Featured Artist August 2017

Howard “Luke” Lucas

Exhibit August 1 – September 2

Reception, Friday, September 4, 5 pm to 7 pm

Howard “Luke” Lucas

Howard paints not from photos, but from being out in the wonder of it all.  He engages in the glorious struggle of plein air painting, to capturing light, form and color on paper… connecting to our dynamic universe.  He actively participates in the Whiskeytown, Mendocino and Lost Coast Open Paint Outs.

As an art activist and educator, Luke has brought engaging art experiences to people of Shasta County.   The 120th  – 121st Paint Free …Be Free will be held at Shingletown Fun Day Aug 4 and the Return of the Salmon Festival in October.    Free Painting opportunities are available for all ages on a drop in Basis at the Mt. Lassen Art Center   

Luke will be implementing the pilot Homeless Art Project (HAP), offered through the Shasta County Arts Council which has been granted $14,400 from the California Arts Council.  The program will bring art produced by the homeless, their stories, and dignifying photographs to four shows in Redding and other venues.

Luke was a founding member and past president of Artbeat Gallery, an art coop with 80 member artists. Artbeat Gallery received a prestigious award, Innovation in the Arts by the Silicon Valley Arts Council in 1993. He has served on the San Jose Art League Board of Directors, as Program Chairman for the Los Gatos Art Association and newsletter editor for the East Valley Artists. He is a past president and board member of the North Valley Art league. Luke participates in Artist Gathering and Redding Salon.

Watercolor painting lessons and workshops are held at his studio and at the North Valley Art League. He has attended numerous painting workshops at Asilomar, Ruidoso, and Mendocino and St. Mary’s Art Centers as well as sixty semester units of college training. 

Retiring with 32 years of service as an educator in 2000, he moved to Viola where he resides at the Mt. Lassen Art Center. He has five grown children and five grand children. He enjoys a warm relationship with his large 7 generation Northern California extended family from Shasta, Siskiyou and Butte Counties.

California State Teaching Credentials: Standard Elementary (Life). Designated Services (Counseling and Social Work  (Life), Learning Handicapped and Resource Specialist.


Birds of Paradise Hunte's Garden by Howard "Luke Lucas"
Mahabodi Temple India-2 by Howard "Luke" Lucas
Sunset Afterglow Shelter Cove by Howard "Luke" Lucas
Mt. Shasta Kiezer Meadow by Howard "Luke" Lucas