Category: Arts & Entertainment

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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Astronomical Society Explores Cosmos

Big Bear Lake, CA, July 19, 2014 – Visitors to Big Bear often comment on how bright the stars are at night, and there’s a couple of reasons for that. Our altitude of over 6700 feet gives us excellent transparency, and the lack of many street lights keep the skies appropriately dark. Given those conditions, our mountain is the perfect place to explore astronomy. The Big Bear Valley Astronomical Society (BBVAS) was established in 1991 to explore and increase our appreciation of the Universe. It caters to amateur astronomers of all levels and promotes science literacy through outreach activities like sharing telescopes on the Village sidewalk. A new event for the organization is remote live lectures, where a professional Astronomer presents a live, interactive lecture over Skype. Past speakers have hailed from the National Solar Observatory in Arizona, the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center in Maryland and the Executive Director of the International Dark Sky Association from Arizona. Society members also get together once a month for a “star party”, setting up telescopes in a dark location to gaze at all the beautiful objects in the sky. Observers of all ages and backgrounds are welcome, whether they have a telescope or not. If you do have a scope, they’ll help you set it up and navigate the cosmos. The next star party is on July 26 in Baldwin Lake during...

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Fireworks in Big Bear: The Best in SoCal

Big Bear, CA, June 28, 2014 – On Friday July 4th, Big Bear residents and visitors to our valley will be treated to one of the largest and most unique fireworks displays in all of southern California. Shot from a barge in the lake, the fireworks are brilliant in our clear mountain air and we get the added bonus of their reflections on the water. The Big Bear Rotary Club and especially longtime valley resident Skip Suhay, who passed away in May, have been coordinating this display for over 20 years. They’ve seen it grow from a small display shot from the peninsula at the end of Pine Knot to the huge show it is today which will feature over 400 shells shot into the sky from a 100 foot long barge anchored in the middle of the lake. According to family members and fellow Rotarians, the annual fireworks show was Skip’s passion. Every year he looked forward to making the show more memorable and better than the year before. He worked closely with MWD, the various marinas, and the pyrotechnic specialists to make sure it was the best show possible. This year, Skip’s son Andy will be at the helm of the Rotary Club’s Fireworks Committee. The fireworks can be seen from many vantage points in the valley including from the lake itself. In fact, anywhere you can...

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Palm Springs Film Festival Brings “One World” Film Tour to Big Bear Lake

Big Bear Lake, CA, June 27, 2014 – The Palm Springs International Film Society is teaming up with the Big Bear Lake International Film Festival and Wolf Creek Resort to present the renowned One World film tour this weekend. One World is a free community screening of the best international short films from around the world. This summer and fall, the tour will stop in twelve communities in the Inland Empire, which each program followed by a lively discussion on the films with Palm Springs International Film Festival Artistic Director Helen duToit. The screenings start at 5:00 p.m. this Sunday, June 29th at the Wolf Creek Resort Wine Room (41421 Big Bear Boulevard), and will include complimentary wine and cheese. Funding for these free public programs is provided by the James Irvine Foundation. The Palm Springs International Film Society presents both the world-renowned Palm Springs International Film Festival every January and the Palm Springs International ShortFest every June. Believing film is an art form that bridges cultures and shows the universality of the human experience, the society strives for a world in which enlightenment, knowledge and tolerance prevail. For more details on Sunday’s free event, email or call Rick Bates at (909)...

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David Leach Honored by Arts Council

Big Bear Lake, CA, June 25, 2014 – David Leach got special recognition and a lot of laughs at The Arts Council’s annual meeting this month. The board of directors thanked him for his 14 years of work on behalf of The Council, shared stories about his many accomplishments, and presented him with a plaque. Holding the plaque up to the audience he said, “You know where this is going: right up on the wall at my Barnstorm office!” Dave can often be seen in the company of friends in his favorite booth at the Barnstorm Restaurant at the airport. Dave’s long tenure included eight years as president, a position from which he just recently retired. He was known as the cheerful “front man” at nearly every Council event, and played major roles in upgrading equipment at the Big Bear Lake Performing Arts Center and establishing an art gallery in the Village. Now, he says he hopes to “contribute in less official ways.” Dave is well known for his activities outside the Arts Council too. As a past “Man About Town” and a frequent participant in other charitable causes. The Arts Council of Big Bear Valley is currently focused on creating a Village Arts Campus—a cultural center where visual and performing artists from throughout the area can teach, create and share the arts for the enrichment of youth and the...

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