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Public Art in the Santa Clarita Valley


CALIFORNIA BEAR PROJECT:
The California Bear Project is an original art in public places program, initiated by the City of Santa Clarita. The bear chosen for the blank model was the Monarch grizzly, the largest bear ever to be killed in California. It is the bear which appears on the California State flag. Weighing 2,350 pounds and said to have killed and eaten seven grown men, the Monarch grizzly was shot right here in Santa Clarita in 1877. Each life size replica is over 10 feet in length and over 5 feet tall.

The first of the California Bears, Valencia Heritage Park Bear, was installed in April at the City's grand opening of the 17-acre Valencia Heritage Park. It features a photographic collage of City history and events, and was designed by local artist Scott Groller. Here it is pictured at the
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Additional bears may be viewed at:

  • "Climbing Tree Bear," by Corey Stein, Westfield Valencia Town Center
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  • "Heritage Bear," by Scott Groller, Valencia Heritage Park
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  • "Transit Bear," by Mike Burton, City of Santa Clarita Transit Maintenance Facility
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  • "Canyon Theatre Guild Bear," by Frank Rock
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  • "Golden Valley Grizzly Bear," by Golden Valley High School students
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  • "Tour of California Bear," by Frank Rock
This mobile bear appears during the Tour of California.


THEMED MURALS:
Depicting the beauty and historic points of interest of Newhall, the murals serve to visually simulate the environment of the Newhall Arts and Theatre District.

California Vaquero
Nicole Ponsler's depiction of a California cowboy may be found at El Trocadero. Follow the link for stories of vaqueros in Santa Clarita.
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Walk of Western Stars
Peter Bartczak's painting depicts Santa Clarita's rich western movie history, focusing on Old Town Newhall's Walk of Western Stars.
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Santa Clarita's Southern Hotel
One of the finest and best-appointed establishments outside of San Francisco, Frank Rock recreates it--if only in a painting displayed on the wall of the Work Boot Warehouse.
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Community Center Mural
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Activities Center Mural
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Valley of the Golden Dream
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Final Lap
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Into the Blue
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Connecting Through The Arts
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ART ON TRASH CANS:
Theses unique works of art, which were painted with an anti-graffiti coating before placement, are based on the "History of Santa Clarita" and the "Street as an Art Gallery." The art painted on the 55 gallon trash cans has been used on trash receptacles throughout Old Town Newhall along San Fernando Road between Lyons Avenue and 5th Street.

Main Street, Newhall
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Santa Clarita Sports Complex
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ART DISPLAYS:


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College of the Canyons Art Gallery
661-362-3612
Rotating exhibitions features the works of historical as well as 21st century artists. Special events posted to Santa Clarita Guide's Calendar of Events. Free.
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Santa Clarita City Hall - First Floor Gallery
Ongoing exhibitions featuring local and regional artists, traveling exhibitions, and commissioned projects. Free.
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Town Center Art Space
(Inside Westfield Valencia Town Center)
Ongoing exhibitions featuring local and regional artists, traveling exhibitions, and commissioned projects. Free.
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Community Wall
Ongoing exhibitions featuring local and regional artists, traveling exhibitions, and commissioned projects. Free, located at Westfield Valencia Town Center.
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Small Spaces, Big Stories
Ongoing exhibitions featuring local and regional artists, traveling exhibitions, and commissioned projects. Free, located at Westfield Valencia Town Center.
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Canyon Theatre Guild Hallway Gallery
Artwork changes with the productions. Featuring local artists. Free.
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Blue Ribbon Memorial
Integrated art designed by architect STV Inc., with assistance of the Blue Ribbon Task Force. Located at Central Park.
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ART SCULPTURE:

Archways
Artists: Mark Grieve and Ilana Spector
McBean Region Transit Center Park and Ride

Birds and Sails
Artist: Douwe Bloomberg
Bridgeport Market Place

Bronze Fountain of Children Playing
Artist: Bronze West Imports
Santa Clarita Aquatics Center

Friends
A contemporary abstract sculpture of a girl and her dog created in stone by artist Madeline Wiener.
Canyon Country Park

Bronze Figures, Westfield Valencia Town Center Sculptures
Artist: Snell John, assisted by John C. Heindel
Westfield Valencia Town Center

Willie
Artist: Mark Henn
Veteran's Historical Plaza





Updated October 2, 2015

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