Featured Artist: Molly Collins

Molly Collins was born to her passion for animals and painting. Growing up in the Torrance, California she felt drawn to the outdoors, open fields, marshes, hills, beaches and mountains which were all in vicinity to her. It was natural to pick up a pencil and draw the subject she loved and longed for horses and nature.

Her passion to paint and study wildlife evolved into a working as a Naturalist teaching and painting beautiful and educational murals. Molly paints primarily with acrylic, and oil. Her work depicts a variety of wildlife and nature painted in a realistic style. She loves to paint animals; wildlife being a favorite. However, horses, landscapes with wildlife, birds, flowers, butterflies and reptiles have been captured in many of her murals and illustrations used at Nature centers, discovery centers such as George F Canyon, Madonna Marsh, including work for the International LA Zoo.

Molly Collins believes she is living her childhood dream, living in the San Bernardino Mountains with her family. It's through God's creation that artistically and spiritually inspires her creativity and longing to paint. "It is paradise here, and I feel so close to God and all his creation." She is a very spiritual individual who believes her inspiration comes from God through his creation. This peace and serenity can be seen through her paintings and murals.

One of the few, if not only multimedia mural painted and sculpted in Southern California is, "The Tribute to the extinct California Grizzly" Designed and painted by Molly and sculptures carved out of wood by Conrad Sandoval, can be viewed locally in the San Bernardino Mts. This 1,000 square foot educational mural can be viewed in Crestline in the front of Goodwin's market. Other public viewed murals painted by Molly in San Bernardino Mountains can be found in Blue Jay on the wall of "Lake Arrowhead Patrol and security , and murals throughout "Thelma's Restaurant" in Big Bear.

To obtain reference for her work, she has traveled to Europe, throughout United States and has visited many State and National Parks, which has helped make her observations of nature more fulfilling. Molly enjoys painting outdoors and can often be found on a mountain trail or sitting alongside one of the mountain Lakes , plein air painting in the presence of Gods creation, hoping to view a bald eagle, coyote, deer or any of the wildlife present to inspire the next painting.

See more of Molly Collin's works here.

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A juried exhibit of paintings, ceramics and photography,
was held last month from April 6th - 22nd
with a gala reception on the last evening.
The show was an enormous success! The Gallery was filled to “standing room only” with students, parents, families and friends.
MAN awarded over $800 in cash prizes and certificates to 18 juniors and seniors from Rim High School.
We’re already planning and looking forward to next year’s show!


Mountain Artists Studio Tour
Saturday, July 1st
$25 Donation per person
Included is a Gallery Reception on
Friday, June 30th 4 - 7 PM

Purchase tickets NOW online

Thirteen local mountain artists are opening their studios to the community over the 4th of July weekend. These painters, photographers, ceramicists and jewelry artists graciously open their homes and studios to the public to see how they work their artistic magic! You will be able to watch artists at work and ask questions about their art. It is a wonderful time to take budding artists or simply artist fans to see other artists' studios and work.

Included in the fee is a reception at the Mountain Arts Network (MAN) Gallery in the Village on Friday, June 30th from 4-7 pm.
On July 1st you can travel at your leisure from 10 am - 5 pm on Saturday selecting the artists you want to visit. Several of the artist's studios are also open on Sunday, July 2nd. Each artist provides snacks and beverages for the guests to their studios.

Studio Tour tickets will be on sale during June in the Gallery or at the Lake House in Cedar Glen.

Wine Tasting at
Sycamore Ranch Vineyard & Winery

Dart Canyon Road - Crestline, CA
on Sunday, July 2nd 11AM - 4:30 PM
Tickets $25 / Adults only

A majority of the proceeds will be donated to the MAN Gallery
which provides art classes for the community.

Tickets for the Wine Tasting at Sycamore Ranch will be available in the Gallery in June
or at the winery on the day of the event.

To all MAN Members in good standing
From John Hummel, VP

There are four Directors of the Mountain Arts Network Board of Directors whose current terms will be completed this June, 2017. If you would like to be a candidate for one of the open Director positions, please review the following information.

Members in good standing (nominees will be vetted for good standing requirements) who are interested in being on the MAN Board of Directors must submit their names to the Nominating Committee Chairman, Jon Olson, by an email to Jon at natolson@aol.com in order to be placed on the ballot.

Upon receipt of the email by the committee, the candidate will receive a return email acknowledging their request and including the necessary forms and information to complete their candidacy.

These forms will include the "Candidate Application", the optional "One-Page Candidate Statement" and the "Election Rules". Click here for forms and more information . The Candidate Application and "One-Page Statement" must be returned to MAN by April 8, 2017 either by mail at Mountain Arts Network, PO Box 1275, Lake Arrowhead, CA 92352 or in a sealed envelope in Jon Olson's mail folder at the Mountain Arts Gallery in the Lake Arrowhead Village.

In addition, at the March MAN Gallery meeting on Wednesday, March 22, 2017 at 5:00 pm, nominations will be taken from the floor with prior consent of the nominee. Printed copies of the election forms will be available at that meeting. We look forward to hearing from those interested in serving the Mountain Arts Network as a member of the Board of Directors.
Starts April 10, 2017 - every Monday for 9 weeks

Brenda Lee Gibson, Instructor
Monday's 10:00am to 3:00pm - All levels welcome, beginners as well
Community Art Center, Lake Arrowhead Village
Cost: $40.00 per 5 hour class or monthly $160.00

Experience the joy of painting, while learning the principles and fundamentals of fine art. Award winning artist and instructor Brenda Lee Gibson has a passion to paint and share all the knowledge and skills she has acquired and continues to learn.

For supply list, Contact at brendaleesart@gmail.com or call 909.534.8868
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. The challenge for July is "July Fun". Note that the Special Olympics are coming to the Arrowhead Communities July 21-24 and will offer many wonderful photographic opportunities.

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.
Weekly Thursday Evening Class held at CAC

Enjoy a glass of wine, BYOB, 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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