June 2019 Newsletter

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Creativity is contagious—pass it on.
~ Albert Einstein

Image: “Kandinsky’s Slippers” by Denise Zygadlo.

Poem of the Month

ART THERAPY

by Aaric Tan Xiang Yeow

The key is to construct a self from
scraps. Be it an origami lily with

a credit card bill, or collage pieced
using childhood photos. Think

of a lost puzzle piece, its edge
bent to fit. Think of a home

as a blueprint, with a toilet
tap that keeps dripping

even when tightened till
the forearm aches. Think of

window blinds as rebars,
a ribcage as an iron scaffold.

Think of father at the balcony,
eyes closed. Before him, the city

sprawling like his firstborn child,
excited with a crayon stick.

from Rattle.com

About Ekphrasis

The poem above, written after Denise Zygadlo’s collage, is a piece of ekphrastic writing.

Perhaps the oldest form of writing about art, the word ekphrasis is the Greek for “description.” The Greek epic poets used ekphrasis to help bring legendary battles to life, painting scenes that couldn’t be seen with words. One of the earliest examples of ekphrastic poetry is probably Book 18 of Homer’s The Iliad, which includes a long and detailed description of Achilles’ shield. A more recent example is Jack Gilbert’s “Failing and Flying,” written after Bruegal’s “Landscape with the Fall of Icarus,” which characterizes the fallen Icarus as “coming to the end of his triumph.”

Over the centuries, ekphrasis has come to mean any creative writing about visual art. In his book Museum of Words, James A.W. Heffernan defines ekphrasis as “the verbal representation of visual representation”—but ekphrastic writing is more than just representation; it’s an imaginative act, where the the writer narrates the action of the artwork or reflects on the feelings or memories it evokes, and adds new layers of meaning to the original piece.

Every month, Rattle magazine hosts an Ekphrastic Challenge, posting one piece of visual art and encouraging poets to write in response. Over 300 writers submit poems each months, and two winners are chosen, including the poem above by Aaric Tan Xiang Yeow of Singapore. Visit the Ekphrastic Challenge page for more examples, and don’t hesitate to write your own!

This Month’s Events


A Taste of the Village
11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

(Wrightwood Village, Park Drive)
The Wrightwood Chamber of Commerce will host it’s annual “Taste of the Village” event. The map-guided tour gives attendees a taste of the hidden treasures our Village merchants offer. They include clothing, jewelry, flowers, antiques, gift boutiques, realty opportunities, library book sales and give-away memberships, Wrightwood Museum lecture, bicycle rentals, exercise/yoga classes, ziplining Canopy Tours, and our exceptional wine boutique and excellent restaurants. New this year will be an infusion of the arts of Wrightwood. Guests will be treated to professional musical groups of all genres; Gayle Dowling’s “wine and watercolor” class along with an artist showcase; theatre artists “The Story Chicks”; Rattle poetry editor Tim Green who will conduct a fun haiku workshop. Last, but not least, come see a “taste” of the artistry of our renowned Pine Needle Quilt Guild. The self-guiding map will list times, events and venues for all performances as well as a detailed guide to the merchants and their offerings.


Keyboard Art School of Music Annual Student Recital 2019
2:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

(United Methodist Church, 1543 Barbara St.)
Recitals give students of all ages and abilities the opportunity to learn and hone their performance skills and gain confidence performing in front of an audience. Please join us to hear the musicality of our students. Three recitals: 2:00, 3:30, and 5:00.
Free admission. For more information, visit the Keyboard Art webpage.


Adventure to the Maloof House
10:00 a.m. (start)

(5131 Carnelian St, Alta Loma, CA)
(Note: Registration for this event is now closed.) WAC members are going on another adventure tour to the Maloof House in Alta Loma, CA. Sam Maloof is acknowledged as one of the finest woodworkers of our time. As a leader of the California modern arts movement, he designed and produced furniture infused with profound artistic vision for more than half a century until his death in 2009. The WAC has arranged for a private Legacy Tour at 10:00 am on June 8 that includes the house tour, a step inside the woodworking shop, and visits to the woodworkers’ finish showroom and the wood storage (1-1/2 hours). We have also allowed time to visit the gardens and the Jacobs Education Center. For more information, visit our adventures page.


Centerstage: High Desert Keepers Benefit
2:00 p.m. (start)

(WW Community Center, 1275 Highway 2)
Beginning at 2pm, the Wrightwood Arts Center will present a short opening and reception for the summer Artist Spotlight features at the Community Center. Artwork by WAC teachers and students will be on display at the Community Center throughout the summer. Participating artists include: Gayle Dowling, Joan McCandless, Jan Vondra, Jan Thornhill, Joyce Wonderly, Chet Noll, Mike Singer, Leslie Sikes, Laura McKay, Deborah Merz, Manuela Wiener, Gail Nieto, Kathy Smith, and Michelle Schneider.

