Featured Artist: Neil Kennedy

Neil grew up in New England and lived the majority of his life on Cape Cod in Massachusetts where he received inspiration from Cape Cod ceramicists. Neil's dialogue with clay began while studying figurative and Renaissance art in Rome, Italy. After returning to the states, Neil took ceramics classes at multiple institutions studying with some of our nation's leading ceramicists including Nick Joerling, Mark Shapiro and Dimitri Hadzi.

After Neil left the sports marketing world and moved to Santa Barbara, CA, he deepened his artistic commitment, began working in clay full time and started the search for his artistic voice. Neil permanently moved his home and studio to Lake Arrowhead three years ago with his husband Chuck. He has been inspired by the natural raw beauty of the mountains and the peacefulness it brings to all who see it.

Neil's pieces are represented in many collections in Southern California and New England. His ceramic pieces range from functional thrown forms to coil and slab-built figurative sculptures. His current clay pieces meld thrown forms, slabs, altering, incising and sculpting. The glazes on the functional pieces, fired in an electric kiln, have been developed to give the surface the depth and beauty traditionally associated with reduction firing. Neil's pieces meld a spiritual simplicity with a figurative rhythm and physical energy. This comes from being a kinetic individual, from a lifetime of playing sports, and his appreciation of Japanese ceramics and classical sculpture.

Neil volunteer's at Camp Paivika in Crestline, teaching ceramics to children and adults with disabilities. In the mountains, his work is featured at the Lake House in Cedar Glen and now at the Mountain Art Gallery.

See more of Neil Kennedy's works here.

Winter Reception - "Hearts and Arts"
February 11, 2017 from 6 to 8 pm.
Our winter reception will feature several gallery artists, including Helga Batman-Koplin, doing painting demos. Many of the gallery artists will be present to answer questions about their work. As in the past, there will be a raffle of donated pieces by gallery artists, always a highlight of the evening. Additionally, there will be wine, appetizers and holiday desserts to complement the evening. 20% discount during reception hours, from 6pm-8pm.


The CAC will be closed during upcoming winter months due to potential inclement weather conditions. During this time we will be working on a new schedule of after school and week-end classes for ROWUSD, Sky Mountain Charter School students, and adults, beginning in April 2017 and continuing through the summer.

Mountain Arts is currently exploring two new Grant opportunities, one regional, and one state-wide from the California Arts Council. If we are successful, new art classes will be free for students and possibly adults as well.

We will keep you updated on this website and also by direct email if you are a member of the Mountain Arts mailing list. Thank you for your interest and continued support of our educational programs!

Happy Holidays!

Dave Wescott, Community Arts Center Coordinator

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Starts January 9, 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: $350.00 per 9 week class

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

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! Perfect Valentines present! Girls night out! Date night!
Even Family night available!

This value usually $ 45.00 offered now for $ 30.00
All material included.

Class held weekly Thursday eveings from 6:30-9:30 pm weather permitting reserve a seat by calling Molly Collins 909 436-8461 to book your spot.

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