Call for artists

The San Benito County Arts Council is accepting submissions for “California Dreamin’,” an exhibition of visual artworks focused on summer nostalgia, created by local and regional artists. This exhibition will be displayed at The Art Depot at 35 Fifth St. in downtown Hollister from June 8-July 19.

All local artists are invited to submit artwork for consideration in this exhibition that will celebrate the essence of summertime nostalgia, sunshine and the iconic California Dream, says a press release from the Arts Council. Artists of all mediums—including paintings, drawings, photography, sculpture and all other 2D and 3D art forms—are encouraged to apply to participate in this vibrant art show. This is an opportunity for artists to gain exposure and connect with fellow creatives.

Artist applications must be submitted online by visiting The deadline to apply is 11pm May 6. Artists will be notified of participation on May 10. 

Apply to show work in this show at

To learn more about this exhibition or for general information, contact the Arts Council at 831.636.2787 or at [email protected].

Kobayashi inducted into Honor Society

Kaytlin Kobayashi, of Hollister, was recently initiated into The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi, the nation’s oldest and most selective all-discipline collegiate honor society, says a press release from the society. Kobayashi was initiated at University of California-Davis.

Kobayashi is among approximately 25,000 students, faculty, professional staff and alumni to be initiated into Phi Kappa Phi each year. Membership is by invitation only and requires nomination and approval by a chapter. 

Summer Art Camp starts June 25

Local youth will have a chance to unlock or expand their creative prowess and delve into different artistic styles, mediums and techniques at the San Benito County Arts Council’s Summer Art Camp. 

Registration is now open for the youth camp, which starts June 25 and continues through July 25, with each week focusing on a different subject area. Week 1 (June 25-27) is Paint Party Camp; Week 2 (July 1-3) is for Skateboard Design; Week 3 (July 9-11) is titled Mural Masters; Week 4 (July 16-18) is Creating with Clay; and Week 5 (July 23-25) is another Paint Party Camp. 

Summer Art Camp takes place at the Art Depot, 35 Fifth St., Ste. D in downtown Hollister. The cost is $65 per student per camp, with a $10 sibling discount. All materials will be provided. 

Camps run Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays unless otherwise noted. Ages 6-8 attend 9:30-11am; and ages 9 to teens attend 12-1:30pm. 

To register online and view the full class schedule and descriptions, visit

Single camp scholarships available for qualifying San Benito County students, according to the Arts Council. Email [email protected] to inquire about a scholarship application.

Annual Life Skills Art Show

Students, families and community members are invited to attend the reception for the Annual Life Skills Art Show, from 5-7pm May 17 at the Art Depot, 35 Fifth Street in downtown Hollister

The exhibition, hosted by the San Benito County Arts Council, features artworks from Hollister High School special needs students and adults with disabilities from Hope Services who participate in the Arts Council’s Life Skills Art Program. 

The exhibition will run from April 30-May 17.

As part of the Arts Council’s Arts in Education Program, Life Skills Art is led by teaching artist Louise Roy to engage students in a wide-range of art-making activities, projects and collaborative learning, says a press release from the Arts Council.

Help update county animal ordinance

San Benito County is inviting residents to participate in an update process for local Ordinance Title 13, which focuses on animals within the community. The update effort seeks to ensure that the county’s regulations “accurately reflect the needs and concerns of our diverse population,” says a press release from the county. 

The current ordinance can be reviewed by visiting The ordinance regulates animal control situations, types of animals that can be kept in residential areas and how many, maintenance of animal pens, dogs running at large, vaccination requirements, dangerous dogs and more. 

The involvement of the community is “paramount” to the update process, says the press release. All residents, organizations and stakeholders are invited to participate in the process by attending public meetings and reaching out to county officials. 

Numerous public meetings and forums will be held in the coming months to allow participants to share insights and suggestions. To express interest and receive information about upcoming events and opportunities for engagement, contact Assistant County Planner Victor Tafoya at [email protected] or 831.801.1324. 

“We believe that the involvement of our community members is crucial in shaping the future of  animal welfare in San Benito County,” Tafoya said. 

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