December 2019 Newsletter

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Art is magic delivered from the lie of being truth.
~ Theodor Adorno

Photo by Lionello DelPiccolo

This Month’s Events

Chet Noll’s “The Creative Process”
12:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

(Wrightwood Arts Center, 6020 Park Drive, #5)

Award-winning artist and composer Chet Noll has a solo show, “The Creative Process,” hosted by the Wrightwood Arts Center. Chet Noll is nationally known for his work in wood, be it butterfly sculptures or musical instruments, and for a repertoire of original music. His art has been offered at various outlets including The Huntington Library in Pasadena, the Denver Museum of Natural History and The Ahwahnee in Yosemite National Park. Chet Noll creates his work in Wrightwood, where he has lived for more than 25 years. Regarding this show Chet says, “There is no better artist than Mother Nature. I enjoy the challenge of turning wood into delicate art in motion. My goal is to capture the symmetry, graceful lines, and color found in Nature.” With this in mind, Chet patterns much of his art after wild, living species. Using still and video images, as well as augmented reality, the exhibit features Chet’s art, while making connections with the environment and nature. The show is being curated by Joan McCandless. For more information, visit

Wrightwood Book Club
2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

(Wrightwood Library, 6011 Pine St)
The book of the month will be The Stranger in the Woods by Michael Finkel, the remarkable true story of a man who lived alone in the woods of Maine for twenty-seven years, making this dream of escaping the modern world a reality. Join in the discussion!

CANCELLED: Pine Needles Quilt Guild’s 26th Annual Home Tour and Boutique
11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

(WW Community Building, 1275 Highway 2)
Pine Needles Quilt Guild has cancelled the Wrightwood Holiday Home Tour due to the recent winter storms and the possibility of more leading into the event. Visitor safety is a priority. Those who have already purchased tickets for the tour may send the wristbands and their name and mailing address to Pine Needles Quilt Guild, PO Box 2800, Wrightwood, CA 92397, and they will refund your purchase. For more information about the Guild, visit

Chet Noll’s “The Creative Process”
1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

(Wrightwood Arts Center, 6020 Park Drive, #5)

Chet Noll’s “The Creative Process” returns for one final day—this is your last chance to catch it!

A Christmas Carol Radio Dinner Show
6:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.

(WW Community Building, 1275 Highway 2)
Start your Christmas season off right by joining the Snowline Players as they take you back to the days of the old time radio shows. For this dinner show, the Players will present their version of the original radio broadcast of “A Christmas Carol” which aired on the Columbia Broadcast System on December 24th, 1939, and starred Orson Wells and Lionel Barrymore. Dinner for this production will include stuffed chicken breast with a cranberry apple stuffing, roasted potatoes, mixed vegetables, a tossed green Christmas salad with a cranberry vinaigrette, dinner rolls, dessert, beverage, and coffee. A vegetarian/gluten free option of Pasta Alfredo is also available. Tickets are $25.00 and only available for purchase online through

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

(WW Arts Center, 6020 Park Drive #5)
Normally every 1st Saturday, Gayle Dowling’s Wine and Watercolors class has moved up in the month because of the snowstorm, and will now be held Saturday, December 14th. The $35 fee at the door includes all materials, wine, and fun!

WBS Christmas Variety Show
7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

(WW Community Building, 1275 Highway 2)

All of your favorite WBS characters (and some new ones) bring in the Christmas spirit, featuring music and comedy. Food and drinks available for purchase. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. Tickets: $20. WBS Members: $10. Gold/Lifetime Members: Free. Purchase advanced tickets at

Poem of the Month


by John Kennedy

I’d rather see a field of them
with their arms full of snow, and maybe
some wren haunting the lowest branches,
flying from tree to tree
as if something could be undone.
Piece by piece, balsam, fir, pine
would give that field its wildness,
the first nature of anything worth knowing.
If I owned such a field, I’d never let
a tree be cut for Christmas:
let the pine cones take an age to seed.
I’d keep neighbors from meddling with that.
Though there might be a boy I know
who I’d let in to wander around.
His father will die three days before the holiday,
and this evening they’d have gone off
to buy some last city tree at a bargain price.
I’d let him in without judgment to find
a tree he’d like to hold for a time.
I know his mother.
I’ve seen her slap the boy.
If he brings one home this year, decorates it,
sets it with a star he’s balanced
from a chair, the way his father would have done,
she’d have it down and out the door in a fit.
That boy I’d keep in my field as long
as he needed a place.
I’d give him the music of snow.
The company of wrens.

from Rattle #25

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  1. Another informative and well done newsletter!

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