January 2020 Newsletter

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An artist cannot fail; it is a success to be one.
~ Charles Cooley

Photo by Janet Thornhill

2020 Wrightwood Arts & Wine Festival

Invitation to Participate

The Wrightwood Arts Center (WAC) and community organizations are excited to announce the 2020 Wrightwood Arts & Wine Festival to be held on Saturday, September 19th from 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. The Festival exemplifies the Arts Center’s commitment to make Wrightwood a destination for dynamic engagement with the arts in Southern California and beyond. Be sure to SAVE the DATE!

This one-day, juried event will feature a wide-variety of visual, culinary, literary, musical, textile and performing arts, along with wine tasting presented by four regional wineries. Some highlights include:

• Over 50 artist booths selling fine arts, decorative and functional art
• Community Arts organizations offering demonstrations and information
• A variety of music performances featuring classical, jazz & blues
• Wine Tasting
• Adult art activities (e.g., a wine & watercolor class)
• Sponsorship opportunities
• Gourmet Food trucks

Shout Out for Artists

The Wrightwood Arts & Wine Festival planning committee is reaching out to local artists from Southern California to invite participation in this exciting event. The Festival will be widely marketed throughout Southern California to highlight the growing and vibrant arts scene in Wrightwood.

Participating Artists will be provided with a 10’x10’ canopy, one 6’ table, two folding chairs, and 50+ promotional postcards to send to their constituents. Booth fees range from $125 – $200. Artists will keep 100% of their sales transactions!

Call for Artists: Contact Pat Farrell @ 760.249.6709 or at festival@wrightwoodarts.com to be included on the Festival mailing list. The Online Artist Application will be on this website in early February. If you are on our list, you will be notified by email when the application is posted.

Update January 24th:

Artists Apply Now!

This Month’s Events

New Year’s Life Visioning Cacao Ceremony
6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

(Love Roots Yoga Shala, 1329 Highway 2, 2nd Floor)

Join Mary Duman for ceremonial cacao, medicine songs, a guided life visioning meditation, and an intention setting ritual. Tickets: $20 in advance. $25 day of the event. Purchase them at loverootsyogashala.com.

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

(Wrightwood Library, 6011 Pine St)
The book of the month is Michelle Obama’s Becoming, “the deeply personal reckoning of a woman of soul and substance who has steadily defied expectations—and whose story inspires us to do the same.” Join in the discussion!

Book Club List for 2020:
Feb 5 – A Wolf Called Romeo by Nick Jans
Mar 4 – When the World Stopped to Listen by Stuart Isacof
Apr 1 – An American Sunrise by Joy Harjo
May 6 – My Dear Hamilton by Stephanie Dray
Jun 3 – The Girl Who Smiled Beads by Clemantine Wamariya
Jul 1 – An Unfinished Woman by Lillian Hellman
Aug 5 – And the Mountains Echoed by Khaled Hosseini
Sep 2 – A Place to Stand by Jimmy Santiago Baca
Oct 7 – The Hemingses of Monticello by Annette Gordon-Reed
Nov 4 – Leaving Time by Jodi Picoult
Dec 2 – A Guest of the Third Reich by Peter Finn


Community Council Meeting (private)
3:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

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

The Wrightwood Arts Center (WAC) goal is to provide a platform for the coordination, collaboration, and promotion of The Arts in Wrightwood —and beyond! This private meeting is for the Community Council Members only. It is not open to the public. Our annual Membership Meeting, which is open to the public, is April 13, 2020.

Meet & Greet: Janet Thornhill
5:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

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

Janet Thornhill will be the featured artist and is inviting you to share her love of photography. Janet worked at Chaffey Joint Union High School District and California Teachers Association and currently serves as Secretary for the WAC. She’s been a Wrightwood resident for over 20 years. Refreshments will be served and her photographs will be on display. Bring a friend!

Photograph by Janet Thornhill

WBS presents: The String Revolution CANCELLED!
4:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

(WW Community Building, 1275 Highway 2)
NOTE: This event has been cancelled.

Looking Ahead

WBS presents: The Not So Newlywed Game
4:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

(WW Community Building, 1275 Highway 2)
Everyone remember the Newlywed Game. Well this is the Not So Newlywed Game. Details to follow at wrightwoodblues.org, but, for now, save the date!

Poem of the Month


by Lyn Lifshin

bees, my
skin smells
of sun, the
insides of
roses. I want

to eat that
light. Every
thing that
grows does.

from Rattle #37

Lyn Lifshin passed away on December 9, 2019. Lyn was one of the most prolific poets in history, and had written over 130 books and chapbooks and edited four anthologies of women writers. Her poems have appeared in most poetry and literary magazines. (website)

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