2016 - MAY
Artist of the Month: Darleen Ortlieb Frechen
Revisiting Darleen, our February 2016 Artist of the Month

We were unable to show images of Darleen's work when she was honored as Artist of the Month. Following are photographs of Darleen with a rescue animal and some of her work on display at the Gallery, along with a close-up of her work.

.I hope you enjoy my images.
Artist Opportunities: Wooden Boat Show - June 2016

June 11th & 12th, everyone's favorite, the wooden boat show will follow, also at the Village docks. Both boat shows offer excellent opportunities to get out, support local businesses and paint or photograph the boats and our lake.
5th Annual People's Choice Awards Event - "The People Have Chosen"
By Brian Harris

The Mountain Arts Gallery 5th Annual People's Choice Awards concluded on Sunday April 24th. Those patrons who participated over the two day event were very enthusiastic about the chance to vote for their favorite artist in each of the six categories. Voting concluded at four o'clock on Sunday and there were a total of 181 ballots submitted. It was an outstanding turn out and this success could not have occurred without the tremendous effort provided by all those Gallery Artist who gave of their time and energy to support this outstanding event. It exemplified the respect they have for Darlene Kraft who has been our champion and leader for each year's awards and sadly was unable to take part this year.

When four o'clock arrived the focus was directed toward counting the ballots to see which artists had won in their category, as well as drawing names for those patrons who would win their selected piece of art from the many excellent pieces donated by our Gallery Artists. Congratulations to each patron who won.

Congratulations to The People Choice winners:

Helga Batman for Acrylic & Oil
Molly Collins for Mixed Media
Ruth Woods for Jewelry
Darleen Ortlieb for Glass/Gourd/Ceramic/Metal/Wood
Bryan Allen for Photography
Darlene Kraft for Watercolor.

Each of these artists has been honored with a Blue Ribbon that is now displayed on their wall. This year once again proved that our communities and visiting patrons enjoy being part of this annual event. The people have chosen and we look forward to the 6th Annual People's Choice Awards.
Mountain Arts Photographic Society
Annual Photo Contest - Extends entry date to June 15th and Image Submission Date Extended to July 1, 2016.
Download entry forms & rules, send an email to MAPSPhotoContest@gmail.com.

The Mountain Arts Photographic Society (MAPS), and The Mountain Arts Network (MAN), in Lake Arrowhead are co-sponsoring the Second Annual Mountain-wide Photographic Competition. Visit their website for more information at www.mountainartsphoto.com The theme of the 2016 competition is "Mountain Spirit". Entrants are invited to submit images of subjects that form the spirit or life of our Mountain. Entrants will be required to submit an entry form and check or money order for the entry fee. Entrants will be able to submit up to five (5) digital images on the theme for the "per person" fee, of $10.00, ($5.00 for MAPS or MAN members).
We are pleased to announce our new schedule of SUMMER ART CLASSES for kids and adults in our Community Arts Center beginning of June 4th through August 20th.
Most classes are offered on Saturday mornings and afternoons and all include materials.
“Mommy and Me” is offered on three consecutive Thursday mornings starting June 9th.

Please bring a friend and join us of these new and exciting offerings! Registration is available on this website and PayPal can be used for your convenience.
We look forward to seeing you there!

Art Class for Children - starting June 4, 2016 - Saturday mornings (generally)
from 10am-11:30am

for any of these classes. Additional info on flyer.

