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[San Juan Capistrano, CA] — Star Motors, a local automotive repair business, is celebrating the holidays in style. The community is invited to a Holiday Celebration and Art Reception on Friday, December 4, 2015 from 5:00 P.M. – 8:00 P.M. The event is free and open to the public. Meet artist Juan Peña at this closing reception and enjoy wine tasting, hors d’oeuvres and fun giveaways. Bring an unwrapped toy for the Marine Corps Toys for Tots and be entered in a raffle to win a gift basket worth over $300!

Star Motors honors the critical role the arts play in our community by featuring acclaimed artists in the beautiful Star Gallery. Currently on display is California artist Juan Peña’s representational watercolors. His artwork has graced the walls of Star Motors since June of this year, and this closing reception marks the end of his show. Peña’son-location (plein air) landscapes depict the Golden State’s natural beauty and diverse scenery. A portion of the proceeds from art sold during the occasion will be donated to the J.F.Shea Therapeutic Riding Center. This non-profit organization is dedicated to improving the lives of people with disabilities through therapeutic horse-related programs.

“San Juan Capistrano is a place filled with art, as well as small businesses. Integrating the two in a celebration to give back is an important way to maintain a vibrant community fabric,” said Emma Silvera, Star Motors co-owner.


Artist: Juan Peña began plein air painting in 1959 under the direction of renowned California watercolorist, Vernon Nye in Napa Valley. Pena has become a nationally recognized and published watercolor artist, whose work has been accepted into prestigious exhibitions including the Transparent Watercolor Society of America and the National Watercolor Society. A recipient of numerous awards, Peña spends his time traveling and teaching painting to students internationally and in his hometown of Auburn, California.

Star Motors Support the Arts and Community  with Holiday Spirit

Organization: The 7-acre J.F. Shea Therapeutic Riding Center, located in San Juan Capistrano, is open to any person with a disability who can benefit from therapeutic riding. Founded in 1978 as the Orange County Riding Center by Nancy and Derek Lewis to help their son with cerebral palsy, it has grown to an organization that currently serves over 600 people with disabilities each year. The Shea Center is internationally recognized by the Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International (PATH) for its excellence in therapeutic riding programs. This “premier” program draws interns and students from around the world.

Business: Since 1986, Star Motors has provided superior technical and customer service in the automotive maintenance and repair industry. Voted Best Auto Repair for both San Juan Capistrano and the entire Orange County for the past 6 consecutive years, Star Motors is more than just a run-of-the-mill auto repair shop.

Star Motors Support the Arts and Community  with Holiday Spirit

Co-owner Emma Silvera’spassion for ensuring customer satisfaction reaches far beyond the walls of Star Motors. “We reach out to people in a charitable way,” Silvera says. “ We strongly believe in giving back to the community and doing what we can to makeit a better place.”

Chris Knuth, co-owner, describes the long-term vision of Star Motors as more than just a well-run business. “We want to be a partner in the community,” he says. “We’re creating jobs and opportunities. We do a lot more than just fix cars.”

Star Motors is located at 32955 Calle Perfecto, San Juan Capistrano, 92675. Visit the Star Motor’s website: or call 949.443-1970 for information.



Star Motors is honored to display the beautiful watercolors of award- winning artist Juan Peña. Come to a Meet & Greet at the Star Gallery Friday, October 23 from 4-7 and meet Juan himself! Learn about his painting and his adventures teaching students all around the world.

A portion of proceeds from art sold at the Star Gallery always benefit local charities. For information, please contact Emma at

Juan Pena, proficient in many media, is an award winning artist who is often sought and invited to display his work at a variety of shows, galleries, and museums. His watercolor, oil, pastel and pencil artwork are included in many private and corporate collections.

Juan Peña began on-location (plein air) watercolor painting in 1959, while studying with renown California watercolorist, Vernon Nye in the Napa Valley wine country. Juan says, “In California, our weather and light is conducive to painting outdoors”. Juan currently lives in the Sierra foothills of California with his wife Kay and has a studio in downtown Colfax, California. In addition he travels throughout the world painting.

“I paint from life, or on-location for the most part, and sometimes from my imagination,” explains Juan. The painting No power, no phone was painted entirely from my imagination. This painting was internationally published in 2004 in the book 100 Ways to Paint a Landscape, published by International Artist Magazine.

