NYC as a fine arts major and then attended F.I.D.M. in Los Angeles. We encourage you to visit her etsy shop at www.etsy.com/shop/MaiaCummins for a preview of her wonderful artwork. You are invited to join us for her show opening on First Friday March 4, 2016 from 5-8pm. Along with beautiful artwork we will have live music, drinks and delicious hors’ douvres.

February 2016 showcases our 11th annual Photo Contest with an awards reception to be held on February 5th from 5-8pm. This year we have over 55 photographers showing more than 150 photos. Stop by and take a look at our community's talented Photographers!

January 2016- On January 8, 2016 from 5pm-8pm Gallery n Gifts will host its first Featured Artist event of the year. They proudly present one of their own resident artist Tina Dille to exhibit her paintings "Ravens: Myths and Legends". An extraordinary exhibition that has just traveled from the museum walls of MOAH in Lancaster, CA. and received great reviews from its art patrons. These large scale watercolors painted on a synthetic paper and mounted on sintra are interpretations of the symbolic and mystical iconographies of ravens throughout history and present times. Dille a transplant from Orange County credits her growth as an artist to her serene lifestyle in the Tehachapi Mountains where she can immerse herself into the work and draw from the unlimited source of wildlife inspirations for her animal base portraits. In fact, Dille's muse for the raven paintings was a grounded raven that lived on her property for nine months and provided her with that up close and personal observation so essential for this body of work. Dille an emerging artist in the Los Angeles art scene has been painting what she loves most "animals and wildlife". "My passion for contemporary art and animals have merged into my current style that is expressionist of what I feel is beneath the feathers and fur." she explains. I live to paint and believe each painting has something to convey to the viewer". "I feel fortunate to have settled in Tehachapi among talented artists and a country gallery that exhibits my work. For me, success is measured by the freedom and opportunity to express my passion for animals in my art and to be able to share it with others. Tina Dille earned her Bachelor of Arts in Studio Art from California State University Bakersfield in 2008. Her artwork has been exhibited in museums and galleries across California and have received numerous awards. Most recently "Best of Show" at MOAH 2015 and solo exhibition "Ravens: Myths and Legends" MOAH 2015.

December 2015- Gallery 'n' Gifts is delighted to spotlight Michelle Miller, one of their members, as guest artist for the month of December. Miller is a native Californian and has a passion for landscape oil painting. She began painting after she retired and became a grandmother. Miller stated “I don't think of anything except how the next brushstroke will give me the 'feel' I am looking for in my landscapes.” She went on to say “I often trim my brushes, use cotton swabs, tooth picks and anything else I think will help me to achieve the desired effect for the painting. I prefer using stretched canvas, but occasion I use artist board. I love the process of painting wet paint into wet paint, with the way it flows together to give a marvelous effect." Miller's enchantment with nature began as a young girl. Being a lifelong hiker and camper she enjoyed the luxury of taking umpteen photos, that have served as inspiration for her work. There are artists of different natures within her family and she felt inspired by many of their accomplishments. Vacationing with her cousin in the Sierras and the southwest, she enjoyed painting “En Plein Air”. Although it came to her later in life, she now finds it difficult to imagine her life without the enjoyment of oil painting.

November 2015 Gabriele Baber, Premiers at Gallery 'n' Gifts:Gallery 'n' Gifts is delighted to have the opportunity to share a world renown artist with the town of Tehachapi. Artist, Gabriele Baber studied at University level with artists David Leffel, Richard McDaniel, Daniel Greene, Robert Burridge, Christ VanWinkle, JoAnna Arnett and Elizabeth Tolley, to name a few. Given the diversity of her mentor studies she has attained a high level of proficiency in a variety of mediums. Baber, German born and currently residing in Palmdale, states she has been an artist most of her life. As she so aptly put it “I always loved to make marks and enjoyed doing extra credit in grade school. Art is an escape for me, which as any artist knows can be a positive or negative thing, but that's just the way it is”. Vivid and exciting colors express the drama and passion this California award-winning artist brings to her work. Baber states “I have an eye for dramatic color and I express myself through art; painting realistically with an expressionistic flair”. Collector’s of Baber's work admire her flair as she interprets nature with her unique style. Her work is often found on the cover of Temecula Valley and has been signature art for the Temecula Valley Balloon and Wine Festival. A permanent collection resides with the Temecula Valley Art Council as well as various locations throughout the world. Her work garnered the Reno Air Race Poster and to date is the only woman to have the honor of painting the award-winning poster. Baber encourages her students to express through art, focusing on the process, not the product. Positive reinforcement and critique allow her students to find their style and voice. Baber recently relocated to Palmdale and continues her work as a freelance artist. She is available for demonstrations and workshops in Palmdale and outlying areas, such as Tehachapi. Visit her website and learn more about her work and workshops. www.gabrielebaberart.com

