Featured Artist: Dean Lent

Dean was born in Hawaii in ’61, raised in the San Fransisco Bay Area, and graduated with honors from UCLA film school in ’85. Just after graduating, he collaborated with some film school friends on a self funded, no budget feature film (Border Radio) that had zero chance of going anywhere. Four years later, after a lot of blood sweat and tears, they made their way into several film festivals where their film was soon picked up for a limited theatrical release. Over time Border Radio gained indie cult status and a few years ago Criterion Classics picked it up for DVD release and it’s even played on Turner Classic Movies.

All this soon led to directing and shooting country music videos including Clint Black, Oak Ridge Boys and Exile (which won a country music video award in ’90).

His camera work eventually got him gigs as Director of Photography on independent features including the Sundance darling Gas Food Lodging (directed by Allison Anders, one of his co-directors on Border Radio) and cult horror comedy Jack Frost Killer Snowman.

When the indie scene started puttered out he moved over to TV, shooting segments for Tyra Banks, Nate Berkus and Steve Harvey. While living in New York he started playing around with still photography, got the attention of an artist friend and was invited to join a co op gallery in Chelsea (Pleiades Gallery) where he had a few solo shows and sold several prints.

Eventually shooting “reality” got old and uninspiring. So now he is “unofficially semi retired”, just focusing on his still photography, and enjoying the peace and beauty of Twin Peaks.

His photographic obsessions tend towards finding the simple beauty in undramatic, often banal visual “moments”. He strives to pull out complex abstract patterns, design, and composition with bursts of intense color and a unique “drama of its own” in places and things most people walk past or drive by every day without noticing.

This “mission” began with a low end flip phone taking pictures of the street he lived on in Manhattan to send to his mother. He hated the image quality so he downloaded a free photo manipulation app and in a few hours made the low tech cell phone pix look like impressionistic paintings. And he was off…

He now shoots on a Nikon Full Frame D810 and uses Photoshop Lightroom, but he still uses some of the post techniques he developed back with his 1.3 megapixel flip phone and that gives his work a unique “signature”.. Visit his website at: DeanLentDP.com.

See more of Dean Lent's work here.

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Summer Gallery Reception
Saturday, August 5th - 4-7pm

"A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words",
featuring the MAN fabulous photographers.
20% discount on all Gallery works!
Refreshments and an opportunity drawing for great art pieces!

Artists Studio Tour Photos
Please visit their section and see the wonderful studios that were featured on the 2017 Tour in July.

For the MAN artists, it's been a wonderful Summer full of exciting opportunities to capture many artistic moments. The Plein Air painting group is enjoying their outings and the 4th of July offered some outstanding photo options.

Plein Air gathering with Brenda Gibson
Photo by Kelly Pajak

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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