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".

See more of Pat Davis' 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.

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