Featured Artist: Alma Borcuk

"I love nature and so my paintings are drawn from nature - animals, flowers, natural landscapes. Among these subjects, cats and dogs are my favorite. I find dog expressions and cat poses quite fascinating and that's what I seek to capture in my art."

Recently, my focus has been on traditional Sumi-e and Chinese Brush painting. I have been studying under my mentor, Dr. Ning Yeh who is the premier master of this ancient art form. He is known for his Emmy award winning PBS art show and has authored several art books on the subject. I so love this painting style that I have decided to share this art form on our mountain.

Although my favorite medium is watercolor, I have created paintings using other mediums - ink, pencil, conte crayons, pastels and oil pastels, sometimes combining mediums to create my own unique artistic style. I do this in order to always evolve and flourish in my artistic endeavors. My love for Chinese brush painting and Japanese sumi-e painting techniques has quite an influence in my painting style, like my use of ink line drawings (with a bamboo stick as my drawing tool) and the sparse or non-existent background of my subjects.

In the tradition of asian painting techniques, I strive to finish paintings in as few strokes as possible and to know when to stop so as not to overwork it. This produces a fresh, spontaneous and serene quality in a painting that I so admire in Chinese and Japanese art. And in the tradition of John Singer Sargent's work in portraiture, I aim to capture not only the likeness of my subject but also it's "soul".

At last, my dream to become an artist has come true. My paintings are among private collections throughout the US, Canada, Europe, Australia and Asia. Website: artloftart.com | See more of Alma Borcuk's work here.


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IN THE NEWS

MOUNTAIN ARTS AWARDS SCHOLARSHIPS
On May 23rd, the Mountain Arts Network proudly presented two scholarhips at the Community Scholarship Awards Night at Rim of the World High School. Both Lidia Malina and Clare Shumate were awarded $500 each in support of these young women and their outstanding work in visual arts. Both participated in the Mountain Arts Gallery Student Art Show and plan to continue their art studies in college.



MOUNTAIN ARTS AT ROTARY ART AND WINE FESTIVAL

Thirteen of our 45 Gallery artists participated in the annual Rotary Art and Wine Festival this year.

MAN member, ALMA BORCUK (pictured) won "Best of Show" this year with her fabulous Chinese Brush Paintings
. Alma will be teaching Chinese Brush Classes at our Low-Clost Summer Art Classes in June, July and August!

MAN member, John Humel won "First Place" in Photography.

Participants included Alma Borcuk, John Smeby, Jon Olson, Mary Reider, Nancy Grace, Sandra Charlebois, John Hummel, Molly Collins, Patty McDonald, Nancy Anderson, Pat Davis, Dent Lent, and Ruth Woods. Many thanks to Mary Reider, who organized the group into shifts to meet attendees under our 3 big popups that became an impressive part of the event. Sales were brisk!

SUMMER ART CLASSES - Registration is OPEN!
Wednesdays, Thursdays,
Fridays and Saturdays.

Dates and class descritions are below, please scroll down. All classes are taught by credentialed teachers or working artists, with many years of experience in their specific field of fine art, photography, and decorative arts.
More Class info


LOW-COST CLASSES
AT OUR COMMUNITY ARTS CENTER

"Scarf Painting with Sharpies" - flyer
"Decoupage with Fancy Bottles" - flyer
"Oil Painting Fun with Helga" - flyer
"Mommy/Daddy & Me Art Fun" - flyer
"Let's Draw and Paint!" - flyer
"Making Handwire Wrapped Rings" - flyer
"Teen Paint Night!" - flyer
"Chinese Brush Painting" - flyer


SUMMER ART CLASSES: LOW-COST CLASSES AT OUR COMMUNITY ARTS CENTER

SUMMER ART CLASSES - WEDNESDAYS
"Chinese Brush Painting"
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Alma Borcuk, Instructor

Dates: Wednesdays starting June 20 ends Aug. 22, 2018
Hours: 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM - Ages 12 years & older
Cost: $10 per class, materials included
Class Size: Minimum 4 Students / Maximum 12 Students

