Soprano and Producer Michelle Coder Painter Annika Hemminge Sierra by ewghwehws


									A r ts Council of Placer County

                        Ar ts Newsmagazine & Calendar of Events   J a nu a r y / F e b r u a r y 2 0 0 4

                                                                                Soprano and


                                                                                Michelle Coder

                                                                                Annika Hemminge

                                                                                Sierra College’s

                                                                                Ridley Gallery
                                                                                  Volume 9, Number 7

                                                                            5    Dauntless Diva
                                                                                 Soprano Michelle Coder takes on children’s musicals
                                                                                 by Janis Dice

                                                                            6    Discovering the Ridley
                                                                                 Sierra College’s surprising Ridley Gallery
                                                                                 by Persia Woolley

                                                                            8    Comfort & Joy
    From the “Martini Series,”                                                   Annika Hemminge paints from happiness
                   acrylic by                                                    by Sandra Reeves
          Annika Hemminge.

                                                                           10 Arts Leap
                                                                                 Arts in Placer County schools
                                                                                 by Carolyn Taylor

                                                                           12 Arts News
                                                                                 From around the county

                                                                           14 Arts Calendar
                                                                                 Galleries, Music & Dance, Museums, Events &
                                                                                 Festivals, Trips, Film, Theatre, Classes, Arts for
                                                                                 Children, Calls to Artists

                                                                           25    End Paper
                                       Sculpture by Jennifer Johnson             Painting in Bormes les Mimosa
                                                                                 Sketchbook Notes from France, Fall 2003
                                                                                 by Patty Pieropan Dong

From the “Martini Series,” acrylic by Annika Hemminge.                     About the Cover
                                                                           My subject matter is chosen from common things that surround us all,
About the Artist                                                           but which are then depicted in an uncommon way. I want to show the
Annika Hemminge is a native of Scandinavia and a former                    beauty and wonders of life’s simple things. I prefer to paint from real
Miss Sweden. She received her early training in art in Stockholm           still life setups, training my eye to see what is not obvious. I start with
and graduated from the University of Uppsala with a Master’s               a value study in black and white to assure that I have interpreted the
degree. She began traveling the world and has painted in Brazil,           motif in the most unique and exciting way possible. I meticulously use
Japan, India, Nepal, France and Italy. Her native Sweden and its           contrasting colors as an abstract underpainting. Then I describe the
culture come through strongly in her enchanting subject matter and         subject matter itself, trying to make my paintings vibrate with exciting,
her vibrant colors. There is a bright, fresh and playful touch to all of   electric colors, taking conventional subjects to a different level.
Annika’s paintings.                                                                                                                  —A. Hemminge

2      January/February 2004                    Perspectives
Making the Arts Matter

When youthe essential “California experi-
              consider all the things that          The arts make a tremendous
contribute to                                       impact in the state’s economy,
ence,” a major element in the equation is the       according to Arts & Economic
state’s vibrant arts and culture scene. Whether     Prosperity by Americans for the
a major cultural festival, a small poetry gath-     Arts. Arts, culture, and creativity in
ering, or a single artist working with fourth       California, is a $16.75 billion eco-
graders in a local school, the arts contribute to   nomic engine providing 400,000
the health of our state in many ways: arts edu-     full-time equivalent jobs and gen-
cation for children, economic vitality through      erating more than $825 million in
jobs, commerce, and cultural tourism, and a         income and sales tax revenue. CAC
visible demonstration of cultural diversity and     grants generate an eight-to-one
civic pride.                                        return on the investment and arts
   But now, because of drastic cuts by the          consumers and patrons spend in restaurants,         Angela Tahti
Legislature to the California Arts Council          hotels, and shops that contribute to the rev-
(CAC), the agency that funds excellence in          enue stream of our cities and towns.
arts, culture, and creativity, the California          With reduced funding from the state, as
dream is severely threatened for the state’s 35     well as from foundations, corporations, and
million residents. The agency’s budget was          individual donations, and losses from ticket
slashed by 94 percent, from $18 million to a        sales from canceled performances, many arts
meager $1 million. That equates to less than        organizations formerly funded by the CAC
three cents per person in the state and puts        are now at risk for their survival. The orga-         restoring meaningful fu
California dead last in per capita ranking in       nizations most susceptible are those small-           Arts Council lies in YO
the nation. By comparison, New York allocates       and medium-budget organizations serving               nication with your rep
more than $2.00 per person; the national aver-      California’s diverse populations and those in         how you feel and don
age is $1.15.                                       rural counties. Having no majority population         culture, and creativity
   As a result of the cuts, the agency sus-         in the state, California represent one of the         Golden State.
pended its grant programs for the first time        most diverse states in the natio, its residents
in its history. The largest Artists in Schools      representing a wide variety of cultures, cus-              — Angela Juliano
Residence program in the nation fell to one         toms, and communities. Although the agency                             Arts C
of nonexistence. Last year, 1,310 artists and       strives for equity in all its grant programs, the
arts organizations received grants from the         suspension of grants will disproportionately
Arts Council to carry out their work, thereby       affect multicultural groups.
enhancing the quality of life in California.           However, there is hope for all of these
These grants enabled artists to work in their       areas.
communities teaching valuable and much-                With your help, we can keep the California
needed skills such as creative thinking, team-      dream alive for thousands of schoolchildren,
building, and promoting awareness of other          artists, and average Californians by urging our
cultures. The skills are precisely those that       districts’ elected officials to support restora-
employers seek for the workforce of the 21st        tion of funding to the California Arts Council
century. The grants also enabled organizations      to a meaningful level. If you don’t know your
to positively contribute to the California’s cul-   elected representatives, go to the California
tural fabric. Additionally, these funds provided    Arts Council Web site ( and
additional dollars for many organizations, such     locate him or her by typing in your zip code.
as the Arts Council of Placer County, Arts          Please, call, write, or fax your state senator,
for the School, and Lincoln Arts & Culture          assembly member, and the governor, and
Foundation, by means of matching require-           tell them you are a concerned constituent
ments.                                              who cares deeply about this issue. Success in

                                                                   Perspectives            January/February 2004       3
Perspectives is a bi-monthly publication of the Arts
Council of Placer County and the City of Roseville. Its
purpose is to create a forum for communication for
artists and arts organizations in Placer County and to
increase awareness of activities and programs related
to arts and culture in the area.

                  MISSION STATEMENT
      The Arts Council of Placer County is the
       catalyst for the arts in Placer County.
Executive Committee
April Maynard, Chair
Susan Dupre, Vice-chair
Bob Hagmann, Secretary
Dave Imgrund, Treasurer                                     Writer Janis Dice (Dauntless Diva, pg. 5) is a frequent contributor to
Anthony Folcarelli, District 1                              Comstock’s Business magazine and the Discover magazines published by
Board of Trustees                                           the Sacramento Bee. Her Community Profiles and Home and Garden fea-
Supervisorial District Members
District 1 vacant
                                                            ture articles appear weekly in the Auburn Journal. She is a regular fea-
District 2 Gloria Coutts                                    tures contributor to Perspectives.
District 3 Debbie Dragon, Auburn
District 4 vacant
District 5 Joan Stockbridge, Colfax                         Carolyn Taylor (Arts Leap, pg. 10) regularly contributes to Perspectives’
Members at Large                                            Arts Leap section. She is the Education/Community Relations Project
Susan Dupre, Christian Valley                               Manager for the Placer County Office of Education.
Lauraine Bacon, Colfax
Jan White, Penryn
April Maynard, Auburn                                       Persia Woolley (Discovering the Ridley, pg. 6) is the author of a trilogy
Bob Hagmann, Roseville
Dave Imgrund, Auburn                                        of historical fiction books and two non-fiction books. Persia writes regu-
Advisory Team                                               larly for the Auburn Sentinel and is a Perspectives mainstay writer.
Dave Breninger, Chair Emeritus
Dick Cushman, Resource Development
Phyllis Butz, Leadership Development
                                                            Sandra Reeves (Comfort & Joy, pg. 8) is the editor of Perspectives.
Administrative and Program Staff
Angela Tahti, Executive Director
Dorothy Crites, Office Manager
Norma Brink, Accountant
Editor: Sandra Reeves
Design/Production: Blue Cat Studio
Printed by Auburn Printers
Publication and distribution of Perspectives is made
possible with support from the County of Placer,
the California Arts Council State-Local Partnership
and Local Arts Education Partnership Programs, and
by the Placer County Visitors Council, and the cities
of Auburn, Lincoln, and Roseville.

