In Memory of Darleen Ortlieb

Our Gallery family is saddened at the loss of Darleen Ortlieb who passed away June 17, 2019. She was a valued and talented member of MAN and the Gallery since the inception of our organization. She served on the Board of Directors until her recent illness. Her "gorgeous gourds" have always been a popular exhibit and her photography reflecting her love and knowledge of animals have been a mainstay in the Gallery. Her dedication with animal rescue and especially working with her beloved bobcat "Lexus" was her passion.

While in hospice, she left this wonderful note to our Gallery family:
Dear Friends,
It seems we've known each other for years and shared our art expectations over the Mountain Arts Gallery. We've shared the love of art building for creativity and sharing a fantastic way of life together. Please continue this endeavor in the future with my best wishes.

A beautiful note from a talented and gracious woman who will be missed. In lieu of flowers, please make a Memorial Donation online at or send a check to the Hummingbird Society, 6560 State Route 179, Suite 124, Sedona, AZ 86351.

A memorial service will be held in her honor on
July 20, 2019 from 2pm to 4pm in our Community Art Center in lower Lake Arrowhead Village.

Featured Artist: Jim Marx
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Jim was born and raised in the great city of Chicago. Interested in the visual arts from a relatively early age, he spent many hours getting acquainted with the collection of paintings from the Impressionist period, housed at the Chicago Art Institute. He may have missed some days of school because of this, but education is education. During the sixties and seventies, he was also keenly interested it the emerging work of the Street Photographers who were garnering more and more attention in the Art World.

While at school in the early seventies, he acquired his first 35mm camera. Loading his camera with black and white film, he had to rely on the drug store or camera shops to get film processed and prints printed. As time went by, he realized that he wanted and needed more control of his images. The late seventies saw him enrolled in the photography department at Columbia College in Chicago. During the two years of study at Columbia, he had the great fortune to get the notice of several of the artist teaching there. Mentored by artist such as Arthur Lazaar and Charles Traub, he was encouraged to find his way, expressing himself with photography.

The early part of his photographic journey was comprised of black and white images, produced on large, medium and small formats. Curious about so many things in the world his imagery would span many different genres, from the pastoral to the erotic. As the digital age encroached, it was with some hesitation and trepidation that he finally picked up a digital camera. It introduced him to the world of color.

Impressionism and contemporary photographers were not his only influences. A bibliophile since childhood, the world of literature was always another factor. Drawing and painting were not something he could depend on, neither was writing. He discovered that he could combine his interest in these various mediums using a machine, a camera.

The early work, were images designed to suggest a story, a sentence, a paragraph, a small piece of literature. Some years back, a friend suggested he write a poem. Camera in hand, he began to create visual poems, pictures that could evoke emotions in the viewer. The thrust of much of the current work are these visual poems. Alright, sometimes his kitten is the subject of his pictures.


WEDNESDAYS - July 17, Aug 21, Sep 18, Oct 16, 2019
Chinese Brush Painting
Alma Borcuk, Instructor
2pm - 4pm - Beginners to Advanced

Artist Alma Borcuk will teach traditional Sumi-e and Chinese Brush painting.

"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."

The class will be offered at the Community Art Center
Cost: $20, per person, per class
Classes limited to 12 participants. | ALL MATERIALS PROVIDED

THURSDAYS - July 25, Aug 22, Sep 26, Oct 24, 2019
Acrylics Painting
Mary Reider, Instructor
2pm - 4pm - Beginners to Advanced

Mary Reider is currently the manager of our Mountain Arts Gallery and has been instrumental in continuing to make the Gallery a model of quality and professionalism. Her medium is acrylic painting and she produces her own popular and colorful versions of whimsical and dramatic animals as well as specializing in old cars and trucks.

The class will be offered at the Community Art Center
Cost: $20, per person, per class
Classes limited to 12 participants. | ALL MATERIALS PROVIDED

SATURDAYS - July 20, Aug 10, Sep 14, Oct 12, 2019
Oil Painitng Fun with Helga
Helga Batman-Koplin, Instructor
10:00 AM - 12:00 Noon - Beginners to Advanced

Artist Helga Batman-Koplin will teaches all levels how to oil paint.

The class will be held at the Community Art Center
Cost: $20.00 per person/per class
Classes limited to 12 participants.
ALL MATERIALS PROVIDED | For information: 909-336-5785

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SATURDAYS - July 13, 2019
Helga Batman-Koplin, Instructor
9:30 AM -3:30PM - Beginners to Advanced

Artist Helga Batman-Koplin will teach how to mix the great variety of the colors used in painting. By effectively creating any color you might want, you save money not buying so many tubes of paint! This knowledge will enhance your enjoyment and success in painting!

The class will be offered: May 18, June 22, and July 13, 2019
Each class will be a full day starting at 9:30AM to 3:30PM.
Cost: $100 / MAN members $90
Classes limited to 10 participants.
ALL MATERIALS PROVIDED | For information: 909-336-5785
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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