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- From IECN.com - Sinfonia Mexicana will present its annual “Dia de los Muertos – Celebration of Life” concert, an event that honors the legacy of those who have gone before us on Sunday, October 20, 2019, 2:30 p.m., at Sturges Center for the Fine Arts, 780 N. E St., San Bernardino, CA, 92410.  The doors will open at 2:00 p.m.

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Let's bring the community together to imagine what's possible for revitalizing downtown San Bernardino!
We want to include as many voices - artists, community members, business owners, civic leaders - as possible!!
Join us for a creative evening downtown, which will start at the Little Gallery of San Bernardino to check out their latest show! (4:00pm) Then we will join Arts Connection's Executive Director for a guided Art Walk discussion of some of downtown San B's historic points of interest.
We will finish the evening with a curated creative conversation over some food provided by the Green Shack! (5:30pm) The conversation will highlight current efforts already happening downtown, as well as prompts from participants to add their own ideas for the future of the area. How can we bring the community back to downtown San Bernardino?
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“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.


For more information visit hardisonphoto.com or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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San Bernardino, CA– Artists are integral to healthy communities, bringing people together, building community, and working toward social change. Fallen Fruit's project for San Bernardino involves working together with community members in the creation of a living artwork.  Join us for one of their events as part of this county-wide series.



Fallen Fruit at the Feldheym Library 555 West 6th Street, San Bernardino

from 1-3pm, Adopt a tree or take part in Fallen Fruit Magazine, with special guest printmaker Bob Hurton, aka "Uncle Bacon."  


The project’s main site will be The Garcia Center for the Arts in the City of San Bernardino, with other programming taking place at the San Bernardino County Museum, The Feldheym Library, and sites in Victorville and Crestline (which are still being determined).  The project will include plantings of a variety of citrus trees at the Garcia Center, fruit tree adoption opportunities, an art exhibition, poetry and collage that will come together in a zine,  hand-crafted wooden picnic tables etched with community quotes, and other public participatory projects. Other local artists, including Printmaker Bob Hurton (aka Uncle Bacon) and Inlandia’s Poet Laureate, Nikia Chaney, will work with Fallen Fruit and community participants on the creation of the Zine. Mark your calendars with the dated below and stay tuned for more information and event registration!




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San Bernardino City Fine Arts Commission Grant Process is open now through February 15, 2017.

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Art Night is a series of pop-up galleries showcasing the creative and artistic abilities of local artists in a collective effort to bring art, music and entertainment to downtown.

Art Night is intended to encourage creative thinking, stimulate conversation, inspire artists and enliven the community.  


  •   Artists must be 18 years and older, unless supervised by a responsible adult.

  •   Artists must be a resident of San Bernardino or Riverside County.

  •   Artwork must be original and have been executed and owned by the artist whose name appears in the online entry registration.

  •   Textiles, such as T-shirts and scarves, must be original work and cannot contain reference to Art Night.

  •   No items which are ingested or placed on the skin can be demonstrated, exhibited or sold. (Examples: Soaps and Lotions)

  •   Artwork must have been completed within the last three (3) years.

  •   There is no entree fee; however, if the artist plans to sell artwork, they must have a California State Sellers Permit and obtain a 1-day sales permit ($12.00) from City of San Bernardino Business Registration Office. Permit must be displayed at your space on the evening of the event. The application is attached.

  •   All artwork should embrace the spirit of Art Night as a community event. The Community Development Director has sole discretion to approve all artwork before it is displayed

  •   Artists may demonstrate techniques within their exhibit space (Example: Painting On-Site or Metal Working).

  • The City of San Bernardino, its employees and volunteers are not responsible for the contents, facilities, or individuals

    associated with Art Night.

  • No commercial goods for resale or consigned goods will be allowed.

  • Artists must provide their own flame retardant pop-up, chairs, tables and other display equipment. A 10ft x10ft, 10ft x 20ft or a 10ft x 30ft space will be provided.

