By Mark Kamerer
contributing writer 

Classes and events

Tehachapi Arts Center


April 29, 2023


Lily Painting Class on Thursday, May 11.

5 X 5 First Friday Fundraiser

Our First Friday event is special this month. We will celebrate Cinco de Mayo with a fundraiser.

Tehachapi Arts Center is proud to be the sponsor for Raising Star and their 5 X 5 fundraiser.

Local artist will create works of art on 5x5 canvases, which will then be sold Friday, May 5 for $55. We will be closed from 5 p.m. until 5:55 p.m. in order to set up for this special event.

Raising Star is an equine based therapy provider that works with children and adults with special needs.

All art is donated and for sale to raise funds for the Raising Star Organization.


Adult Paint Class with Ed

Every Tuesday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. our resident paint night instructor Ed Vasqkedi will be holding his Adult Paint Class. This class is a more intensive learning session than our regular Paint Night.

Lily Painting Class

Join our artist Ollie Schweiger on Thursday, May 11 from 3:30 to 5 p.m. and learn how to create a beautiful Lily painting. This class is for all ages and abilities.

Improv Workshop

Saturday, May 13 is our Improv Workshop with Johnathon and Susan Hall. An evening of fun and games as you exercise your mind in the company of friends and fellow enthusiasts.

Paint Night

Our Paint Night is on Saturday, May 20 at 5:30 p.m. Join us as Ed teaches you how to paint a still life. Enjoy wine, punch, Hors D'oeuvres and pizza in the company of friends as you learn.

Children's Art Class

Children's Art Class held every Wednesday at 3:30 p.m. We also offer a private class for birthdays or your own group of friends. Call the Art Center for more information.

Jam Night

Jam Night Dust off that old guitar, bass, keyboard, ukulele or whatever you have and come on out for a fun night of music and socializing. We are mostly a group of intermediate musicians so don't think you have to be great to join us. Bring a few copies of songs you want us to play.

We always meet on Tuesday's. Call to find out which ones.

Ed's Portraiture now taking orders

Our resident artist and instructor Edward Vasqkedi is now offering his services as a portrait artist. He will create an original work of art in several media including oils, acrylics and sketching of people, pets and animals.

We sell art supplies

The Art Center has increased its inventory of art supplies. We have more paints and for the first-time alcohol ink is available. We also have polymer clay.

Alari Designs

We have the best jewelry shop in Tehachapi right inside the Art Center. Alari Designs provides watch battery replacements, re-sizing of rings and repairs for all types of jewelry. Jewelry shop hours are noon to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday or by appointment. Call or text (661) 805-0849 for more information.

Join our Co-op


Paint Night is on Saturday, May 20.

If you are looking for a place to showcase your art, consider joining us here as a Co-op member or an Artist Vender. If you have an artistic skill you would like to share, you can teach a class in our classroom. Young artist are welcome, too. We're proud to have a growing number of up-and-coming artists getting their first start here at the Arts Center.

Our Facebook page manager Marta Escanuelas has been very busy, so don't forget to visit us there. You can view all the classes and updates online.

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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