October 2015 Jenny Zur will open our minds to the possibilities awaiting the artist in each and every one of us. After a glorious trip to Spain, Zur stated “I have fallen in love with Salvador Dali. Three artists captured my heart and I was forever changed. Their bold experimentation, colorful and rich exploration of styles and materials inspired me to grow wings and explore Tehachapi's beautiful birds with paint. canvas and joyful abandon. The trip to Barcelona and Catalunya (Spain) where I visited the museums of Dali, Picasso and Miro earlier this year, along with several of the buildings by Gaudi, including the Sagrada Familia Cathedral were so invigorating and freeing to me.” As a child, Zur's mother would stop by the local printers and buy boxes of paper scrap for her six children to draw on. The paper and an old cigar box overflowing with a myriad of colorful crayons, fueled her fertile imagination, when it could no longer be contained within the confines of the heavy black and defining lines of a childs coloring book. A daydreamer, Zur said she would lose herself in wonder, watching the world around her, as she would take in how a leaf twisted on its stem or the countless 'diamonds' twinkling on a lake infused with sunshine. “I didn't realize it then but I was learning to see the world through the eyes of an artist,” state Zur. In her spare time and as she so aptly put it, “when not daydreaming, I managed to partner in a successful pottery business, finish up college degrees in art and graphic communication and become the illustrator for Nike's apparel division.” She went on to say “it was once said to me that the arts feed off each other and that was true in my case: solutions to design dilemmas have been discovered while playing the piano; elements of advertising were used to compose fine art and the skill honed in the dress design studio incorporated into paintings.” Zur says her art begins with realistic images and the way she sees and feels about it is introduced and finally allowed to evolve and tell its own story. “I love the feel of the paint as it glides beneath the palette knife, aware and open to the visual effects created and the willingness to let go as I am lead to the next step.” Her zest and love for painting shows in the gleam of her eyes as you talk with her. Oct. 2 from 5-8 P.M. you will have the opportunity to let Zur open your mind to the possibilities awaiting the artist in each one of us. Gallery 'n' Gifts is open daily from 10 A.M. to 5 P.M. and is located at 100 W. Tehachapi Blvd. For further information please call 822-6062. As always decadent hors d'oeuvres will be served and you chat with talented guest artist, Jenny Zur.

September 2015 This Friday September 4th Gallery 'N' Gifts invites you to help celebrate our 36th year in business! Our First Friday Artist Reception will feature new work by our members including Anita Jesse, Coral DeGagne, Robert Hardy, Shirley Given, Tina Dille, Stephen Lee, Monica Lindsey, Michelle Miller, Marti Howell, Dennis Cowden and Gale Caldwell. Stop by for complimentary refreshments and meet the artists. 5-8pm at 100 W. Tehachapi Blvd.

August 2015 Take Your Best Shot Photo Contest Reception 5-8pm

July 2015 Join us First Friday July 3rd and kick off the Independence Day celebrations early with "Primitive Impressionism" by Jim Pugh.

June 2015-Duane Anderson, Transparent Watercolorist "From earliest childhood, I always loved drawing. I have been painting with first watercolors and then acrylics for 35 years. My love of painting made me leave architecture, my chosen profession, to concentrate on architectural illustration. That proved to be a good decision as I was able to combine my passion for painting with my love of architecture. I am presently a tenured professor of architecture at Bakersfield College. I teach perspective drawing and architectural graphics. In addition, I have taught multiple workshops and classes in drawing and watercolor for both children and adults. I now work completely in watercolor, predominately transparent, although what I am trying to say with the image is much important. So, I do use opaque paint occasionally. My approach to my work is to paint as realistically as I can in an abstract impressionistic way. I find it a most enjoyable experience to work close and then view from a distance to see how perspective plays such a vital role in how we view our world. I admit I love “details” to a fault. But, I am very happy, indeed, that they have helped me find my voice in painting."

