Featured Artist: Jon Olson
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I am a retired academic (Professor of Anthropology at California State University of Los Angeles) but have always maintained a second life of painting. I am a lifelong sailor and history buff, and I am now enjoying a second career in fine art.

I was born and raised on the Great Lakes where I learned to sail and to appreciate maritime history. My grandfather was a shipbuilder during both wars, and it was from him that I learned most of what I know about the construction and repair of ships and boats. I did a professional exchange to Northeastern University in Boston and had the opportunity to expand my background with many pilgrimages to the sites of the birthplaces of our maritime heritage. I co-taught a course called People Who Live by the Sea wherein we explored maritime practices and customs worldwide. For twenty years I was associated with the Nautical Heritage Society at Dana Point, the sponsoring organization for the topsail schooner Californian. I did the primary historical research into the career of the U.S. Revenue Brig C.W. Lawrence, the cutter which patrolled the California coast during the gold rush and on which the Californian is based (now part of the San Diego Maritime Museum).

I find great satisfaction depicting Great Lakes historical and contemporary subjects, particularly from the Green Bay-Sturgeon Bay area of my upbringing, and of historical and contemporary maritime activities of the Pacific Coast where I now live.

I have participated in numerous juried shows, including regular participation in the annual maritime art show at Coos Bay, Oregon (featured artist in 2010), twice in the EAA aviation art show in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, three times in the annual Mystic Seaport International Maritime Exhibit, Region 2 ASMA exhibit in Manitowoc, Wisconsin, and the annual shows of the Channel Islands Maritime Museum (CIMM) in Ventura, California.

My wife, Natalie and I, also organized and participated in "A Brush with the Sea", a maritime exhibit held at the Newport (California) Harbor Maritime Museum in 1998-9. I received First Place in Oils and Acrylics in the (2005) 74th Annual International Exhibition of the Miniature Painters, Sculptors and Gravers Society of Washington, D.C. My focus has expanded recently to painting original and replica small and miniature oil paintings of various subject. My miniature paintings have allowed us frequent participation in international shows in Chicago, London and Madrid. I enjoy regularly painting in Plein Air, particularly in the local mountains with my mountain artist friends. I am a signature member of ASMA (American Society of Marine Artists) and of ISMP (International Society of Marine Painters), and am an active member of the California Art Club. My works both large and small are currently exhibited at the Mountain Arts Gallery in Lake Arrowhead, California.


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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

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.
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