2019 Watermark Cover Contest Winner

Our 2019 Cover Contest Winner

Congratulations to Tamara Elliott for providing the winning submission for our 2019 Watermark Cover Contest and winning $500.00!!
For all of you who were unable to attend our membership meeting last night (it was a good one), see our distinguished panel’s selection below. Our panel, comprised of various artists of diverse disciplines, chose Tamara’s work for its: 
1) Tulare County based concept
2) Excellent craftsmanship
3) Overall beauty

But that’s not all! Tamara “cleaned up” as she also won our membership meeting Taste The Arts Booth Raffle! So make sure to come out on October 19th and see the rest of Tamara’s wonderful artwork!

The winning entry by Tamara Elliott.

Be sure to pick up your FREE copy of the magazine this September! And Join us for Taste The Arts October 19, 2019!

Tulare County artist showing in Fresno!

Joy Collier – California Landscape Artist – painting with acrylics, getting inspiration from nature and her own photography. I was taught: “Paint what Smiles at You!”, and the subtle moods of the central valley and the Sequoias are always smiling at me. They are a constant inspiration to me, they offer an endless variety of rich forms, colors and textures to explore.

Do you want to know more?

Visit Joy’s website here



Poets vs. Actors

The HMTC is holding its Second Annual Monologue Slam at the Comfort Inn in Hanford over the course of three days in June. The competition is open to everyone. Come watch poets and actors battle it out for cash prizes!

POETS are invited to compete on June 15 and ACTORS on June 22. Finals are June 29. All shows will take place on each Saturday from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.

First place prize is $250

Second place prize is $150

Third place prize is $100

To compete, submit an application with the $25 application fee. Applications can be found online at https://hmtcticketleap.com/slam/.

Audience tickets are $10 for a one-day pass and $20 for a three-day pass. Tickets can be purchased at the door or at https://hmtc.ticketleap.com/slam/.

Call to Artists! Government Plaza

The Arts Consortium and the Tulare County General Services Agency have teamed up to display original artwork created by Tulare County artists in Government Plaza (5961 S. Mooney Blvd Visalia, CA 93277). This will be a yearlong show in the main lobby of the Government Plaza building, with great visibility, plentiful foot-traffic, and on-site security.

By submitting your work, you agree to the following terms and conditions:

– First round of submissions will be done digitally (through email) or by printed photograph/sample of actual artwork (through “snail mail”).

– There is no charge to submit work but there will be a 20% commission on all sales.

– Limit 3 pieces per artist (1 digital/printed photograph per artwork). Actual artwork must be original and no less than 2’ft in any dimension or larger than 4’ft x 8’ft in overall size.

– Digital submissions must be full color and in an 8.5”in x 11”in aspect ratio, of no less than a 300 dpi resolution. Please submit digital files to inbox@artsconsortium.org with the email title: GP-ART. Digital submission deadline is Sunday, June 30th, 2019 at midnight.

– Mailed (printed) images must be full color and exactly 8.5”in x 11”in. Printed images must be received at 300. E. Oak Ave. Visalia, CA 93292 by Friday, June 28th, 2019 (no exceptions).

– All image prints or digital files must be labeled with the following information about the original artwork: artist’s name, phone number, work dimensions, medium, weight, and city of residence.

– Artwork content should celebrate Tulare County’s nature, people, cultures, or history. All 2D and Bas Relief media will be considered. Weight limit is 30lbs and pieces should be no more than 4”in deep – including the frame.

– All art must be for sale and must be framed and ready to hang with wire (no saw tooth hangers will be accepted). Unframed art will only be accepted if imagery purposefully wraps around the edges.

– Artists will be contacted (only if their work is selected) and given a time, place, and date to deliver their artwork for the show. An opening reception time and date will be determined once the final selection of artwork has been chosen.

A Message from Ampelio

To our Friends and Family,

I would like to take a moment to recognize the hard work and dedication that our wonderful team puts into making the Arts Consortium the multi-faceted resource that it is to our community.

Our generous and talented Board of Directors donate hundreds of hours per year (along with many other resources) toward ensuring that we stay on course with our Mission and Vision. We are all very thankful that they listen to staff needs and encourage us through times of difficulty, while providing us with good examples of professionalism and tenacity. All of our Board Members have deep roots in our community so they are not only committed to the arts, but to the wide array of people and cultures in our beautiful region.

Our diverse and multi-generational staff efficiently combines our myriad skills and life experiences to address the needs of our community. We take pride in implementing our many wide-reaching programs, and we learn from our missed opportunities in order to improve the services that we provide to our membership, to the general public, and to the visitors of Tulare County. Our staff gives the utmost effort to maintaining our high productivity levels, and we are eternally grateful for the increasing levels of community support.

