Featured Artist: Lisa Cook

Lisa Cook was born in Lake Charles, Louisiana, and raised in New Orleans. She spent much of her childhood in the shadow of the infamous French Quarter. The visual maelstrom of female strippers and dancers in sequins, jewels, and stage costumes informs her painting, as does her extensive collection of vintage burlesque memorabilia and posed pin-up models of the 1940's. Tamer influences, of Austrian painter Egon Schiele, New Orleans artist Georg Rodrigue, and Alberto Vargas are also acknowledged by Cook.

Lisa is the author of Consecrated Ground (1998), an extensive collection of her black and white photographs of historic New Orleans cemeteries and grave monuments. Her book was a reference for the New Orleans Police and private concerns to return a large quantity of recovered stolen funerary monuments to the original gravesites.

Lisa Cook has a Bachelor of Arts in Studio and Fine Arts from Loyola Marymount University. Never far from her work, Cook has chosen to maintain her studio and many works-in-progress in her home in the mountains. She relishes the immediacy of painting when instincts and impulses demand such activity. Though academically informed, Cook found the rigid structure of academic art classes less than pleasurable for the most part, as this was not in congruence with her working processes and her chosen artistic direction. She treasures the wisdom of an excellent professor, Rudolph Fleck from whom she learned philosophies and theories of art.

Cook's painting techniques evolved as she experimented on her own with media and artist's tools, refining what succeeds for her work and discarding what does not. The result is an undeniably unique artist's voice and vision. Cook is driven with an artist's passion to encounter, and in painting, this exploration results in acknowledgement of beauty in what is often maligned or passed over.

Lisa lives in Lake Arrowhead, CA, with her wood-crafter husband Graeme Gale, five cats, and an eclectic collection of vintage burlesque memorabilia. lisa@llcook.com | http://llcook.com.

See more of Lisa Cook's work here.

A Celebration of Life in Honor of Cynthia Young
January 13, 2018 - Private Gathering

A Celebration of Life will be held to honor artist Cynthia Young, on January 13, 2018 at the home of Mary Reider from 2:00 to 4:00 pm.

On December 6, 2017, our dear friend and fellow artist in the Mountain Arts Gallery, Cynthia Young, passed away suddenly. In honor of her life we are hosting a Celebration of Life on January 13, 2018 at the home of Mary Reider from 2:00 to 4:00 pm.

We hope you can attend and share some of your stories about Cynthia. Please bring a light hors d'oeuvres or cookies to share with her friends as we celebrate her life. Please RSVP Mary Reider at 858-449-2888 for directions to her home and/or to confirm your attendance.

A small donation will be appreciated. All donations will go to her daughter, Alicia.

Donated Items Up for Auction
Download list of items

In December MAN was fortunate to receive a large donation from the estate of Eleanor Gesler of art/travel books, frames and art supplies. These items are on display in the CAC - Community Arts Center - and are up for auction. Each item is tagged with a starting bid price. Please write your name and phone number on the items on which you wish to bid. The items will be awarded on January 24, 2018 after the monthly gallery meeting. You need not be present to "win". All proceeds from the auction support our adult special needs painting class and art classes for children.

The items can be viewed in the CAC on the following dates between 10:00am and 12:00pm January 10,11,17,18 and 24. Thank you for your interest and support for MAN.
Sue Schatz
Gallery Co-Manager

Brenda Gibson's
Winter Color Workshop

January 8, 15, 22, 29, Feb. 5 & 12, 2018
- every Monday for 6 weeks

Creating the all too essential color charts is a valuable tool for any fine artist. In this six week workshop we will complete a color chart and a painting daily. Still life, and landscape will be our subjects and we will put into practice the importance of rendering life with light.

Where: My home studio, 29025 Big Cedar Cove
When: Monday, Jan 8, 2018
Time: 9:00-3:00 every Monday for 6 weeks
Cost: $240.00
Supply list for color charts will be given to upon sign up.
Download Flyer
brendaleesart@gmail.com 909 5348868

Exhibit Jan 7th - Feb 18th
for details visit http://iearts.org/

Artists Sumi Foley, Penny McElroy, Snezana Saraswati Petrovic, and Cindy Rinne capture the essence of change, cycles, pilgrimage, and harmony with all creation in color, luminance, and texture. There’s a variety of scale resembling the waxing, full, waning, and new moon. Petals fall in strips of silk, layers of images over light, collage of cultures, people in nature, and stories of soothsayers.

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EVERY WEDNESDAY - Oil & Acrylic Painting
Helga Batman-Koplin, Instructor
9:30 AM -12:30PM - Beginners to Advanced

This is an on-going class with one of our Gallery's most prestigious artists, Helga Batman-Koplin. With over 20 years of teaching, exhibiting, demonstrations, and jurying Helga teaches this class at the Community Arts Center class: "Enjoy the art of oil and acrylic painting".

For high school and up; $35 per class or by the month ($125 for 4- 3 hour lessons). Recommended materials list is available by calling or emailing Helga. Students will learn to produce a painting from beginning to end, from lay out and mixing colors to finish! Contact or call: 909-336-5785

The Mountain Arts Photographic Society (MAPS)

The Mountain Arts Photographic Society (MAPS) meets the first Wednesday of each month from 6:00 to about 8:00 PM in the CAC.
The first hour covers MAPS events and features an educational presentation on a photography topic of interest.

Each month a photography challenge is given. The second hour gives MAPS members an opportunity to share their challenge photographs with the group. Constructive comments and suggestions facilitate skill development and personal growth.

EVERY THURSDAY - Special Needs Adult Class
Linda Harlan-White, Instructor

Darlene Kraft and Linda Harlan-White, welcome any gallery or MAN artist to help them on Thursdays for a few hours with her Special Needs Class for adults.

Please contact if you can donate any time to help.
Weekly Thursday Evening Class held at CAC

Enjoy a beverage, and an appetizer as Molly Collins guides you step by step to your own master piece! Girls night out! Date night!
Even Family night available!

This value usually $ 45.00 offered now for $ 30.00
All material included.

This class is offered by appointment on Thursday evenings from 6:30-9:30 pm weather permitting. Please call Molly Collins 909 436-8461 to arrange a class session.

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