Sierra Dawn and Four Seasons artist displays open at DVAC Hemet

Artists from Four Seasons Hemet mobile home park talk about their recent artworks at the opening reception for local artists at the Diamond Valley Arts Center in Hemet Saturday, May 4. Their work will be on display through the month of May. Tony Ault photo

Budding and recognized local artist from Four Seasons Hemet and Sierra Dawn Estates communities were welcomed at the Diamond Valley Arts Center in downtown Hemet, Saturday, May 4, in a local artists reception.

The artists were invited by DVAC to show off their finest works at the center, 123 N. Harvard St., in historic downtown Hemet for the month of May. Light snacks and wine were offered the artists and guests during the afternoon.

The DVAC “Art at the Center” showing for May is a collaboration with A.R.T. or Appreciation, Recreation and Teaching for the Four Seasons residential community and Sierra Dawn Estates porcelain artists.

A.R.T. have met and shared art, talent and ideas for many years with Four Seasons’ residents in west Hemet. Their affordable classes in various painting mediums and techniques are taught by instructors Lois Stipp and Royce McHugh Jerman.

Stipp has her own gallery adjacent to the DVAC.

The appreciation and recreation components of the organization are art related activities including trips to area art museums to view and discuss art. Entries in the current exhibit at DVAC are paintings in oil, acrylic and watercolor mediums as well as photographic images printed on metal and metallic paper which creates unusual special effects. Also representing the wide range of artistic mediums are the rustic hand-built slab ceramics by Ivan McFadden.

Sierra Dawn Estates porcelain painter artists of different levels of experience and talent have met for over 20 years. These artists are displaying a sample of their realistic and abstract paintings framed as wall art, unframed tiles on easels and the familiar classic porcelain plates and tea sets.

The intricately painted fine porcelain has an effect unattainable on paper or canvas. Porcelain painting’s characteristic patina is created by layering paint; each layer requiring its own firing from as little as three to as many as 12.

Paint is slowly layered starting with the lightest color first, careful not to paint too thick which could cause popping. President of the class Therona Farvar and instructor Marcella Kerr agreed, “The purpose of the group is to have fun. It is very gratifying.”

The DVAC is open Wednesday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and the art exhibits are always free and appropriate for children. For more information on other DVAC programs, visit and for sponsorship opportunities contact

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