Immediately following the reception, Centerstage will present a fundraiser for the High Desert Keepers, with live music by the Greg Jones Trio and Gayle & Company, plus a special presentation by the High Desert Keepers on the challenges they face keeping the desert free of illegal dumping. Tickets: $20 at the door or $15 with advanced purchase online. Ages 16 & under: $8. Purchase tickets online at wrightwoodblues.ticketleap.com.


Jazz in the Garden
7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

(A private residence in Wrightwood)
Join Wrightwood Classical Concert Series the first Sunday of Summer for Jazz in the Garden. A trio of young musicians will play jazz standards while we enjoy dessert and port. The address of the venue will be sent to you via email, as the concert is being held at a private residence in Wrightwood.

Vocals: Lia Booth, Soundbite
Bass: Dylann Asa, Soundbite
Pianist: Danny Gutierrez
Producer: Joyce Wonderly
Dessert: Chris Durbin
Florals: Brier Rose Design

Bring a friend, a chill attitude and your favorite bottle of wine or port (when everyone brings their own, we don’t have to pay extra insurance, thereby reducing ticket cost). Be prepared to relax, listen to music and enjoy post-dinner dessert and port/wine.

Tickets: $45. Only 25 tickets are available, so purchase yours today! This is a special event and is not included in season or patron tickets. For more information, visit the Jazz in the Garden webpage.

Looking Ahead


Mountaineer Days
10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

(Wrightwood Village, Park Drive)
After Independence Day, the Wrightwood Chamber of Commerce continues to celebrate with this two day event, showcasing the local history of the area along with modern day contributions to Wrightwood! For more information, visit the Chamber’s website.


Mountaineer Days
10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

(Wrightwood Village, Park Drive)
Mountaineer Days continue.

New Classes this Summer

The Keyboard Art School of Music’s summer semester begins June 17th, and features private music lessons for kids and adults of all ages in: 

Accordion
Band Instruments
Guitar
Harp
Piano
Ukulele
Cello
Voice

The school is also offering a variety of classes, including Clay Camp (pottery), Jiu-Jitsu, and Rewilding Camp. For more information and to find the schedule of options, visit their summer classes page.

May Updates

We have a several important updates for upcoming events!


One-Day Exhibition: “Children in Need of Hope” by Rick Albertson
2:00 p.m. (start)

(5482 Easter Drive, Wrightwood) UPDATED!
NOTE: This event has been moved to Rick Albertson’s home at 5483 Easter Drive as a one day gallery exhibition, so don’t miss it! This will be an opening reception and book signing by Rick Albertson for his show, “Children in Need of Hope.” The “Children in Need of Hope” exhibition includes 20 black & white environmental portraits of children facing great challenges in Asia, Africa, Central and North America, taken while on assignments for religious and humanitarian non-profit organizations. Viewers will come to appreciate the hardships that so many children face the world over.

Featured photographs range in size from 11”x14” through 40”x60”. An accompanying exhibit catalog reproduces the images and includes brief descriptions of the often heart-rending stories of the children’s lives. Photographic prints will be available for purchase, as well as Mr. Albertson’s recently published coffee table book, Documentary Portraits: Retrospective, which expands upon the show with 50+ images and more detailed stories.


A Taste of Wrightwood
11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

(Wrightwood Village, Park Drive)
Updated with more details: The Wrightwood Chamber of Commerce will host it’s annual “Taste of the Village” Event. The map-guided tour gives attendees a taste of the hidden treasures our Village merchants offer. They include clothing, jewelry, flowers, antiques, gift boutiques, realty opportunities, library book sales & give-away memberships, Wrightwood Museum lecture, bicycle rentals, exercise/yoga classes, ziplining Canopy Tours, and our exceptional wine boutique and excellent restaurants. New this year will be an infusion of the arts of Wrightwood. Guests will be treated to professional musical groups of all genres; a “wine and watercolor” class along with an artist showcase; theatre artists “The Story Chicks”; Rattle poetry editor Tim Green who will conduct a fun haiku workshop. Last, but not least, come see a “taste” of the artistry of our renowned Pine Needle Quilt Guild. The self-guiding map will list times, events and venues for all performances as well as a detailed guide to the merchants and their offerings.


Keyboard Art School of Music Annual Student Recital 2019
2:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

(United Methodist Church 1543 Barbara St)
Recitals give students of all ages and abilities the opportunity to learn and hone their performance skills and gain confidence performing in front of an audience. Please join us to hear the musicality of our students. Three recitals: 2:00, 3:30 & 5:00. Free admission.


