• 16 Apr 2020 4:48 PM | Anonymous


    The City of Monrovia’s Art in Public Places program supports the creation of public art through a variety of programs and projects. The Art on a Box utility box enhancement program extends the reach of public art into the community by sponsoring artists to turn City-owned utility cabinets into canvases for art.

    Based on available funding as well as available utility boxes, the City funds four to five boxes each year and accepts applications for them between January 1 and March 31.This year the City has chosen five artists to paint utility boxes, including these MAFA members and their design themes:

    Myrtle Ave and Duarte Rd: Christine Geltz, Santa Fe Chief
    Myrtle Ave and Pomona Ave: Carlos Chavez, Wine and Grapes

    Foothill Blvd and Canyon Blvd: Eric Watkins, Native Americans

    MAFA member Judy Watkins will also complete her Roaring 20’s design awarded last year on the box at Foothill Blvd and Fifth Ave.

    For more info on this public art program, contact Kerri Zessau at kzessau@ci.monrovia.ca.us.


  • 04 Apr 2019 10:02 PM | Anonymous

    In Celebration of Women’s History Month in March 2019, Assembly member Chris Holden recognized the 41st Assembly District’s Woman of the Year and Women of Distinction at his Annual Spring District Office Open House on March 28. The women were recognized for their service that has a made a positive impact in the community.

    Christine Geltz was chosen as Woman of Distinction for the City of Monrovia. She has served on the Monrovia Association of Fine Arts Board since 2006 and is the current president. She also served as the chair of the Celebrate the Arts Show and ChalkFest. Christine has been building partnerships with the city, service organizations and the school district to expand arts opportunities and education for area residents including adults, college students, youth and children. www.monroviafinearts.org.

    “The 2019 Women of Distinction are passionate leaders who improve the lives for thousands of individuals and families in the 41st Assembly District and beyond,” said Holden. “They demonstrate exceptional leadership that all of us should aspire to achieve.” 

  • 19 Oct 2017 9:44 PM | Christine Geltz (Administrator)

    Clear bright skies and soaring spirits set the tone for MAFA's annual 2-day celebration of art in Monrovia Library Park on Oct. 7 and 8. With its "Art Takes Flight" theme chosen by Featured Artist Mike Herdering, the event hosted nearly 30 fine artists and chalk artists along with live musical entertainment, a kids art activity of decorating a used car, a used book sale put on by Friends of Monrovia Library, a beer garden and food trucks. Also participating were several ceramics students from Monrovia High School, led by their teacher, Mr. Sal Perez, as well as several local community non-profit groups

    City Manager Oliver Chi welcomed everyone to the show Saturday morning at the Awards Ceremony, emceed by Councilmember Becky Shevlin. Mayor Pro Tem Gloria Crudgington presented MAFA's Renaissance Award on Darrell Brooke for his arts advocacy and support in the community, and the Heart in the Arts Award to Frank Zgonc, MAFA board member and past president for his dedicated volunteer work for MAFA over the past 10+ years.

    MAFA President Carol Curtis acknowledged Mike Herdering as featured artist, and Celebrate the Arts Event Chair Christine Geltz acknowledged the outstanding support of this year's event sponsors: Darrell Brooke (title sponsor), Fellowship Monrovia, SunRun, Brian Huffman Photography, Chris Shevlin / Chicago Title, Paint 'n' Play Art Studio and Volunteer Center of San Gabriel Valley.

    On Sunday, a team of judges led by ChalkFest chair Bill Hyatt chose the prize-winning entries of the chalk competition: First prize of $500 sponsored by SunRun went to Leo Aguirre for his beautiful portrait of Princess Diana.  Second prize of $250 sponsored by Chris Shevlin / Chicago title was awarded to Patricia Llovera for her colorful geometric design. And Shelsea Flores won third prize sponsored by MAFA for her beautiful portrait of a dragon girl.

    Looking ahead to next year, our 2018 featured Artist Anko Chang as chosen the theme ""Art Changes the World" for the 55th Annual Celebrate the Arts event, scheduled for Oct. 6 and 7, 2018. Interested artists can register before Dec. 31, 2017 to receive an early bird discount on registration fees--Contact christine@monroviafinearts.org for more information.

    ChalkFest first prize sponsored by SunRun went to Leo Aguirre, here flanked by his happy family and MAFA board members Lisa Barrios (far left) and Christine Geltz (far right).

    Mayor Pro Tem Gloria Crudgington presents the Renaissance Award (sculpted by MAFA board member Bill Hyatt) to Darrell Brooke for his support and advocacy for the arts in the community.

    Along with his MAFA Heart in the Arts Award, longtime MAFA board member Frank Zgonc accepts certificates of recognition from the City of Monrovia from Councilmember Becky Shevlin as Mayor Pro Tem Gloria Crudgington looks on.

    Below, the event sponsors pose for their recognition: (l-r) Joe Saltyngo and Charlie Grimm from SunRun, Lisa Barrios from Paint 'n' Play Studio, Penny Arroyo from Volunteer Center of San Gabriel, Darrell Brooke, Becky Shevlin representing Chris Shevlin from Chicago Title, (back row) Brian Huffamn from Brian Huffman Photography. Not pictured: Pastor Joy Flores from Fellowship Monrovia.

    Below: The car decorated by kid visitors to the event, sponsored by Volunteer Center of San Gabriel Valley.

  • 19 Jul 2017 9:52 PM | Christine Geltz (Administrator)

    Smiles and  concentration filled the cafeteria of The Manor at Santa Teresita in Duarte on July 6: MAFA provided a Legacy Ceramics art workshop for 40 residents, funded through a grant from the Volunteer Center of San Gabriel Valley (VCSGV) and supported by Paint ‘n’ Play Art Studio of Monrovia.

    The budding artists created personalized legacy handprint plates with instruction from Lisa Barrios, owner of Paint ‘n’ Play, assisted by three volunteers from VCSGV.  After the session, Lisa and her helpers transported the plates to Paint ‘n’ Play for kiln firing. The seniors will receive their finished plates back on July 21.

    The Volunteer Center of San Gabriel Valley connects volunteers and their abilities to serve in the community by identifying needs, creating programs and volunteer opportunities, recruiting and placing volunteers in the San Gabriel Valley. www.vcsgv.org

  • 28 Mar 2017 2:35 PM | Anonymous

    We are thrilled to announce the following:

    From the Volunteer Center of San Gabriel Valley: A $1,000 grant to provide a Senior Citizen Art Experience for 50 to 75 local senior citizens for a ceramic project at Paint n Play Art Studio and Gallery. Staffing and assistance from Paint 'n' Play, MAFA and the Volunteer Center.

    From Lagunitas Brewing Company's Community Grant Program: a $2,500 grant for general operations.

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