Featured Events

“Music at the Mansion” Summer Programs

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Sunday, Sept. 14, 2014  •  3:00 – 5:00 pm

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Special Exhibits at The Gallery!

The Arts Council is pleased to announce the launch of a new and exciting, “double header” experience for art lovers! Throughout the year, The Gallery will host a monthly guest artist with acclaim in a particular media. The work of a talented local featured artist will be highlighted along with the guest artist’s work.





My style of painting is called Poem-Painting, created and coined by myself. In this style I use both linguistic and aesthetic powers of words to create a poetic visual art piece. In my artworks, I get inspired by a poem and let its essence and atmosphere illuminate my own world. Without necessarily illustrating the poem in every detail, I extract its key words and paint or inscribe them in different styles of Arabic-Persian calligraphy in my personal way.

My combination of calligraphy, painting, and poetry starts a dialogue among different art forms and among people from different cultures; which I consider an inter-art and inter-cultural dialogue. I craft words, lines, textures, and colors to envision a mysterious, enchanting, and multi-faceted world that on the one hand has Persian identity, and on the other hand is very contemporary and worldwide comprehensible.

While a poem or inscribed calligraphy needs to be translated into a foreign language to be intelligible to people of a different nation, my works with their aesthetic value of words address any audience with any background. Moreover, the very fact that I am an Iranian artist, living in a culturally-diverse community in Berkeley, California and creating my artworks based on poems of different poets in the world adds to the International aspect of my artworks.


SÉAMUS Ó DUBSLÁINE - Celtic Cross Sculptures

Séamus_websiteThe “Celtic” Cross is a significantly important icon throughout Western Europe. Although the Celts were more or less subsumed by Roman, Anglo, Frank and Germanic cultures by the end of the fifth century, the Celtic influence has never waned. Carved stone, so-called “Celtic”, High Crosses are to be found across Ireland, Scotland, Britain, Wales and Cornwall from the seventh century to this day.

The iconic “Celtic” Cross in America has denoted Irishness and this is not lost on me. An ancestor of mine was kidnapped in Ireland as a child before 1640, brought to Massachusetts and sold. Several of my ancestors left Ireland early in the seventeen hundreds due to land confiscations there and still others left during the famine of the 1840’s.




Founded in 1988, The Arts Council of Big Bear Valley is a non-profit organization dedicated to enriching the lives of residents and visitors with visual art and music. Throughout the year, The Council produces a variety of events and performances that provide a venue for talented artists and musicians. These include the Artwalk and Art on the Lake Festivals, Music at the Mansion, receptions and special exhibits at The Gallery, and programs at the Performing Arts Center. Through these events, fund-raising and support of music and art in the schools, The Arts Council works to keep the Valley’s cultural life alive and well. The Arts Council of Big Bear Valley is a 501 (c)(3) organization.


“Big Bear Lake Arts” is the name we’ve given to an ensemble of programs, events and activities provided by or in partnership with The Arts Council of Big Bear Valley. The Council’s current efforts are focused on creation of 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 community.

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