Adventure to the Maloof House
10:00 a.m. (start)

(5131 Carnelian St, Alta Loma, CA)
NOTE: The registration deadline for this event is May 25th! Join WAC for another adventure tour to the Maloof House in Alta Loma, CA. Sam Maloof is acknowledged as one of the finest woodworkers of our time. As a leader of the California modern arts movement, he designed and produced furniture infused with profound artistic vision for more than half a century until his death in 2009. The WAC has arranged for a private Legacy Tour at 10:00 am on June 8 that includes the house tour, a step inside the woodworking shop, and visits to the woodworkers’ finish showroom and the wood storage (1-1/2 hours). We have also allowed time to visit the gardens and the Jacobs Education Center. For more information and to register, visit our adventures page.


Sandy Jones Fashion Show Centerstage: High Desert Keepers Benefit
2:00 p.m. (start)

(WW Community Center, 1275 Highway 2)
NOTE: The originally scheduled fashion show has been cancelled. Instead, the Wrightwood Arts Center will present a short opening and reception for the summer Artist Spotlight feature at the Community Center. Artwork by WAC teachers and students will be on display at the Community Center throughout the summer.

Immediately following the reception, Centerstage will present a fundraiser for the High Desert Keepers, with live music by the Greg Jones Trio and Gayle & Company, plus a special presentation by the High Desert Keepers on the challenges they face keeping the desert free of illegal dumping. Tickets: $20 at the door or $15 with advanced purchase online. Ages 16 & under: $8. Purchase tickets online at wrightwoodblues.ticketleap.com.

May 2019 Newsletter

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Photo by Rick Albertson from “Children in Need of Hope”

Art is like beginning a sentence before you know its ending.
~ David Bayles & Ted Orland, from Art & Fear: Observations on The Perils (and Rewards) of Artmaking

Wrightwood’s Got Talent

by Terri McCawley Hill, originally published in the Mountaineer Progress

With all the excitement and fanfare of its nationally televised forerunner, America’s Got Talent, Wrightwood’s Got Talent held its first round of auditions Sunday, April 14. Held at the Wrightwood Community Building, the auditions played to a standing-room-only crowd.

The contest was promoted and sponsored by Wrightwood Arts Center and Wrightwood Blues Society. The winner will be awarded a $1,000 scholarship, be a featured performer at Music in the Pines in 2020, and a chance to record in a sound studio. A second-place winner will receive a prize, yet to be determined.

Judges watched each performance, giving helpful critiques on strengths and weaknesses and marking a “yes” or “no” vote as to whether that contestant would move to the final round in September. A “yes” vote from any two judges advanced the act. They had their work cut out for them, as all of the acts were well-rehearsed and performed. As a matter of fact, all 11 contestants received the at least the minimum votes to advance to the finals.

From Broadway songs to ballads, Korean Pop dance routines to comedy, and violinists to an all-bass band, the competition and talent were endless. Performers who auditioned were: violinist Greta Geriguis, singer Jakob Salvati, singer Abigail Bodell, singer/guitarist Davey Schneider, comedy team Solomon & Donato, the Carlos Rivera band, dance team BTG (K-Pop), singer/guitarist Kaedon Budd, band Bass-Sic, singer Josephina Green, and singer/guitarist Jayde Burgen.

Five judges used their particular areas of expertise to view, critique, and judge each act. Nancy Kupka used her dance and choreography experience to guide her suggestions about dance and stage presence. Claudia Campbell offered coaching in breathing techniques for the singers. David Leicht is an experienced guitarist, who offered advice and kudos to soloists and bands. Shane Gray brought production expertise to the competition. He manages a music foundation that he created in Kenya. Lora Steinmann has worked with some of the young contestants in Snowline Players Children’s Theatre over the years. Her work in the production of annual plays and musicals in the Tri-Community makes her uniquely qualified to judge the competition.

Proceeds from the ticket sales for the event will help fund the scholarship prizes.

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This Month’s Events


Snowline Player’s Children’s Theater Presents: Annie, Jr.
7:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

(WW Community Center, 1275 Highway 2)
The musical Annie Jr. continues with its second week of performances by local children at the Wrightwood Community Center. The final public show will follow on Sunday, May 5th, at 4:30 p.m. The first two performances sold-out and left everyone smiling. Don’t miss your last chance to catch it. For more information, visit snowlineplayers.org.


Wine & Watercolors with Gayle Dowling
1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

(WW Arts Center, 6020 Park Drive #5)
Every 1st Saturday, Gayle Dowling hosts a Wine and Watercolors class at the Wrightwood Arts Center. The $35 fee at the door includes all materials, wine, and fun!


