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Wednesday, September 1, 2021

Sat. Sept. 18 2021 -PAI - The Museum SFV Fall Family Fun Festival - FREE 11:00am-4:00 - bring the family

The Public Art Initiative (PAI) of The Museum of the San Fernando Valley is pleased to present our annual Fall Family Fun Festival.

This year it will be held on:

Date:    Saturday, September 18, 2021

Time:   11:00 am - 4:00 pm

Cost:    FREE admission      (artwork and food will be for sale)

Location:  At The Museum SFV and PAI's new home at 18904 Nordhoff St. Northridge.

On the historic Rancho Cordillera del Norte grounds (SW corner of Wilbur Ave. & Nordhoff St.)

Parking:  To be across the street at The Museum's previous home at 18860 Nordhoff St.

Please park on the south side parking lot. Volunteers will be available to direct traffic.

Visit Valley-based artist booths - buy some art and begin or expand your collection.

Event will have a food truck (12:00 - 200 pm).

Special arts and craft project for youth ($10.00 material fee) as well as another FREE arts and crafts section for children (all day). Registration on site okay too.  Limited number of participants based on time to create and dry artwork - really fun project to take home

Raffle prizes for all!

If you are an artist, contact us today for an Artist Registration packet:

Contact: The PAI or The Museum SFV at 818-347-9665

Email:    The PAI and The Museum SFV at:

Artist fees for participating and special art project may be paid in advance by clicking HERE.

Please spread the word and bring your family and friends to this fun event! 


View and purchase wonderful art at this event.

Thank you.

Richard Cryer, PAI Co-Chair

Michael Stevens, The Museum SFV


Monday, August 16, 2021

Aug. 28 - Speaker event - Virtual-Zoom -The San Fernando Valley Gold Stars -Men and Women in WWII - please join us

The Museum of the San Fernando as part of its History of Speaker Series is pleased to present:

The San Fernando Valley Gold Stars
Interesting Facts about the Men and Women Who Served in World War II

Date:     Saturday, August 28, 2021
Time:     Noon - 2:00 pm PDT
Cost:     FREE for veterans
              Non-veterans - suggested $10/person

Zoom call (link to be sent 24 hours before event)

Ed Barkett resident of SFV since 1967. Cleveland H.S. 1975. Veteran U.S. Army 1976 to 1978. L.A. Pierce College, BYU, and CSUN (BA History, 1985). Retired educator. Currently, president of the Canoga Owensmouth Historical Society.

Please RSVP today

To make a $10 donation for this event and support Museum SFV programming, please click HERE.

RSVP:     1-818-347-9665, email at 

Please consider inviting a family member, colleague or friend. 

Zoom link will be sent to all registered attendees within 24 hours of presentation. If you are having trouble with online RSVP, please call us or email your name and number.

Also, please visit


To make a $10 donation for this event and support Museum SFV programming, please click HERE.

Please consider becoming a member or donor today.

The Museum SFV thanks you for your support. 


Tuesday, August 10, 2021

Sat August 21st Historic Walking Tour of Van Nuys - 10:00 am-12:00 pm - please join us

The Museum SFV is pleased to return to our monthly historic walking tours.  

 Please join us on 

Saturday, August 21st

10:00 am - Noon in Van Nuys

$10 suggested donation

RSVP HERE  (pay in advance or at the tour)

Docent is John Hendry, Secretary of the Van Nuys Neighborhood Council.


Learn about the origin of the Daily News and the company which was a nationwide maker of silent movie theatre organs. Who were Hobart Johnstone Whitley, Wayne E. Bechtelheimer and Whitley Van Nuys Huffaker? Relive "Wednesday Nights on Van Nuys Boulevard." We will have historic photographs and stories to share as we wander this surprisingly historic San Fernando Valley treasure. Tour highlights include:
•    Van Nuys Bungalow         
•    Women’s Club
•    Old Van Nuys Library (1927)     
•    United Methodist Church
•    Municipal Building Fa├žade    
•    Old Fire Station #39 (1919)  
•    Van Nuys Post Office
•    Van Nuys Fire Station
•    Abeles Map             
•    Fernando Statue, Crystal Plunge
•    Bob’s Big Boy, Busch Gardens     
•    Lankershim, Van Nuys, Whitsett, Whitley

The development entity known as The Syndicate began the process in 1910, but William Paul Whitsett saw it through to the end. Originally a barley field, Van Nuys became a prosperous center of City Government, agriculture and industry. Come explore what remains to be appreciated: original 1911 buildings hidden beneath modern facades, first churches, a civic center with many special revelations, one of the main hubs of social and official activity, the Women's Club building, Los Angeles Historic Cultural Monuments #201, #202, and #911, and National Register of Historic Places Monument #2509.

