Librería Martínez de Chapman University, a bookstore with the mission of increasing literacy in Santa Ana, this month is hosting an exhibit of three artists: Marina Aguilera, Fino Ortiz and Maria Reyna.
The exhibit is titled “Artists Giving Back” and serves as the link between Librería Martínez artists and the Orange County Children’s Therapeutic Arts Center. The OCCTAC helps children and youth gain life skills and explore their intellectual and creative potential through the visual and performing arts.
Librería Martínez de Chapman University “partnered up with OCCTAC because the artists wanted to make a donation and they took an interest in the Children’s Center, which uses the visual and performing arts to help children and youth,” said Anaida Colon-Muniz, associate professor and Liberia Martinez director of community education programs.
On April 4, the Librería Martínez de Chapman University in Santa Ana raised about $500 with an art raffle to support the Orange County Children’s Therapeutic Arts Center.
The art raffle idea came from artists Marina Aguilera, Fino Ortiz and Maria Reyna who wanted to raise money to contribute to OCCTAC.
Each artist brought paintings to be part of an exhibit they called “Artists Giving Back” at the Librería Martínez in Santa Ana. Tickets cost $5 for the opening reception raffle.
A total of 12 pieces of art were raffled in the course of the night, according to Anaida Colon-Muniz, Chapman associate professor of the College of Educational Studies.
Colon-Muniz said that as a result of the evening, some of the artists will participate in arts projects with children at the center.