May 2015- Kevin Hill, landscape artist, will be Featured Guest Artist, First Friday, May 1 at Gallery 'N' Gifts. Don’t miss the opportunity to meet this gifted artist and teacher. Hill, currently from the Palmdale area, was introduced to painting at fifteen while watching PBS. By the ripe old age of eighteen he was selling his landscapes at a rapid clip. This is a painter who is passionate about his own painting and teaching others. His specialty is a “wet-on-wet” oil painting technique and when you watch one of his videos, you will recognize that his passion is unmistakable. Meet Hill, Featured Guest, as well as other Tehachapi artists for an evening of beautiful art, good conversation, and delicious treats. Browse Hill’s paintings and enjoy the complimentary snacks and drinks, offered by Gallery 'N' Gifts, located at 100 W. Tehachapi Blvd. For further information call.822-6062.

April 2015- Annual "All Tehachapi Youth Art Contest" Come see what our talented kids can do!

March 2015- Tehachapi Artists celebrate “Art on the Mountain” The Tehachapi Valleys are home to a rather amazing number of artists. Is it something in the water? Or, is it that invigorating, clean, mountain air? Whatever explains our being home to so many creative souls, TVAA and Gallery ‘N Gifts are dedicated to the celebration of local artists year-round. For the month of March, 2015, the Gallery will offer “Art on the Mountain”—a slight twist on our usual Guest Artist features. Rather than featuring a single Guest Artist, fifteen artists have been asked to exhibit examples of their work. The following Gallery ‘N Gifts Fine Arts Members: Gale Caldwell, Marjorie Colby, Dennis Cowden, Coral DeGagne, Tina Dille, Shirley Given, Marti Howell, Anita Jesse, Stephen Lee, Monica Lyndsey, and Michelle Miller and will have work on display. Ongoing Guest Artist, Chris Paschke will show her work and three Guest Artists, Sonja Bronson, Debbie Martin, and Ardean Rudolph have been invited as guests for the month. Join in an opportunity to sample oil, watercolor, and acrylic paintings; photography; sculpture; gourd artistry, Zentangle inspired art, and digital mixed media along with complimentary food and drinks. Spend an evening with good company, good food, and soaking in the inspiration of “Art on the Mountain.”

February 2015- TVAA Annual Photography Contest.

January 2015- TVAA's Gallery 'n Gifts welcomes Fine Art Photographer, Jim Tucker, as Featured Guest Artist for the leadoff First Friday of 2015. Friday, January 2, 5:00 -8:00 P.M., Gallery ‘N Gifts, at 100 W. Tehachapi Blvd, will hold a reception spotlighting Tucker's intriguing black and white photographs. Inspired by his oldest brother who had a degree in photography, Tucker was introduced to classic black and white photography and still works in a traditional darkroom to produce his "intimate landscapes." This photographer is passionate about using traditional techniques, developing, enlarging and printing all his work in the wet darkroom. Attracted to black and white photography "because it strips away all the distraction of color", Tucker "forces us to see and feel in a way that is very raw, instinctive, clean and pure."

December 2014- TVAA Holiday Boutique featuring festive arts and handcrafted items by our local TVAA members.

October/November 2014- Sculptor, Leon Leigh was born, raised and received his education in London. At an early age he designed custom furniture for the family business, while pursuing his degree in art. His artistic education continued as he worked as a stonemason, honing his skill at cutting and polishing marble. His mechanical and mathematical skills, combined with his past designing skills, eventually brought him to his current medium, metal. Leigh immigrated to America in 1986 and opened a design studio in Culver City, CA. With inspiration and support from leading decorators in LA, his sculptures were sought after worldwide. Commissions for private and commercial parties were sought after due to the spontaneity of his designs. Leigh has relocated his studio in Bear Valley Springs and continues to sculpt, using his well known fiery imagination. Leigh said “As a sculptor, I love to work in materials that will last the test of time. Though I work in stone and wood I prefer the malleability of the heated metal, allowing me to literally push the metal in its molten state, to capture the line, moving it with the force of the torch's flames itself and nothing else. The passionate interplay of fire and metal is what both inspires and propels my creative works. Having been inspired by the raw and primitive sculptures of Alberto Giacometti, I set out to create something new and different and develop my own unique style. To transform rigid steel into suspenders, lace, garters and my ultimate accomplishment, shoes, as been nothing less than exciting.”