06/04: Contour Drawing (ages 8-12) - from 10am-11:30am $15 materials included (E. Borcuk/V. LaVers)
06/09: Mommy & Me (ages 2-5) - Thursday from 9am-10:00am $15 materials included (Molly Collins)
06/16: Mommy & Me (ages 2-5) - Thursday from 9am-10:00am $15 materials included (Molly Collins)
06/23: Mommy & Me (ages 2-5) - Thursday from 9am-10:00am $15 materials included (Molly Collins)
07/02: Self Portrait Collage (ages 8-12) - from 10am-11:30am $20 materials included (E. Borcuk/V. LaVers)
07/16: Create a Shirt with Sharpies! (ages 8-12) - from 10am-11:30am $20 materials included (Ruth Woods)
07/23: Collage on Fabric (ages 8-12) - from 10am-11:30am $20 materials included (Ruth Woods)
08/06: Decorating a Keepsake (ages 8-12) - from 10am-11:30am $20 materials included (E. Borcuk/V. LaVers)
08/13: Wool & Felting for Kids (ages 8-12) - from 10am-11:30am $20 materials included (Ruth Woods)
08/20: Color on Silk (ages 8-12) - from 10am-11:30am $20 materials included (Ruth Woods)
Art Class for Adults - starting July 16, 2016 - Saturday afternoons
from 1:00pm - ending time vary - see registration for more info

for any of these classes.
Additional info on flyer.

07/16 & 07/23: Drawing Foundations - from 1pm-3:00pm $30 materials included (Brian Harris)
07/30: Amazing Felting Techniques - from 1pm-3:00pm $20 materials included (Ruth Woods)
08/13: Batik on Silk with Wax - from 1pm-3:00pm $20 materials included (Ruth Woods)
08/20: Dyeing Silk Scarves - from 1pm-3:00pm $20 materials included (Ruth Woods)

Monday, June 20 and Tuesday June 21
Alla Prima Painting Workshop - with Brenda Lee Gibson

Download flyer

The ability to paint from "life" is the foundation to all great work, that is the focus of this 9 week workshop. Class work includes discussion of the all too important fundamentals before putting them to use in the creative process. All levels welcome, even beginners.
9 Week Workshop with focus on Fundamentals and Fun!

Start dates: Monday, June 20 and Tuesday June 21
Time: 11:00 am to 4:00 pm
Limit to 5 students - lots of individual attention provided.

Call: Brenda Lee Gibson at 909-534-8868 or brendaleesart@gmail.com


4th Annual Mountain Artists Studio Tour
Friday - Sunday: October 21, 22, & 23, 2016

On October 22 & 23, 2016 you will get the opportunity to tour the studios of over a dozen local artists, who create their works of art in their home studios.

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Studios are set up in extra bedrooms, living rooms, lofts and some in spaces built especially as an art studio.

Price includes: Wine & Appetizers Reception
Friday, October 21st from 5:30 pm - 6:30pm, at the Mountain Arts Gallery.

Meet the artists and enjoy the gallery. The reception is included in the price of your ticket!

Tour tickets will be availalbe for purchase at the reception (Oct. 21st) and on tour day (Oct. 22nd) for $20.
Don't miss this very special tour!

10:00 AM to 1:00 PM.

- please contact Jon Olson if interested in attending

This morning Open Studio Time on Mondays is available at no cost for Gallery and MAN artists to stop by with their materials and work with other artists on personal projects. Bring a lunch (or not), and bring your art stuff! No formal instruction; an opportunity to mingle with artists. We will provide coffee and an occasional model!

Please contact Jon Olson for additional information. 909-338-6567

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

EVERY WEDNESDAY - Sumi-e & Chinese Brush Painting
Alma Borcuk, Instructor
2:00 PM - 4:00 PM - Teens & Adults

Alma Borcuk is offering her Sumi-e and Oriental Brush Painting class for older teens and adults on Wednesday afternoons, 2pm to 4pm. Location varies if 6 or less students. See Alma's website for more details. Alma will be happy to answer any questions you may have regarding enrollment. Contact

Alma Borcuk is a nature artist whose painting style is much influenced by Asian painting techniques. Recently, her focus has been on traditional Sumie and Chinese brush paintings. She studies under premier master of Chinese brush painting, Dr. Ning Yeh who is known for his Emmy Award winning PBS art show and author of several art books.
Phone# 909-336-9289
Email: artloftart@gmail.com
Website: artloftart.com

EVERY THURSDAY - Special Needs Adult Class
Darlene Kraft, Instructor

Darlene Kraft welcomes any gallery or MAN artist to help her on Thursdays for a few hours with her Special Needs Class for adults.

Please contact if you can donate any time to help. It is a very
rewarding way to sp

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