Perspectives, published four to six times a year,
is sent to members and distributed via the public
library system countywide and regionally. Copies
are available at the Arts Council of Placer County
office as well as at the California Welcome Center
Auburn. Opinions, findings, and conclusions
expressed are those of the authors and do not
necessarily reflect the views of the arts council or
cultural arts commission, board of trustees, staff,
advertisers, or funders. Letters, suggestions, and
story ideas are welcomed. Calendar items, along
with photographs or slides, may be sent to the
office. Deadline for the March/April 2004 issue:
January 20, 2003.

                   Arts Council of Placer County                                                    “Madonna Transformation” — a 30" tall
                   808 Lincoln Way                                                                  mixed media goddess doll by Carolyn
                   Auburn, CA 95603-4807
                   Phone (530) 885-5670                                                             Hinman — is part of the Goddess Show
                   Fax (530) 885-0348                                                               at The Rainbow Gallery of Art & Music in
                                                                      Colfax through February 14.

4       January/February 2004                          Perspectives
Dauntless Diva
Soprano Michelle Coder now adapts, produces,
and performs in children’s musicals
by Janis Dice

With her have gone toperforming, Michelle
            passion for
Coder could             Los Angeles, New
York, Paris, or London to pursue a career in
the arts. But Auburn is where she wants to be.
After earning her Bachelor of Arts degrees in
Music Education and Vocal Performance from
California State University at Chico 15 years
ago, Michelle returned home to work at Music
and More, an Auburn arts academy and the-
ater founded by her parents, Kay and Michael
Coder. A trained soprano, Michelle started
at the school giving voice lessons in private
and group sessions. For seven years, she also
traveled the West Coast as half of the musical
Vernier Duo, performing art songs.
     “The songs are kind of like opera arias,
but are based on poems,” Michelle explains.
“It’s sort of a miniature classical music vocal
form, where you change characters for each
song, and sing about 20 songs in a concert.”
     When the duo parted ways several years
ago, Michelle put all her musical energy into
the academy. Constantly expanding her artistic          Michelle’s first musical, “Thumbelina,” was   Jesse Vernier and
range and exploring new genres, the 42-year-       performed last fall at the Mother Lode Theater     Michelle Coder
old still guides vocalists but lately has also     in Placerville to sold out audiences. The pro-     performing as
been writing and producing original adapta-        duction received very good reviews. Then she       Vernier Duo.
tions of classic tales.                            transformed “A Little Princess” into a musical,
     “When I was little, our house was like        staying true to the book in the adaptation.
Music and More,” she recalls, laughing. “I was     Incorporating humor, she also highlights the
the ringleader, and we were always doing little    spiritual nature of the fable, with the help of
plays and performances.”                           a talented South Indian musician, Ramana
     While on a vocal scholarship to Chico         Ramayanam. Much of the music is authen-
State, Michelle learned the mechanics of the-      tic Carnatic music, she says, that uses “raga”
ater production, working in every department,      scales of music, which are comprised of differ-
as well as performing in each stage produc-        ent collections of notes.
tion. Now she is drawing from that well of              “There are more than 200 ragas and each
backstage training, often functioning as a visu-   has an emotional context associated with it,”
al artist, seamstress, and costumer.               she clarifies. “I would identify the mood of the
     “Doing these productions is sort of like a    scene to Ramana; he would choose the cor-
rebirth for me, going back to my roots,” she       rect raga, and I would write the songs around
says. “It combines all of my talents into one      those notes. So the pieces are true blendings
thing.”                                                                         continued on page 9

                                                                 Perspectives            January/February 2004            5
                                                                     Discovering the Ridley
                                                                                                         by Persia Woolley

                               There slip some things in alife that
                                       are                                  bring it to the fore. “This is the fastest and
                               tend to     by with barely ripple.           largest growing community in the area,”
                                You’re sort of aware of them; maybe         O’Donnell notes. “Its citizens are up-scale and
                                you nod in passing or even think,”Ah        sophisticated, and they want to see work that
                                yes, one of these days…” That’s             is on a level with that found in San Francisco.”
                                exactly where I was when it came to             Gallery funding is always problematic, but
                                the Ridley Gallery, at Sierra College       Sierra College and O’Donnell have tapped
                                Rocklin. Oh, I remembered that in the       every resource they can find. Students
                                early ‘90s art students at Sierra felt as   qualified to get a work-study grant through
                                if they’d won the world when they           CalWorks until that program was cut. (There
                                were allowed to hang their work on          is, however, a similar program still avail-
                                an entrance wall in the library. Indeed,    able at the federal level.) The Sierra College
                                then (as now) most community col-           Foundation has been a strong supporter, and
                                leges had little or nothing in the way      an outreach to local corporations has brought
                                of art classes, much less a special area    Systech Displays, Sierra Pine, and the Entrekin
      Above: Ridley    set aside for exhibits.                              Foundation of Nevada City into the fold.
    Gallery director      But Sierra isn’t most colleges. For one thing,        “We’re particularly pleased that firms such
    Rose O’Donnell.    it had Robert Ridley, an art professor who was       as Don’s Art Supply, Harris Welding, and
                       determined to get art onto the campus in a           Walker’s Office Supplies have arranged to
       Bottom Right:   regular fashion. His energy, talent, and abil-       give students gift certificates for art supplies
“Old Style for Sam,”   ity to reach his students helped establish the       and framing service at wholesale,” O’Donnell
    mixed media by     art program which has boasted Fritz Blodgett,        says. “And the Arts Council of Placer County
    Michael Robert     John Hamilton, Dotty Brown, Larry Ortiz, and
 Pollard, showing at   Pam Johnson among its faculty.
  the Ridley Gallery      Added to that was the fact that Sierra
  Jan. 26 – Feb. 19.   President Kevin Ramirez and Brian Haley,
                       Dean of the LRC (Learning Resources Center,
                       the campus library), were strong advocates
                       of the arts and gallery program. The Sierra
                       College Patrons Club, an information and
                       fund-raising group drawn from the com-
                       munity, took up the cause, and in 1998 the
                       Ridley Gallery was officially opened to the
                       public under the watchful eye of director Rose
                          O’Donnell had taken a course in gallery
                       management from Pam Johnson, and was
                       delighted to start offering a one-semester class
                       of her own. The class gives students hands-on
                       experience in the Ridley itself.
                          “We’re one of the few learning institutions
                       that actually teaches the subject,” O’Donnell
                       says. “In the two years we’ve offered the class,
                       many students have gone on to work at other
                          The gallery’s location in Rocklin also helps

