Sol Treasures Program Manager Maria De La Rosa (middle) gathers with (from left) Jamie Jones, Sonia Chapa, Erin Garcia and Barbara Pekema. (Contributed Photo)

KING CITY — Sol Treasures has welcomed Maria De La Rosa as its new program manager, announced Executive Director Betsy Oltmann.

“Maria brings a decade of experience with a background in educational and after-school programming,” Oltmann said. “We are fortunate to have her join our team as we launch some exciting new programming with the reopening of our doors.”

De La Rosa has a deep connection and commitment to the community with her King City roots.

“Enrichment programs for our youth are essential to a holistic educational experience,” said De La Rosa, a King City native. “I look forward to building on the current success of existing programming and bringing new and relevant programming for our youth and all members of the community.”

Sol Treasures, located at 519 Broadway St. in King City, is opening its doors this month and will soon share announcements of its upcoming programs and events. The nonprofit gallery offers a wide variety of programs for people of all ages and all groups in the community.

“The gallery will open this summer with our quarantine creativity exhibit, featuring the artwork of all genres created during the last few months,” said Co-Founder Sonia Chapa. “We will offer some DIY art-in-the bag projects. Additionally, Sol Treasures will offer a Backyard Music Gallery, a variety of workshops and fall performance plans.”

Sol Treasures is supported by the Arts Council for Monterey County, California Arts Council, Chevron Corporation, Community Foundation for Monterey County, Rita and Luis Echenique Foundation, Harden Foundation, King City Rotary Club, MOCA Foundation, Monterey County Gives, Monterey Peninsula Foundation, Nancy Buck Ransom Foundation, Pebble Beach Company Foundation, South Monterey County Foundation, Yellow Brick Road Benefit Shop and generous community members.

President Barbara Pekema said, “We are confident for our future and grateful for the commitment of our funding partners, board members and staff during this time. We look forward to responding to the needs of the community with a combination of traditional and new programming. King City citizens have stepped up, once again, in their signature way with their support and generosity at this time.”

Current board members are Pekema and Chapa, with Directors Brandi Borzini, Belinda Hendrickson, Jeff Hinderscheid, Jamie Jones, Chip Kosty, Hermie Robles and Teri Umbarger.

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