  • There will not be access to electricity at the event. You may bring a generator if needed for your exhibit. Here are Four (4) pre-approved types of generators: 1. Champion Power Equipment 75537i, 3100 Watt 2. Honda EU20001, 2000 Watt 3. WEN 56352, 3000 Watts 4. Smarter Tools STAP-2000iQ, 1600 Watts

  • All transaction will take place directly between the artists and the customer.

  • Artist spaces must be staffed at all times for the protection of the artists and their work. The City of San Bernardino will not be responsible for any lost, damaged or stolen items, including but not limited to artworks and/or personal affects.

  • Artists may only promote their artwork within the exhibit . Solicitation beyond the exhibit is discouraged.

  • Artists are responsible for the setup, take down and clean up of their space. Any violation of this will prohibit them from participating in the future. Setup will be from 12pm (Noon) to 4:30pm, and Tear Down will be from 8pm to 10pm.

  • Food items will not be allowed for sale through artist booths, but food trucks will be available.


  • The City of San Bernardino retains the right to reject any application that does not meet these guidelines.

    Questions? Please contact Stephanie Sanchez in Community Development (909) 384-7272 X3343 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

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San Bernardino – The California Arts Council, a state agency, announced it plans to award $7,290 to Arts Connection as part of its new Artists Activating Communities program.  The City of San Bernardino Fine Arts Commission also awarded Arts Connection funds in the amount of $8100, which acted as a matching grant, making this programming possible.

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Call for Entries for National Orange Show's 67th Annual All-California Juried Art Exhibit


SAN BERNARDINO, CA – The National Orange Show announces a Call for Entries for its 67th Annual All-California Juried Art Exhibit. All artwork including painting, drawing, pastel, mixed media, collage, photography, and sculpture are welcome. The deadline to submit is March 7th.


There will be an open category and a citrus themed category. Each category will have awards for First ($700), Second ($500), and Third place ($300) as well as six total Honorable Mentions ($100 each).


Letters of acceptance will be sent out to artists on March 25th. Art drop-off will take place on April 8th and 9th from 9am to 4:30pm. The Artist's Reception will be held on April 19th from 6pm to 9pm. The Art Exhibit will be on display during the National Orange Show Fair in San Bernardino, CA from Wednesday, April 20th through Sunday, April 24th from 12:00pm to 9:00pm.


For 67 years the National Orange Show Art Exhibit has displayed art from talented local and regional artists spanning several counties throughout Southern California. The All-California Juried Art Exhibit at the National Orange Show was initiated in 1948 by the San Bernardino Art Association with great success. The National Orange Show Board of Directors continued it in 1949 as part of its regular agenda.


Download the Call For Entries application here:



For more information visit:




Contact us through email or the following:

Bill Marquez (President); 909-327-5981

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Thank you!


San Bernardino Art Association

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It's official, the city of San Bernardino has a new arts center! The building, which originally began as a cultural arts center in 1935 has come full circle. 

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Ancient Egyptian Art: The Magic of Representation

An Art History Lecture by Eric Wells

Thursday, November 13, 6-7:15 p.m.

The ancient Egyptians produced some of the most recognizable works of art and architecture in the ancient world. A lecture by UCLA teaching associate Eric Wells will explore the magical and social beliefs that framed and influenced the creation of ancient Egyptian material culture, focusing specifically on pieces from the Robert and Frances Fullerton Museum of Art’s ancient Egyptian collection. “Ancient Egyptian Art: The Magic of Representation” will take place at RAFFMA on Thursday, Nov. 13 at 6p.m. Speaker Eric Wells, a UCLA teaching associate in Near East Languages and Cultures and Ph.D candidate, is currently working on a catalog of the RAFFMA permanent collection of ancient Egyptian art. Focusing on ancient Egyptian art from the Old Kingdom, Middle Kingdom and New Kingdom, this catalog will be released in the spring of 2015, in conjunction with a new exhibition. 

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