With few art galleries and performing arts centers, Glendora artists have struggled to create a more visible presence. But a group of local artists are trying to generate interest in the city’s small but growing art scene.
Through fundraising efforts, the Foothill Artist Collective is aiming to provide more venues for local artists to show and sell their work.
“We have a college and a university in Azusa with strong arts programs,” said collective member Lynn Hendricks. “But Glendora has no art venues.”
Hendricks pointed to cities such as Claremont and Pasadena where farmers markets and art galleries have offered the closest opportunities for artists.
“But it would be great for Glendora artists to share their work in the city where they live,” said Hendricks.
According to collective representative Lyn Adelstein, the local art scene is diverse, with artists coming from disciplines such as ceramics, jewelry, photography, woodwork and watercolor painting.
The collective, which meets every third Thursday at 7:30 p.m. at , offers marketing and creative support for its members.
The collective began in March of this year, and through word of mouth, the group has grown to roughly 150 members.
“It needs to start as a grassroots effort so that the city can realize that there is a need,” said Hendricks.
On Oct. 8, 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at Centennial Park, 725 Mauna Loa Ave., the collective is hosting its annual Art in Garden event.
The daylong event offers the public an opportunity to view and purchase work by local artists, as well as enjoy music and gourmet baked goods.
“It’s an opportunity to look at art and buy it at a reasonable price,” said Adelstein.
Proceeds from the art sold at the event will go to the Foothill Artist Collective, as well as the Glendora Preservation Foundation.
For more information, visit www.foothillartistcollective.com.