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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:

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:


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:


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

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!


Members Only: CAA members, if you would like to donate a piece of art to be included in the Rotary Club's silent auction at this year's Lobsterfest, please bring it to the Gallery before 4pm on May 7 (We will be closed for Mother's Day May 8). The Lobsterfest event attracts hundreds of people each year, and will help raise funds and awareness for the Corona Art Association! We also need members to volunteer to staff the silent auction area between 3-8pm on June 4th. Rotary will be providing lunch for volunteers (not lobster... haha). Please email if you are willing to help out for 2 hours.


Back by popular demand, Kim Mabon will be hosting another Giant Paper Rose workshop on Thursday, May 12 at 6pm. Cost is just $25 per person. Pre-registration online is required:


Take in for our May/June Art show is Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, May 13-15 from 12-4pm. The theme is Memorable Events. All CAA members are encouraged to participate, and non-members are welcome. All mediums accepted! For details on pricing and procedure, go to:


All skill levels are welcome at join our Cricut Club!

The Cricut Club meets on the 3rd Wednesday of each month from 3:00-4:30pm. From basic beginners to seasoned pros, all welcome! Free for CAA members, $5 donation requested from non-members. Bring your Cricut and laptop.


Kathryn Duncan is back with another session of Watercolor Painting Fridays from 12-2pm, May 6th, 20th, and 27th. To join, come to the gallery and pay the drop-in rate of $25 per class, at each class meeting.


Please join us at Polly's Pies in Norco on Friday, May 20 from 8am-8pm for a Dine-Out Fundraiser! Show them this flyer when you order!


Upcoming Art Classes and Workshops:

For Adults (16+)

For Kids and Teens

  • Healing Through Art program with the Stephan Center May 24 and 25.

  • Note: Teens 16+ are welcome to join our adult classes.

We also offer one-time art lessons in the medium of your choice if we have an available artist to work with you, we can host an art activity for your party (e.g., paint and sip, plant party, etc.), we can provide a temporary art exhibit for your business, and more! Please see our website for more info or reach out to us.


Members: Please remember to sign up for June and July Gallery Sitting now...


To see more events coming up, please visit our main Events page or Calendar:


  • Our Next General Meeting will be May 10, 6-8pm (always the 2nd Tuesday of the month).

  • Take-In for May/June "Memorable Events" Art Show is Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, May 13-15 from 12-4pm.

  • Artists' Reception and Potluck for "Memorable Events" is Saturday, May 21 at 6pm.

  • Have a picture or print that would be perfect if it were only matted and framed? We offer custom mat cutting to members and the public at very competitive pricing! Check out the info on our website:

  • 😎 Member Mingle is on Sundays in the Gallery. Paid CAA members are welcome to mingle in the Gallery on Sundays. Bring your paints, art projects, or other leisure activities, and enjoy some quality social time while you create and relax with other CAA members. **Excludes Take-In and Workshop days.**

  • 📆 Members: Pick your 4 hours per month of gallery sitting:

  • Fine art by our members is for sale in our current show and online! Come in Thursday-Sunday, 12-4pm to see what's available now and peruse individual artist galleries online:

  • Our Gallery Gift Shop is stocked with CARDS, GIFTS and DECOR! All handcrafted by CAA member artists. A portion of the proceeds supports our community arts mission! You can shop in person Thursday - Sunday, 12-4pm or browse online anytime:

Art happens here!

The Corona Art Association is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit community arts organization that has been serving the artistic needs of our communities since your participation in our events and donations help us to continue to support visual arts education and enjoyment for free or low-cost to residents of all ages and abilities. Thank you.

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Corona Art Association is located inside Corona's Historic Civic Center at 815 W 6th St #145, Corona, CA 92882

Business Hours:

Thursday - Sunday, 12pm-4pm

(except holidays!)

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