Classes will be held at the Commuity Arts Center:
06/20 - Plum Blossoms, 06/27- Pandas
07/18 - Iris, 07/25 - Cat,

08/15 - Poinsettia, 08/22 - Squirrel

SUMMER ART CLASSES - THURSDAYS
"Mommy/Daddy and Me Art Fun!"
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Molly Collins, Instructor

Dates: Thursdays starting June 28 ends July 12, 2018
Hours: 1:30 PM - 2:30 PM - Ages 3 years and Up
Cost: $15 per pair/ per class, materials included
Class Size: Minimum 4 pairs / Maximum 8 pairs

Classes will be held at the Commuity Arts Center:
06/28
07/05, 07/12

SUMMER ART CLASSES - THURSDAYS
"Let's Draw and Paint!"
- flyer
Molly Collins, Instructor

Dates: Thursdays starting June 28 ends July 12, 2018
Hours: 3:30 PM - 5:30 PM - Ages 11 years and Up
Cost: $20 per class, materials included
Class Size: Minimum 4 Students / Maximum 10 Students

Classes will be held at the Commuity Arts Center:
06/28 - Drawing with the Right Side of the Brain
07/05 - Drawing with Charcoal, 07/12 - Painting with Acrylics

SUMMER ART CLASSES - FRIDAYS
"Scarf Painting with Sharpies"
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Ruth Woods, Instructor

Dates: Fridays starting June 15 ends Aug. 24, 2018
Hours: 10:00 AM -12:00 Noon - Ages 10 years & older
Cost: $12 per class, materials included
Class Size: Minimum 4 Students / Maximum 10 Students

Classes will be held at the Commuity Arts Center:
06/15, 06/29
07/13, 07/27

08/10, 08/24

SUMMER ART CLASSES - FRIDAYS
"Teen Paint Night!"
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Molly Collins, Instructor

Dates: Fridays starting June 15 ends Aug. 24, 2018
Hours: 6:30 PM - 9:00 PM - Ages 13 - 18 years
Cost: $25 per class, materials included
Class Size: Minimum 6 Students / Maximum 12 Students

Classes will be held at the Commuity Arts Center:
07/06 - ONE CLASS ONLY

SUMMER ART CLASSES - FRIDAYS
"Decoupage with Fancy Bottles" - flyer
Ruth Woods, Instructor

Dates: Fridays starting June 22 ends Aug. 31, 2018
Hours: 10:00 AM -12:00 Noon - Ages 10 years & older
Cost: $10 per class, materials included
Class Size: Minimum 4 Students / Maximum 10 Students

Classes will be held at the Commuity Arts Center:
06/22
07/06, 07/20

08/03, 08/17, 08/31

SUMMER ART CLASSES - SATURDAYS
"Oil Painting Fun with Helga"
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Helga Batman-Koplin, Instructor

Dates: Saturdays starting June 16 ends Aug. 25, 2018
Hours: 10:00 AM -12:00 Noon - Ages 12 years & older
Cost: $20 per class, materials included
Class Size: Minimum 4 Students / Maximum 12 Students

Classes will be held at the Commuity Arts Center:
06/16, 06/30
07/14, 07/28

08/11, 08/25

SUMMER ART CLASSES - SATURDAYS
"Making Handwire Wrapped Rings"
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Terry Willims, Instructor

Dates: Saturdays starting June 23 ends Sept. 1, 2018
Hours: 11:00 AM -12:00 Noon - Ages 12 years & older
Cost: $10 per class, materials included
Class Size: Minimum 4 Students / Maximum 12 Students

Classes will be held at the Commuity Arts Center:
06/23
07/07, 07/21

08/18
09/01

AT THE GALLERY & COMMUNITY ARTS CENTER
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)
1st WEDNESDAY NIGHT:

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.
"PASSION FOR PAINTING" PAINT N' SIP PARTY!
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!

BEGINNERS WELCOME!!! and ENCOURAGED!
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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