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Currently at THE GALLERY

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Armstrong_Courtesy of Arts CouncilFrom late September through October, The Gallery is proud to present a special installation, “Roger Armstrong: A Retrospective.” Armstrong (1917-2007) was a noted watercolorist and teacher and played a major role in establishing Laguna Beach as the art mecca it is today. His evocative paintings capture the particular feel of the Southern California landscape.

In addition to his influential painting style, Armstrong is recognized for his cartoon work for Warner Bros., Disney and Hanna-Barbera, including drawing the characters Donald Duck, Bugs Bunny, Elmer Fudd and Porky Pig, The Flintstones, Woody Woodpecker and many others. Armstrong pieces are on permanent display in the Museum of Cartoon Art in New York, the Laguna Art Museum and the Smithsonian, a testament to his skill.

Featured Artist — Nancy Mendoza

Mendoza_websiteAlong with the Retrospective, The Gallery will be highlighting the work of painter Nancy Mendoza, a member of The Arts Council board, regular gallery exhibitor and long-time colleague of Roger Armstrong.

The Gallery has also launched a new feature: “Boutique Eclectique”—whimsical and unique handcrafted gift and wearable items on view and for sale.

The Gallery is at 40750 Village Drive in Big Bear Lake and is operated by The Arts Council of Big Bear Valley.


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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.

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“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, including “The Gallery,” where local artists’ work is featured. The Council’s vision for the future includes 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.


2 thoughts on “Featured Events

    Karen Wood said:
    September 14, 2014 at 9:30 am

    I’ve read the late July grizzly article about how your organization wants to focus on the arts and how you want to reach out to artists who’ve “been out on their own for a while” I’m one of those artists. So, tell me. What makes your art organization any better or different than any of the previous art group(s) that have been up here in Big Bear?. I’d really like to know. Please respond. My access to the internet is spotty so please be patient with me

      ranger50 responded:
      September 16, 2014 at 8:54 am

      Hi Karen – Thanks for asking. Though The Arts Council has been active in Big Bear for many years, we are in the midst of exciting changes to our structure and focus, aimed at benefitting both the community and local artists. We’ve taken a hard look at what works, what doesn’t, and how the organization can grow given new economic realities, the digital revolution and competition for tourists’ and residents’ interest.
      Details are too numerous to list here. However, one of our key goals is to welcome involvement and input from artists and art supporters, as to what they want/need from The Arts Council. The public is invited to our board meetings, artists are encouraged to join the board, and we will be launching a “Call for Artists” campaign this fall to reach local artists like you. Marketing, by the way, is one area where we differ from other groups. Artists who join benefit from a comprehensive, branded marketing plan utilizing the Internet, print, partnerships, and more. As an example, the Grizzly article you mentioned prompted you to write to us!
      I’d be happy to meet with you, or you may attend a board meeting (see the “About” tab on BigBearLakeArts.org). In the meantime, be sure to visit the “Call for Artists” section of our website.
      I look forward to meeting you, and thanks for contacting us.
      Irene Gould
      Marketing & Communications

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