Featured Artist: John Hummel

I have been a photographer since I was 7 years old and my parents gave me a camera for Christmas. I have had a life-long fascination with the beauty of the world as seen through the lens of my camera. Most of my life I worked in the medium of black and white film, loving the inter-play of light and shadow. With the advent of digital photography, I added color images to my repertoire, loving the richness of color's variations that nature has to offer. The body of my work has been in the area of nature with a focus on landscapes, seascapes and wildlife.

I joined the Mountain Arts Network and was accepted into the MAN Gallery in 2010. I have been a member of the MAN Board of Directors since 2011. I have served the organization as Vice-President of the board for the last two years.

In 2011, I and a group of local photographers started the Mountain Arts Photographic Society, a camera club that meets monthly in the MAN Community Arts Center. I have been honored to serve as President of MAPS for the last few years. The group has grown to over 30 active members.

In the last 4 years, I have been a part of a team of photographers headed by Dewitt Jones, a well-known National Geographic's photographer, working on the "Celebrate What's Right with the World" website and Facebook page.

I have spent my life fascinated by the unique beauty of the world around me wherever I am. My particular photographic interest or focus will continue to be the natural world in all its forms. I am constantly looking for the interesting and the beautiful in everyday life.

For me, good images require an emotional connection with the subject which takes quiet and a sort of meditative process to get beyond just "shooting postcards". There is a feeling that needs to be present for me, for me to believe that I have captured something worth sharing.
Contact John Hummel at qcctek@charter.net / http://www.jhummelphotographics.com

See more of John Hummel's works here.

Holiday Reception
December 3, from 6 to 8 pm.

The theme is "Deck the Walls"

This reception will feature several gallery artists doing painting demos, a raffle of donated pieces by gallery artists and a display of "Small Work", reasonably priced art pieces which would make great gifts for the holidays. There will be
wine, appetizers and holiday desserts to complement the evening.

Also, during the two hours of the reception, there will be a 20% discount on everything in the gallery which can make your holiday shopping even sweeter

AMAZON Charities will give MAN 0.5% of eligible products, SO PLEASE when you do your holiday shopping, click here to use Amazon Smile, so we don't miss out! Bookmark it or save as a favorite.

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

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.
MOST MONDAYS 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM.

- please contact Jon Olson to confirm dates and times

This morning Open Studio Time on Mondays is available at no cost for Gallery and MAN artists to stop by with their materials and work with other artists on personal projects. Bring a lunch (or not), and bring your art stuff! No formal instruction; an opportunity to mingle with artists. We will provide coffee and an occasional model!

Please contact Jon Olson for additional information. 909-338-6567

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