6     January/February 2004              Perspectives
Sierra College’s unsung Ridley Gallery mounts seven ambitious shows a year

provides cash
awards for the
best pieces in
the annual stu-
dent exhibit.”
    The gallery
cannot sell the
work on dis-
play, but inter-
ested buyers
are encouraged
to contact the                                                                                                         Left: Artist
artist directly.                                                                                                       Michael Robert
There is, how-                                                                                                         Pollard in his
ever, a huge                                                                                                           studio, 2002.
art sale early
in December                                                                                                            Right: “Rolling
which is open to the public.                                                                                           Chair Back,”
    “It only lasts five days, but people plan for                                                                      mixed media by
it all year long.” O’Donnell says. “Anyone with                                                                        Michael Robert
art to sell can apply to be included, and many                                                                         Pollard.
people come to buy with Christmas in mind.”
    Taking into account the college calendar,
the Ridley mounts seven shows a year. These
highlight the work of local and regional artists,
and each artist agrees to give a talk about his             Ridley Exhibits
or her art, free of charge and open to the pub-
lic. These talks are videotaped and saved as                January 26 – February 19
archival material for the future.                           Michael Pollard — Wild, colorful paintings and sculptures by the
    “Not only does one gain insight into the                director of the UC Davis Design Museum. Reception and Artist’s
creative process for each artist, these tapes               Talk, Wed., Feb. 4, 4:30 – 6:30 p.m.
can be a resource for local high schools,”
O’Donnell explains. “And artists can have cop-              March 1 – April 15
ies for themselves which help in making pre-                Eating Disorders In A Disordered Culture — Multimedia instal-
sentations for grants or commissions.”                      lation, created by UC Davis professor Kathyrn Sylva and San Jose
    Now that I’ve seen it, now that I understand            State University professor of art Robin Lasser, explores the per-
the extent of the activity going on at this very            sonal, cultural, and historical dimensions of eating disorders. Artists’
bright spot on the region’s gallery landscape,              Talk and reception date and time TBA.
I’ll be there at each Ridley exhibit and event
with bells on.                                              April 26 – May 20
                                                            Annual Juried Student Show — All mediums are represented in
Ridley Gallery, Sierra College, 5000 Rocklin Rd.,           this annual exhibition of work submitted by Sierra College students.
Rocklin. Open Monday – Thursday, 11 a.m. – 6 p.m.           An artists’ reception and awards presentation, Tues., May 11,
The gallery is free, but there is a $1 daily parking fee.   4:30 – 6:30 p.m.
For more information call (916)789-2873, or visit

                                                                       Perspectives                 January/February 2004              7
                    Comfort & Joy
                    Annika Hemminge paints from a place of happiness

                    by Sandra Reeves

                                                                      she loves to, Annika paints almost all day
                                                                      every day in one of her two studios, at
                                                                      Donner and in Grass Valley. “I can start paint-
                                                                      ing in the morning and look up and have for-
                                                                      gotten to eat, and it’s four in the afternoon,”
                                                                      she says. “I like the boldness of acrylics, and
                                                                      I love the process of painting, to have paint
                                                                      under a brush and move it around on a sur-
                                                                      face. I’ve been drawing and painting as long
                                                                      as I can remember.”
                                                                            Annika was born in Stockholm to Linnea
                                                                      and Anton Hemminge. Her mother was - and
                                                                      still is — a poet; her father, an architect. Like
                                                                      other Swedish children, she started school at
                                                                      age 7 and, along with schoolbooks, received a
                                                                      watercolors set for the twice-a-week painting
                                                                      classes that were part of the curriculum.
                                                                            “We had no TV, just radio,” she recalls.
                                                                      “As an only child, I spent a lot of time alone
                                                                      painting and drawing.”
                                                                            As Annika grew up, good looks took her

                    Beauty, brains,loving,ansupportive husband        into modeling and then into beauty contests.
          Annika                       and    ever-burgeoning         As Miss Sweden, she entered the 1968 Miss
    Hemminge at     artistic talent. A                                International contest, held that year in Tokyo.
      work in her   and three variously talented grown children.      There she roomed with Miss USA, Karen Ann
     Donner Lake    How many blessings can one middle-aged            MacQuarrie. Miss Brazil was crowned Miss
          Studio.   Swedish woman enjoy? All of those and more,       International; Annika was first runner-up, and
                    it would seem, in looking at the life of Annika   Karen Ann second runner-up. But the friend-
                    Hemminge, a North Lake Tahoe painter whose        ship that had grown between the roommates
                    bright acrylic canvases of food, wine, coffee,    proved to be much more important than any
                    and other of life’s simple pleasures fly out of   of their titles. When, soon after, Annika was
                    the several galleries in which they’re placed.    flying to Paris via New York, Karen Ann called
                    Happiness would seem to be her lot and what       her brother, Michael, then a graduate student
                    she loves to share.                               in New York, and asked him to meet Annika
                         “I absolutely love to paint,” Annika says,   at the airport and show her the sights until her
                    “and I feel very fortunate, so thrilled, when     flight left for Paris.
                    people like my work, when they say ‘I had to            “I was disgruntled,” says Michael. “I
                    buy this; it made me feel so good.’”              didn’t want to have to take care of my sister’s
                         Annika has collectors around the country     friends. But she told me I would love meet-
                    and in Sweden. She has had many shows here        ing her, so I went to the airport and met this
                    and in Sweden and is represented in galler-       lovely girl. I had an MG, and it started snow-
                    ies in Napa, Sutter Creek, and Balboa; Bend,      ing, and there we were. Not only was she gor-
                    Oregon, and Maui. She shows in festivals          geous, but she was wonderful company. We
                    from Sausalito and Palm Springs to Scottsdale,    didn’t go to the Statue of Liberty or the Empire
                    Arizona. Wherever it goes, her work is            State Building, but sat up talking all night
                    popular.                                          long.”
                         To meet the great demand and because               Love transformed Annika’s life. After meet-

8    January/February 2004          Perspectives
                                                   Coder Feature
                                                   from page 5

                                                   of Eastern and Western styles of music.”
                                                        One of the most meaningful of those
                                                   songs is “The Other Side of the Wall,”
                                                   she says, which is about being caught
                                                   between two worlds. “And when we
                                                   were working on it, we realized we were
                                                   trying to blend two cultures; that is the
                                                   same as the story’s theme, which was
                                                   kind of interesting to us. The princess
                                                   has a positive impact on all she touches,
                                                   and I guess that’s what we’re hoping to
Acrylic by Annika Hemminge.                        do, too.”
                                                        It may be Michelle’s humanistic
ing Michael, she decided to give up modeling       world view that helped infuse the adap-
and go back to the University of Uppsala in        tation with a spiritual quality. “If you can bring   Soprano
Sweden to get an M.A. in psychology. Within        anything into the world that contributes to          Michelle Coder
a few years the two were married and travel-       peace and love, it’s a good thing,” she says.
ing the world. After they settled in California,   “Art touches people in a way nothing else
Annika worked in her field for awhile, but,        does, and theater is a very powerful tool. It
says Michael, she “wanted something happier,       really does fill each of the senses and can be a
so she’s been painting ever since.”                very deep experience for the audience.”
     The MacQuarries lived in Tiberon for 10            She hopes to collaborate again, perhaps
years before moving to Tahoe, where they           with Gerald Rowe, who co-wrote the music
raised their three children, whom they home-       for “Thumbelina,” possibly taking on “The
schooled through high school. Michael              Little Prince” or even “Willie Wonka.” But that
worked as an ER doctor in Truckee, and             will have to be squeezed into an already over-
Annika painted.                                    flowing schedule, which includes writing a
     “She painted while she taught the kids,       book of poetry, penning children’s stories, and
painted while she made dinner,” Michael says,      managing a side business as a dog trainer spe-
laughing. “She’s got us all into painting; the     cializing in Australian Shepherds. “Dog train-
whole family paints — it’s one of my great         ing is a very different atmosphere from the
joys.”                                             performing arts, and it’s fun to be involved in
     Almost entirely self-taught, Annika has       something so different,” she says.
been influenced by the cultures she’s come to           Although Michelle is enamored of her own
know in her travels — to Europe, Nepal, India,     multiple pets and private training sessions, it
Japan, South America, and of course her native     is writing and producing her works that takes
Scandinavia. “She doesn’t talk about the ethe-     top priority — for now.
real aspects of her work,” Michael notes. “She’s        “After I turned 40, something happened,
been influenced by various artists in various      and I decided I would follow my heart and
cultures, but mainly she paints because she        just do whatever pleased me, let myself be
loves to and wants to make people happy.”          creative, see what would come out of me, and
     In her studio, Annika may have 10 or          just go with the flow,” she recalls. “And that’s
20 paintings going at a time. “The more you        what I’m doing right now — just putting it out
paint, the more ideas you get,” she says. She      there and seeing what happens. And, like my
prices her work to make it affordable — piec-      art, I want my life to grow and change and
es range from $300 to $5,000. “I paint so much     continue growing. I’m reinventing myself as
I want people to have them, not to have them       I’m going along.”
sitting in galleries.”                                  Others may see heading off to the big city
     Radiant with rich colors, exuberantly evoc-   to seek wealth and fame as the goal in an art-
ative of enjoyable moments, Annika’s paintings     ist’s life. “But that’s not the end all,” Michelle
convey her core feelings. “I will keep doing       says. “Sometimes just being in a simple place
this,” she concludes, “as long as I have fun       and doing what makes you happy is the great-
with it.”                                          est pleasure.”

