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 …)
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


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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March 2021 Newsletter

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To be an artist is to believe in life.
~ Henry Moore

Meet Our 2021 Intern: Esmé Stevens

Greetings to all! My name is Esmé Stevens. As you may or may not know, I am now the official intern for the Wrightwood Arts Center and am more than thrilled to begin this opportunity. It is my goal is to assist in creating a better environment for fellow artists and promoting the importance of the arts.

My journey as an artist began on the driveway of my childhood home, one-year-old me covered in pudding paint and sidewalk chalk. From then on creative passions have filled every corner of my life. As I grew up, I became fascinated by the endless creative freedom that art can be. There are no limits to what anyone can fabricate. Whether it be through the strumming of my guitar, filtering my thoughts through poetry, or escaping to my own little world through fantastical sketches. For me, art is not just a pass time or a hobby but rather an escape to my happy place. Art has inspired me to live life in a way that appreciates the beauty of this world and brings others to delight in it also.

Ever since I can remember, I have seen the world differently. The way a vine wraps around the brick walls of an old house does not merely appear as such, but also begins to tell a story that my imagination seeks to unfold. With the use of my artistic mindset, I hope to bring all of you joy in seeing the Wrightwood Arts Center grow together as a community and create a second home for artists and art connoisseurs alike!

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

“Afternoon Tea” by Esmé Stevens (digital art, 2021)

Wine & Watercolors with Gayle Dowling [CANCELED]

Our March Wine & Watercolor Zoom with Gayle Dowling is one three-hour class. The cost $15 total for members and $20 for non-members. Visit the Watercolors page for more information. The deadline to register is Thursday, March 18th. Due to inclement weather altering her schedule, Gayle has to cancel the art class for March.

Next WAC Adventure: Desert X!

NOTE THE NEW DATE! Desert X is a biannual, outdoor contemporary art exhibition framed by the mountains and desert of the Coachella Valley. These site-specific artworks range from murals and projections to large-scale sculptures and virtual installations. And they take on big themes like fossil fuel use, rising sea levels, and class divides. The Wrightwood Arts Center will host an Arts Adventure “Caravan” to see a number of the Desert X art installations. Cost is $15 for WAC members and $20 for non-members. Outdoor dinning is now available in Palm Springs, so participants will be purchasing there own meals at a restaurant where we will also stay in our “pods.” Those who have already purchased tickets at the original price will receive a $20 refund when we arrive to go toward lunch. For those who haven’t yet, the price has been reduced. For more information and to register, visit our Adventures page.

2021 Wrightwood’s Got Talent Competition

The Wrightwood Blues Society’s annual talent show and scholarship competition is back in an online format. Enter to Win the 2021 Terry “Big T” DeRouen $1000 Music Performance Scholarship by submitting a YouTube video clip. Open to all K-12 Students in the Snowline District and surrounding areas. Performance should be original material that you have permission to use. Visit the Wrightwood Blues Society website for more information and to enter. The deadline for submission is March 31st.

Poem of the Month

Ann DeVilbiss


Coat this ugly world in tumbled ice cream
so I can glut my eyes on something pretty,
tromp endless, forgetting the existence of toes.
Give it loud sunlight, if it has to leave,
sent off in a parade of blue heat
to merry grace every storm sewer with
trilled tongues bright as new pennies,
waterfall of coins rushing underground.
I swear if I can just have this one day
of perfect scenery, I’ll stop complaining
for at least two, stop reminding you of
stacking bodies, evil lofted on a flag pole,
charging down what’s good to leave it
trampled, fleeting as snow flees
when the sun pretends to bring us light.

from Rattle’s Poets Respond

Ann V. DeVilbiss has a BA in English from Indiana University and is the recipient of an Emerging Artist Award from the Kentucky Arts Council. She lives and works in Louisville, Kentucky. For more information, visit her website.


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