June 2021 Newsletter

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A work of art which did not begin in emotion is not art.
~ Paul Cézanne

Moving to the Rhythm Within: Nancy Kupka

Local Artist Profile by Esmé Stevens

Meet Nancy Kupka, Wrightwood Arts Center Membership Chair and forever dancer. From her earliest memories she was always on her toes, moving to the rhythm within. Nancy was born in Wahiawa, where her father was stationed in the Hawaiian islands. Growing up by the ocean heavily impacted her desire to become a lifelong dancer. “I appreciated the enormous power and strength of water. It taught me perseverance. It energized me. I used that power. One pirouette, two, three. … if I could connect to the spirit, the depth, the constancy, the majesty and strength of the ocean, I felt I could master anything,” she states. That spark quickly turned into a still-burning flame to pursue dance. She spent her earliest years dedicating time to dance classes, auditions, performances, and any opportunity which came toward the young ballerina. Nancy in particular recalls the time when she was recruited by the American Choreographic Company at Duke University in North Carolina, as well as spending three seasons performing with Les Ballets Russes de Monte Carlo.

After years of opportunity involving dance, Nancy went on to earn her BA in Dance Specialization from Cal State Los Angeles, and an MA in Dance Therapy from UCLA. Throughout her years spent in school she performed and taught for an NEA funded touring and modern dance company known as “The Moving Company.” With these degrees under her belt, Nancy continued her passion for dance in the classroom. She has taught for 40 years as a Professor of Dance at California State University of Los Angeles. Alongside developing new programs in jazz, ballet, and tap at the University, Nancy has had a number of her own curriculum-based literary works published.

In addition to dancing, Nancy has a deep love for her local community. She hopes to bring the people of Wrightwood closer together through the Arts Center. Keep an eye out for Nancy Kupka—her welcoming aura and free spirit will surely inspire you to join the Wrightwood Arts Center and discover new passions for the arts!

 
Esmé Stevens is a senior in the Kolbe Academy Homeschool Program.

A Letter From the Board

While the Wrightwood Arts Center (WAC) doors have been closed, WAC volunteers have spent the past year strengthening the organization’s foundation. With patience, deliberation, and optimism, we did the careful work of strategic planning, volunteer recruitment, planning a schedule of art classes, exhibits, poetry workshops and performances, and in 2022, the inaugural Wrightwood Arts & Wine Festival, slated for May 21. We also want to honor those WAC artists whose work was put on hold in 2020. With great joy we look forward to WAC exhibits from Patricia Farrell, Jean Gillingswators, and Mary Duman this fall. Please visit our calendar of events for further details wrightwoodarts.com/calendar. While there, add an arts event of your own!

People have created art, music, dance, theater, and more since the earliest days of humanity. As the pandemic wanes, we can gratefully return to sharing these artistic experiences. The Wrightwood Arts Center is thrilled to be a steward of these endeavors. Inspiring creativity in all of us, the arts and artists are second responders, helping us heal individually and as a community. In that spirit WAC has scheduled: an outdoor Wine & Watercolor class and membership drive in June; kids’ art classes in July; diverse arts exhibits & member gatherings in the Fall; and upcoming Arts Adventures! All activities will follow San Bernardino County COVID 19 guidelines. For details visit WrightwoodArts.com or Facebook at Facebook.com/WrightwoodArts.

Patience, deliberation, optimism, and gratitude have been our guiding principles these past months, as they may have been yours. Won’t you join or renew your membership in the Wrightwood Arts Center? Become a member, take a class, attend an exhibit, host an exhibit, or volunteer as we look ahead toward a more vibrant and robust year! The Wrightwood Arts Center is a 501©3 nonprofit organization staffed by local artists and volunteers and is located above the Village Grind at 6020 Park, #5, Wrightwood, CA, 92397. We look forward to seeing you soon!

—Joan McCandless
Board President

This Month’s Events


Wrightwood Property Owners Association Ice Cream Social
1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

(Community Building / Vivan Null Park)
Learn about community organizations, service groups, and clubs, play games, bring friends, eat ice cream, and enjoy the village ambiance!


Wine & Watercolors with Gayle Dowling
1:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

(Location Shared after Registration)
Come paint with us! Wine and Watercolors with Gayle Dowling is coming back live and outside! The theme will be spring tulips. Bring your own supplies if you have them. Cost of $30 for members / $35 for non-members includes wine, snacks, and supplemental materials. Location will be disclosed and photo will be sent upon registration. Please wear a mask and observe social distancing. Click here to register!

Children’s Art Class with Esme Stevens

Come join the Wrightwood Arts Center for a children’s art class taught by our very own intern, Esme Stevens! Classes will center around the elements of art with an art project to be finished by the end of every class. Classes will be Thursday afternoons beginning July 8th through July 29th, and held at the Wrightwood Arts Center on Park Dr. Ages 6-8 will be from 12:00-1:00 p.m., and ages 9-12, 1:30-2:30 p.m. The total cost is $60 for all four sessions. We hope bringing art to the younger community here in Wrightwood allows for children to explore their creative minds, as well as awaken the love for art in each individual. Please go here to register for classes. Last day to register will be July 6th. WAC will be following San Bernardino County Health Dept Covid guidelines during each class.