                                                                  Perspectives            January/February 2004          9
                  The Play’s the Thing                                   students they must study history, psychology,
                  Colfax High School’s Theater Arts                      literature, be aware of their own physical and
                                                                         emotional responses, and learn to focus their
                  To many, working with teenagers may seem               attention.”
                  to have all the plot twists and turns of a                 Because he favors the classics, Deaderick’s
                  Shakespearean play, but Colfax High School             first CHS production was Shakespeare’s The
                  (CHS) drama teacher John Deaderick looks               Tempest. That was followed by Sophocles’
                  forward to coming to school every day                  Antigone. Deaderick claims these plays make
                  to direct his students in a presentation of            sense and are of interest to audiences today
                  Shakespeare’s first play, Comedy of Errors.            because of their universal, timeless qualities.
                     John Deaderick has been teaching drama              He delights in seeing the young people awak-
                  for 30 years. He started at CHS with one               en to the link between people of different cul-
                  small class three years ago and since then has         tures throughout history.
                  developed a theater-training program for 135               Deaderick recognizes that staying focused
                  students in four classes. He has been involved         isn’t an easy task for his students experienc-
                  with Placer Union High School District’s               ing the media and information overload of our
                  Visual and Performing Arts (VAPA) program              society, but tells them to get out of the “Hey,
                  since Angela Tahti, the Arts Council of Placer         entertain me!” mode to a “You must entertain
                  County’s executive director, brought the proj-         yourself” outlook. The key, he says, is keep-
                  ect to district administrators.                        ing students engaged in all phases of the the-
                     Deaderick believes he teaches much more             atre experience. One way he does that is to
                  than drama. “My classes are a theater training         describe production roles humorously to catch
                  program for teaching positive values, group            teens’ attention, and at the same time convey
                  cooperation, individual responsibility, relation-      the roles’ responsibilities. Producer (“Those
                  ship with the audience, and above all else,            who lead must learn to serve”); director (“Hey,
                  provide an opportunity for students to study           do I get to call this my show?”); stage manag-
                  human behavior,” he says. “To be good drama            er: (“The taskmaster/mistress of every produc-
                                                                         tion, the tech crew boss”); actor (“The person
                                                                         the audience came to see; make that audience
                          If you’re interested                           happy”); set designer (“Take us to an imagi-
                          in improving arts                              nary world”); lighting tech (“If all the world’s
                          education for kids…                            a stage, I want better lighting!”); properties
                          you’ll need a license.                         (“Hey, where’s my…?”); costume coordinator
                                                                         (“We don’t do this naked”); make up (“Make
                  The Arts License Plate, designed by renowned           us look good?”); construction crew (“If you
                  California artist Wayne Thiebaud, is the first plate   build it, they will come”); treasurer (“There
                  in the nation solely designed to benefit the Arts.     ain’t no such thing as a free lunch”).
                  Your purchase of the Arts plate helps fund arts            Theatre productions require additional
                  education and local art programming in schools         teams behind the scenes to teach the funda-
                  and communities throughout California. Order your      mentals and nuances of the art. Erin Brighting
                  plate today by calling (800) 201-6201 or visit         is an artist who works with the students
                                                on the technical theater component. Steve
                                                                         Trombetta’s landscape class builds the sets

10   January/February 2004            Perspectives
Watching the arts work in Placer County schools
by Carolyn Taylor

designed by CHS John O’Schwartz’s student
   The cast of 50 has been rehearsing for
Comedy in the classroom and in the cafeteria/
multi-use room — until the wrestlers take it
over in the afternoon, that is. The cast — and
the whole school — is looking forward
with great anticipation to the opening of a
brand new performing arts building, in early
February. Paid for by school bond measure
W, the theater will seat 500. It will have state
of the art lighting and sound equipment that
Deaderick will teach the students to operate.
   State and district budget cuts over the last
three years have reduced the average amount
available for each student from $30 to $10 per
student per year. Transportation costs prohibit
field trips to other dramatic performances. So
where does drama money come from? Box
office ticket sales and in-kind donations keep
the curtain rising at CHS. Ticket sales for a
December production of Muses 3 brought in
$1,000 in two performances. Deaderick also
applies for grants to supplement costs.
   As they put the finishing touches on their
production of Comedy of Errors, the Creators
of Riveting Entertainment, as they call them-
selves, and their mentor John Deaderick watch
eagerly as the new 500-seat performing arts
center also takes shape.

Comedy of Errors is showing February 12, 13, 14 at
7 p.m. If the new theater is not finished on schedule,   Colfax High drama students rehearsing for Comedy of Errors.
show dates are March 11, 12, 13. Look for post-
ers designed and produced by the students or call
Deaderick at CHS. (530) 346-2284 x 351.

