Featured Artist: Jon Olson

I am a retired academic (Professor of Anthropology at California State University at Los Angeles) but have always maintained a second life of painting. My primary professional focus was the ethnography and archeology of Northern Mexico, but I am a lifelong sailor and aviation buff. I am now having a second career in art, primarily, but not exclusively of subjects maritime. I was born and raised on the Great Lakes where I learned to sail and spent many hours hanging out with the guys on the fish tugs.

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.. Although not degreed in art, I have had much formal training over the years in university classes and workshops; perhaps the most influential was under the tutelage of Lazlo Kraus, a member of the pre-war circle of artists and musicians in Germany and a personal friend of Wassily Kandinsky. I find great satisfaction depicting Great Lakes historical and contemporary subjects, particularly from the Green Bay-Sturgeon Bay area of my upbringing, and have a continuing interest in East and West coast maritime activities. I have participated in numerous juried shows over the past ten years or so, including regular participation in the annual maritime art show at Coos Bay, Oregon where I was featured artist in 2010, twice in the EAA aviation art show in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, three times in the annual Mystic Seaport International Maritime Exhibit and the Ventura County Maritime Museum annual show. My focus has expanded recently to painting original and replica small and miniature oil paintings of various subjects, and I enjoy regularly painting in plein air. I am a signature member of ASMA (American Society of Marine Artists) and of ISMP (International Society of Marine Painters), and am a member of the California Art Club.

See more of Jon Olson's works here.


September - December 2016
10:00-11:30am or 3:30-5:00pm
Beginning students in 3rd - 8th grade

Tuition: $75, including materials for each class/all 3 sessions
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Mountain Arts Network is an approved vendor
with Sky Mountain Charter Schools.

We welcome Sky Mountain Charter kids to our classes
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Register for one or more classes, choose morning OR afternoon session. Classes are small allowing for individual instruction, subject to minimum enrollment.

Each class meets three times - once a week for 90 minutes
Classes are sequentially organized:
Drawing - Watercolor - Painting - Mixed Media.
Taking all four would provide a great foundation in ART and would prepare the students well for our 2017 classes.

October - November 2016
AM and PM classes
Tuition: varies per number of classes offered
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10/01: Vision It! Capture It! Finish It! - Photography, John Hummel

10/05: Exploring Textiles- Using Silk
- Mixed Media, Ruth Woods

10/08: Basic Drawing Techniques - Drawing, Brian Harris

11/09: Using Alcohol Ink on Tile - Mixed Media, Ruth Woods

MAPS Winners announced
at Summer Reception
- August 6th
by John Hummel, Mountain Arts Photographic Society

Hi Everyone,
We had a great MAN Summer reception on Saturday night, August 6th. Thanks to all the MAN members who participated in the event and helped make it such a huge success.

The culmination of the evening was the announcement of the winners of the “Mountain Spirit” photography contest. A special thank you to Neil Parisi, Barbara Jordan, and Suzanne Klump for judging and to Rebecca Smith for overseeing the vote tally.

And here are the winners:
First Place – Bryan Allen
Second Place – Barbara Bozzo
Third Place – Richard Kershaw
First Runner-Up – Joe Whyte
Second Runner-Up – Jeff Nigro
First Honorable Mention – Melody Edwards
Second Honorable Mention – Bryan Allen
Third honorable Mention(tie) – Tyler Hunt
Third honorable Mention(tie) – Margaret Spiess
Artistic Expression/Creativity – Rob Powers

Congratulations to all the winners. The winning images are up in the window of the Mountain Arts Gallery in the Lake Arrowhead Village uintil the end of the month. Please check them out, they are all wonderful.

To those of you who won and attended the reception your print will be available at the end of the month. If you did not attend, your certificate will be with your print. I will notify you when those are out of the window and available for pickup.

Congratulations to all the winners. Check our website for the spring announcement of next year’s contest.


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

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Our 4th Annual Mountain Artist Studio Tour was a smashing success! Sixteen local painters, photographers, ceramists, and jewelry artists graciously opened their homes and studios to the public to see where and how they create.

The event started out with a "Meet the Artist" wine and cheese reception Friday night. Guests enjoyed the lively camaraderie and danced to our live entertainment, Jonathan Williams ( Micheal Buble has nothing over him!).
Next day was a stunning October day complete with fall color while guests navigated the mountain communities visiting the studios. A few were open again on Sunday which proved to be a lovely rainy fall day, some homes offering hot apple cider to warm the guests as they arrived. All in all a great weekend!
Look forward to our 5th Annual Tour next year!

Brenda Lee Gibson, Committee Chair

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 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.
MOST MONDAYS 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM.

- please contact Jon Olson to confirm dates and times

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

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