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.

Dennis King Awarded 2017 Artist of the Year

General Meeting - February 18, 2018

At our first general meeting for the year, officers were elected, and SAA President Betty Swartz presented Dennis King with the trophy for 2017 Artwork of the Year (photo right). Three of Dennis' paintings were recognized in 2017 for Artworks of the Month, and his "Fresh Fruit" market painting was selected as Artwork of the Year.

The general meeting was followed by a critique by Ron Richards. Artworks selected by members as February 2018 Artworks of the Month were:

Tongues & Tails by Karen Copsey

Next Meeting

SAA's next general meeting on April 15, 2018 at the Lake Shastina Community Center will feature 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 Willo's critique.

Inspired by the beautiful landscapes of Northern California and Southern Oregon, Willo works primarily in pastels and oils. She is a Signature Member of the Pastel Society of America - New York, Sierra Pastel Society, the Oregon Pastel Society, and Northwest Pastel Society. She is a Master Pastelist with the International Pastel Societies and a Distinguished Pastelist with the Pastel Society of the West Coast.

Willo has had paintings accepted into numerous shows: The Northwest Pastels Society’s Annual International Open Exhibit, the Pastel Society of America, the Pastel Society of the West Coast, and the International Association of Pastels Societies in Albuquerque, New Mexico. She is represented by the Contemporary-Masters Gallery and The Gallery in Mount Shasta.

Willo has also juried many shows, including serving as show judge for SAA’s Annual Art Show. Her work has been published in the Pastel Journal as an honorable mention, and featured “Pastel Landscapes Coast to Coast” as well as included in the International Artists publication, "100 Ways to Paint Seascapes, River & Lakes, Volume 1."

Light Surge by Bea Duran-Whiteman

2018 Scholarship

The Siskiyou Artists Association is again pleased to offer scholarships to promising young artists in Siskiyou County. The scholarships are available to students enrolled at College of the Siskiyous and to graduating Siskiyou County high school seniors. If you know of an eligible individual who is planning to continue their art education, please encourage them to apply.

Scholarship applications are due no later than April 27, 2018.

2019 SAA Members' Show at Liberty Arts in Yreka

In addition to our Annual Show in August-September 2018, SAA members will have the opportunity to exhibit at Liberty Arts in Yreka during January 2019.

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.

Water is Life by Dennis King


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.

2018 SAA Schedule

Date   Activity
February 18
.... General Meeting - Critique by Ron Richards and Election of Officers
April 15
.... General Meeting - Critique by Willo Balfrey
April 27 .... SAA Scholarship Entry Forms Due
June 10 .... General Meeting - Critique by Millie Whipplesmith Plank
July 15
.... General Meeting - Critique or Demo To Be Announced
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 or Demo To Be Announced

Thank You Deetz Storage!

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.



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