September 2014-Gallery 'n' Gifts goal is always to have First Friday in Tehachapi be something special. With the 35th Anniversary of Gallery 'n' Gifts on the horizon, it was decided to approach this special month with special artists. It seemed apropos to honor the in-house Fine Arts members during this anniversary month of celebration, beginning Friday, Sept. 5.

August 2014 features the "Take Your Best Shot" Photo contest. Be sure to check out the rules for more information and important submission dates!

July 5th we'll be featuring the artwork of Sherrill Hoepner.

First Friday, June 6, 2014 from 5 – 8 p.m., will feature Stephen Lee. A photographer, Lee is a newcomer to GNG and enjoys the warm family-coop atmosphere of the local art community. Lee has lived in Tehachapi more than 20 years and his primary passion is capturing the natural beauty of God's creations. The Eastern Sierras, including Alabama Hills and the area around Bishop, have resulted in some of his most prized works. The abundance of California wildflowers gives him the opportunity to create unique images of the California flora.

May 2014's Featured artist are the Tehachapi Fiber Frogs, with a reception in their honor being held, First Friday, May 2 from 5-8 p.m. What is a Fiber Frog, one might ask? come see for yourself!

April 2014's featured artists are our very own Tehachapi Youth! Come see what a talented bunch of kids we have in our community!

MArch 2014 Tehachapi Valley Arts Association is thrilled to feature local artist, Chris Paschke of Designs Ink Art, for the First Friday event, March 7 at Gallery 'n' Gifts.

February 2014 - 9th annual TVAA Photo Contest check our site for rules and information! First Friday Awards Reception on Feb. 7.

January 2014 - Sculpture and artwork by Rodolfo Perez Moreno January 3rd First Friday 5-8pm. Kick off the new year with fabulous art!

November 2013 - Silent auction begins tomorrow at First Friday! We have over 25 items and baskets of goodies up for auction. All Proceeds go towards high school art scholarships. Support the kids and snatch up some great holiday gifts! Win win for everyone! (Auction ends first Friday Dec 6 at 7pm)

October 2013 - First Friday, Oct. 4, Gallery ‘n’ Gifts will be showcasing local talent, Elaine Kilmer, from 5 to 8 p.m. Kilmer brings a new and exciting medium to the Gallery. Her Rock Star portraiture and hand beaded guitar straps promise to make Rocktober First Friday, exciting and energetic. Kilmer combines her love of drawing and music in her portraiture of Rock Musicians. The element in her work is incredible with detail that one usually sees in photographic works. Check out her Facebook and see the beautifully beaded guitar straps she creates in addition to her portraiture. Kilmer graduated Cal State Bakersfield in 2005, grew up in Bakersfield and currently resides in Tehachapi. Kilmer says “I am a woman of many passions. Some wane and wax over the years, but the true constants have always been my love of art music and animals. My love of drawing began at a very early age. I distinctly remember being in the 5th grade and getting in trouble for sitting and drawing in the back of my math class, (with two similarly afflicted classmates, I might add.) Drawing horses was much more fun than math and to date not much has changed on that issue.” Today, Kilmer combines her love of drawing and music with portraits of musicians she has met and became friends with, through Facebook. She refers to this as “Drawing people into my life.” Through the portraits, Kilmer has made many wonderful friends, including an accomplished Russian Guitarist, who has come to California on two separate occasions to be her guest. As always great talent and good food await you at Gallery ‘n’ Gifts for First Friday. Gallery ‘n’ Gifts is located at 100 W. Tehachapi Blvd. First Friday reception for Kilmer will be 5 to 8 p.m., Oct. 4. For further information contact 822-6062.

September 2013 - We will feature photography by Dennis Cowden. A First Friday artist reception will be held September 6 at Gallery N Gifts in the Fine Arts Gallery.