In 2007, one of Juan’s pencil drawings, completed on-location (plein air), was published in Strokes of Genius by North Light Books. A watercolor, Let the Sunshine In was accepted for exhibition with PaintAmerica and toured the United States in 2010 and 2011. His painting was one of one hundred paintings selected for this traveling show.

In 2009, one of Juan’s paintings was accepted into the Transparent Watercolor Society of America Annual Show and another painting was accepted into the National Watercolor Society Show.

Juan Peña won “Best of Show” for his watercolor at the 2010 Hearst Castle Invitational event and sale. Fifty invited artists painted on-grounds at Hearst Castle prior to the competition and sale. Of the seven paintings sold that evening, two were created by Juan; a pencil drawing and a watercolor.

The organizers of the Mendocino Plein Air Competition have invited Juan to be a celebrity artist and judge for the past two years (2013 & 2014) and again this year in September.

At Yosemite, Mr. Peña taught a one week session of watercolor classes for the past two years and this year in April. Next year (2016) he will teach in August.

Juan has participated in the annual Telluride and Aspen Plein Air Competitions. He will be participating again in Telluride this year, June 29th through July 5th. Last year, 2014, at the Aspen Plein Air event, Juan was selected as the public’s favorite painter.

John Hewitt, another fine watercolor painter and instructor, has invited Juan to be a guest instructor for his watercolor workshop, 16 day tour of Italy, this September.

Two of Juan’s watercolors have been selected for publication in Splash 15 (2014). Juan’s painting, “Let the Sunshine In” was published in 2011 in Splash 12. Published by North Light Books, Splash showcases the best in contemporary watercolors.

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We have had record-breaking hot weather this year in Southern California! With weather like this, overheated automobiles are often a problem. Here are a few tips taken from Road and Travel Magazine along with a special coupon to help you ‘Beat the Heat’!

  1. Before heading out be sure you check out the basics, including: oil, transmission fluid, windshield washer, battery level and strength, tire pressure, cooling system, belts and hoses.
  2. Make sure you have a well-equipped emergency kit and toolbox.
  3. When driving in hot weather it is particularly important to keep an eye on the lights and gauges. If your temperature gauge moves up, turn off your air conditioner.
  4. If the temperature light goes on or if the gauge enters the red zone, immediately pull off the road to a safe spot, well away from traffic. Do not drive any further — not even to the next exit. Driving with an overheated engine can cause serious damage to the engine.
  5. Do not attempt to remove the radiator cap itself. The hot pressurized coolant will spray out with great force and can burn you severely. Do not pour water over the radiator or engine, since a dramatic change in temperature could cause damage. After the engine cools, add a 50-50 mix of coolant and water to the reservoir to bring it up to its proper level.
  6. Even when not stranded due to a breakdown, summer heat can pose dangers. Never leave a child or pet in a parked car. Even an outside temperature in the 80s can quickly bring a car interior to lethal levels.
  7. Bring a cell phone for emergency calls.
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Welcome to 2015!During this time of both reflection on the past and planning the future, the StarMotors team is genuinely thankful to our customers and looks forward to providing superior automotive repair and customer service throughout the coming year.

We are thrilled to celebrate our sixth year in business and want to thank you for making it possible! Take advantage of our Anniversary Special below.

Join us for the closing event for Star Gallery’s featured artist Donna Butnik on January 24 from 1pm-4pm. A portion of the proceeds from art sold during the occasion will be donated to the Bright Future Foundation. This non-profit organization promotes non-violence and supports victims of domestic violence by encouraging survivors to rebuild and empower their lives with workshops and education. Find out more about Bright Futures on their Facebook Page by clicking here. We hope to see you there!

The New Year brings lots of activity and opportunity. Come visit us at the 12th Annual San Juan Capistrano Car Show on January 31. Enjoy over 400 hundred antique and classic cars and trucks from 7:30am-2pm at the San Juan Capistrano Community Center and Sports Park.

Star Motors gives you excellent servicecombined with the personal attention of a small neighborhood shop. Thank you for your continued business and support. We look forward to seeing you soon.

Warm Regards,

The Staff at Star Motors

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