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Wrightwood Arts Center Supports Local Artists With New Exhibit Through December 4; Inaugural Wrightwood Arts Festival Is Coming In May

PHOTO: Mary Duman

The Art of Relationship opens at the Wrightwood Arts Center on Friday, November 26, 2021, 5:00–8:00 pm, with an artist presentation at 6:00 pm.

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A new exhibit entitled Symbiosis: The Art of Relationship opens at the Wrightwood Arts Center on Friday, November 26, 2021, 5:00–8:00 pm, with an artist presentation at 6:00 pm. Mary Duman’s ceramic work combines natural objects collected on hikes with glazed clay sculptural elements to explore the complexity of natural relationships. She is influenced by the oddly beautiful aspects of nature and by recent issues, including climate change, the Coronavirus, wildfires, and unexplained aerial phenomena. The show title, “Symbiosis,” refers to relationships that are beneficial and parasitic. The Wrightwood Arts Center is at 6020 Park, Ste #5 (above the Village Grind), Wrightwood, CA 92397. The exhibit is open to the public and free of charge. The exhibit will be open through December 4, 2021. The complete schedule can be found at www.wrightwoodarts.com.

In other local Arts news, the Wrightwood Arts Center (WAC) and community organizers are excited to announce the 2022 Inaugural Wrightwood Arts & Wine Festival will be held on Saturday, May 21, from 10 am – 5 pm, after two postponements due to the pandemic. The Festival will be widely marketed throughout Southern California to highlight the growing and vibrant arts scene in Wrightwood. 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 regional wineries. The Festival depends on volunteers and sponsorships and hopes to break even in the end. Please Save-the-Date & join us to volunteer by having a booth or simply attending! Artists can apply at wrightwoodarts.com/festival/application.

Wrightwood has long been a thriving artists’ community, notably Aldous Huxley in the mid-20th century, Dilly Thomas in the late 20th century, and currently John Frame, a sculptor, photographer, composer, and filmmaker, and David Swenson, a Neon artist, all nationally or internationally recognized artists. To capture this “art scene,” past & present, is a goal of the WAC Media Project, made possible by a local nomination from DCB and a subsequent grant from Flagstar Foundation. The Media Project includes a variety of print, radio, and social media promotions of the Wrightwood Arts Festival and later the documentary film. 

The Arts Festival and Media projects are intertwined; each will support the success of the other over the coming year and beyond. Join us in making Wrightwood a destination for the Arts! Attend the upcoming art exhibit, volunteer for the 2022 Arts & Wine Festival, or contribute to our Media project.

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