August 2013 - We had a wonderful turn out for our Take Your Best Shot Photo Contest. Winners are posted under the "Previous events" link on the right. Hope you will think about entering next year, we all had a great time!

July 2013 - Have you ever felt truly inspired, upon meeting someone for the first time? That feeling of awe upon learning about the challenges that person faced at the onset of adulthood? The opportunity to do so is coming to Gallery ‘n’ Gifts, July 5. Stained Glass Artist, Coral Degagne will be featured at the First Friday reception, from 5 to 8 p.m. and she is a remarkable woman. Degagne was born and raised in California and moved to Tehachapi in 1976, while in the 6 grade. She then graduated from THS in 1983, with plans to attend a cosmetology school in Vancouver, B.C.A couple of months after graduation Degagne did what a lot of kids her age do, when fun and good times are to be had. She called in sick. She had an opportunity to go ATC riding in the Mojave Desert. It proved to be a life changing experience. She broke her back during a ride and spent 3 months in a medical facility learning to live independently as a paraplegic. Not one to wallow in selfpity, she moved on with her life and today is a vibrant and positive woman, who makes one smile, just being around her. She tried various types of employment from computer accounting to dress making and found them all boring. She married in 1987, soon thereafter, was divorced and gave birth to a baby boy. As he learned to crawl and get about his own, she found baby overalls, with suspenders the best way to pick him up safely and quickly. She became involved in tandem skydiving in 1992 and became bored with it by 2010. As you have probably noted by now, there is a boredom pattern. She had yet to find her niche.She loved the arts and her crayons as a child. She tried different painting techniques, including pastels and watercolors. Yes, once again boredom reigned.About 15 years ago, she went to the Getty Museum for the “Windows of Light” exhibit. “It was incredible and caught my attention immediately. There were simple (knowing now, not so simple) stained glass pieces with ‘stick people’ drawing fused into the glass, to more elaborate and beautiful windows. At the time I did not even consider I would pursue this media, I just enjoyed the exhibit,” stated Degagne. “While working a crossword puzzle in The Bakersfield Californian in 2004, I saw an ad for beginning stained glass classes and considered checking it out, but didn’t. Shortly thereafter I visited Old Town San Diego and the Catholic Church gift shop. While looking at a crucifix pendant I felt warmth on my neck and back. Behind me was a huge stained glass window and it was breathtaking with the sun shining through it. Some colors danced while others were soft and warm, I knew then I was going to go home and sign up for the stained glass class,” Degagne continued. She has since crossed over to fusing and torch work and intricate detail in her stained glass pieces. The process seems to be working for her, boredom is no longer an issue and the creative juices flow. She says she thinks the reason she does not get bored is there are so many tools to work with (she likes tools) and it makes her bleed. She says that keeps her on her toes, so to speak. She finds it a challenge to have someone bring her a piece that is broken and dirty and return it restored, which always bring a smile to the owner’s face.Degagne stated “my favorite part of building a window is during the waxing process when it starts getting shiny and smooth and when held up to the light, the colors start to dance.” Come and enjoy an evening with Degagne and partake in scrumptious refreshments.

June 2013 Gallery ‘N Gifts, 100 W. Tehachapi Blvd., will feature the fine art of Tina Dille, watercolors; Anita Jesse, enhanced photography; Marti Howell, painting using various mediums. Refreshments will be served and a 10 percent show discount is offered during First Friday hours only.

