Welcome to the Siskiyou Artists Association (SAA) web site. We are a congenial group of Northern California artists who meet regularly to exchange ideas and learn more about visual arts. SAA supports local artists by providing critiques and demonstrations at scheduled meetings, workshops, and an annual show in late summer. Each year the association also awards scholarships to local graduating high school and college art students. SAA has been active in Siskiyou County for more than sixty years. See some of our history here.
It's show time!
Congratulations to Neil Jacobs who won Best of Show for his mixed-media painting, "Came from Somewhere" (photo left). All award winnners were announced at the show reception held on Friday evening, August 17.
This year the show was judged by Ted Helard of Ashland, Oregon. Ted is a life-long illustrator, comic artist, and cartoonist. He graduated in 2008 from the Savannah College of Art and Design with an MA in Sequential Art. Since arriving in the Rogue Valley in 2011, he has taught visual storytelling, cartooning, drawing, and figurative drawing at RCC, SOU, COS, the Ashland Art Center, and the Rogue Gallery and Art Center. He has supplied illustrations for numerous periodicals, web-based publishing, children’s books, and anthologies. Thank you to Ted for his work on the show, and for his thoughtful and insightful comments on the artworks.
SAA's annual show is on exhibit at the Sisson Museum in Mount Shasta through 1:00 p.m. on Labor Day, September 3. The show features 37 local artists with 95 entries of original art in many different mediums such as oil, acrylic, pastel, print-making, water media, drawing, sculpture, and mixed media. Many of the works are for sale by the artist, with a portion of the proceeds donated to the museum. Several works donated by SAA members are available for purchase, via a silent auction, with the full proceeds going to the Sisson Museum.
In addition to the art exhibits described above, SAA is holding its traditional "silent auction" of original small art donated by members. These pieces are on display with opportunities for the public to bid with posted bid sheets throughout the run of the show. Bidding will close on Sunday, September 2, 2018, 1:00 p.m., and winning bidders will be notified when they can pick up the work. Proceeds from the silent auction help fund the association’s art scholarship, which is awarded annually to local high school and college students pursuing art careers.
SAA members Anne McTavish and Karen Copsey are co-chairs of the event this year. They express gratitude to the members and especially past event organizers, commenting, "There is a lot to putting on an event like this, and past members have laid the ground work and direction for us to follow in presenting this event. We are so grateful for their diligent efforts and assistance in preparing and coordinating the multitude of details of this art show."
SAA members thank Anne and Karen for their excellent work in making this show possible.
Morgan Eason (photo right), a 2018 Mount Shasta High School graduate and AP Fine Arts student, has been awarded the $750.00 scholarship. Morgan is registered to attend COS in September. She has experience in acrylic painting, printmaking, illustration (including comic books), drawing, and watercolor painting. Her work embodies a rich imagination, sophisticated art skills, color sense, and an eye for composition. She plans to incorporate her artistic drawing and painting skills to commercial art design.
SAA also awarded two Honorable Mention scholarships of $125 each to Kennedy Cross of Mount Shasta and Parker Stewart of Etna. Kennedy will be attending CMS Cinema Makeup School in Los Angeles this fall. Parker will be attending COS. Both Kennedy and Parker have won many accolades for their achievements in painting, drawing, design, and digital arts.
All three scholarship recipients will be honored at the SAA ‘s 61st Annual Art Show reception on Friday, August 17. Some of their recent work will be on display during the show.
SAA's next general meeting will be held on Sunday, October 21, 2018, at the Lake Shastina Community Center. Following the business meeting, there will be a critique by Willo Balfrey. Members who wish to bring an artwork for Willo's assessment should bring their work to the meeting by 1:30 p.m. The general meeting will begin at 2:00 p.m. followed by the critique.
This meeting will be the last one in 2018, and we will reconvene in February 2019. However, in the meantime, we will have a new show at Liberty Arts. See below for more information on that show.
The theme of the SAA show at Liberty Arts is "Hopes, Dreams, and Nightmares" - a theme we hope will inspire some challenges to our members. (For inspiration, see the work of professionals at WikiArt.Org, and type "dream" or "nightmare" into the search box.) Entries must not have been previously shown in Siskiyou County. The entry fee is $10 per artist. Members are encouraged to offer their work for sale and contribute a portion of the proceeds to Liberty Arts.
Our members range from beginning artists to skilled professionals. All you need to join is enthusiasm for visual arts and $20. Just complete the membership form and mail it with a check for annual dues ($20 for an individual or $30 per family) to Siskiyou Artists Association, P. O. Box 1654, Mount Shasta, CA 96067. You can join anytime, so we will see you at our next meeting.
|....||General Meeting - Critique by Ron Richards and Election of Officers
|....||General Meeting - Critique by Sean Kenny|
|April 27||....||SAA Scholarship Entry Forms Due|
|June 10||....||General Meeting - Critique by Chris Messer|
|....||General Meeting - Critique by Millie Whipplesmith Plank|
|July 27||....||SAA Show Entry Forms Due|
|August 15||....||Deliver SAA Show Entries to Sisson Museum|
|August 17||....||SAA Show Awards Reception – Sisson Museum|
|August 18||....||61st Annual SAA Show Opens – Sisson Museum|
|September 3||....||Pick up Artwork – Sisson Museum|
|October 21||General Meeting - Artwork of the Year Selection, Critique by Willo Balfrey|
SAA thanks Tom and Yvonne Waite, owners of Deetz Storage, for the very generous discount they have given SAA for storage of our show panels and other workshop and meeting supplies. Their support of our organization and local artists is greatly appreciated.