Featured Artist: Dave Ficke

Dave’s thirty years as an environmental educator and life-long wildlife enthusiast has nurtured a love of nature and its beauty, which he has captured in his photographs. Long an advocate of conservation and stewardship of our natural environment, he has passionately taught those principals as a high school science teacher in Upland, California.

Raised in Glendora, CA by parents who were avid campers, Dave, his sister and mom and dad would take off on weekends, hiking, boating, and skiing throughout the lakes, deserts, and mountains of Southern California. As a young man, he discovered Yosemite National Park in the heart of the Sierra Nevada, and it quickly became the home of his heart, the place to which he always returned for inspiration and renewal.

As an educator, Dave has been taking high school students to Yosemite every year for twenty-five years with the Yosemite Institute program. This nationally recognized, award-winning outdoor education program reinforces the standards of field biology and natural history he teaches in his classroom. .

See more of Dave Ficke's works here.


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

Wine Tasting at
Sycamore Ranch Vineyard & Winery

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

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

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.

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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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