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                        Loomis photographer honored in                      Gibboney, Barbara Kallestad, Carolyn Keigley,
                        Sacramento exhibit                                  Susan Nielsen, Donna Reid, Suzanne Riley,
                                                                            and Yardley Wing.
                                    James Hirschinger, a fine art pho-         Judges for “New Works” were Ryrie Valdez
                                    tographer from Loomis, captured         of Frames by Ryrie Gallery, in Tahoe City, and
                                    Second Place in the “Open Color”        Patty Pogan of Pogan Gallery, in Tahoe Vista.
                                    category of the Fourth Annual           The opening recepting was held December 5.
                                    Sacramento Fine Arts Center’s
                                    Photography Exhibition. The win-        Roseville Arts Center mounts
                                    ning photograph, titled “Loomis         membership drive
                                    Fruit Shed #5, was one of a series
                                    of five images of an historic shed      On a mission to double its current member-
                                    destroyed by fire a few months          ship, Roseville Arts Center, is doing everything
                                    after the photos were taken. One        possible to make the Roseville community
                                    photo in the series was obtained        more aware of what the center does — its
                                    by the Loomis Basin Historical          gallery shows, education programs, special
                                    Society and is on permanent dis-        events, outreach to schools, and arts activism.
                                    play in the Loomis Public Library.         “After nearly 40 years of presenting inno-
                                         Judges for the Sacramento          vative, culturally motivated programs to our
                                    exhibit were three experts in           community, we are still referred to as the best
                                    the field of photography: Gene          kept secret in Placer County,” says RAC execu-
                                    Kennedy, executive director of          tive director Barbara Dolder. “Once people
                                    Viewpoint Gallery, in Sacramento;       find out what we do, they want to become a
       “Loomis Fruit    Mark Morris, Sacramento Bee photography             part of this incredible organization.”
Shed #5,” a photo by    director; and Jim Dunn, owner of Avian                 Dolder invites everyone to play a part in
   James Hirschinger.   Images.                                             what she calls a “bright future for the arts” in
                                                                            the area by joining RAC. Levels of member-
                        For more, contact Hirschinger at                    ship, designed to fit everyone’s budget, range
               or (916) 652-4536.         from $30 annually to the President’s Circle of
                                                                            $5,000 and above. The membership campaign
                        North Tahoe Arts announces                          runs through April 1.
                        Member Show 2003 awards                             More information and printable membership forms
                                         All through the holiday sea-       are available at
                                         son, work in many mediums          For more, call the center at (916) 783-4117.
                                         by North Tahoe Arts members
                                         decorated the NTA’s Corison
                                         Gallery, in Tahoe City. The
                                         show, “New Works,” continued         Letter to the Editor
                                         a long-standing tradition that       Imi and I would like to express our sincere
                                         began many years ago with            appreciation for the terrific job that Janis Dice
                                         the early Sierra Artists Network     did on the article about us [In the Abstract,
                                         shows. This year 17 artists par-     November-December 2003]. She has a mastery
                                                                              of the language that is clearly impressive and a
                                                                              poetic style that is refreshing to read.
                                              Awards went to Heidi               This year’s Autumn Art Studios Tour was our
                                         Reeves (Best of Show),               best in our nine years of doing it, so we want to
  “Autumn Wind,” by     Carol David (First Place), Deanna DeGrande            thank Perspectives and Janis for being a signifi-
  Deanna DiGrande,      (Second Place), and Crystal Harling (Third            cant part of our success.
    3rd place, North    Place). Other members in the show were                                 Sincerely, Jim and Imi Hirschinger
          Tahoe Arts    Saundra Berreta, Al Bierl, Madeline Bohanon,                                                  Loomis, CA
    Members’ Show.      Fritzi Briner, Audrey Dygert, Jan Foss, Gregg

 12     January/February 2004              Perspectives
                                                      in the fanciful set-
                                                      ting of the proverb
                                                      itself, where imagi-
                                                      nation prevails.
                                                           Snook is a
                                                      professor, photog-
                                                      rapher, digital artist
                                                      and author based
                                                      in Roseville. He
                                                      has been teaching
                                                      at Sierra College
                                                      for three years.
                                                      Previously, he
                                                      worked 17 years as                                    “Many Hands
“Bare Trees by the Cosumnes River,” by photographer   a commercial photographer. In 1998, Snooks            Make Light Work,”
Roman Loranc.                                         published his first book, Fathers & Sons: pho-        by photographer
                                                      tographs, quotes, and essays, for which he did        and digital artist
Photo center holds book signing                       the photography, interviews and text.                 Randy Snook.
In December, the Sacramento Valley
Photographic Art Center held a booksigning            Roseville Arts Center selling
at the Viewpoint Gallery for photographers            Haman House
Roman Loranc and Randy Snook. Loranc’s
book, Two-Hearted Oak, is a collection of             Barbara Dolder, executive director of Roseville
photographs celebrating the Central Valley.           Arts Center, announced recently that, RAC’s
Eloquent essays and poems by Lillian Vallee           board of directors has decided that it is in the
complement the photographs. Loranc (pro-              best interest of the center to sell the Haman
nounced “Lawrence”) was born in 1956 in               House, home to RAC for almost 30 years. Over
Bielski-Biala, Poland. His work has been              the past two years, the board has discussed
exhibited in many public and private galler-          ways to develop the property to better serve
ies, and is currently on view at Photography          the growing population and to move in a
West Gallery in Carmel, among others. A               new direction, Dolder said. The board con-
major exhibition of his work is on display at         cluded that the Haman House as a financial
Ansel Adams Gallery in Yosemite National              asset would lead towards that new direction.
Park through January 27. Vallee is a Central          Donors should be assured, she said, that their
Valley poet, an award-winning translator, and         investment will be carried forward into a new
an instructor of English at Modesto Junior            center for the arts in downtown Roseville.
     From witticisms about family members to          For more information, contact Barbara Dolder at
instructions about how to behave in politics,         (916) 783-4117 or
the 20 Hmong proverbs gathered in Many
Ideas Open the Way, illustrated by Randy
Snook, reflect the many facets of Hmong cul-
ture. The sayings give readers insight into the
                                                       Singing Valentines
way of the Hmong people, in which wisdom               A silk rose in a vase and two songs for someone
and personal relationships are central. But            special. Presented by a Barbershop Quartet from
the ancient proverbs are only half the story.          the Nevada-Placer Chapter of Barbershop Singers.
Snook’s vibrant photographs blend the past             On either February 13 or 14, 2004, for $35
with the future, allowing readers to see that          Send check, made out to “Nevada-Placer Chapter”
we can call learn from each other’s cultures.          to P.O. Box 4400, Auburn, CA 95603. For more
Depicting each proverb are the Hmong peo-              information, call (530) 823-5533.
ple, dressed in traditional costume but placed

                                                                      Perspectives              January/February 2004        13
                                                                                                                                                     BY J OHN T SANTES
“Bridge,” stoneware, 66 x 3 feet, by Taiwanese ceramist Ah Leon, whose work is showing in the Crocker Art Museum, in Sacramento,
February 7 – April 18.

Galleries                                                                  Artists’ Talk and reception time and date TBA. Ridley Gallery, Sierra
                                                                           College. (916) 789-2873. www.sierracollege/edu/events/current.html

Roseville                                                                  Lincoln
January 17 – March 5: Artists in Action, 33rd Annual                       January 6 – 31: Jan Allen Henley. Wooden bowls & drawings.
Membership Show. Opening reception 3rd Saturday, Jan.17,                   Reception Jan. 16, 6 – 8 p.m. Lincoln Arts & Culture Foundation,
6:30 – 9 p.m. Judges: Gayle Rappaport Weiland and David Lobenberg.         580 Sixth Street. (916) 645-9713.
405 Gallery, 405 Vernon St. (916) 786-7827.
                                                                           February 3 – 28: Photography by Richard Ruef & Sculpture by
January 15 – February 27: Art from the Heart. Artwork from the             Ray Estes. Reception Feb. 13, 6 – 8 p.m. At Lincoln Arts & Culture
home-schooled children in Placer County. Reception Jan. 15,                Foundation, 580 Sixth Street. (916) 645-9713.
6:30 – 8 p.m. At The Art House Children’s Gallery, 424 Oak St.
(916) 783-4117.                                                            March 2 – 27: Horses, Oil Paintings by Tom Chapman. Reception
                                                                           March 12, 6 – 8 p.m. At Lincoln Arts & Culture Foundation,
Ongoing: Oil paintings by Margot Comer. Studio 5 Gallery,                  580 Sixth Street. (916) 645-9713.
510 Oak St. (916) 771-8955.
Ongoing: 3rd Saturday Art Tour: January 17 & February 21. Free
art viewing and Open House every Third Saturday of the month,              January 2 – February 13: Paintings by Dan NcNicholas. Works in
6:30 – 9 p.m., in participating galleries: 405 Gallery, 405 Vernon         acrylic. Auburn City Hall Gallery, 1225 Lincoln Way. (530) 878-1637.
Street; The Art House Children’s Gallery, 424 Oak Street; Owl
Club, 109 Church St., Old Roseville; Studio 5 Gallery, 510 Oak Street;     January 9 – February 20: A Celebration of Texture. Metal, fiber,
and 2237 Gallery, 2237 Douglas Boulevard; Borders Books,                   wood, and clay works by Jennifer Johnson, Maryn Christophel,
2030 Douglas Blvd.; Frostad Atelier, 8609 Auburn Folsom Rd.,               Mellissa Arnold, Bruce Friederich, and others. Opening reception
Granite Bay; Triple Vision Art, 6661 Stanford Ranch Road, Suite E,         January 9, 6:30 – 9 p.m. The Arts Building Gallery, 808 Lincoln Way.
Rocklin; Frame Factory, (23 collectable artists debut in this new gal-     (530) 885-2787.
lery) 1725 Santa Clara Dr. Maps available at all galleries and at the
Roseville Arts Center. Maps available at each location or to print a       February 16 – March 31: Meech Miyagi. paintings, ceramics, sculp-
map, visit (916) 786-7827.                          ture. Auburn City Hall Gallery, 1225 Lincoln Way. (530) 878-1637
                                                                           January-February: All Member Group Show. Auburn Old Town
Rocklin                                                                    Gallery, 218 Washington St. (530) 887-9150.

