Featured Artist: Alma Borcuk
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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 a 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 by teaching. I currently teach Chinese Brush Painting at the Community Arts Center located in Lake Arrowhead Village.

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".

My paintings are among private collections throughout the US, Canada, Europe, Australia and Asia. I've also done several commissioned pet portraits. My work was featured in the December 2003 issue of Northlight Book Club Magazine. I've also done a book cover illustration for a children's chapter book by author Betty Sleep, entitled "Purrlock Holmes and the Case of the Vanishing Valuables”.

During the 2018 Lake Arrowhead Rotary Art & Wine Festival, I was awarded “Best of Show”, selected over 70 participating artists in various art mediums.

Another wonderful thing has evolved through my art. I am a great supporter of animal rescue efforts. Through donations of my art, I've been able to help several animal charities. My works have been featured in charitable fundraising events throughout the US and have raised funds to help end animal suffering. This is the "icing on the cake" so to speak, making my life as an artist an even greater source of joy.

 



SUMMER LOW-COST ART CLASSES

WEDNESDAYS - April 24, May 15, June 19, and July 17, 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: April 24, May 29, June 19, and July 17, 2019
Cost: $20, per person, per class
Classes limited to 12 participants. | ALL MATERIALS PROVIDED

THURSDAYS - May 23, June 27, and July 25, 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: May 23, June 27, and July 25, 2019
Cost: $20, per person, per class
Classes limited to 12 participants. | ALL MATERIALS PROVIDED

SATURDAYS - April 27, May 25, June 8, July 20, 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 offered: April 27, May 25, June 8, July 20, 2019
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 - May 18, June 22, and July 13, 2019
COLOR MIXING WORKSHOP
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)
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.
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