Featured Artist: Pat Davis
Pat Davis may be familiar to people around the Lake Arrowhead area having worked
for the Mountain Community Hospital's Foundation and was their Director of Marketing
and Community Relations before retiring in October 2016.
Hailing originally from Chicago, Illinois, Pat spent many Saturdays in those
early years attending art classes at the Art Institute of Chicago. Pat remembers
being taken to various museums in the Chicago area to draw and paint the various
treasures being shown. Life took its course and Pat decided to add to the Bachelor's
degree in Government she acquired earlier and get an additional BA in Fine Arts
in Albuquerque, New Mexico where she lived for five years. This was accomplished
when her son was just four years old.
Pat and her husband eventually moved to Naples, Italy and she thrived in the
art environment there and she states that it was an exciting place to be drawing
and painting. Upon moving back to the United States, Pat had to put her art
away to raise her sons and family for many years and take up different work
honoring her original degree in Government.
Eventually landing in Lake Arrowhead with her husband Alan Smith, Pat befriended
some of the local artists in town and was encouraged to submit some of her artwork
to the Mountain Arts Network Gallery in the Village. Pat was excited to find
that her work was accepted. Pat says "it has been a truly liberating and
satisfying experience". She also states "I am not in the Gallery to
sell art work to raise money, I am so thrilled when someone loves my paintings
enough to buy them."
Her paintings now are mostly original oil paintings but she also shows pastel
and watercolors. There are approximately fifty artists in the Gallery and they
are all local artists. The Gallery is run by artists who are happy to show their
work. Pat states that she is crazy about animals. "I can't read a book
or see a movie or TV show where an animal is hurt", explains Pat."
Therefore, her artwork focuses on domestic and local wild animals. She exclaims,
"I love painting the animals who walk through our property and fly through
the trees. They are my heart".
more of Pat Davis' works here.
Winter Reception - "Hearts
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.
ART CENTER CLASSES
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!
Dave Wescott, Community Arts Center Coordinator
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