News and Other Happenings


New Faces at the Center

  • A new tenant is John Brantingham, who teaches writing at Mt. Sac College. John is using one of the offices as a place to write without interruptions. We welcome him to San Bernardino.

    You may have met Yeni Burgos, who curated the exhibit of permanent art pieces in the “Gallery.” Yeni is an artist herself, in both graphics and photography. She volunteers at the Center, helping to coordinate several programs, and assisting in the office.

    Sue Payne is volunteering Mondays primarily in our Art Library, but also answering the phone and other necessary tasks. Sue is a San Bernardino resident, who is the longtime volunteer coordinator of the California Room at Feldheym Public Library, where one can find a multitude of historical documents about the San Bernardino Area. She brings experience in library organization and historical knowledge to us.

Ceramics Studio

  • The Ceramics Studio will have its soft opening in April, with plans to begin regular classes in May. San Bernardino School District Art teachers Keith Brockie and Megan Moore have been instrumental in working as volunteers to make the studio ready for classes. In particular, Keith, who teaches at Arroyo Valley High School and CSUSB, has spent much time cleaning, discarding items that are not useable, adding colorful posters to the walls, and coordinating with Anna Delgado (also an art teacher at CSUSB) to get donations of equipment and materials from several sources. He has taken a very personal interest in setting up this studio, including donating supplies and we are extremely grateful.

    There is now a professional pottery wheel in the ceramics studio. The wheel was donated by Diane Grant, an SBVCA Board member (SBVCA is the parent organization of the Garcia Arts Center). Diane is also an artist, with specializations in ceramics and glass.

Center Receives Donation of Comic Book Collection

  • A comic book business, Comics Plus, in San Bernardino recently donated to the Center over 2,000 comic books. We have spent some time assessing what we have, and Dan Rinne has built attractive display racks. Come see this collection of comic books, many of them historically important.

Display Cases Exhibit Donated Comic Book Collection

Attention Piano Teachers!

  • We have a perfect venue for your student recitals. Our pianos are maintained by Cannon Pianos of San Bernardino. On-site parking available.

San Bernardino Sings Folk Songs, Every Thursday

  • The San Bernardino Sings Folk Songs group returns! Recently they appeared on Inland Empire Live, a TV show on Channel 3. If you want to see them singing with joy, you can access the program on YouTube at this link:

Folk Song Group