Fall Arts Weekend

September 18th & 19th

The WAC is kicking off our re-opening with a cross-genre trio of events this weekend.


The excitement starts at 1 p.m. on Saturday, September 18th with our first art show in almost two years, featuring Jean Gillingwators of Blackbird Press and her beautiful letterpress broadsides. Jean will introduce the press and speak about her methods and materials. The show is pretend by Wrightwood Friends of the Library, who will also share information about their organization. Find more details here.


Afterward, head downstairs to the Village Grind at 3 p.m. for a live performance by Wes & Jango (Kris & Dylann Sveen). This husband-wife duo performs regularly across Southern California and is currently working on an EP release of their original music. Wes & Jango’s live performance is a collection of looping and beats in an improvised jazz and hip-hop setting. For more information, checkout our Facebook event page.


Starting at 11 a.m. on Sunday, the attention turns to poetry presented by Rattle magazine. Two award-winning poets will be visiting Wrightwood to teach writing workshops in the morning, and then will hold a poetry reading, book signing, and open mic at 2 p.m. Workshop space is extremely limited, but there are a few slots available—register now ($20) before they fill up!

Schedule and Locations:

1pm: Art Show by Jean Gillingwators of Blackbird Press @ the WAC (above the Grind)
3pm: Wes & Jango @ The Village Grind

11am: Poetry Workshops @ the WAC and Community Building
2pm: Poetry Reading, Signing, and Open Mic @ the Village Grind

Special Event: Poetry Day

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Sunday, September 19th
11:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

WAC member and fellow non-profit Rattle magazine is hosting a special day of poetry in Wrightwood this September featuring workshops and readings by two prominent poets and an open mic to share your own poems.

Kathleen McClung, winner of the 2020 Rattle Chapbook Prize for her book A Juror Must Fold in on Herself will lead a workshop on “Witness as Meditation” in poetry. Meanwhile, James Wright Poetry Award winner Michael Meyerhofer will teach a work on “Radical Approaches to Revising Poems.” After a break for lunch, both poets will read from their own work and sign books.

Attend your choice of workshops for $20, with proceeds going to the Wrightwood Arts Center. Space is limited and is sure to sell out, so sign up soon! The reading and open mic at 2 p.m. is free and open to the public, and all locals are welcome to attend! For more information and to register, visit the Poetry Day webpage.