66th Annual Art & Hobby Show



2016 Registration Form for Exhibitors

Friday, August 5th - Grand Gala
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
HSC Activities Building

  • HSC Members & their Guests meet & greet the artists

  • Preview the work of exhibitors

  • Purchase "must have" items early

  • Refreshments - Wine, Punch, Appetizers, Treats

Art & Hobby Show
Saturday, August 6th, 11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Sunday, August 7th, 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
 
HSC Activities Building

  • Work of over 30 artists and hobbyist
  • Kids' Art Alley
  • Children's Area for making a "work of art"‚Äč
  • Music by local group of talented musicians
  • Refreshments

2016 Featured Artist:  Colette Miller

By Marianne Hanley
Meet Colette Miller, the 2016 HSC Art Club featured artist.  Born in Yuba City, California, Colette was the first of her family in 5 generations not born in San Francisco.  Raised in Downey, California, Colette studied pastels at age 5, oil painting at age 9, won television art contests at age 9, and took her first professional art position at age 12, producing graphic art for Ramona Homes, Inc.  She graduated from California State University (CSU) at Long Beach, where she received a Bachelor's and a Master's of Arts, as well as several California teaching certificates.
 
To pay for her CSU schooling, she worked as a pastel artist at Disneyland, a position she continued to hold for nearly 11 years, drawing over 100,000 portraits during her tenure!  Colette remembers “...when you get paid per portrait rather than by hour or salary, you learn how to block out everything going on around you, focus, and capture the soul of your subjects”.   She amazes me, a beginner and wanna-be artist, by drawing portraits, on average, in about 30 minutes.  Colette knew both Walt and Roy Disney and attended employee picnics at Walt’s home where they rode his full-size train around his estate.  She also painted portraits at Lion Country Safari, Farmer's Market and Knott's Berry Farm.  

Colette also finds beauty around her that she captures in her detailed nature pastels.  Whether her subject is a tiny tree frog, a grizzly bear in the woods or a wolf in a winter landscape; she’s able to evoke the splendor of nature as well as a sense of calm introspection.  She credits her powerful animal art to a lifetime of dedicated observation and being an avid conservationist.

Colette’s artistic skills and talents are not limited to painting.  While at California State University, Colette appeared in several opera productions.  After graduation, she studied music as a graduate student at the International Opera School of the University of Zurick, Switzerland, where she sang various coloratura roles at the school and in the Zurich Stadt Theatre.  Since her return, she continues to study voice and to give local performances.  In 2015 Colette formed the ”East River Road Band and Opera Company” that makes occasional Jam Night appearances at the Anchor In Naubinway.  

While in Europe, Colette also continued her art studies at the University of Florence, Italy, and while working as an artist in France, studied at the Sorbonne.  In 1972, Colette began teaching for the Garden Grove Unified School District, in Garden Grove, California, where she taught at Garden Grove High School, and taught art for seniors at the Garden Grove Adult Day Care Center. She is a co-founder of the Garden Grove Senior Citizen's Art Show, Ageless Expressions. For this, she has been honored by the city of Garden Grove. She has also taught watercolors, pastel portraiture and cartooning for Rancho Santiago Community College.  Colette finally retired from teaching in the Long Beach Unified School District.  She was among the faculty that opened the newest high school in the district, Cabrillo High School, in 1995, where she taught art, English as a second language, and was coordinator of the ESL program.

Colette’s and her husband, Dick, also a retired high school teacher of Civics, have been married for 43 years.  They have a daughter, Debbie, who lives in California and a son, Mark, who resides in the state of Washington.  Starting in the summer of 1979, Colette and her husband Dick, began a successful venture as street artists, working throughout the United States, specializing in major resort areas:  Jackson Hole, Wyoming; Lexington, Kentucky; Saugatuck, Petoskey, and Paradise, Michigan; Breckenridge and Central City, Colorado; Solvang, California, to name a few.  

The “Miller Team” have been members of HSC for over 20 years, and participated in the HSC Art Club annual Art Show where they have quite a following in our community.  I’ve volunteered at the Art Show for the last 4 years and the most frequent question I’ve gotten from attendees is “Where is the Portrait Lady?” 

Colette designed the Millers’ lovely and comfortable home on East River Road in Naubinway where they spend their summers.  Their main residence is Anaheim, California – yes, home to Disneyland.  You know when the Millers are in residence at HSC when the California flag is flying above their mailbox.  

Colette believes that talent is an emotional, as well as physical ability, which involves both the artist and the viewer. She feels that any person who believes in themselves can learn any of the arts.  Colette is presently galleried in Fullerton, California, at the Muckenthaler, Orange, California, at the TUTU Tango, and at the Anchor In Naubinway. Her art has been featured and displayed in galleries in Solvang, California, Breckenridge, Colorado, Grand Haven, Michigan, and Jackson Hole. 

Other credits include illustrated books, such as Jack Linke's book, The Buffalo Store, and numerous Garden Grove School District publications.
You can view more of her artwork online at:  http://pastelsbycolette.com.

 

 

    

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