August 2020 Newsletter

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Practice any art … not to get money and fame, but to experience becoming.
~ Kurt Vonnegut

COVID-19 Update

The Wrightwood Arts Center has been closed to the public since mid-March due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but we are planning to reopen in accordance with the County of San Bernardino guidelines. Visit this website to see any updates regarding reopening.

We wish you all well—and hope that creativity is part of your Covid routine. As Kurt Vonnegut wrote in response to a 2006 high school student’s request for advice about making art: “You have experienced becoming, learned a lot more about what’s inside you, and you have made your soul grow.”

Art at the Ontario International Airport

Since 2018, Chaffey Community Museum of Art (CCMA) has been managing the art program at Ontario International Airport (ONT). The program brings original works of art created by artists living and working in the regional area served by ONT. Recently, local artists Mary Duman, Joan McCandless and Chet Noll submitted a collaborative application to share a display on behalf of the Wrightwood Arts Center and were accepted. Ceramic, wood sculpture and pastel art forms were part of the submission. Because of Covid-19, windows are currently being rotated less often. We will announce when our local artists’ work will be on display.

For more information on the Art at Airport program and an application form, visit the Chaffey Museum website. This is an ongoing call for participation. The Wrightwood Arts Center urges local artists from the Tri-Community, High-Desert and beyond to submit an application for consideration!

News from Love Roots Yoga Shala

Love Roots Yoga Shala welcomes three new teachers! Paige Butzlaff is teaching a Wednesday morning Slow Flow Vinyasa class at 9 a.m., and she will be teaching Children’s Yoga through Keyboard Arts soon. She is young and enthusiastic, and this is the class for those who need to really move! Leslie Sikes is teaching an introductory, foundational course. This class is Tuesday mornings from 10 – 11 a.m. and it is free through the summer. Katherine Matthews is bringing a new practice to our studio. She teaches Yoga Nidra, a deep, deep hour of relaxation and bliss. She teaches every other week on Sundays at 11 a.m. Visit the Love Roots website to see the schedule and access classes. All classes are through Zoom at this time.

Looking Ahead

2020: If Covid-possible, WAC would like to host an exhibit over Thanksgiving weekend, November 26 – 28. A local artist has submitted an application and it promises to be a wonderful show. Let’s hope COVID and the weather cooperate! Save-the-date and look for updates on our website.

2021: The first Wrightwood Arts & Wine Festival is now planned for September 18, 2021! We have had a wonderful response from the community, volunteers and sponsors alike, that we can hardly wait to get started again! In conjunction with the upcoming Festival on the same weekend, the Wrightwood Literary Festival sponsored by Rattle, will celebrate its 6th year. It should be an exciting, art-filled weekend in Wrightwood!

Member Art Showcase

Have a look at what some of our Wrightwood Arts Center members have been up to these last months! To submit your own for future newsletters, email your art, along with any descriptions and links we can share, to

“Parasite Pod Ritual Drinking Set” by Mary Duman. Find more of Mary’s recent artwork on her website.
Woodturning by Gary Thornhill, 12” vessel with lid, maple burl.
“Crystal Scape” by Catherine Saldana. Mobile made with wire-wrapped found materials. To see more of Catherine’s work, visit her website.
“Pandemic Tree.” Photo by Joyce Wonderly. Haiku by Joan McCandless.

Masks hang on
Stunted branches
Tears drying

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