Our volunteers, community partners, as well as our champions at the city, county, and state governments fuel our many endeavors through their opinions or input, financial contributions, and “good old fashioned” hard work.

I firmly believe that none of our programs would be possible or worthwhile without these contributions.

I humbly extend my gratitude to the many individuals who have come before us and to those who stand beside us. The Arts Consortium represents the arts community in Tulare County but we did not create it, nor do we command it. We are here for you and because of you.

Thank you all for everything that you do to help us increase the value of the arts and for helping us make the arts an every day thing!

With many thanks,

Ampelio Mejia Perez
General Manager
Arts Consortium

CTA – Rosebud Festival

Application Deadline: Saturday, May 4, 2019
The Arts Alliance of Three Rivers proudly presents the 45th Redbud Arts & Crafts Festival! We have been working hard to make the 2019 Redbud Festival bigger and better than ever. The Redbud Arts & Crafts Festival provides artists and crafters with an excellent opportunity to offer their fabulous, fun, inspirational and innovative artistry to our many patrons. We hope you will be a part of this exciting annual event.

Our successful raffle that helps support the Jonnum-Young Scholarship Fund also returns. Vendors are encouraged to donate gifts to this raffle; they are most appreciated. We offer great prizes from local businesses, benefactors and artists and we have built a robust scholarship fund. We are excited to continue this great program for young artists.

The authenticity of the artwork at the Redbud Festival is essential to the quality and spirit of the festival. Vendors are required to submit a photo of their art or craft and a photo of the vendor creating a piece of artwork; we prefer that the files be submitted electronically however printed photos may be mailed along with the application. There is a bonus to this… It provides a treasure trove of photos we can use in our publicity in both print and electronic media. If you have been previously approved as a vendor no photos are required, but you are welcome to submit new photos for publicity.
➢ Booths inside the auditorium measure approximately 8’ x 8’. Food court spaces on the patio are open air, but
covered. Outdoor (parking lot) spaces measure approximately 10’ x 10’. Indoor spaces will be secured at
night when the Memorial Building is locked. A security guard will be on duty overnight on Saturday night.
➢ Booth rental fees:
Single booth rental: $75 AATR Member Rate: $70
Electricity is available only for some auditorium booths. No power is available outside. A limited number of 8’
tables are available on a first come first served basis at a donation of $7 per table.
➢ The Redbud Festival will be held rain or shine. Booth rental fees are not refundable.
➢ Booths will be assigned on a first come first served basis. You will receive your booth number for the event
in your confirming letter (as well as set up and parking instructions).
➢ Arts and Crafts must be original. All items for sale must be created by the artist or crafter. Your submitted
application acts as a certification that the work is original. Vendors who exhibit items that are not of their own
creation will not be permitted to participate. Entry fees are non-refundable.
➢ Booths must be occupied at all times throughout the festival. Vendors may not pack up their booths until
4:00 pm on Sunday.
➢ The Arts Alliance of Three Rivers will provide professional security overnight on Saturday, but assumes no
responsibility for items left on site.
➢ Vendors who sell any food products must submit a photocopy of a current Tulare County Environmental
Health Food Permit with the application for the Festival.
For further information visit our website: www.arts3r.org
Email us at: RedbudFestival@gmail.com or call: (559) 799-1473

2019 Watermark Cover Contest

The Arts Consortium announces our 2019 Watermark magazine cover-art

contest. All Central California artists are invited to submit. No more than one design per artist.

Submissions must display excellent craftsmanship and may highlight people, trends, culture, or historical landmarks within Tulare County (no references to brands, logos, or other organizations).

Designs will be judged based on the following:
– Attractive design elements to be used throughout our publication
– Space to place our “WATERMARK” logo across the entire page (about 1.5″x8.5″) – Space to add “call outs” for articles or other magazine features
– Reproducibility of the artwork and sales potential
– Family friendly content

The winning submission will adorn the cover of our annual publication. The winning artist will receive a $500 prize and will be featured in an article within our magazine.

Tickets (Passports) Are now at the Arts Consortium.

What could be better than a passport for two – a shared adventure to places new and old, exotic and whimsical… destinations filled with color and light and incredible views… a trip through the countryside alive with wildflowers and blue skies.  A Hallmark Valentine brought to life. 

Surprise your guy or gal with a special Valentine’s Day present by purchasing a romantic two-day excursion into the wilds of the Central Valley to view artwork created by the best local artists Tulare County has to offer.  Visit their studio exhibits of amazing paintings and crafts and watch live demonstrations.  Share in the experience with the one you love most.  The dates for your date are March 30 – 31, 2019, so don’t miss out on the chance to impress your Valentine with this unique gift. 

