“San Bernardino is a beautiful city.” This simple statement, a conviction, comes easily to mind for Michael because he was raised here. Understandably, this concept may be hard to imagine or confirm by way of mainstream media. The city’s name alone evokes a negative image for most who have no first-hand knowledge of San Bernardino. This narrow focus does not come close to describing the city nor the community.


With a rich and diverse history, San Bernardino has the potential to regain its vibrancy and strength. What began as a personal response to tragedy has evolved into showcasing the city’s landscape in a positive light. The images in this exhibition, and forthcoming book, portray the artist’s view of San Bernardino - confirming that beauty exists here, if you slow down and look for it.


Text by Michael Hardison.


Stop by the Garcia Center for the Arts at 536 W 11th St San Bernardino, CA to view this great new collection of photographs on display until October 31, 2018.  Opening reception is this weekend, August 17th at 6pm in the auditorium.


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Open house party for the new 511 Art Studio.

Come by and enjoy the new studio with an art exhibit, lists of classes, meet the teachers/owners.

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Craft at Play Exhibition Opens Sunday, March 30

Hand-Crafted Noah's Ark On View at Maloof Foundation; Exhibition Features Arts & Crafts Whimsey from Many Cultures

Runs March 30 - October 30

On the same weekend that movie theatres across the nation expect to be packing in crowds for the opening of the epic Noah, The Sam and Alfreda Maloof Foundation for Arts & Crafts will offer the world premiere showing of an extraordinary handmade wooden model of Noah's Ark.

The ark serves as centerpiece for Craft in Play, a gallery exhibition that celebrates the spirit of play found in the works of artists and craftspeople from a variety of cultures.

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The 29 Palms Art Gallery welcomes Janis Commentz and Olive Toscani showing 2/26 - 3/31!

Artist Reception on Sunday, March 2 from Noon until 3pm.

Olive Toscani’s show will feature assemblage, playful forms of 'niche', or 'nichos' ceramics and paintings inspired by the joy and color of the Mojave Desert.  Olive studied figure drawing, ceramics, painting, metal smithing, and danceat Antioch College Yellow Springs, Ohio, City college of Santa Rosa, and City college of San Francisco.  She is a 12 year resident of 29 Palms and Wonder Valley. 

Yucca Valley artist Janis Commentz will exhibit watercolor, pastel, acrylic and oil paintings.  After 35 years of living in the high-desert, Janis recently retired from teaching high school art and English.  Seven years ago, Janis founded the Morongo Basin Life Drawing League.  Her love for the human form, desert and ocean are represented in her art work. 

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Séamus Ó Dubsláine and Siobhán Ó Mócháin Breathnach of the Corridor studio in Big Bear City are in a spring art exhibition entitled Sierra Wonders at Arts Visalia Visual Art Center, March 8-March 28, 2014. The show developed by gallery director Kevin Bowman draws from visual art and poetry in the publication Sierra Wonders. Published in 2013 by Three Rivers Arts Alliance, the 108-page hard-cover book includes sculptures and poetry by the Corridor studio. Opening reception is March 7, 6pm-8pm, 
214 East Oak Avenue, Visalia.

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Art Exhibit and Program in Celebration of Black History Month

* Free and Open to the Public*

Dreamers, Visionaries and Leaders Art Exhibit and Program honoring 13 African American Community Leaders and Artists is Feb 8, 1pm at the Performing Arts Center, Victor Valley College.

A special PAC Art Gallery showing experience “American Spring: A Cause for Justice” art quilt exhibition by nationally recognized quilt artists. This exhibit runs through Feb 26.

Mr. Garner Morris is the 2014 "Dreamers, Visionaries and Leaders" Lifetime Achievement Award recipient and the tpsCreative Expressions Victor Award will be presented to local youth Javier Barrios for outstanding community service.

Special musical performances, special guest master of ceremonies and elected officials present.

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Entry Deadline: Apriil 7, 2014

Exhibition: May 22 - 26, 2014

Eligibility: Open to all artists residing in California


Open Category: First $700, Second $500, Third $300

Citrus Category: Fist $700, Second $500, Third $300

*  6 Honorable Mentions at $100 each!

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The new exhibit at Glass Outhouse Gallery will run February 1st through February 28th and will include Noreen Lawlor:

I am an artist and a poet who lives in J.T. I work in various mediums. and sometimes combine my poetry and art.  I have recently participated in the Art in the Park show and won a first prize in the recent judged show at the 29 Palms gallery. I am in the process of setting up a forthcoming Medusa in J.T. show that involves both art and poetry. The current show at the Glass Outhouse will feature my works from life models. My part of the show is called "I am sitting in the Glass Outhouse until my hair turns blue. Life paintings, sculpture and silly poems  by Noreen Lawlor."

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El Caballo: The Horse in Mexican Folk Art

January 30, 2014 - March 9, 2014

Mexico possesses a rich history of popular art that reaches more than 2,000 years into he past and continues today in villages, towns, and cities throughout the country.  El Caballo: The Horse in Mexican Folk Art, opening January 30, 2014 at Museum of History and Art, Ontario, celebrates this enduring legacy through twenty-two examples of folk art, including ceramics, metalwork, paintings, paper art, and sculpture.

Each work in the exhibition focuses on the horse and related subjects, which have long attracted the attention of Mexican flok artists.  Since introduced by the Spanish, the horse has held special prominence in Mexican culture.  Many of the heroes and saints of Mexico. including Zapata, a rebel leader in the Mexican Revolution, and Santiago, the Apostle St. James, are portrayed on horseback.  Today, with their long history as ranchers and cowboys, Mexicans are recognized for being among the best equestrians in the world.

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Opens TODAY In the CSUSB Student Gallery!

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The Garcia Center for the Arts
536 W. 11th Street
San Bernardino, CA 92410

Tel: 909.381.1900

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5500 University Parkway
Visual Arts Building, Rm. 308
San Bernardino, CA 92407

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