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A ribbon cutting for a recently installed mural painted by Diane Smith will take place on Thursday, Oct 23, 2014 at 4 PM in front of the Lawn Bowling Field on McClelland Street in Santa Maria.  The mural, entitled, “Celebrate the Harvest of the Santa Maria Valley”, features a farmer’s plow, agricultural treasures, wine tasters, and a master chef. The Town Center Gallery directed the project,  made possible by grants from the Santa Barbara Foundation, Altrusa International of the Central Coast, Community West Bank. The mural storage, framing, support and installation was funded through the Santa Maria Recreation and Parks Department. The ambassadors of the Santa Maria Valley Chamber of Commerce will assist in the ribbon cutting ceremony. Refreshments will be served. 


All Member Fall Show

The Town Center Gallery will hold the "All Member Fall Art Show" at the Radisson Hotel on Sunday, Oct 26, 2014 from 10:00am - 3:00pm. Like last time, there will be no food or reception. There were plans for it to be a fundraiser for a charity group, but the board decided that they need more time for research and planning.   There will be no entry fee for this show, but each participant is asked to donate an item worth at least $20.00 for several raffles that we will have throughout the show.  Hopefully these raffles will attract interest, some money for our student scholarships, and some sales.

Please email Michael Corob the following information as soon as possible, or at the very latest, give it to him at the intake on Monday, October 13. Set up for the last group show went very smoothly because Mike knew what people needed and he made a map. Arrive between 8:30 and 9:00am to set up.

Name What will you show
What will you donate
email Display needs
Michael Corob

Watercolors and Tiles
a ceramic tile

Youani@aol.com 3 paintings on the wall, 1/2 a table

Questions? E-mail Michael Corob youani@aol.com or call him at 805.264.6722



Sales at Recent Concert in the Park!

The Gallery's display at the July 5 Concert in the Park at the Rotary Park provided sales for Suzanne Rynders and Michael Corob. Suzanne sold three paintings and Mike sold a number of his tiles. Congratulations to both!!


The TCG in the SM Sun

The Town Center Gallery received a media grant partnered by the Sun and the Hutton Parker Foundation to benefit non-profit organizations. A professionally produced four page, center spread insert (two in full color, two in black and white) will be dedicated to our mission, history and upcoming events.  We have worked directly with the Sun staff especially Colleen Garcia to create the insert. The insert is scheduled to appear in the October 23 publication.  Thanks to all members who helped put this together.                                           10/13/14jac

Thirteen Artists to Exhibit at the Radisson Hotel

The Town Center Gallery is pleased to feature the work of twelve artists at the Radisson Hotel on Sunday, August 10, 2014 from 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. Artists exhibiting include Franczeska Angel, Michael Corob, Ginnie Grote, Tom Heslop, Beverly Johnson, Sheila Krausse, Nancy Koss, Suzanne Rynders, Alyce Schwab, Glenda Stevens, Margaret Stiller, Hattie Stoddard, and Claudia Wagemann. This free exhibition will be held in the large meeting room adjacent to the main lobby of the hotel. Artists will be exhibiting in the mediums of watercolor, acrylic and oil paintings, collage, silk scarves and banners, An array of work will be available for purchase including large paintings, table top size miniatures, ceramic tiles, teddy bears, and note cards. The Radisson Hotel is located at 3455 Skyway Dr. Santa Maria, CA 93455 beside the Santa Maria Airport.


 Great News!

Our Educational Director, Beverly Johnson announced that on May 10 the Town Center Gallery was awarded $600.00 by the Altrusa International Foundation, Santa Maria for youth art classes and on May 11 the Gallery received a $500.00 Lester B. Hayes Grant through the Santa Maria Arts Council for our children's workshop projects.


Radisson Hotel Show
Sunday March 2, 2014

Procedures for Hanging Art on the Walls

at the Santa Maria Public Airport

  •  Each individual artist will be the contact person for any anyone interested in purchasing their artwork displayed either in the showcase or on the wall and you have two options when making a sale.

Option #1:  The artist will go to the airport, have the check (plus tax 8.25%) made out to Town Center Gallery then:

  • Use the key (located in the lock box) to access the receipt book and  log.
  • Place the check in the pouch and log in the sale to the log book.
  • Then let a board member know you made the sale and the check is in the packet.

Option #2:  Have the check, plus tax, made out to Town Center Gallery. Then mail the check to Patricia Smith (address in members directory).

  • The artist will arrange for a backup member to make a potential sale, if the artist is working, on vacation or for some reason might be unable to meet the person purchasing the art.  
  •  The Gallery will supply the tags for the artwork with the name of the artist, title of art, artist's phone number, the medium, the price, and the phone number of the back-up.
  • The artist will replace any art sold with another piece equal to or larger than the piece purchased.
  • If the artist does not wish their personal phone # to be displayed on the tag, other arrangements may be made.

Sharon 04/03/13

The Gallery has entered into a one-year agreement with the Santa Maria Airport  to display approximately 45 pieces of artwork throughout the facility.  This is in addition to the artwork presently displayed in the showcase.  Each show will run for two months. The   Although the Airport is considered a secure facility members are reminded that the Gallery is not responsible for loss and damage to any artwork.

To all Town Center Gallery Members

Our inaugural show at the Santa Maria Airport is a great success.  We hung just under 50 paintings and had many compliments from bystanders.  However, there are always a few glitches that need to be ironed out.  Poor presentation reflects not only on the artist but on the Gallery. Members are encouraged to re-read the display guidelines in the Member Directory.  Frames, matting and glass must be in good condition and clean.  Wiring should be firmly attached, the screws holding the wire inserted one-third of the way down from the top and the top of the wire 2 1/2 “ down from the top of the frame so the hanger does not show.  Do not wrap any tape at the middle of the wire.  A checker will be present at the next intake prior to the registration table.  Artwork not adhering to the Guidelines will not be accepted. 

We had to turn away some of the members who arrived late to the intake as we ran out of hanging space.  One solution to this problem is to temporarily limit the number of large pieces.  We are going to ask the Airport for more space to specifically hang larger pieces but in the meantime the following rules will be applied.  Fee for one piece (30” x 36” or smaller will still be $10.00 and the fee for two pieces (30” x 36” or smaller) will be $15.00.  The fee for one large piece measuring more than 30” x 36" will be $15.00 and members are limited to one large piece.

As members will be making the sale of their pieces remember to replace the sold piece with one of comparable size.  The sales tax at the Airport is 8.25%.

Remember, intake for the Airport Gallery is the second Monday of EVEN months and Intake for the Airport Showcase is on the second Monday of the ODD months.  The Showcase is limited to one piece per member (30” x 36" or smaller) or 3-D art at a fee of $10.00 per piece.   Let’s all pull together and make this venue a huge success.