January 26 – February 19: Michael Pollard. Wild, colorful paintings        January: All Creatures Great & Small, a group show by Placer Arts
and sculptures by the director of UC Davis Design Museum. Pollard is       League. At Gallery One, 291 Auburn-Folsom Rd. (916) 663-1211.
the creator of the “Driver to Davis” public mural in Davis. Reception      February: Childrens’ Art Show. At Gallery One, 291 Auburn-Folsom
and Artist’s Talk, Wed., Feb. 4, 4:30 – 6:30 p.m. Ridley Gallery, Sierra   Rd. (916) 663-1211.
College. (916) 789-2873. www.sierracollege/edu/events/current.html
                                                                           January – February: Art Can Heal. Art in a variety of media chosen
March 1 – April 15: Eating Disorders in a Disordered Culture. A            for its healing qualities. Work by area artists and students from local
multimedia installation created by RC Davis professor Kathryn Sylva        schools. Sutter Auburn Faith Hospital Hallway Galleries.
and San Jose State University professor of art Robin Lassar explores       11815 Education Dr. (530) 389-8504.
the personal, cultural, and historical dimensions of eating disorders.

14     January/February 2004                   Perspectives
Ongoing: Paintings by Maria Sylvester & Reif Erickson. Nigerian        January: Annual North Tahoe Arts Members’ Show. North Tahoe
Silk Tapestries, a series of works, each six months in the making.     Arts, 380 North Lake Blvd., Tahoe City (530) 581-2787.
Sunset Oaks Framing and Gallery at Fiddler Green Plaza, 1273 Grass
Valley Hwy. (530) 885-4858.                                            February: Bonita Paulson Pastels. Main Gallery, North Tahoe Arts,
                                                                       380 North Lake Blvd., Tahoe City (530) 581-2787.
Granite Bay
                                                                       February: Photography by Keoki Flagg. Upstairs Gallery, North
Ongoing: Exceptional work by regional visual artists. Elliott Fouts
                                                                       Tahoe Arts, 380 North Lake Blvd., Tahoe City (530) 581-2787.
Gallery, 4120 Douglas Blvd., #305. (916) 797-7270.

Colfax                                                                 Outside Placer County
                                                                       January 6 – February 13: Photography by Mark Howell & Paul Mohr.
Through February 14: The Goddess Show. Group art show featur-
                                                                       Reception January 10, 5:30 – 8:30 p.m. Viewpoint Gallery, Sacramento
ing the whimsical, vibrant and soulful goddess dolls by Carolyn
                                                                       Valley Photographic Art Center, 551 Sequoia Pacific Blvd., Sacramento.
Hinman. Also original watercolors and prints by Dutch art-
                                                                       (916) 441-2341.
ist Capucine, and sculpture by Heidi Tobler. At The Rainbow
Gallery of Art & Music, 46 N. Main St., Second Floor, (above Camp
                                                                       Through January 4: Main Street USA: Shopkeepers of the Past. An
20 Coffeehouse; use back entrance when coffee house is closed.)
                                                                       exhibit of retailers of yesteryear, the items used in their trade and the
Historic Colfax. (530) 346-6906.
                                                                       goods they sold; vintage oddities and treasures from watchmakers,
                                                                       cobblers, music dealers, and gunsmiths featured in the “store front
February 18 – March 20: Lions and Tigers and Bears…Oh My! A
                                                                       town.” Folsom History Museum, 823 Sutter St., Folsom.
group art show. At The Rainbow Gallery of Art & Music, 46 N. Main
                                                                       (916) 985-2707.
St., Second Floor, (above Camp 20 Coffeehouse; use back entrance
when coffee house is closed.) Historic Colfax. (530) 346-6906.
                                                                       February 26 – May 23: Pastels USA 2004, Pastel Society of the West
                                                                       Coast 18th Annual Open Exhibition. Artists from all over the world
                                                                       compete for awards of over $10,000 and the honor of having their
North Tahoe/Truckee                                                    work exhibited at the prestigious Triton Museum of Art, Santa Clara.
January: Woven rugs, wall hangings, gourds & baskets. Main             (530) 885-3253.
Gallery, North Tahoe Arts, 380 North Lake Blvd., Tahoe City
(530) 581-2787.                                                        Ongoing: Marty Gessler: Portraits & Oils on Canvas. On dis-
                                                                       play at the American River College Gallery, 4700 College Oak Dr.,
January: Works by Carol David. David is a pastel illustrator with a    Sacramento. (916) 484-8011.
concentration on people and places. Upstairs Gallery, North Tahoe
Arts, 380 North Lake Blvd., Tahoe City (530) 581-2787.                 Crocker Art Museum, Sacramento
                                                                       Through February 8: Knock on Wood: Sculpture by Michael
                                                                       Stevens. Stevens’ sculptures evoke his trademark attraction to dark
                                                                       comedy and irony.

                                                                       February 7 – April 18: Work by Taiwanese ceramist Ah Leon,
                     P E R F E C T LY P E A C H Y                      renowned for his exacting illusions of wood in clay, called “hyper-
                                                                       realistic.” The exhibition features Leon’s teapots and his most famous
                                                                       work, “Bridge,” a 66-foot-long, fool-the-eye masterpiece depicting an
                                                                       ancient footbridge.

                                                                       Continuing: European Painting from the Collection, European
                                                                       Galleries. Introduces museum visitors to the subjects and styles rep-
                                                                       resented by our European collection; includes a small selection of
                                                                       decorative arts rarely seen on display.

                                                                       Continuing: Early California Painting Collection. Demonstrates the
                                                                       artistic vitality of Northern California through the 1870s.

                                                                       The Crocker’s collection includes works from Europe, North America,
                                                                       and Asia, dating from the 15th century to the present. The museum
                                                                       also offers special exhibitions, educational programs, workshops, con-
                                                                       certs, and events. For a complete list of activities for all ages call
                                                                       (916) 264-5157 or visit 216 O St.,

                           M O O N S TO N E

        P L AT I N U M • P E AC H G O L D • D I A M O N D S                 For more information visit

                                                                            the California Arts Council

                         studio & galler y

   107 sacramento st., old town auburn • (530) 823-1965

                                                                             Perspectives                 January/February 2004               15
Music & Dance
January 31 & February 1: Chamber Music Alive! One of a series
of concerts by world-class musicians. Works by Brahms, Ravel, and
Beethoven. Jan. 31, 7:30 p.m. at Westminster Presbyterian Church,
Sacramento; Feb. 1, 3 p.m. at Dietrich Theatre, Sierra College.
(916) 789-2920.

