By Rebecca Ortiz
contributing writer 

Classes and events

Tehachapi Arts Center


October 1, 2022

Hey, hey! It’s Inktober!

What is Inktober? It’s a worldwide call to create an ink drawing for all 31 days of October. Experts assure us that you will see improvement in your techniques and art skills if you finish the challenge. To celebrate Inktober, Tehachapi Arts Center Artists are creating pen and ink drawings. Come in and see how our artists use ink creatively for Inktober. You can find out more about Inktober and find the Inktober prompts at During First Friday, held on Oct. 7, Artist Edward Vasqhetti will demonstrate combining ink and paint for Inktober.

Polymer Clay Classes by Cathy Clark

One of our artists in residence, Cathy Clark, will teach Polymer Clay Class on Oct. 24 from noon to 4 p.m. Join Cathy to create Halloween bats during this month’s project session. The cost of the class is $35. All materials and tools will be provided. Call Tehachapi Arts Center to sign up for the class or request more information.

Paint Night and October Painting Demonstrations

Artist Edward Vasqhetti will teach Paint Night on Saturday, Oct. 15 from 5:30 to 8 p.m. This month’s subject is “My Dog.” Cost for Paint Night is $35. All supplies and materials are provided. You are sure to enjoy the class as Edward is an enthusiastic teacher and a prolific artist. In October, Edward will demonstrate painting techniques each Saturday of the month from noon to 2 p.m. at TAC. Watch Edward paint and spend time learning in this informal learning session. The demonstration sessions are free.

Children’s Classes

Join our children’s art class on Wednesdays after school from 3:30 to 5 p.m. The cost for Kids Art Class is $15 per session. All materials and supplies are included in the fee. All student levels are welcome.

Jam Night

We are moving our Aspiring Musician Jam Nights to Tuesdays. Set up starts at 5:30 p.m. It’s been a great learning experience shared by beginners and a few old hands. If you know a few basic chords, you’re good to go.

Bring a song or two to share. Musicians, please use the stage entrance. Also known as the back door. The next Jam Night will be held on Oct. 11. There is no entrance fee for Jam Night. Donations are always welcome.

Welcome new artists

Please give a warm community welcome to California Impressionist Terry Sonntag, ardent artist Brittany Palmer and youth artist Oleander Schweiger.

Retired, Certified Antique Appraiser Sonntag has been an artist for several years. He brings his wisdom and experience as well as the influence of the Masters to his stunning landscapes featured at TAC.

Palmer has an Associate of Arts in Applied Science Graphic Design. She has worked as a graphic designer and illustrator for a little over 7 years across different company brands such as Salty Crew, Bass Outdoor, Columbia, Google and Sony. At TAC, she is currently selling homemade stickers and 3D prints made by her husband. In October 2022, she will expand her selection to graphic t-shirts/apparel, coloring pages/books, bookmarks, prints, offer graphic design services and more 3D prints. The 3D prints are a TAC exclusive item. You can view Palmer’s online store and portfolio at

“Ollie” Schweiger, is one of our youngest artists at TAC. Ollie attends Valley Oakes High School in Tehachapi. She has been involved in creating art since she was 7 years of age. Ollie is mostly a self-taught artist, having taken very few art classes. Ollie is influenced by art all around her and she enjoys watching videos of artists creating on social media. She says when she sees a technique that resonates with her, she incorporates it into her art. Currently, Ollie is selling her creations, including stickers, buttons and paintings at TAC. She hopes to expand her selection as she learns new art techniques and develops as an artist.

We are looking for local artists and crafts people to join us in teaching and bringing art to our community. Call the Tehachapi Arts Center (TAC) to attend classes or for more information at (661) 822-6794. Or drop by the store to make inquiries in person.

The Tehachapi Arts Center (TAC) is a cooperative continuing in the tradition of Mel White’s Treasure Trove. TAC provides a venue for local artisans to gather, learn, teach, display, and sell their art. We are located at 116 E. Tehachapi Blvd. (across the street from the water tower). TAC is open Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. You can reach us at: (661) 822-6794.


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