May 2013 - The amount of artistic talent in Tehachapi is amazing.And the Tehachapi Valley Art Association and its Gallery 'n' Gifts are pleased to offer the community an opportunity to meet and peruse the works of one of the local talents as the Guest Artist for May. Marti Howell will be honored at a reception during First Friday, May 3, from 5 to 8 p.m. at Gallery 'n' Gifts, 100 W. Tehachapi Blvd. Howell, a longtime resident of Bear Valley Springs, is originally from the Bay Area, where she worked in the education field including teaching art. She works with oils, pastels and watercolors. "I never expected to paint in three mediums, however, each one offers something that is both a plus and a minus for the painter," she said. "When I get tired of one medium, I switch to a different one and I can get excited all over again. I think this keeps my work fresh and appeals to a wider variety of people." Painting a diverse range of subjects, with animals and people being the forerunners, Howell said the human body, face or figure, has been a fascinating subject in art for centuries. "I never tire of painting people. There is always something new to learn," she added. "Because they appeal to many people, either as a connection to a loved companion or to the wonders of nature, painting animals is interesting. I enjoy the challenge of capturing their essence and personality." Howell also does commissioned animal paintings and has started doing pastel portraits. She said she has three goals when she paints -- learn something new, increase her painting skills, and have fun. "I think it's important to have personal goals and enjoy the process because there is no predicting what someone will buy," she added. Howell has also diversified into pottery and working with clay. She enjoys riding, reading and gardening, sometimes finding it difficult to participate in all of them. Howell shows at the Bear Valley Cultural Arts Spring show and was a member of Crossroads Gallery for four years. She has recently become a member of Gallery 'n' Gifts and the Tehachapi Valley Art Association. "I love being a member of the art community in Tehachapi," she said. "There are many talented artists here."

April 2013 - The Tehachapi Valley Arts Association invites the community to view the art of our wonderfully talented Tehachapi youth at this year's 17th annual All Tehachapi Youth Art Contest. All categories of art, including flatwork of all media, sculpture, photography, pottery and more will be on display by artists from Kindergarten through 12th grade. Since 1996, Tehachapi's youth have never failed to awe and inspire with their many talents. The contest is staffed and funded by volunteers willing to give of their time and money to make the event a success. Qualified judges are brought in to examine each piece submitted and determine those works worthy of special recognition. First, second and third place ribbons are given for outstanding works, as well as honorable mention awards. In addition, two best of show awards are given -- one to honor the best work by a high school student and the other for the best work by an elementary level student -- each who will be honored by a ribbon and a monetary award. A pre-showing of the exhibit will be held on First Friday on April 5 from 5 to 8 p.m., with no awards shown at the time.

March 2013 - Gallery 'n' Gifts, 100 W. Tehachapi Blvd., features local artist, Chris Paschke. She enjoys mixed media on paper, panel wood, canvas and encaustic.

February 2013 - Down the street at Gallery 'n' Gifts, 100 W. Tehachapi Blvd., the Tehachapi Valley Arts Association will be showing the work of photographers in the 8th annual TVAA Photo Contest. Photographers once again took up the challenge and entered their photographic visions in the contest," said Gale Caldwell of the association. The winner of the highly competitive event will be announced at a First Friday reception, during which the public is invited to view the photos, which will remain on display during the entire month of February.

December 2012 – Features Locally made holiday gifts in our Fine Arts room boutique.

November 2012 - Gallery 'N Gifts and the Tehachapi Valley Arts Association will honor the armed forces during the month of November, with a special "Honor the Military" theme. Gallery 'N Gifts and TVAA strongly support our military personnel and look forward to sharing the support with the Tehachapi community. Everyone is asked to participate in the "Honor the Military" program. Gallery 'N Gifts will have a large banner stating, "Thank you for Serving." It will be sent to local military personnel, currently deployed and serving our country. Stop in and write a message and sign the banner. TVAA did a similar project a few years back and it was well received locally and by the military personnel, receiving it. The banner will be available to sign Nov. 1 to 15 at Gallery 'N Gifts. Information will also be available to choose military personnel to send a Christmas CARE package. Plan to meet Tehachapi's local heros at the reception in their honor, at the gallery. Refreshments will be served throughout the evening. The gallery is located at 100 W. Tehachapi Blvd.

October 2012 - Gallery ‘N Gifts is hosting an exciting local artist this month. Debi Hartman who is better known by the nickname Sparks, aka the Grunge Hobbit, for First Friday and the month of October. Sparks is an art lover turned artist influenced by the many talented artists friends she surrounds herself with in Tehachapi. She paints from the images she creates in her mind or from dreams in which images come to her. The visions can be purely abstract or have shape and often come to life in human form. Rarely detailed or precise — and often filled with intense emotion — her paintings are created quickly and with passion. In her first year of painting (2009), Sparks embarked on an intense and prolific period of self-education and experimentation in both oil and acrylic paints. Some of her favorite paintings were created using techniques that cede some of the control to the medium — using alcohol, canned air, or simply tilting the canvas and letting the paint go where it will. Other favorites involve very deliberate techniques that create interesting textures with fingers, palette knife and sand from her backyard. "I love the smell and feel of paint on canvas, it's all about having fun," said Sparks.