February 27: Todd Green in Concert. A multi-instrumentalist
performs at the High School Performing Arts Theater, 7 – 9 p.m.
Presented by Lincoln Arts and Culture Foundation. (916) 645-9713.

February 14: Rothfuss Family Singers. The family will per-
form selections from “The Marriage of Figaro,” ballads, waltzes,
and lied (German art songs). Placer High Auditorium, 7:30 p.m.
Presented by Auburn Community Concerts Association. For tick-
et information, call (530) (916) 652-5594 or (530) 885-1003 or

March 6: Auburn Symphony’s KinderKonzert, music for children
and their families featuring music by American composers. Two per-
formances: 11 a.m. & 2 p.m. Placer High Auditorium. (530) 823-6683

January 30 & February 1: Auburn Symphony’s Belgian Chocolate
and a Diva. The region’s finest orchestra performs Belgian composer
Franck’s rich, intense Symphony in D Minor, and guest soprano Ronit
Widman-Levy sings some of the most beautiful opera arias ever writ-
ten. Jan. 30, 8:15 p.m.; Feb. 1 – 3 p.m. Performances at Placer High
School Auditorium, 7:30 p.m. (530) 823-6683.

                                                                           Soprano Ronit Wideman-Levy will perform in concert with the
February 6: Acoustic Palette — Open-mic Singer Songwriter
Showcase, an ongoing event every first Friday of the month from            Auburn Symphony January 30 and February 1 at Placer High
6 – 10 p.m. At The Rainbow Gallery of Art & Music, 46 N. Main St.          Auditorium, in Auburn.
(above Camp 20 Coffeehouse; enter from back when coffee house is
closed). (530) 346-6906.
                                                                           February 11: Pianist Pascal Roge performing as part of the
February 21: Roy Rogers & Norton Buffalo Band. Presented by                Annual New Millennium Series. Series continues with Julliard String
Way West and Rainbow Music, Live at the Colfax Theatre, 8 pm. For          Quartet March 12 and two concerts to be announced, April 21 and
tickets or more information; or call Way            May 9. California State University Sacramento. (916) 278-4323 or
West at (530) 637-4511                                           

                                                                           February 14: Magnificent Mozart. The Sacramento Philharmonic
Truckee/North Tahoe                                                        Orchestra in concert in an all Mozart program. Community Center
                                                                           Theater, 8 p.m. For tickets, (916) 732-9045.
January 9: Storyteller Willy Claflin, one of America’s most accom-
plished and distinctive entertainers. Singer and songwriter Claflin also
delights audiences with his amusing puppets. At Cal Neva Indian
Room, North Shore, 7 p.m. Presented by Arts for the Schools.
(530) 546-4602.                                                                  Share Your Love of the Arts and Humanities…
February 8: Divas & Dudes. A vocal, musical production by North
Tahoe high school students — talent galore. Cal Neva Frank Sinatra
Showroom, 7 p.m. Presented by Arts for the Schools.

February 23: Alvin Ailey II Dance Company. Twelve artistically
brilliant young dancers straight from New York City. Cal Neva Frank
                                                                                  Including a charitable bequest to the Arts Council
                                                                                 of Placer County in your estate plans is a way that
Sinatra Showroom, 7 p.m. Presented by Arts for the Schools. At Cal                 you can say thank you to your family, friends, and
Neva, North Shore.(530) 546-4602.
                                                                                 community while sharing your love of the Arts and
Outside Placer County                                                                     Humanities with future generations.
January 11: Soprano Alison Englund. Presented by the Folsom
Lake Community Concert Association, 3 p.m. at the Folsom                            For more information about a charitable bequest,
Community Center, 52 Natomas St. (916) 987-8140.
                                                                                        call the arts council at (530) 885-5670.

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Ongoing: Mondavi Center Presents. World-class performances of
music, dance, and drama; also well-known speakers and concerts
for children. On the UC Davis campus. For a complete schedule of
events, call (530) 752-1915 or visit

Roseville Telephone Co. Museum, 106 Vernon Street
With exhibits detailing the history of telephone communications and
of the Roseville Telephone Company, the museum offers a portrayal
of an often-overlooked aspect of the past. Displays include old-style
switchboards and telephones; models range to present day.
(916) 786-1621.

Maidu Interpretive Center: Indian Museum
Maidu Interpretive Center — Indian Museum and Nature Learning
Center offers tours of the ancient Nisenan (southern Maidu) village
site Tuesday-Friday 10 a.m. & Saturday 10 a.m. and 1p.m., featuring
over 300 bedrock mortars, petroglyphs and evidence of thousands of
years of occupation by the Maidu. Cultural classes for children and
adults ongoing. Center is open Tuesday through Saturday, 9 a.m. – 4
p.m. $4/adult; $3/child; $12 family of four. 1960 Johnson Ranch Drive,
Roseville. (916) 772-4242.

Rocklin History Museum, 3895 Rocklin Rd.
Opened in June 2002, the museum houses a history timeline, Whitney
Family items, Indian artifacts, quarry tools and railroad items, Ruben
Ruhkala paintings, and a Rocklin Jubilee display, as well as many
historic photos. Also on display are a quarry photo supergraphic, a
quarry layout with a description of quarry operation, geology exhib-
its, and Rocklin’s Centennial quilt. The architectural style of the small
Victorian home that houses the museum is typical of many early
1900’s Rocklin homes. Its original doors, cabinetry, woodwork and
exterior trim are good examples of the period. (916) 624-2355.

Griffith Quarry Museum, Taylor and Rock Spring roads
Griffith Quarry’s history dates back to its founding in 1864. The quar-
ry was major supplier of granite for many of California’s buildings,
including the State Capitol in Sacramento. The museum houses exhib-         Sculpture by Jennifer Johnson, at the Arts Building in Auburn,
its reflecting the history of the granite industry in the region. Three     Jauary 9 – February 20 for “A Celebration of Texture.”
miles of nature trails offer views of old quarry sites. (916) 663-1837.
Tours (530) 889-6500.

Auburn                                                                      shaft, an operational stamp mill model, and displays showing the
Placer County Museum, 101 Maple Street                                      lifestyle of gold country residents during the Gold Rush. At the Gold
On display are exhibits on the Placer County Courthouse, a unique           Country Fairgrounds. (530) 889-6500.
set of Pleistocene animal remains, and the Pate Native American
Collection of over 400 items. All located on the first floor, Placer        Joss House Museum and Chinese History Center, at Sacramento
County Courthouse. Docents offer free walking tours of Old Town             Street and Brewery Lane, Old Town Auburn
Auburn on the first and third Saturdays of every month.                     This historic building is almost completely restored and will soon
(530) 889-6500.                                                             be open to the public. The original temple altar is preserved in this
                                                                            Chinese house of worship; on display are artifacts representative
Bernhard Museum Complex, 291 Auburn-Folsom Road                             of the lives of the Chinese people during the Gold Rush. Open by
This complex was built as an inn called Travelers Rest in 1851.             appointment. (530) 823-2613.
The house, one of the oldest wooden structures in Placer County,
was added in 1868. Now restored, the house is furnished with late           Foresthill
Victorian pieces. Also located here is an 1874 winery, one of the first
in the state, a reconstructed carriage barn, and Gallery One, home of       Foresthill Divide Museum, 24601 Harrison Street
the Placer Arts League. Docent tours, permanent and seasonal exhibi-        Museum displays portraying the history of the Foresthill and Iowa Hill
tions. (530) 889-6500.                                                      Divides include a model of the Foresthill Logging Company, firefight-
                                                                            ing equipment, depictions of life during the Gold Rush and of early
Gold Country Museum, 1273 High Street                                       modes of transportation. (530) 889-6500.
This museum chronicles the rich history of gold mining in the region.
Exhibits include gold panning demonstrations, a walk through a man

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                                                                             Events & Festivals
                                                                             January 28: Taste of the Wild Exhibit Opening and Fundraiser.
                                                                             A special event celebrating the opening of the new exhibit, Native
                                                                             Voices… honoring the animals, at the Maidu Interpretive Center,
                                                                             Indian Museum & Historic Site. Meet and talk with American Indian
                                                                             artists including Stan Padilla, David Snooks, Tommie Moller, Joan
                                                                             Denys, Diana Almendariz, and Larry Rodrigues as they create their
                                                                             work using a variety of media. Lively music, wild game and other
                                                                             foods, sumptuous desserts, and fine wines; silent and live auctions;
                                                                             Fur and Fin quilt raffle, quilt made and donated by Diana Mahany.
                                                                             The Native Voices exhibit includes photos, videotapes, and recordings
                                                                             showcasing the Native Americans’ thoughts, traditions, and relation-
                                                                             ship with the natural world. For details and tickets, (916) 772-4242.

