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Animal art featured in VC library exhibit

Painting by Andrea Cabibi is one of many works now on display at the VC Library.

Painting by Andrea Cabibi is one of many works now on display at the VC Library.

Lions and Tigers and bears…..well almost. Cheetahs and bison and bears spring from the walls of the Valley Center Library Community Room this March. Valley Center Library and Valley Center Art Association highlight the art of award winning Valley Center artists Sandy Zelasko, photographer and Andrea Cabibi, oil painter and water colorist, this March, April and May at the VC Library Community Room

“We appreciate the chance to share the art of these talented artists,” said VCAA President Barbara Graham. “The library has been most kind to allow our members to display their art. “

Sandra Lee Zelasko is an award winning and published photographer who teaches and works in the field of commercial, assignment and stock photography. She has been seriously studying the art of photography since picking up her first camera at an early age. Zelasko describes traveling as her passion, “I have to thank my parents for introducing me to the travel bug,” says Zelasko. “They sacrificed much to share their love of nature with me and my siblings as we were growing up.”

Although she did not realize her affinity for photography early on, Zelasko says she was always in an art class and loved pencil drawing. Looking back, she muses, it is clear that the hours spent learning other creative mediums helped train her eye in photography.

Zelasko says success in photography all comes down to dedication, passion and continuing education. “The best advice I could give an aspiring photographer is to study work of others in the field. Begin with an exceptional capture, add a solid workflow and you will start seeing the potential in your images,” Zelasko says. For more information about Zelasko: sandraleephotography.

Andrea Cabibi has followed a career in wildlife conservation and worked with over 400 different species of animals and birds over the past 33 years. “My passion for art came from a desire to capture the character and essence of the individual animals I have known. For me, my biggest artistic challenge has always been to complete a wildlife painting and still recognize the individual animal within it,” Cabibi says.

Cabibi has exhibited her paintings and won awards in the United States and Canada. Her early works were created in watercolor, but now she paints mainly in oils as they offer more depth and intensity of color for her wildlife portraits. Andrea Cabibi’s Giclee prints of wildlife paintings in oil and watercolor depict animals Cabibi knows well. Cabibi says, “Each animal I paint is an animal I have worked with.” Cabibi’s art can be viewed at

To increase the opportunity for VC artists to take their art to the public, VCAA is holding monthly art show/sale from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at The Clubhouse at Wood Valley Golf Course, 14616 Woods Valley Rd. Sale dates are: March 21, April 25, May 23, June 27 and July 18.

In January and February visitors were invited to browse through custom design jewelry, decorative gourds, photography and original oil paintings. “This is a wonderful opportunity for the public to meet these fine artists, “said VCAA President Barbara Graham. “It is also a great chance to go home with some incredible art.”

The VC Library’s support of the arts is just one way in which it is a hub of VC Community life. From story times for preschool children, to afterschool programs, to ESL programs to a writer’s discussion group, to yoga, the VC Library has a program for all.

Don’t miss the special Valley Center Symphony Saturday, April 18 from 3 to 4 p.m. The VC Summer Symphony Series will begin July 7 featuring Peter and the Wolf.

On April 29 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. the library will hold their annual Dia Celebration. El dìa de los niños el dìa de los libros Celebration/Day of the Book Day of the Child Celebration will feature Ballet Folklorico, Stories, Crafts, Face painting, Refreshments, Loteria (Mexican Bingo), a Photo Booth, a free book and balloon for every child.

May is the Library’s landmark month. “In May we will hold our Signature Event, the Western Days Library Festival,” said Laura Zuckerman, Branch Manager. On Wednesday, May 20 from 4 –6 p.m. the Library will host a Free Wild West Animal Show, Community Carnival, Chuck Wagon and more.

On May 1 the library will host a Volunteer Appreciation Event from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. May 6, 7, 8 and 9 will see the library’s first Valley Center Garden Show. On May 13 community members may attend a Floral Design Class with George Speer. Space is limited so sign up early.

Saturday May 2 and 16 guest authors will speak at the Writer’s workshop. Sign up is required. The Summer Reading program kicks off on Wednesday, June 17 with John Abrams Animal Magic Show at 2 p.m. Summer reading dates are June 17 to August 5.

Information about Valley Center Library events can be found at: VC.html

For more information about the Valley Center Art Association or about the art sale visit the VCAA website at: or contact Barbara Graham at: 760 749-2923 or at:

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