Art Opening: “Children in Need of Hope” by Rick Albertson
2:00 p.m. (start)

(5482 Easter Drive, Wrightwood) UPDATED!
NOTE: This event has been moved to Rick Albertson’s home at 5483 Easter Drive as a one day gallery exhibition, so don’t miss it! This will be an opening reception and book signing by Rick Albertson for his show, “Children in Need of Hope.” The “Children in Need of Hope” exhibition includes 20 black & white environmental portraits of children facing great challenges in Asia, Africa, Central and North America, taken while on assignments for religious and humanitarian non-profit organizations. Viewers will come to appreciate the hardships that so many children face the world over.

Featured photographs range in size from 11”x14” through 40”x60”. An accompanying exhibit catalog reproduces the images and includes brief descriptions of the often heart-rending stories of the children’s lives. Photographic prints will be available for purchase, as well as Mr. Albertson’s recently published coffee table book, Documentary Portraits: Retrospective, which expands upon the show with 50+ images and more detailed stories.

Rick Albertson is a retired freelance documentary photographer and video producer. During the latter half of his career he photographed assignments for major non-profit organizations. Rick earned a BS in Radio and Television Production and a MS in Instructional Systems Technology from Indiana University. Prior to working as a photographer, Rick was a small business owner and communications consultant, and served as an adjunct professor in the Design Art and Architecture Program at the University of Cincinnati. While traveling regularly overseas Rick served as a board member of Child Hope International, a small organization serving abandoned children in Nepal, and as a member of the management team of the Southern Africa HIV/AIDS Collaboration working with high school students in Soweto, Johannesburg, South Africa. For more information, visit his website.

Looking Ahead


A Taste of Wrightwood
11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

(Wrightwood Village, Park Drive)
Updated with more details: The Wrightwood Chamber of Commerce will host it’s annual “Taste of the Village” Event. The map-guided tour gives attendees a taste of the hidden treasures our Village merchants offer. They include clothing, jewelry, flowers, antiques, gift boutiques, realty opportunities, library book sales & give-away memberships, Wrightwood Museum lecture, bicycle rentals, exercise/yoga classes, ziplining Canopy Tours, and our exceptional wine boutique and excellent restaurants. New this year will be an infusion of the arts of Wrightwood. Guests will be treated to professional musical groups of all genres; a “wine and watercolor” class along with an artist showcase; theatre artists “The Story Chicks”; Rattle poetry editor Tim Green who will conduct a fun haiku workshop. Last, but not least, come see a “taste” of the artistry of our renowned Pine Needle Quilt Guild. The self-guiding map will list times, events and venues for all performances as well as a detailed guide to the merchants and their offerings.


Adventure to the Maloof House
10:00 a.m. (start)

(5131 Carnelian St, Alta Loma, CA)
NOTE: The registration deadline for this event is May 25th! Join WAC for another adventure tour to the Maloof House in Alta Loma, CA. Sam Maloof is acknowledged as one of the finest woodworkers of our time. As a leader of the California modern arts movement, he designed and produced furniture infused with profound artistic vision for more than half a century until his death in 2009. The WAC has arranged for a private Legacy Tour at 10:00 am on June 8 that includes the house tour, a step inside the woodworking shop, and visits to the woodworkers’ finish showroom and the wood storage (1-1/2 hours). We have also allowed time to visit the gardens and the Jacobs Education Center. For more information and to register, visit our adventures page.


Sandy Jones Fashion Show Centerstage: High Desert Keepers Benefit
2:00 p.m. (start)

(WW Community Center, 1275 Highway 2)
NOTE: The originally scheduled fashion show has been cancelled. Instead, the Wrightwood Arts Center will present a short opening and reception for the summer Artist Spotlight feature at the Community Center. Artwork by WAC teachers and students will be on display at the Community Center throughout the summer.

Immediately following the reception, Centerstage will present a fundraiser for the High Desert Keepers, with live music by the Greg Jones Trio and Gayle & Company, plus a special presentation by the High Desert Keepers on the challenges they face keeping the desert free of illegal dumping. Tickets: $20 at the door or $15 with advanced purchase online. Ages 16 & under: $8. Purchase tickets online at wrightwoodblues.ticketleap.com.

Poem of the Month

NOTRE DAME DE PARIS CATCHES FIRE

by Rachel Custer

And everybody becomes a poet, seeing
meaning where there is no meaning,
seeing metaphor in the destruction
of metaphor. A house of God on fire
is a poem. Listen: it is saying nothing
stands forever, nothing you love will
not be burned away. Good Friday
has come again, and somewhere men
nail themselves to wood to feel like God.
Somewhere a man sets fire to a girl.
A crucifixion is a poem, saying nothing
dies forever. Even a woman who burns
will rise again. Notre Dame will rise again,
says a man on a Paris street, and he
is crying. Paris is not the same without
her. A man crying on the street is a poem
saying nothing feels like holiness, the fire
that burns away everything but what is
good. What is good? This day, a man
coming down from his cross, a girl
walking forth from a fire, raising again
her voice to sing the good news.

from Rattle.com