February 2012 - Gallery ‘N’ Gifts is hosting a Photo Contest Reception, displaying the works of local photographers. Don’t miss it, there are phenomenal photographers in the Tehachapi area. Submissions will be accepted through Jan. 30, Applications available at www.galleryngifts.com or stop by the newly remodeled shop at 100 W. Tehachapi Blvd. As always, refreshments will be served.

October 2011 - Sheryl McKay of Red Bird Pottery is the featured artist for October at Gallery ‘N’ Gifts. Sheryl worked as a floral designer in Lancaster for 24 years. Six years later Sheryl began “hand building” or working with clay. She is a self-taught potter. She made numerous trips to the library as she taught herself the different techniques and the art of “throwing” on the wheel. After years of trial and error and transforming her husband’s (man-cave) garage into her studio, Sheryl achieved a style that works for her and her clientele. Sheryl’s inspiration for her designs comes from her love of nature and most of the plant material comes from her garden. Using stoneware clay and lead free glazes, she has designed many functional wares that can be used throughout the home. Most of her pieces are oven and dishwasher safe, although hand washing is recommended for the more decorative pieces. Whether you are looking for decorative or functional pieces for your home, you may rest assured each piece is an original and one-of-a-kind. As a bonus, photographer Vuong Nien will be featured in the October Show also. Vuong was born in Vietnam and came to the United Stated in 1995. He is a member of the International Federation of Photographic Art and the Photographic Society of America. His core teachings come from his father many years ago. He specializes in panoramic views and will have several panoramas of the Tehachapi area on display at Gallery ‘N’ Gifts for the month of October.

August 2011 - "Take Your Best Shot" Photo Contest display.

July 2011 - Oscar Bravo — yes that is his bona fide moniker — will be the July guest artist at Gallery ‘N’ Gifts, for First Friday, July 1, from 5 to 8 p.m. Oscar is a ceramicist and potter. He says he finds inspiration in the clay, whether it’s the rich colors, the contrast of the different clays or the textures. He finds it amazing to take a lump of mud and create eye-pleasing pieces, whether it’s a bowl, urn, vase, platter or cookie jar.

May 2011 - David Sosalla will be the Gallery ‘N’ Gifts guest artist for May. The artist is world renown for his special effects in the motion picture industry said Shirley Given, Fine Arts Director for TVAA Sosalla will be featured at “First Friday on May 6 and his work will remain in the gallery throughout May. For more than 30 years Sosalla has been involved with creating special visual effects for films and television. Over this period of time he has contributed to more than 60 films, including such movies as “Star Wars, The Return of the Jedi,” “Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom” and “Battle Star Galactica.” In 1989 he was awarded the British Academy Award for his work on “Honey, I Shrunk the Kids.” As he participated in the many film projects, he also continued with his interests in painting, print making, drawing and sculpture.

April 2011 - TVAA will once again sponsor the All Tehachapi Youth Art Contest featuring talented young artists from the Tehachapi area.

March 2011 - Marnye Summers will be the featured artist. Marnye has always been an artist and dog lover. As long as she can remember, she was drawing, weaving or sculpting. Several years ago, Marnye decided to fulfill her childhood passion of working with animals. She studied with Pierce College's Veterinary Technician program and graduated in 2004. At the same time she was studying at Pierce, her art became focused on animals. Using colored pencils, Marnye won several awards in juried shows during this time. Marnye then went to school again, this time to learn how to weld. A plasma cutter and MIG welder are now her tools of choice for metal sculpting. This medium allows her to combine her love of animals and art. Her models are her six rescued dogs: Spam, Brillo, Thud, Walter, Muscle Butt and Stella. Marnye does commissioned metal animal artwork in several different styles. She will work from clients’ favorite photographs to capture the animal's unique look.

February 2011 - Annual TVAA Photo Contest Awards Reception. Feb 4th 5-8pm. Stop by and see all the fabulous local photography talent!

January 2011 - The fine arts room is undergoing a transformation! Stop by next month and see the wonderful changes!

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