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Open Mic – Art and Music Fusion, Multigeneration Musical Experience

The Open Mic Night was an initiative to create art and music fusion at the La Habra Art Gallery.  The nights turned out to be a multi-generation musical experience as well. 

On June 20, each one came to showcase their talent, or at least hear a great performance – a graduate of La Habra High School, a senior at the Orange County High School of the Arts, a grandmother, father and daughter, husband, wife, son, brother-in-law.  At the end of the night, everyone had a good time and developed  a great appreciation of each other’s talents.  It was a grand exchange of musical gifts. The Open Mic Night suddenly was a fusion of music from different generations,  The host, Mon Concepcion, has masterfully managed to inspire artists to let go of insecurities, and give the best of what they can give.

The next Open Mic is going to be at the first La Habra Art Walk at the La Habra Market Place on July 18, 2015.

Please e-mail to sign up if you are interested to sign up as an artist or would like to sponsor an Open Mic event.

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Text and Pictures by Luz Spanks 6.21.13


Raoul Pascual, A Scanner

RaoulHis business card reads “Managing Partner, WYNK Marketing (WhatYouNeedtoKnow)” but that is a gross understatement of the make-up of Raoul Pascual.  He is a marketing specialist, web designer, and programmer but also possess a Scanner Personality.  A Scanner is a person with multitude of talents and choose bravely to follow all paths where his gifts will take him instead of focusing on one as society would dictate.  He knew he was an artist at a young age.  In his early years, after a teacher in high school discovered his aptitude in drawing, encouraged him to be the art editor for the school newspaper.  Since then he dabbled on art directing, stage design, developing political cartoons, corporate logos, digital art and flash animation.   He is happiest creating caricatures.  He enjoy making caricatures especially for people who have no voice or no money.  He wants the recipients of his caricatures to sell them if need be if his work suddenly amounts to something.  What sets him apart from other caricaturists is the speed he does them.  He can finish a caricature in less than 10 minutes.  He developed his speed through practice and persistence.  He does life caricatures for non-profit organizations and festivals.  You’ll know his booth because his line would be the longest.

Aside from managing his award-winning marketing company (with a long prominent client list), he also sends out a weekly e-mail Raoul’s TGIFJoke which contain a Joke of the week (selected from e-mail entries from all over the world), Words of Wisdom, anecdotes, comic strip, and a compilation of videos that are classified into funny, pleasant, inspirational, fascinating, spiritual, and interesting.  He collects these jokes and illustrate them with his own drawings.  He prepares the articles for Raoul’s TGIFJoke every Thursday night, for publication on Friday morning.  This is his contribution in freeing mankind from concerns after a long week of hard work.

In one of the Open Mic sessions at the La Habra Art Gallery, Raoul showed another of his talents.  He is a gifted musician, who plays the guitar, harmonica, and the keyboards.  He is also a lyricist having personalized popular spiritual songs with his own lyrics.  His tale of love lost sang in his heart-rending voice and poignant lyrics will cut your heart like a knife.  Geniuses, artists, like Raoul, are not spared from pains and struggles, but they possess the uncanny ability and unrelenting need to tell their story in whatever shape or form.

As serious as his music can be, his caricatures and his logos are original, current, and witty.  His entries in the Animal Affair Art Exhibit at the La Habra Art Gallery (on exhibit until June 27, 2015) possess all these qualities. He does truly follow his mantra in marketing, “Think outside the box”.  In the recent Open Mic Session, Raoul captured the performing artists in caricatures to the delight of all the artists.  The night was the ultimate fusion of art and music.  The caricatures are currently on display at the Gallery.

For artists, creating is intoxicating and enthralling.  Artists need to create something every day to feel complete.  They take every opportunity to create, to express. What’s the next path for Raoul, the  Scanner?    He’s thinking on going to the path of  Animation.  For sure, whatever he would think of, it will be extraordinary.  The world awaits.  He is after all,
not merely an ordinary talented artist but a genius in everything  (well almost anyway) he does.

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Animal Portraits and Renditions Exhibit at the Gallery, June 7 – 27, 2015

AnimalAffairPoster (2)The Gallery proudly presents Animal Affair Art Exhibit beginning June 7 through June 27, 2015 with the Opening Reception on June 7, from 2 pm – 4pm.  The exhibit will showcase the animal renditions of various artists with different media and styles – muralist, Les Knight, Caricaturist Raoul Pascual (you’ll definitely know him when you see his images as they have been posted all over the world), MarySchultz, La Habra Art Association President and her daughter Virginia Schultz, forever optimistic Luz Spanks, realist oil painter Patricia Stoner, and Michael’s Grumbacher instructor Lisa Suttle.


Call for Sponsors, Volunteers for the LHAA 60th Anniversary Celebration this September

Please leave name and area of interest in the “Leave a Comment” box below to specify interest as sponsor or volunteer for  La Habra Art Association.

2015 marks the 60th year  of the association’s commitment to serve  the community by promoting appreciation of fine arts through art exhibitions, conducting classes for all levels, and providing a place where artists can commune with fellow artists.  The Open Mic hosted by Mon Concepcion, aka Reckless  & Blue which has recently been added to the line up of activities  has turned out to be a hub of talented musicians, performers,  and singer-songwriters.

A series of art activities, symposiums, and an art exhibit  “Celebrating the past, looking to the future” is set to open on September 5.  The anniversary celebration will culminate  on September 26, 2015 with a dinner reception at the La Habra Art Gallery.  We need volunteers, contributions of art works, past news clippings, stories, anecdotes, pictures, videos that can be compiled in a Souvenir Program that will showcase the 60-year history of the Association.

Click here for schedule of classes and events.


Tuesday Painters Spring Art Show Opens May 2, 2015

Saturday night, May 2nd, the Opening Reception of the Tuesday Painters Annual Spring Show was held amidst the festivities of the second day of the La Habra Citrus Fair.  Earlier before the official opening at 6 p.m., some artists of the La Habra Art Gallery set up a temporary wall for a Collaborative Art Activity for the Citrus Fair visitors.  Some of the children who participated in the Collaborative Art Activity took time to visit and pose with the Tuesday Painters artists.     Continue reading Tuesday Painters Spring Art Show Opens May 2, 2015