By Mark Kamerer
contributing writer 

Classes and events

Tehachapi Arts Center


May 14, 2022

New artists

The Center is happy to introduce our newest artists. Basianna K. who creates colorful surrealistic paintings in acrylics, and our new soap lady Helen Brennick. Helen a newer Tehachapi resident, crafts soap that is gentle and healthy for your skin using goat milk and an olive oil-based soap for our vegan customers.

Classes and events

Our Beginning Polymer Clay Class on May 14 is filled up but you can sign up for the same class on June 11. Cathy Clark will teach the basics of working with this material as you craft a glassware container decorated with beautiful flowers and leaves. A useful and eye-catching piece of art.

Also on May 14, our Improv Workshop continues. We all had a great time last month as we participated in easy fun exercises to learn how to interact in this spontaneous undertaking. Its fun, friendly and interesting. No experience necessary, so don’t be shy.

On May 21, Lauraine Snelling is offering her Writing Great Fiction Class. Lauraine, a published author, will show you how to compose compelling works of literature.

Paint Night is also on May 21 with our upcoming June Guest Artist Wendy Johnson. She has created this month’s work in her own unique style. As always snacks, drinks and all supplies will be provided. There will be wine as well as other beverages.

Our Children’s Art Class is at 3:30 p.m. every Wednesday.

You can have an artistic birthday party for your own group of artists. Just call the center to plan your event and reserve a date.

Lucinda’s Sculpting Class has become very popular with lots of interesting projects being created by the participants. Held every Saturday morning from 10 a.m. to noon. The medium is clay. The instructor will provides clay and a clay sculpting kit for a reasonable fee if you do not have your own.

Aspiring musicians

We are looking for beginning/intermediate musicians for jam sessions. This is a learning experience for not so good musicians to learn how to improve their abilities and blend in with other players in a group setting.

You should have the ability to play a few songs and not be a total beginner. Call Mark at the center for more details.

Open Studio

We would like to remind everyone that the Center has Open Studio time Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. If you or a group need a roomy place to create your art away from your daily distractions or if you just want to be in a creative environment, we have a place for you. Sew your quilt, paint a picture, sculpt or just socialize.

Alari Design

We have the best jewelry store in town. Our Jeweler Mike offers a full range of fast, friendly service. All work is done here on the premises. His hours of operation are noon to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday or by appointment. Call or text (661) 805-0849 for more information.

The Tehachapi Arts Center is a cooperative, continuing the heritage of Mel White’s Treasure Trove providing a venue for local artisans to gather, learn, teach and, of course, display and sell their art. We are located at 116 E. Tehachapi Blvd. (across the street from the water tower). Open Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., call (661) 822-6794.


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