Please RSVP today and pay in advance with:   EVENTBRITE

Search under: Van Nuys Historic Walking Tour 

Cost:        $10 per person donation

(Okay to walk-up and pay too - just tell us that you are attending and how many in your party)

Parking:    Street & metered parking in area 

RSVP:     1-818-347-9665, email at

Please consider inviting a family member, colleague or friend.

Attendees will meet at 9:50 am under the "Bridge/Archway" of the Braude Constituent Center, 6262 Van Nuys

Also, please visit


Please RSVP and pay in advance with:   EVENTBRITE

Search under: Van Nuys Historic Walking Tour  (Okay to walk-up and pay too)

Sunday, April 11, 2021

4-24-21 2:00 pm-4:00 pm - Free virtual - Artist Speaker Series Volly Aronson - The PAI and The Museum SFV - please join us

The Public Art Initiative, a program from The Museum of the San Fernando Valley invites you to meet the April Artist Speaker Series guest, featuring, Volly Aronson.

When: Saturday, April 24, 2021

Time: 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm PDT

Cost: Free*

(*suggested donation to support the Public Art Initiative of The Museum SFV - $10
Pay on our website, PayPal, Zelle)


Volly Aronson is a San Fernando Valley based artist.  She was born in East Berlin, Germany, grew up in West Los Angeles, attended Hamilton High school and W.L.A. City College.

She defines herself with the question “what did I accomplish today”.  

She enjoyed several careers before painting including 25 years as an administrative assistant at several schools including Birmingham HS and to district superintendents with LAUSD. 

After retiring, she took an art class offered at Joann’s Fabrics Store and was thrilled to discover she had a talent for painting. She has received several artistic achievement awards and her work has been featured at the SFV Arts and Cultural Center, and the Los Angeles City Hall Bridge Gallery. 

She has shown and sold her art are at Pasadena Art Walk, Reseda Rising Art Walk and at Creative Exhibition Artist Showcase events. She loves painting and attempts to do so everyday, often doing 2 paintings at a time just for the fun of it. Please join us for this special event... and bring a friend along too.  

View additional artwork on Instagram

NOTE:  Zoom link will be provided via email 1-2 days before scheduled event.

PLEASE tell a family member, colleague or friend about event and have then register, attend and enjoy this event.

For any other event information, please contact Cheri Derohanian or Richard Cryer at


Please also visit our website at

Thank you.

Monday, February 22, 2021

3-13-21 from 2:00-4:00 pm Artist Speaker Series, Anne K. Bowman; Free Zoom presentation

The Museum of the San Fernando Valley and its Public Art Initiative is pleased to offer an other special event as part of its ongoing Artist Speaker Series with artist Anne K. Bowman.

Saturday, March 13, 2021

2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Free event
; (suggested donation of $10/person via PayPal; Square; Eventbrite link)



Zoom presentation (Zoom link will be sent after registration and just before the event)

Anne Bowman was born in Brooklyn, NY in July, 1941 as Anne Kass and lived there until June, 1959, at which time her family moved to North Hollywood, CA. She continued her education at UCLA as a physical education major, earning a BS, an MS and a teaching credential. She also met her first husband and began teaching in Sept, 1964 as Anne Newman at Carson HS. She eventually had a son. Gregory, in 1967 and a daughter, Stefani, in 1969 and moved to Woodland Hills in 1970. She then began a 26 year teaching career at Taft Hs, teaching exercise classes, dance production, health education and was class sponsor four times. She left Taft and her first husband in 1996. She remarried in 1997 and became Anne Bowman, and continued to teach at Monroe HS until 2004, when she retired from teaching. 

She had always wanted to paint but had never taken an art class so, at that point, she started taking classes and has been painting ever since. She has presented here before and has also held her own Artist's Showcases in her spacious backyard. She has done that three times and looks forward to this year's show as our lives slowly return to their new normal, whatever that may be!  Through it all, she has been selling her art and making things happen.

Upon registration, you will be sent the ZOOM Link.

Please join us for this special event. No charge, but a suggested $10 donation to The Museum and Public Art Initiative to support valley-based artists and art programming would be greatly appreciated.

Please invite a friend and enjoy this presentation. There will be an opportunity to purchase Anne's art too.

Thank you.