Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Ready for the Christmas Party?

We would like to plan your company Christmas party!  We understand that budgets are tight and hours have been cut back this year.  Therefore we will do all the planning, event booking, corresponding and budgeting to help you have a holiday celebration to remember.

We have experience in creating events of all sizes and hosting receptions for dignitaries and foreign ambassadors.  You can choose from the finest venues in the Inland Empire for your holiday celebration.

We can create a unique Christmas party for your company with a plan based  on your budget.

The holidays are a special time of the year and your employees deserve a treat.  Let us do the planning, while you take care of your business.

Please call me at (909) 888-0017 to discuss the details.

We look forward to hearing from you.


Brenda Erickson
Special Events Coordinator

Children Unmasked

(RIVERSIDE, Calif.) “Linking With Art – The Mask Task” features the work of more than 50 children who attend elementary and middle schools from Rialto, Riverside, San Bernardino and Fontana. It takes place Saturday, Oct. 3 at 2465 Mary St. in Riverside, the home of Mr. and Mrs. Jalani Bakari, from noon to 4 p.m.

San Bernardino Valley Links, Inc., a non-profit organization providing education and other community service throughout the Inland Empire, sponsored a program in these schools in which children learned to create African-style masks.

“Most of their masks have a recognizable African theme,” said Margo Thomas, chairman of the San Bernardino Valley Links, Inc. Arts Committee, and the professional artist who taught this program in the participating schools. “Some of the younger children did their own thing, which is fine.”

Linking With Art is also a show featuring professional artists. The featured artist is “Gamboa,” other artists are “BerniE (Morton Bernard Edmonds),” Derrick Dragan, Shanna Fennell, Omar Howard, Charles Knox, Margo Thomas and Maya Thomas.

This is the seventh annual show for Linking With Art, however it is the first year the organization has included a children’s art project. Participating children attend school at Dollahan and Georgia Morris elementary schools in Rialto, Gage Middle School in Riverside, Malcolm X Academy and Richardson Prep School in San Bernardino, Rancho Cucamonga Middle School, and Wayne Ruble Middle School in Fontana.

Co-sponsors, with the San Bernardino Valley Links, Inc. are the Inland Empire African-American Chamber of Commerce, the San Bernardino Valley Links, Inc. and the Riverside African-American Historical Society.

Donation to the art show is $10, however the Inland Empire African-American Chamber of Commerce has 40 free tickets available by request. For more information about the free tickets, call Carl Dameron, president of the Inland Empire African-American Chamber of Commerce, at (909) 888-0017 before 12 noon Friday, Oct. 2.

For more information about the show, call Margo Thomas at (951) 684-2378.

About The Inland Empire African American Chamber of Commerce
The Inland Empire African American Chamber of Commerce’s mission is to promote the economic and professional development of African American-owned businesses, thus enhancing the quality of life in our community.


Monday, September 28, 2009

Dinotopia Creator To Speak At The Art Institute of California - Inland Empire

James Gurney, creator of the award-winning, best-selling series Dinotopia and nationally recognized illustrator, will speak Thursday, Oct. 1 at 12 noon at The Art Institute of California – Inland Empire.
(SAN BERNARDINO, Calif.) James Gurney, author and illustrator of the book series Dinotopia, and an award-winning illustrator of fantasy and historical subjects, speaks 12 noon Thursday, Oct. 1 at The Art Institute of California – Inland Empire.

The presentation is open to the public and there is no charge.

Gurney paints with realism, that is paintings that look real, but his subjects are usually unseen. He’s best known for paintings of dinosaurs, ancient cities, futuristic landscapes and creatures from science fiction.  Besides his popular Dinotopia series, he has written books about how to draw from imagination.

“He created the million-book seller Dinotopia, which was made into a TV series. He is one of the premier illustrators in the country,” said Santosh Oomen, academic director for Media Arts & Animation at The Art Institute of California – Inland Empire.

Gurney was born in Glendale, Calif. but moved to the Bay Area as a child. After graduating from the University of California, Berkeley with a degree in archaeology, he returned to southern California for about five years, where he studied at the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena.

Before moving to the Hudson Valley in upstate New York in 1984, he painted more than 500 backgrounds for the animated 1983 film Fire and Ice. He primarily worked as an illustrator for National Geographic magazine after moving to New York, but in 2005 transitioned to a full-time career as an author and freelance illustrator.
His freelance clients include the U.S. Postal Service, for which he illustrated stamps featuring dinosaurs and sickle-cell awareness, and a post card depicting pioneer settlements in the Northwest Territory in 1788.

Gurney has exhibited his work at many museums, including the Smithsonian in Washington D.C., the Norman Rockwell Museum in Stockbridge, Mass. and a museum in Switzerland. He’s given lectures at the Smithsonian, the World Science Fiction Convention and many museums and colleges.

The Art Institute of California – Inland Empire offers Bachelor of Science degrees in Game Art & Design, Graphic Design, Web Design & Interactive Media, Interior Design, Fashion & Retail Management, and Media Arts & Animation. It offers an Associate degree in Graphic Design, and a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Fashion Design. The International Culinary School at The Art Institute of California – Inland Empire offers an Associate degree in Culinary Arts and a Bachelor of Science degree in Culinary Management. Each program is offered on a year-round basis, allowing students to work uninterrupted toward their degrees.

It’s not too late to start the new year at The Art Institute of California – Inland Empire. Courses begin October 5th and classes are offered in the day, evening and on weekends for new and reentry students.

For more information or a tour of The Art Institute of California – Inland Empire call (909) 915-2100 or go on line to