Art Under the Stars shines a light on Menifee artists

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Kathy Crain, left and Mary Carnes give customer service with a smile at the Arts Council Menifee Art Under the Stars art show and sale, Sept. 9 in Sun City. Valley News/Diane A. Rhodes photo
While everyone knows that artists are creative people, members of Arts Council Menifee had their talents tested when they had to improvise for their Art Under the Stars event Sept. 9. Planned as a mostly outdoors celebration of art, music and more, unexpected heavy rains caused organizers to pivot at the last minute.The nonprofit’s 120 members are no strangers to best-laid plans going awry. Late last year, a new landlord forced them out of the space they shared with Menifee Valley Community Pantry who let them use it as an art gallery and boutique for most of the year. And the year before that, COVID-19 put a damper on their in-person events.ACM’s Visual Arts Director and artist Kathleen Crain, an ACM member since 2012, said the space they have been leasing for a discounted rat
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