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Great Escape Gala 2017: Artist Spotlight

Great Escape Gala 2017: Artist Spotlight
January 17, 2017 Linda Davies

Leading up to our Great Escape Gala 2017, we are putting the spotlight on the different local artists who will be painting the suitcases for our art installation centering on client stories.

Angela Phillips

After working 20 years in the Information Technology Department for a large cooperative company, an early retirement in 2000 enabled Angela to devote her time to the arts as a landscape artist. Angela’s art has been juried into La Galeria Gitana in San Fernando, Whites Gallery in Montrose, Segil Gallery in Monrovia, La Canada Arts Show and at the Santa Paula Art Museum.

Her experience in business and in art gave her the inspiration to take over as Gallery Director of La Galeria Gitana in 2015. An art gallery in the heart of San Fernando that was established in 2008. As Director, she formed a 501(c) 3 non-profit organization called ARTreach91340. ARTreach91340 works closely with the gallery by continuing to bring fine-art to the City of San Fernando and provide space for artists to display, promote & sell their artwork. In addition to this, ARTreach91340 brings art workshops to disadvantaged families within the community under her scholarship program and workshops for the community and artists. Angela’s experience in the non-profit field began as the Fundraiser Administrator for Kadima Conservatory of Music, Inc since its inception in 2005 and continues today.

Be sure to visit her website, and follow her on Instagram!


Chloe Joy deJong

An artist since childhood, she is the single mother of a 3-year-old boy and will be graduating from Rocky Mountain College of Art and Design this spring with her Bachelor’s degree in Illustration. Chloe creates art about her relationship with God, American patriotism, and the many struggles women face such as: sexism, body image, media depictions of females, bullying, depression and motherhood. Majority of her art is inspired by her own personal experiences and the drive to empower women. She’s inspired by warrior imagery, war history and the portrayal of strong, but tender and fierce women that overcome adversity.

Chloe mostly works with wood, watercolor, and ink. On the side, she loves experimenting with different mediums, learning typography, and doing various local chalkboard/sign commissions.

See some of Chloe’s work here.

Dawn Grider

Me and my husband of 30 years moved to Santa Clarita from San Pedro, Ca 14 years ago and I worked for the W. S. Hart High School District until 2010. Since then, I have taught privately to all ages and worked at Trinity Classical Academy for one year teaching High School Art. I have been creating art as long as I can remember and art has always been a source of strength and a way for me to communicate and work through the challenges that life has to offer.

I was inspired to be an artist by my grandmother who was self-taught, my older sister who is also an artist and my mother who encouraged me to create. As an artist, I love working in Pen and Ink and watercolor, but I also work in acrylic and oil, specializing in depicting nature and symbolic pieces that communicate my faith and life’s struggles and victories. I have also written short stories and I am currently working on an allegorical novel.


Visit her website and take a look at her art here.

Falon Renteria

Growing up, her rich imagination created worlds and characters which she produced in every form, from written to sculpture. Falon describes herself as a mixed-media artist, believing her ideas come in many layers that are best expressed in varied materials. Life’s journey has taken her through a variety of media. She currently prefers to work in crochet, bead-work, embroidery, watercolor, pencil, and crayon. Self-taught in crochet and embroidery, she has sought very little formal instruction, preferring to create and discover independently. Inspiration comes to her serendipitously; a result of what she believes comes from living present in every moment. Forever creating, she is currently designing a website to share her crafts and tutorials, and hopes to have ready to launch in early 2017.

Falon resides in Santa Clarita, CA, where she volunteers with local non-profits and is a member of Soroptimist International of Santa Clarita Valley and JCI Santa Clarita. In addition to her creative pursuits, she enjoys being outdoors, reading, and spending time with loved ones. She is humbled to be a part of The Great Escape, and hopes this event will shed light on domestic violence.

Kirby Lanier

An independent artist from Valencia, CA, Kirby Lanier started receiving formal art training at the young age of 11 years old at the Middle School of the Arts and then Dreyfoos High School of the Arts in West Palm Beach, Fl. She has had numerous art showings though out her early 20’s and has been selected as an artist for the Empowering Hearts Art Gala for 3 years now.

Her philosophy is that art is a personal expression of emotional responses to the sights she sees and emotions she feels. She believes that painting intensifies sensitivity to the way she relates to others and the way she sees color in relation to shadows and light. As an artist she sees the painting in her mind before she lays brush to canvas. She paints to let her passion live and to inspire others. All that is left to accomplish as an artist is to help others heal and thrive through these paintings for them, about their stories.

You can see Kirby’s artwork here.

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