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

Click here to download a printable PDF version.

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

April 2019 Newsletter

Click here to download a printable PDF version.

Photo by Annie Spratt via Unsplash (CCO)

Art enables us to find ourselves and lose ourselves at the same time.
~ Thomas Merton

Our First Adventure to Cabots

The first Wrightwood Arts Center “Arts Adventure” took place on Sunday, March 3rd. A dozen Wrightwoodians carpooled to Desert Hot Springs for a private tour of Cabot’s Pueblo Museum and lunch at the historic Two Bunch Palms afterwards.

Cabot’s Pueblo Museum is a historic house museum located in Desert Hot Springs, California. A large, Hopi-style pueblo, built in the Pueblo Revival Style, it contains artworks, artifacts of American Indian and Alaska Native cultures, and memorabilia of early desert homesteader life.

After the museum tour and a friendly lunch, an unplanned stop at a Desert X art installation (Ghost Palm, pictured left) topped off a fascinating and fun day.

“It was really nice to share the day with some of Wrightwood’s fellow art lovers,” said Lynn Crawford, the WAC Arts Adventure Chairperson.

“It was interesting to learn the history of Desert Hot Springs and the man, Y. Cabot, who built the pueblo,” said Rose Burcher. “His life and business exploits were fun and quite amazing. It should be noted this is not a Native American pueblo, but it was fun and worthwhile to explore.”

Adventure tours are a regular feature of the Wrightwood Arts Center, which plans on organizing several trips to art-related destinations around Southern California each year. The next trip will be to the Maloof House in Alta Loma, California, June 8th. For more information, visit our adventures page.

Annual Membership Meeting & Mixer

The first WAC Annual Membership Meeting is coming up at 4 p.m. Monday, April 8th, and will be immediately followed by a social mixer. All members are welcome to attend, and don’t hesitate to bring a friend interested in getting to know other members of the Wrightwood community who are interested in art!

We’re excited to have two guest speakers join us for the meeting: Nancy DeDiemar and Steve Thomas of Ontario Arts & Culture. In the Fall of 2014, volunteers and downtown arts and culture stakeholders partnered with the Ontario City Council to launch a strategic planning initiative which highlighted existing arts and culture programs and brought new programs to the Downtown Euclid Avenue District. Today, the City of Ontario oversees the city’s cultural planning, advocates for the arts, promotes arts learning and supports the development of cultural activities and creative collaboration with the community, including a successful festival every September.

Nancy and Steve will discuss their experience in developing the arts organization, whose goals align so well with ours at the WAC. Come meet them with us!

This Month’s Events


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

(WW Arts Center, 6020 Park Drive #5)
Every 1st Saturday, including April 6th, 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!


Wrightwood Arts Center Membership Meeting
4:00 p.m. (Start)

(WW Arts Center, 6020 Park Drive #5)
All members are welcome to attend our quarterly meeting. The guest speakers will be Nancy DeDiemar and Steve Thomas of the Ontario Arts Festival. They’ll talk about their experience in forging a public-private partnership between CCMA and the City of Ontario to provide access to arts and cultural activities within the city, with emphasis on the inaugural 2018 Ontario Festival of the Arts. A reception and mixer with light food and drink will follow at 5:30 p.m.


Creative Writing for Teens and Adults Begins
7:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

(Wrightwood Arts Center, 6020 Park Drive #5)
In this eight-week course, students will read craft essays and look at and explore the various shapes and forms of personal narrative. The class will teach different techniques from hybrid experimental work, braided narrative, to the fashionable lyric essay. We will discuss overarching issues such as memory and truth as well as techniques such as perspective, transitions, and the use of sensory detail. For more information, and to register, visit KeyboardArt.com.


Auditions for Mamma Mia!
10:00 a.m. (start)

(Studio K Dance Center, 11327 Oasis Rd, Pinon Hills)
Auditions for the Snowline Player’s performance of Mamma Mia! will be held at Studio K Dance Center. Call backs at director’s request on Sunday the 14th. All roles are open! Please prepare 32 bars of a song from a contemporary musical. Bring a backing track of your music on either a CD, phone, tablet, etc. There will not be a piano and accompanist available for this audition. Dress comfortably in case you are asked to stay and dance! Show dates are August 9 – 11 and 16 – 18 at Serrano High School in Phelan. Rehearsal schedule and character breakdowns can be found at snowlineplayers.org.


Rattle’s Poetry Minifest
10:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.

(WW Arts Center & WW Community Center, 1275 Highway 2)
As a preview for the annual Wrightwood Literary Festival (September 28th & 29th), the monthly Rattle Reading Series at the Flintridge Bookstore is moving up to mountains for a special event featuring two poets from the spring issue of Rattle magazine. Award-winning poets Jim Gustafson of Florida and Jennifer Perrine of Oregon are traveling to Wrightwood for this event. Each of them will teach a poetry workshop in the morning (free, but RSVP required), and give a poetry reading in the afternoon. For more information visit rattle.com.


Wrightwood’s Got Talent Show
3:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

(WW Community Center, 1275 Highway 2)
The first annual Wrightwood’s Got Talent Show will hold its preliminary round following the poetry minifest. Open to all local K-12 grade students, contestants will perform and become pared with coaches to prepare them for the final September 8th event. The coaches will be local musicians and artists. Catagories: Music/Art/Dance/ Other. To apply (free), visit wrightwoodblues.org. Tickets: $20 for adults, $8 for children (under 16). Pay cash/credit at the door, or prior at ticketleap.com.


Easter Egg Hunt
Time TBA

(Holis M. Stewart Park on Pine St.)
On Easter Sunday, community children are invited to bring their baskets to the Holis M. Stewart Park to join the search for colorful eggs containing sweet treats and other prizes. Search areas are separated so all ages up to 12 can enjoy the fun! A pancake breakfast will be served by The Lions Club. The start time has not yet been announced, but visit wrightwoodchamber.org for more information!


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

(WW Community Center, 1275 Highway 2)
Local children perform the musical Annie Jr. in the first of five performances at the Wrightwood Community Center. Other dates: April 28, May 2, May 4, and May 5. For more information, visit snowlineplayers.org.


Wrightwood Classical Concert Series Spring Concert
3:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.

(United Methodist Church, 1543 Barbara Street)
Featuring pianists Jason Stoll and Jeremiah Gonzales. $20 pre-order, $25 at the door, $5 discount 65+ and students. For more information, and to purchase tickets, visit www.keyboardart.com.

Looking Ahead


A Taste of Wrightwood
11:00 a.m. (start)

(Wrightwood Village, Park Drive)
The month of May is clear, but June kicks off with this popular annual event. A map guided tour of the village gives attendees a taste “of the hidden treasures” that are participating merchants offer, paired with interactive art demonstrations and tasty treats to try along the way. The warmer weather guarantees clear skies an an enjoyable day among the pines.


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

(5131 Carnelian St, Alta Loma, CA)
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.

Poem of the Month

ABUNDANCE

by Amy Schmidt

      in memory of Mary Oliver

It’s impossible to be lonely
when you’re zesting an orange.
Scrape the soft rind once
and the whole room
fills with fruit.
Look around: you have
more than enough.
Always have.
You just didn’t notice
until now.

from Rattle.com