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Thank you


AVArts received an award of $2,000 from The Amy Ensign-Barstow Memorial Fund at the East Bay Community Foundation to support the AVArts Arts in the School Program grants in the Anderson Valley schools for the 2017-2018 school year—many thanks to The Amy Ensign-Barstow Memorial Fund for this award which helps AVArts support a diverse range of arts programs at both the elementary and junior and senior high schools!

Two AVArts Scholarship Program recipients, AVHS graduate Julia Brock and AVHS Senior Hannah Woolfenden, sent their thanks for scholarship awards they received during the 2016-2017 school year:

From Julia who received a $5,000 Arts Scholarships for Graduating Seniors to pursue a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Cinematography at Columbia College Hollywood in Los Angeles, CA:

“Dear AVArts, Thank you SO much for your large scholarship! I am beyond touched—and it was such an exciting surprise at graduation! I cannot explain how much your support means to me, and I am very grateful for your help in paying for college. I promise to make you all proud at film school. Before graduation, paying tuition without going into serious debt seemed out of reach, but now with all the scholarships, my dreams can come true without worry! Thank you so much Loe, Julia Brock”

From Hannah who received a $1,600 Special Arts Related Scholarship to cover tuition for her participation in the American Ballet Theatre’s 2017 four-week summer intensive in Austin, TX:

“Dear AV Arts, I just wanted to thank you for the generous scholarship you gave me for attending American Ballet Theatre’s summer intensive in Austin, Texas. I had an amazing experience and feel like I have grown a lot as a dancer. I got to take four dance classes a day, Monday through Friday, and two classes on Saturdays. At the end of the month we got to perform a short piece from a ballet called Raymonda. I had such a blast learning and getting stronger over the course of the intensive. Thank you so much for helping me attend such an amazing program and for helping me grow as a dancer. Hannah Woolfenden”

Thank you!


AVArts Scholarships Awarded to Aspiring Young Artist Graduates!

Anderson Valley Arts (AVArts) awarded Arts Scholarships for Graduating Seniors to three Anderson Valley Junior & Senior High School students on Thursday, June 15, 2017. AVArts member Terry Ryder presented the scholarships to these talented graduates who will be continuing their arts education beyond high school as follows:


  • an award of $5,000 to Julia Brock, daughter of Vickie and Michael Brock of Boonville, to pursue a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Cinematography at Columbia College Hollywood (Los Angeles);


  • an award of $750 to Riley Lemons, daughter of Erica and Matt Lemons of Philo, to pursue an Associate of Arts degree in Music at Butte Community College (Oroville); and


  • an award of $750 to Raul Ellison-Malfavon, son of Erin and Fernando Malfavon of Philo, to pursue a Bachelor of Science Degree in Computer Animation and Game Development at California State University, Chico.


AVArts also recently awarded a $1,600 Special Arts Related Scholarship to Hannah Woolfenden (class of 2019), daughter of Ann Panttaja of Boonville, to attend the American Ballet Theater’s summer intensive dance program in Austin, Texas. Hannah will study technique and artistry and will participate in a performance at the end of the four-week program.


AVArts is a 501(c)3 non-profit made up of volunteer members dedicated to supporting and promoting the arts in Anderson Valley since 1999. We generate our funding primarily through volunteer events and depend on community participation and support. AVArts provides scholarship support to graduating students pursuing further education in the visual, performing, literary and multimedia arts and students in grades 3-12 who attend arts-related classes, workshops and events. AVArts also supports bringing diverse, quality supplemental arts programs to Anderson Valley schools that would otherwise not be possible. The scholarships and arts in the schools programs are made possible by the generous support of local artists, educators and supporters of the arts in Anderson Valley and beyond. AVArts welcomes donations, ideas and involvement from the community. For more information about AVArts and its programs see


Anderson Valley Arts Members

Karen Altaras, Peggy Dart, Cathy Evans, Paula Gray, Dennis Hudson, Glynnis Jones, Lauren Keating, Xenia King, Cathleen Micheals, Terry Ryder and Jody Williams

Hannah Woolfenden, Sugar Plum Fairy

Hannah was the recipient of an AVArts scholarship a few years ago. She has continued her studies in ballet and is now dancing the role of the Sugar Plum Fairy in the Nutcracker. This is her 10th year performing in the Nutcracker for the Mendocino Ballet Company.hannah

Performances are taking place in Fort Bragg this weekend, 10th and 11th, and in Ukiah on December 16, 17 and 18 at the Mendocino College Theater.

