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Only a novice artist? The Hemet Valley Art Association doesn’t discriminate

By in Press Enterprise on May 19, 2017

By Rebecca K. O'Connor

Offering a variety of classes including beginning and advanced watercolor, oil and acrylic painting, the Hemet Valley Art Association is building a community of artists in Hemet, San Jacinto and the surrounding communities.

The art association, which was founded in 1963, encourages artists, photographers and sculptors, from beginners to professionals, to show their work in the gallery.

“We have requirements, so we only show quality work,” said Constance Peters, Hemet Valley Art Association vice president and director of publicity. “Being able to show their work encourages new artists who are old or young to keep trying and participating. They can also get ribbons in our monthly competitions.”

Peters noted that the association’s classes are taught by talented and encouraging teachers who also demonstrate that it’s never too late to take up an art.

Association teachers Joyce Thomas and Betty Pilley, who are both watercolorists, started learning to paint after they retired.

“They both started painting around 12 to 15 years ago and they have become just fantastic,” said Peters. “They give people who are interested in becoming artists a chance to get involved in a nonthreatening environment.”

The association also works in conjunction with West Valley High School Exceptional Excited Kids Program (EEK). The children in the program have learning disabilities to varying degrees and use art as a way to express themselves and become more engaged in school.

This year, approximately 30 youth in the EEK Program displayed their work at the gallery and were given a reception.

“The parents and kids were just delighted,” said Peters. “There was so much enthusiasm. Creating art got them more excited about school and more aware of their surrounds and the arts in general.”

Peters noted that the organization also has some amazing high school artists.

HVAA also runs an annual High School Art contest for students attending schools in Hemet and […]    

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