Featured Artist: Frank Hohendorf

My introduction to art began out of necessity. I needed an outlet from caring for an ill family member.

I noticed an ad for an adult class in watercolors at a local high school. I enrolled in the class and began painting, it was fun and educational. The instructor, unknowingly, taught me a valuable lesson in criticism. That lesson is, what one person may not appreciate, another may love. This refers to the rich colors I used; she felt I needed to make my colors much softer and more transparent. Others disagreed and really liked the brightness of my paintings.

I enjoyed painting and over the next two years enrolled in numerous classes at the local community college. There I studied the basics of using various mediums and styles of painting. We studied the old masters techniques and those used by modern artists. I studied still life, portraits, landscapes and life drawing as well as realism, cubism, impressionism, expressionism and abstract to name just a few. I worked in oils, acrylics, pastels, charcoal, pencil and watercolors. We also did a few mixed media projects. While attending college I had the privilege of being accepted in the California Community College Exhibit at Riverside Community College. I then joined the San Diego Art Institute, submitted some of my art pieces which were accepted and sold at the gallery.

Upon moving to Lake Arrowhead, I was once again looking to continue with painting and expanding my knowledge. I became a member of a painting group with Helga Batman-Koplin and then studied Japanese watercolor and ink with Alma Borcuk.

I love experimenting with different styles and mediums, but my favorite is impressionism using acrylics or watercolors.

See more of Frank Hohendorf's work here.


Mountain Artists Studio Tour
Saturday, July 1st

Mountain Arts would like to express our appreciation to Brenda Gibson and the MAST committee for another successful Mountain Arts Studio Tour and reception this year, and to Dave Wescott and Richard Krumwiede at Sycamore Ranch Winery for organizing a wonderful Sunday wine tasting at their property on Dart Canyon Road.

We met so many new guests and heard such wonderful comments from those locals and visitors who attended one or both of these events.

Our heartfelt thanks to everyone who contributed!

Sycamore Ranch Vineyard & Winery
Dart Canyon Road - Crestline, CA

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Starts July 10, 2017 - every Monday for 9 weeks - download flyer

Brenda Lee Gibson, Instructor
Monday's 8:00am to 2:00pm - All levels welcome

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
Introduction to Adobe Photoshop for Photographers

Tuesday, June 20th, at 6:30 pm, and for the next 7 Tuesday evenings

John Hummel is starting an 8-week class, “Introduction to Adobe Photoshop for Photographers”. Beginning on Tuesday, June 20th, at 6:30 pm, and for the next 7 Tuesday evenings after, John will take an interactive approach to teaching participants to post-process their digital images using the highly-acclaimed Adobe software product.

John will cover a large range of techniques to take raw images from the camera to a finished image for use digitally or outputted to a printer for a final image the participate will be pleased to display.

Students will need to bring a computer to the classes to work through the lessons. Each week the participant will receive a detailed handout outlining the techniques taught that evening.

The tuition will be $15.00 per week. The class will be held at John’s home in Running Springs if there are less than 6 students. It will be held in Lake Arrowhead if there are 6 or more enrollments. The class will be limited to 10 students maximum. For more information or to enroll for the class, please contact John Hummel at qcctek@gmail.com or call him at (909) 867-2041.

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.

News Release: Mountain-wide Photo Contest
The Mountain Arts Photographic Society (MAPS), and The Mountain Arts Network (MAN), in Lake Arrowhead are co-sponsoring the Third Annual Mountain-wide Photographic Competition. The theme of the competition is “The Faces of the Mountain”. All entries must have been captured here in the San Bernardino Mountains. The images should contain subjects that tell a story about the faces that make our mountain communities unique. It is up to you to decide what “The Faces of the Mountain” means for you. The competition will run from May 1 to July 1, 2017. Entrants will be required to submit an entry form and check or money order for the entry fee. Entrants will be able to submit up to five (5) digital images on the theme for the “per person” fee, of $10.00.

There are several cash prizes being offered. 1st prize - $300.00, 2nd prize - $150.00, 3rd prize – $75.00, One runner-up prize of $50.00, Two honorable mention places.

This year we are adding a new award, “The Margaret Spiess Memorial Creative Achievement Award” for the photographer whose images reflect the most creative approach to the theme. The winner will receive a plaque to recognize this achievement.

All winners will receive a certificate acknowledging their win and a matted print of their winning image.

Entries will be evaluated based on adherence to the theme, artistic appeal, content and photographic skill. The decision of the panel of judges is final.

The winners will be announced at a special reception at the Mountain Arts Gallery in the Lake Arrowhead Village in August, 2017 with the time and date to be announced.

A flyer, the contest rules and instructions and an entry form can be obtained at the Mountain Arts Network Gallery, on the waterfront in the Lake Arrowhead Village, and by download from the MAPS website at www.mountainartsphoto.com. For additional information, questions or to request a set of forms by email, email MAPS at MAPSPhotoContest@gmail.com.


EVERY THURSDAY - Special Needs Adult Class
Darlene Kraft and Linda Harlan-White, Instructors

Darlene Kraft and 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.

Please contact if you can donate any time to help.
Weekly Thursday Evening Class held at CAC

Enjoy a beverage, and an 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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