The Mountain Arts Photographic Society (MAPS) was founded in 2010 as a place where local photographers living and working in the communities of the San Bernardino Mountains could come together to share ideas, knowledge, and fellowship. The group has grown to a total membership of over 60 people. The average attendance at a monthly meeting is between 20 and 30 members. The photographic proficiency of the members ranges from beginners and intermediate level photographers to seasoned professionals. Some of the members in the group have become involved in galleries, shows and competitions as a result of their time in the group.
The current officers are: President -- Dennis Warnesky Vice-President -- Joe Whyte Co-Secretary -- Rebecca Smith Co-Secretary and Publicity -- Stefanie Morrell Education Coordinator -- Dave Ficke Treasurer -- Jim Morrell Organizational Advisor -- John Hummel The group meets once a month on the first Wednesday of the month except for holidays and weather events. The meetings are currently being held in the Mountain Arts Network (MAN) Community Arts Center in the Lake Arrowhead Village. See the "Contact Us" page for details on meeting location.
ABOUT THE MEETINGS
The meetings start at 6:00 pm and generally runs to about 8:30. They begin with announcements concerning the MAPS organization and/or information on current and future events or contests available to the members. After announcements, there is usually a program on a particular topic presented by one of the members or a video focusing on some aspect of the photographic process. In the middle of the meetings, there is a drawing for a photographically oriented door prize, birthdays are acknowledged, and there is a break for refreshments. The rest of the meeting is devoted to reviewing Challenge photos. Each month the members are given a "challenge" topic, usually related to the educational material presented in the first half of the meeting. The topics include things like "The Road less traveled..," "Snow and other things White," or "Chair." Members are asked to bring two images, one of which is on the challenge topic, and the other may be about the challenge or an image that the photographer would like to share.
Each Spring, MAPS holds a mountain-wide photography competition. Images for the competition are based on a theme. Cash prizes are awarded to the top five winners. All winners receive a certificate and a matted print of their winning image. A reception is held where the community is invited to share in the announcement of the winners. The winning images are displayed in the window of the Mountain Arts Network Gallery. Please check on the details of the current contest beginning on March 15th by clicking below.
Each December, the group creates an event called the "Christmas Portrait Shoot." MAPS, in conjunction with some of the local community service organizations, provides professional family portraits to those who would find it difficult to purchase them for themselves. This past year we photographed almost 30 families over the course of the event. Details for the up-coming "Christmas Photo Shoot" will be posted on this website in the Fall.