[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.