Come by the Arts Consortium to purchase your Passports any time Tuesday through Friday, 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. or schedule an appointment.  They are also available online at www.bit.ly/ACSVAT2019.  We are located at 300 E. Oak Ave., Visalia and the phone number is (559) 802-3266.  Tickets are only $25 and admit two, so it’s a great deal!
** Teachers group discounts are available for school groups give us a call for more info.**

Call to Artists – BuzzWords Art Show

Offical Rules



ARTISTS! We have extended the submission date for #BUZZWORDS to APRIL 2nd 10 AM – 6 PM for our First Friday BUZZWORDS show.

The South Valley Art Tour will be taking place March 30 – 31 and we have no place to store your art. This delayed submission date will allow you more time to create your work and also ensure all your art stays as safe as possible.

We apologize for the inconvenience but we will not be accepting any art until APRIL 2nd 10 AM – 6 PM

If you have any questions give us a call (559) 802-3266

  1. Learn more information about what a buzzword is by clicking here
  2. Each work of art should convey the theme. #Buzzwords
  3. We are taking in all media, painting, drawing, sculpture, couture etc..
  4. Original work only, submitted by the artist or a friend of the artist.
  5. We will be asking for a $5.00 entry fee per piece. This is a MEMBERSHIP ONLY EXHIBIT. If you want to become a member at take in we will waive the fee when you pay the $25.00 membership.
  6. If your piece sells we will take 20% commission of the selling price. The Consortium will handle all sales. It is the artist’s responsibility to price their work to reflect the 20%.
  7. The artist is expected to carry their own insurance. All work shown is at the risk of the artist.
  8. Two-dimensional work must be properly wired and ready to hang. Work not meeting this requirement will not be accepted into the show. No saw-tooth hangers, please.
  9. All artwork must be complete and dry before entry.
  10. Sold work must remain at the gallery until the end of the show. The person buying the work may pick up the piece with proof of payment.
  11. Sculptural works that need to be hung should be brought in with hardware sturdy enough to hang. We have peg-board walls and use hooks to hang. We cannot hang from the ceiling.
  12. Maximum dimensions for 2-dimensional art is 30 X 40 – vertically hung, this is including frame.
  13. Sculpture pieces, free-standing can be no larger than 5ft. tall and 4ft. wide and must be on a study base that cannot be knocked over. No sharp edges or points easily broken.
  14. All work must be labeled with the artist’s name and current contact information, title and price.
  15. This is a juried exhibit and entries will be accepted or rejected upon entry.


TUESDAY, APRIL 2 – 10AM-6PM – Receiving submissions

Friday, April 5 – 5PM -8PM – Opening Reception

Wednesday, April 24 – Pick up artwork

Work must be picked up by April 30th

The Arts Consortium will generate publicity for the exhibit, and will provide invitations to the reception that the artists can personalize and mail at their own expense.

Questions can be directed to Joshua at – Joshua@artsconsortium.org

The South Valley Art Tour!

The wait is over! You can now pre-order your tickets for the new and improved South Valley Art Tour! On March 30-31, 2019, a collection of over twenty-five artists from Visalia, Tulare, Lindsay, Porterville, and Springville, featuring nationally recognized artists, as well as aspiring greats, invite you into their personal workspaces for a behind-the-scenes tour. Get to know the faces and hands behind Tulare County’s best artwork! Broaden your art horizons and make personal connections with creative minds in your community!

Tickets are $25 which will admit two people into the annual South Valley Art Tour. Pre-ordered tickets through January 31, 2019, will be offered at a special early bird price of $20*. You will receive a keepsake magazine (known as the Passport) that will provide all the information maps and directions needed to access the studios and artists. You will also receive two commemorative pens that will allow you access into each studio.

Art By: Nate Norman

Formally known as The South Valley Artists’ Studio Tour, the South Valley Studio Tour remains Tulare County’s widest-reaching art event of the year. Because of the tremendous growth of the South Valley Art Tour, we are now featuring the Southern and Northern regions of Tulare County on alternating years (we will be featuring the Northern region on March 28-29 in 2020).

Art By: Michael Alvarez

Get to know the faces and hands behind Tulare County’s best artwork! Broaden your art horizons and make personal connections with creative minds in your community! To allow guests to an opportunity to see each artist new to the tour this year, we will be mapping out the best route for from the studio of our featured artist Daniel Bonilla Vera.

Art By: Daniel Bonilla Vera.

*We will notify you when your collectible passport is ready to be picked up at the Visalia Arts Consortium at 300 E. Oak Ave., Visalia CA, 93291, with other pickup options to be determined.

Thank you for joining us as we celebrate the incredible creative talent in Tulare County!
Purchase your tickets on Eventbrite by clicking here!

For more information, please call 559-802-3266.