By Mark Kamerer
contributing writer 

Arts Center welcomes new ceramics classes, Key Smith and Attorney Rebecca Ortiz

Tehachapi Arts Center


September 2, 2023

Our Artist of the Month is Britney Palmer. She produces stickers, t-shirts, maps, window stickers and 3D printed animals and objects. Her items are very eye-catching with many Tehachapi specific themes. She will be teaching a class this month on how to use the Procreate app on your iPad.

Mark Kamerer is a local Key Smith making many types of keys. Specializing in older cars, lawn mowers, mailboxes, houses, toolboxes, motorcycles and RVs. Often, we can locate hard to find key blanks. Open Mondays, Thursdays, Sundays and by appointment. Our keys are guaranteed to work or they are free.

Rebecca Ortiz-Johnson has opened her office here at the Arts Center. Specializing in family law, as well as the rights of children and people with disabilities. Rebecca is a National Board-certified teacher, a past vice principal and principal with a special education certificate. She has many years of experience in family law. Call for an appointment.

Sandi Popejoy and her daughter Heather are opening a ceramics studio here at the Center and conduct several classes for adults and beginners. We are excited to finally resume our ceramic classes.

New hours at the Arts Center

We are now open 7 days a week and stay open til 6 p.m. on Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Regular hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Note: we stay open later for special events such as Thursday's Farmers Market. If the flags out, were open.

Events this month

First Friday of every month we have an open house from 5 til 7 p.m. Come on out and see what's going on for the month as you visit with artists and friends. Enjoy some wine and hor d'oeuvres. Sit down and relax listening to the sounds of Art Larson's soothing clarinet.

Become a Procreate Pro

I'm excited about this one. Guest Artist Britney Palmer will be teaching a class on how to use the Procreate app. on Sunday, Sept. 3 at noon. Students will need to bring an iPad and purchase the Procreate app. It is highly recommended but not essential to have an Apple Pencil. A Procreate brush will be given after the class.

Cathy's Polymer Clay Class

On Saturday, Sept. 9 from noon to 3 p.m. Cathy is going to teach you to create dragonfly's and butterflies from Polymer clay. An exceedingly popular class that often becomes sold out. All materials provided. This is a great family project, perfect for a multi-generational activity and something you can keep or give as a unique gift to someone special.

Ceramics Classes

Class 1: Fall Project Ceramic platter

Sept. 7, 8, 20 & 26 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Introductory fee $25 for all 3 classes, supplies $15.

Students will meet to create a platter: a sunflower, lace pumpkin or a lace fall leaves design. There will be three meetings with a final day to pick up your work.

Class 2: Kids Potter's Ceramics magnets or pendants

Saturday, Sept. 16 & 23 from 10 a.m. to noon. Introductory class fee $10 per child to make two magnets. With a special surprise included this month only. Under 12 must be accompanied by an adult.

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 usually start around 6 p.m. you can arrive as early as 5 p.m. People coming from work arrive as late as 8 p.m. This month it's held Tuesday Nights, Sept. 5 and 18.

Children's Art Class

Every Wednesday at 3:30 p.m. we offer our children's class. We can also offer a private class for birthdays or your own group of friends. Call Grayson for more information.

Paint Night

Glenda Rich will return to teach this month's class here at the Art Center. Paint Night on Saturday, Sept. 23 at 5:30 p.m. We provide all materials wine, punch, pizza and hor d'oeuvres. Glenda worked for the Thomas Kinkade Gallery and is an exceptionally talented artist. We are glad to have her join us again.

We sell art supplies

The Arts 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

Now open Saturdays only from noon to 5 p.m.

In order to streamline production, our Jeweler Alari Designs is changing their hours. The new jewelry shop hours are Saturdays 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. or by appointment. Call or text (661) 805-0849 for more information.

Join our co-op

If you are looking for a place to display 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 artists 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 Sunday through Wednesday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Thursday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Note: we stay open later for special events such as Thursday's Farmers Market. If the flags are out we are open. You can reach us at: (661) 822-6794.


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