Below, Hannah after a performance in Fort Bragg with Xenia King and Glynnis Jones, members of AVArts.




It’s About Time

The members of Anderson Valley Arts (AVArts) want to express our gratitude and appreciation to everyone who helped make the October 23rd It’s About Time! fundraiser such a fun and tremendously successful event. With the participation of everyone who attended, and especially those who generously bid on our wonderful donated art auction items, AVArts raised over $10,000 to support our Arts in the Schools and Arts Scholarship programs. Thank you all for your most generous support of AVArts!

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Special thanks to the always lovely & entertaining Patty Liddy for her remarkable time-inspired songs; hard-working bartenders Lauren Keating & Steve Sparks; local artists Chris Bing, Doug Browe, Steve Derwinski, Paula Gray, Susan Gross, Sony Hatcher, Charlie Hochberg, Wally Hopkins, Via Keller, Cathleen Micheaels, Jaye Moscariello, Judy Nelson, Helen Papke, Terry Ryder, Sandra Rubin, Steve Rubin, Marvin Schenck, Colleen Schenck, Jacob Troester, Jan Wax & Jody Williams along with the family & friends of Cynthia Thomas and Deanna Apfel, Karen Altaras & the former Rookie-To Gallery; local wineries Balo Vineyards, Bink Wines, Handley Cellars, Husch Vineyards, Lula Cellars, Navarro Vineyards, Philo Ridge Vineyards, Roederer Estate, Scharffenberger Cellars, and Signal Ridge Vineyard; Erika McKenzie-Chapter & Pennyroyal Farm for the generous donation of farmstead cheeses; Lauren Keating & Natalie Matson of Lauren’s restaurant for generously hosting the event; Burt Cohen & Boont Berry Farm for catering the event; and Mike Crutcher & Bella for loaning us the magnificent Time Machine.

“It’s About Time”




A Fundraiser Supporting Arts in the Schools and Scholarships for Young Artists
It’s time again for another lively and fun-filled Anderson Valley Arts (AVArts) fundraiser with the upcoming “It’s About Time!” live auction of time-inspired artworks by local artists. Proceeds will support AVArts’ scholarships and supplemental arts programs in the schools.

The event will be held on Sunday, October 23rd at Lauren’s restaurant in Boonville from 4:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. Enjoy the musical entertainment of Patty Liddy and sample locally-made finger foods and a complimentary glass of Anderson Valley wine or grape juice, while supporting our young artists.

Participating artists donating artworks to the auction include Deanna Apfel, Chris Bing, Doug Browe, Paula Gray, Susan Gross, Sony Hatcher, Charlie Hochberg, Wally Hopkins, Via Keller, Cathleen Micheaels, Jaye Moscariello, Judy Nelson, Helen Papke, Sandy Rubin, Steve Rubin, Terry Ryder, Marvin Schenck, Colleen Schenck, Jan Wax and Jody Williams. A selection of the artwork will be on display at Lauren’s prior to the event.

AVArts has supported arts education in Anderson Valley since 1999. The non-profit’s work reinforces community spirit and makes the arts a more visible and important presence in Anderson Valley. Over the years, and with support from local businesses, artists and the community, AVArts has awarded dozens of scholarships to graduating seniors pursuing the study of the arts in college as well as scholarships for students in grades 3rd -12th grade to attend special arts-related classes, workshops and events. AVArts also awards grants for supplemental arts programming in the elementary, junior and high schools, providing diverse, high quality visual, literary and performing arts programs to Anderson Valley students which would not otherwise be possible.
Tickets, which are $20, will be available at the door and include entry to the event, a glass of wine or grape juice and light local finger foods. For more information send us an email at

2016 Art Scholarships for Graduating Seniors awards:

1. Alexandria (Lexi) Johnson – $1,000 to attend Chapman University to study video and film

2. William (Will) Connor Lemons – $1,000 to attend Santa Rosa Junior College then Arizona State University to study theater and video

3. Sharon Kimberly (Kim) Cornejo – $500 to attend the University of California, Berkeley as a pre-med major with a possible art minor to continue to be involved in painting

4. Citlaly Correa – $500 to attend the University of California, Berkeley as a pre-med major with an interest in continuing to be involved in drawing and painting

5. Erica Quezada – $500 to attend yet to be determined college to study Liberal Arts and obtain an elementary teaching credential with an interest in continuing to be involved in dance, video and photography