Anza Civil Improvement League to raffle two Susan Eyer-Anderson original artworks as fundraiser

One of the two painted saws donated by local artist Susan Eyer-Anderson features wild mustangs running freely. It will be raffled off to benefit the Anza Civic Improvement League, Dec. 20. Courtesy photo

The Anza Civic Improvement League has announced that they will raffle two examples of Susan Eyer-Anderson original art as a fundraiser for the nonprofit organization Wednesday, Dec. 20.

Eyer-Anderson is well-known as the “Anza Phantom Artist,” who created and secretly installed beautiful signs all over Anza earlier this year. The signs featured the town and street names, complete with horse, sunset and patriotic images. Her detailed and colorful likenesses are familiar and appreciated by local residents. Now a member of the Anza Valley Artists guild, she shows her acrylic western-themed canvases and signed prints of those works at shows all over Southern California and beyond.

“ACIL would like to give a big thank you to Susan Eyer-Anderson for her beautiful artwork on two handsaws that she donated,” ACIL president Ken Ogren said.

The intricately painted saws will be raffled off to help raise money to maintain and improve Minor Park and The Little Red School House in Anza.

“It was fun painting them,” Eyer-Anderson said.”Painting on saws is not the easiest method, but it was actually satisfying to know it was for such a worthy cause.”

The saw blades were illustrated with acrylic paints over a metal primer coat. The first image portrays the large boulders at the Mountain Sky gas station on the Cahuilla Indian Reservation. Thomas Mountain appears in the background, stressing local views and items of interest.

The second saw features a band of wild mustangs galloping across the prairie, inspired by stories of the wild horses that were here in Anza, according to Eyer-Anderson.

Raffle tickets are $1 each, six for $5 or 12 for $10. The drawing will take place at the Little Red Schoolhouse 6 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 20.

Tickets are also available from Phil Canaday of PC Enterprises, (951) 809-7604; Pat Whittle of Whittle’s Business Service, (951) 315-3311; Bud Elmore, (951) 581-4409; Lorraine’s Pet Supply (951) 763-0033 and Ken Ogren, (619) 417-0125.

ACIL board member Bud Elmore said, “ACIL needs community involvement to keep the park improvements and schoolhouse maintenance moving forward. This is one of the ideas to raise needed funds to help support an important part of Anza heritage.”

For more information on ACIL and the raffle event, visit them on Facebook at www.facebook.com/AnzaCivicImprovementLeague/ or online at www.anzacivic.org.

To see more artwork by Susan Eyer-Anderson, visit her on Facebook at www.facebook.com/Susan-Eyer-Anderson-Artist-127285657908997/.

One of the two painted saws donated by local artist Susan Eyer-Anderson features the picturesque boulders located at the Mountain Sky gas station on the Cahuilla Indian Reservation. It will be raffled off to benefit the Anza Civic Improvement League, Dec. 20. Courtesy photo

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