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Scholarship & Spring Virtual Art Challenge Winners, April Round-Up, Coming Attractions!

April was an especially busy month at the Corona Art Association! Let's start with the best news, that is the winners of our Scholarship Awards and 2022 Springtime Virtual Art Challenge!

Every year the members of the Corona Art Association raise funds to provide scholarships to graduating high school seniors in the Corona-Norco Unified School District. This year, we made and sold hand-painted and mosaic'd miniature birdhouses (many of which are still for sale in the gallery!)

The program is open to ALL 12th grade students within the CNUSD service area. Our co-founder, Maxine Piester, was an enthusiastic supporter of the arts and education, so it is in her name that we give these scholarships. Any CNUSD-area graduating senior planning to pursue a higher education in any of the visual arts (including painting, drawing, print-making, sculpture, jewelry-making, metallurgy, glass art, photography, animation, illustration, digital media, and film), and will enroll at a university, community college, or vocational school, are eligible to submit a scholarship application. This year, we chose two outstanding candidates for our two awards.

  • From Centennial High School, Adam Denzler will receive $500. Adam intends to study fashion design at ArtEZ University of the Arts in Netherlands.

  • From Santiago High School, Kelsey Bigler will receive $500. Kelsey intends to study animation initially at Fullerton College, and transfer to the Savannah College of Art and Design in Georgia.

Both Adam and Kelsey have been invited to our next art show reception on Saturday, May 21st. Congratulations and best wishes to both of you!


Several CAA and community members joined us for our 3rd Annual Springtime Virtual Art Challenge. We thoroughly enjoyed admiring all of the art that was submitted to celebrate the beauty of this time time of year. CNUSD K-12 students who will be receiving award ribbons are:

  • 1st Place: Victoria Zhou, age 6; "My Magical Garden", Mixed Media

  • 2nd Place: Shrikar Arun, age 11; "A Spring Evening", Paint On Canvas

  • 3rd Place: Harper Bostic, age 9; "Lovely Sunflower", Chalk

To read the judges' comments and see all of the entries, go to: https://www.coronaartassociation.org/springtime-2022-virtual-art

The following Corona-area adults earned awards:

1st Place: Sury Jha of Eastvale, CA. "For Bees, Butterflies, and Birds", Watercolor.

Sury will receive $30 and an honorary 2022 membership at the Corona Art Association.

2nd Place: Susan Ingenito of Corona, CA. "Micro Flower", Photography.

Sue, a current CAA member, will receive $20.

3rd Place: Caitlyn Linsacum of Corona, CA. "Spring in Technicolor", Acrylic and Multimedia.

Caitlyn, a current CAA member, will receive $15

To read the judge's comments and see all of the entries, go to: https://www.coronaartassociation.org/springtime-2022-virtual-art


Our next virtual art challenge, the Autumn Haunt, will be in October!


CAA member artist Kim Mabon hosted a "Paint Night" for the Rotary Club on April 13th.

Kim will be hosting another Paint Night for the general public on Thursday, June 16 from 6-9pm. The cost will be $35 and includes all supplies. Keep an eye on our home page for sign up info coming soon!


On March 28, CAA and community members joined member artist Becky Floyd for a Mosaic workshop.

Becky will be providing future mosaic and stained glass classes. Learn more and sign up here: https://www.coronaartassociation.org/register-for-art-classes


Member artists Laureen Pedroza and Becky Floyd hosted an Easter garden stake workshop on April 15. We created fun and whimsical Easter art!


Cynthia Vasquez from Leyenda Ballet Folklorico Dance Company posed for us at the CAA Gallery for an opportunity to draw, paint, or photograph her in costume April 21. CAA members thoroughly enjoyed this very special opportunity!


CAA members Laureen Pedroza, Becky Floyd and Karla Barney, along with Michelle Barney, were excited to participate in this year's Day of the Child event on April 23rd. This year's theme was "superheroes", so we make over 100 superhero logo stencils for painted rocks. And when we ran out, the kids painted free-form designs on rocks. Even mayor Wes Speake painted a Batman potato... err...rock!


April 27, CAA member artist Lori Alarcon taught a youth art class making and painting these unique and clever bird feeders as part of our "Healing Through Art" collaboration with the Stephan Center. Our final program of this season will take place on May 24 and 25, and these free art classes should resume in the fall. For more info and to sign up your child, please visit https://www.thestephancenter.org/

Coming Attractions!

Our next General meeting is on Tuesday, May 10 at 6pm. Sophia Betancourt from Corona Rose Flowers will be demonstrating floral arranging. Please bring a $5 cash donation to reimburse Sophia for her time and expense. If you want to follow along with your own flowers, please bring one large bouquet or two small ones and a 7 inch vase.

Won't you join us!