The November meeting of the Loma Linda Cultural Arts Association (LLCAA) will feature a double header of sorts.

Before a 2:00 p.m. presentation by mixed media artist Helen Shafer Garcia, the association will host its annual Studio Sweep fundraising sale. Items for sale include new or gently used equipment and art materials donated by LLCAA member artists along with books and magazines related to art. The Studio Sweep will begin at 1:30.

In talking about her very unique and often whimsical creations, Shafer Garcia uses metaphorical terms and describes her works as “encounters with mostly organic fragments bound together with a twist that invokes the spirit for an intriguing visual journey.”

She continues by revealing that she wants to “pull in the viewer into my coffee-stained world of interpretation that intertwines of legends, flora, fauna and icons. Sometimes there is a bit of humor thrown in.

“My process,” Shafer Garcia continues, “involves the process of transference—subtraction and addition of paint and decayed found objects, creating poetic relationships between organic and geometric shapes. Experimentation with random folklore themes and images juxtaposing with intriguing botanical shapes leads to deliberate, sequestered, yet unified shape arrangements.”

“None of this,” she concludes, “is intentional. My interests in a particular theme or subject seem to evolve on their own based on influential connections that I’ve encountered. I want the impressions to be open for consideration.”

Shafer Garcia’s award-winning art is featured in many top lifestyle and design magazines, and is available online at

The event will take place from 1:30 to 4:00 p.m. on Sunday, November 13, 2016, at the Loma Linda Senior Center, in the southeast corner of the Loma Linda civic complex at 25541 Barton Road in Loma Linda. Admission is free for LLCAA members and Loma Linda University students, but $5.00 for everyone else.