Open Clay Studio

Clay class with Mary Duman was a big hit. The current sessions for May and June have sold out, but keep an eye out for this opportunity in the future. Here are some examples of the fun that was had:

Poem of the Month

Michael Mark

A DAILY PRACTICE

After I write Temporary on each sticky note
and press them onto socks, silverware, bills,
my hair, I put one on each maple tree in the yard,
and notice I don’t think of them as eternal
as much. All it takes is a single written word
on red, yellow, green tags to remind me
the car isn’t mine. The house isn’t mine. Snow,
money, flowers do that just being themselves
but I stick one on fear and another on hate,
pushing with all my weight so they stay. Dogs
are born with the knowledge, so no need. But
old people, even shrinking in hospice beds, yes.
Somehow they transform Temporary into Still Here.
Babies are so hard, I almost can’t. When the pad
is empty, I wait for the glue to lose its grip and fight
the urge to blow or peel them off. Sometimes a wind
comes. And I stumble around, trying to catch them.

from Rattle’s Poets Respond

Michael Mark is the author of two books of stories, Toba and At the Hands of a Thief. Michael Mark lives with his wife Lois in San Diego. Visit his website here.

 

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May 2021 Newsletter

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Every good artist paints what he is.
~ Jackson Pollock

Seek Discomfort in Art: Local Artist Profile

by Esmé Stevens

A senior at Redlands High School, Isabella Rainbolt grew up surrounded by family who appreciated and dabbled in the arts. Her father in particular sparked an intrigue into the creative world that she now is able to explore even further as a young passionate artist. However, “I would never truthfully call myself an artist,” she humbly states, “because each one of us including myself are constantly moving and changing along with the passions we work toward perfecting.” She is most driven by her emotions, and finds her inspiration in most everyone and everything. In moments when she feels despair or anxiety, that is when she takes up her artist’s tools and uses them to not only create art but to also better understand herself and what she is feeling.

Photography by Isabella Rainbolt

Isabella’s style, although always changing in some way, reflects her deepest thoughts and sentiments. Black ink, harsh lines, and hollow faces are always present in her work. Photography and painting work hand in hand in most of her favorite art pieces. When Miss Rainbolt makes art for herself, it is never planned, but rather embraces possibility rooted in honesty.

Photography by Isabella Rainbolt

For Isabella, to be transparent in character is to be honest in art, and without that element of genuine feeling within a masterpiece it can hardly capture artistic vision. As said in her own words, “Honesty of self is a characteristic that I hope to hold on to, when you’re honest with your emotions you feel less alone and can connect with the people around you in a deeper way.” Sometimes we must push our limits, seeking discomfort in art.

After graduation, Isabella plans to attend Cal State San Bernardino, pursuing a career as an art teacher.

 
Esmé Stevens is a senior in the Kolbe Academy Homeschool Program.

Wrightwood Arts Calendar

Now that we’re starting to have events to include again, the Wrightwood Arts Calendar is back! You can always find our arts calendar here. WAC members may have events added by submitting them through this form. Please fill the form out as completely as possible, and your events will be added to the calendar and included in these monthly newsletters.

Here are the events we have planned so far, San Bernardino County Health Covid guidelines permitting …

Saturday, May 1st | Wrightwood Garden Party hosted by WWPOA
Saturday, May 22th | Outdoor Wine & Watercolor with Gayle Dowling
May & June | Clay Studio with Mary Duman
June | WAC Membership Month (join here …)
September
18th | Art Exhibit Opening at WAC (artists TBA)
18th | Music at the Grind
19th | Rattle Poetry Workshops and Readings
October | New Art Exhibit (artist TBA)
Tuesday, October 12th | WAC Opening Meet & Greet – 5:30pm
November | Wrightwood “Shop at home” Weekend – New Art Exhibit (artist TBA)
Saturday May 21st (2022) | Wrightwood Arts & Wine Festival

This Month’s Events


Open Clay Studio
(Location Shared after Registration)
Play with clay in a fun supportive environment! Mary Duman will be hosting an Open Clay Studio class in the month of May and into June. For details on prices, dates, and requirements, visit Inspired Natural Healing.


Wine & Watercolors with Gayle Dowling
1:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

(Location Shared after Registration)
Come paint with us! Wine and Watercolors with Gayle Dowling is coming back live and outside! The theme will be spring tulips. Bring your own supplies if you have them. Cost of $30 for members / $35 for non-members includes wine, snacks, and supplemental materials. Location will be disclosed and photo will be sent upon registration. Please wear a mask and observe social distancing. Click here to register!

Love Roots Yoga Shala Is Open

Love Roots Yoga Shala in Wrightwood is open for live classes and on Zoom. Some teachers are teaching in person as well as on Zoom, others still just on Zoom. Check out their website for all the details including class schedules, teachers, and how to register/pay.

Wrightwood’s Got Talent Semi-Finals

On Sunday, April 25th, the Wrightwood Blues Society broadcasted the semi-finals of its annual Wrightwood’s Got Talent competition, in which young performers compete for the $1,000 Terry “Big T” DeRouen Scholarship. Watch Greg and Gayle narrow down the eleven-performer field to four finalists:

Poem of the Month

Gordon Kippola

ARMY MEMORIAL SERVICE: TIKRIT

Our ghost today is Private First Class Jones;
his rank and name are called for roll. Air Force
boys are flying home his bits and bones;
so Jones won’t answer back, praise Mars.
The Sergeant Major calls his name out twice,
it’s Private First Class Aaron Jones this time.
His Humvee bumped a hidden boom device,
which made his ass go AWOL. Now, we’re primed
to hear his three-fold summoning; the name,
in full, his parents told the county clerk:
Private First Class Aaron Francis Jones. Same
silence … then rifle volleys. The bugler, here for work,
plays Taps, that old-school twenty-four note song.
The lyrics promise, God is nigh. They’re wrong.

from Rattle #70

Following 31 years as a musician in the U. S. Army, Gordon Kippola earned an MFA in creative writing at the University of Tampa. After more than a dozen military moves, within and outside the U.S., he now makes his home in Bremerton, Washington.

 

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