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Dancer/Painter Combines Art Forms at Month-Long Exhibit

July 21, 2014, Big Bear Lake, CA – The Gallery in the Village is brimming with talent, with this month’s Featured Artist George Gootson–a respected local landscape painter–and Guest Artist Elizabeth Szymczak on display through August 13. The public is invited to a free reception to meet them and discuss their work on Saturday, July 26th from 4:00 to 8:00 pm, or to view their installations any time during normal business hours. As both a dancer and an artist, Szymczak combines her expertise in both disciplines to produce dramatic, hyper-realistic images with symbolic undertones. She earned a Bachelor of Science in Art Education with a minor in Dance from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater and an MFA in Representational Drawing and Painting from the Academy of Art University. She later studied plein air landscape painting in Italy and added video and live painting to her repertoire. Originally from Chicago but now based in Los Angeles, Szymczak teaches AP Art History at Granada Hills Public Charter High School, and is currently showing her work in L.A. and Laguna Beach. The Gallery’s “4th Saturday” receptions include wine, hors d’oeuvres and live music. The Gallery is located at 40750 Village Drive in Big Bear Lake, and is operated by The Arts Council of Big Bear Valley....

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Fireside Chat… with Strings Attached

Big Bear, CA, February 18, 2014 – Four years ago, due to budget cuts, BVUSD had to cut funding for the Elementary Strings Program which provides free participation for 4th, 5th, and 6th grade students interested in learning to play in an orchestra. Due to the state altering their education funding formula this year, there is a possibility that the District will fund the program again, provided there is enough community support. Superintendent of schools, Kurt Madden, is having a ‘Fireside Chat’ to gauge that support on Wednesday February 26th, from 6:00 – 7:30pm in the Knickerbocker Mansion Conference Room. The community has rallied around this program, raising the $30,000. per year necessary to keep it alive for the past 4 years. The result of regaining funding will free up the group to fund other projects such as merit scholarships and instrument rentals for needy kids and educational field trips to see world renowned artists. This is an opportunity for more children to be exposed to music and to continue support for the 150 students already enrolled in the program. This will be the only meeting for the purpose of re-funding the...

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Pasadena Orchestra Joins Forces With Mountain Ensembles

Big Bear Lake, CA, January 29, 2014 – On February 8, the Arts Council of Big Bear Valley will present a collaboration between the Pasadena Youth Symphony Orchestra (PYSO) and the All Mountain String Ensemble, conducted by Sharon Rizzo. This free performance runs from 2:00-5:00 p.m at the Big Bear Lake Performing Arts Center (39707 Big Bear Blvd.). PYSO has offered musical training and personal development for young musicians in the San Gabriel Valley for over 40 years. Two of the orchestra’s divisions will perform in Big Bear: its String Orchestra and its Wind Ensemble, whose occasional partnerships give musicians in grades six-nine the opportunity to perform within a full symphony. The All Mountain String Ensemble comprises the top students in the Big Bear Lighthouse Youth Orchestras and the Arrowhead Arts Youth String Ensembles. Under the direction of Sharon Rizzo, the students have won top honors at music festivals and competitions. For more information, call the Arts Council at (909) 585-5916 or visit them...

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Is Meeting a Pointillist on Your Bucket List?

Big Bear Lake, CA, January 21, 2014 – It’s time for another Fourth Friday at The Gallery—-and this month’s featured artist is Jessica Sandek.  Sandek uses pointillism, a painstaking style of applying paint in tiny dots instead of continuous lines. She also burns into wood, which is an example of pyrography,  or “writing with fire”, a technique that has been practiced across the world as traditional folk art for millennia. The Big Bear resident is a native New Yorker who earned a BFA at the Art Institute of Chicago. She has taught art to children and adults, illustrated a book, and sold her sculpture and painting through bicoastal gallery shows, art fairs and commissions. Sandek has exhibited her work both locally–at United Wood Craftsmen, Equada Outfitters, Art on the Lake and ArtWalk in Big Bear Lake–and further afield, at Lucha’s Walking Store in Pasadena; at Artwalk 2007 in Escondido; and in several New York venues.  She explains poetically what her creative outlet means to her: “When I’m doing my art there are no words, only the noise of feeling. Part of being a person is being in a state of constant motion. We are pushed and pulled, hurled and tossed, spun, lifted, dropped, grabbed, released. It is a vortex of churning, volatile beauty. I hope that the viewer can catch a glimpse of this life the way I do. And maybe even relate…”  The public is...

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Big Bear Valley Arts Council Presents Wyatt Earp At Knickerbocker Mansion

Big Bear Lake, CA, September 15, 2011, 3:00pm – Wyatt Earp is coming to the Mansion, The Knickerbocker Mansion. Wyatt takes the stage for a one-man performance on Sunday, presented by the Arts Council of Big Bear Valley. “Wyatt Earp: A Life On The Frontier” features the famed lawman’s grandnephew, Wyatt Earp. He’ll be telling the family stories to present the insider’s view of a man who was bigger than life, Wyatt Earp, the lawman of  “OK Corral” fame. His story has been presented in various movies, but no one has heard the real tale that will be told this Sunday … stories of gunfights, outlaws, gambling and the true Wild West, heard from the man himself, Wyatt Earp. Music and Theater at the Mansion begins at 3pm and dinner is served following the performance in the Knickerbocker Mansion dining room. Reservations are required for dinner due to limited seating. For reservations and ticket information call The Arts Council at...

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