                                                                             Ongoing: Tea in Crimson. Elegant Victorian afternoon teas every
                                                                             Tuesday, 1 – 5 p.m. in the lavish Gladding McBean Dining Rooms.
                                                                             Presented by Beermann’s. Reservations at (916) 645-2377.

                                                                             February 28 – 29: Serenade in the Foothills, Foothill Quilters
                                                                             Guild 22nd Annual Quilt Show. Sat., 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.; Sun., 10 a.m.
The Rothfuss Family Singers will perform in Auburn on                        – 4 p.m. Quilt drawing Sun., 3 p.m. Gold Country Fairgrounds.
February 14.                                                                 (530) 889-0450

Dutch Flat                                                                   Truckee/North Lake Tahoe
                                                                             January 11: Northstar Youth Education Day. Benefit day for local
Golden Drift Museum, 32820 Main Street                                       education. (530) 562-1010
The colorful history of the “Golden Triangle” — Dutch Flat, Gold run,
Alta/Towle — is shown in exhibits depicting boom days of hydraulic           February 7 – 28: Artists Garden at Tahoe Tree. Presented by North
mining, the rise of the county’s timber industry, the coming of the          Tahoe Arts. Opening reception Feb. 7, 5 – 7 p.m. Hors d’oeuvres by
transcontinental railroad, and the growth of communities. Tour the           Rubicon Deli, Tahoe Tree Company, 401 West Lake Blvd., Tahoe City.
town and all its historic buildings. (530) 889-6500.                         North TAhoe Arts. (530) 581-2787.
Truckee/North Lake Tahoe                                                     February 21: Ski for Wildlife Day. Benefit day for Tahoe Truckee
Gatekeepers Cabin Museum, 130 West Lake Blvd., Tahoe City                    Foundation environmental programs. Northstar-at-Tahoe.
The museum houses artifacts of Lake Tahoe history, including pan-            (530) 562-1010.
eled history displays, illustrated pioneer stories, hundreds of historical
items, and a research library. One wing contains the Marion Steinbach        February 27 – March 7: North Tahoe Snow Festival. Opening cer-
Indian Basket Museum, filled with a collection of more than 800              emonies include fireworks, party, and dance. Ten-day celebration
rare baskets from 85 tribes, and collections of Indian dolls, and            includes pancake breakfast, Mardi Gras in the Mountians Parade,
Southwestern pottery. (530) 583-1762.

The Watson Cabin Living Museum, 560 N. Lake Blvd., Tahoe City
An outstanding, preserved, turn-of-the-century log cabin, built in 1908
by Robert Montgomery Watson, Tahoe City’s first Constable.
(530) 583-1762.

Emigrant Trail Museum, 12593 Donner Pass Rd., Truckee
Located in Donner Memorial State Park, this museum focuses on the
theme of the Donner Party. A 26-minute movie on the Donner Party
is shown on the hour. Other exhibits portray the lives and arts of the
Washoe Indians, early explorers, the building of the railroad through
the Sierra Nevada, and the early days of Truckee. (530) 582-7892.

Outside Placer County
Folsom History Museum, 823 Sutter Street, Historic Folsom
Main Street USA: Shopkeepers of the Past. An exhibit of retailers of
yesteryear, the items used in their trade and the goods they sold; vin-
tage oddities and treasures from watchmakers, cobblers, music deal-
ers, and gunsmiths featured in the “store front town.” Runs through
January 4. (916) 985-2707.

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Pet ’n Peters Post Parade Party, ice cream-eating contest, Gar Woods
Polar Bear Swim, Monster Dog Pull, luau, Mardi Gras party, taco feed,
contests and ski races. For schedule (530) 583-5605 or visit

Ongoing: North Shore Poets Open Mike & Feature Readers. Every
third Thursday, 7 – 9 p.m., North Tahoe Art Center, 380 North Lake
Blvd., Tahoe City. (530) 581-2787.

Outside Placer County
January 24: Coloma Gold Discovery Day. Pioneer encampments,
demonstrations, programs, and music. 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., Marshall Gold
Discovery State Park. (530) 295-2170.

January 30 – February 1: 50th Annual Lenaea Festival. More than
1,000 high school students present one-act plays, monologues, and
duets. California State University Sacramento. (916) 278-6702 or

April 30 – May 2: Conference of Northern California
Handweavers. Interlacing Cultures is the theme of the conference
which includes workshops, seminars, fashion show, galleries, vendors
marketplace, and a boutique. For details, call (510) 888-2253.

January – February: Roseville Historical Society at the Movies.
Free classic movies every Thurs. & Sun., 1:30 p.m. 557 Lincoln St.,
Old Roseville. For schedule, call (916) 773-3003.

January 3: Silver Screen Classic Movies: The African Queen, star-
ring Katharine Hepburn and Humphrey Bogart. Shows at 2 and 7
p.m. at the Beecher Rm., Auburn-Placer County Library, 350 Nevada
St. Presented by the library. Suggested donation $5 general admission,
$4 seniors and students. (530) 878-7938.                                 “Time for You,” sculpture by Heidi Tobler on display at The
                                                                         Rainbow Gallery of Art & Music, in Colfax, through February 14.
February 14: Silver Screen Classic Movies: Ruggles of Red Gap,
starring Charles Laughton and Zasu Pitts. Shows at 2 and 7 p.m.
at the Beecher Rm., Auburn-Placer County Library, 350 Nevada St.         Outside Placer County
Presented by the library. Suggested donation $5 general admission, $4
seniors and students. (530) 878-7938.                                    Through January 18: SantaLand Diaries by David Sedaris. An
                                                                         unusual monolugue based on the playwright’s encounters work-
March 6: Silver Screen Classic Movies: Gaslight, with Ingrid             ing as one of Santa’s little helpers at Macy’s SantaLand. Sacramento
Bergman, Charles Boyer, Joseph Cotten, and Angela Lansbury. Shows        Theatre Company, 1419 H. St., Sacramento. (916) 446-7501.
at 2 and 7 p.m. at the Beecher Rm., Auburn-Placer County Library,
350 Nevada St. Presented by the library. Suggested donation $5 gen-
eral admission, $4 seniors and students. (530) 878-7938.                 January – February: Turandot, the Play. Presented by the
                                                                         Community Asian Theatre of the Sierra. Jan. 15, 16, 17, 23, 24, 30,
                                                                         31; Feb. 6 & 7. Special preview night Jan. 15; opening night Jan. 16.
                                                                         Tickets at or call (530) 265-5907.
Theatre                                                                  January 24 – February 15: Two for the Seesaw. A timeless comedy
                                                                         about how opposites attract. Sacramento Theatre Company, 1419 H.
Roseville                                                                St., Sacramento. (916) 446-7501.
January 9 – February 14: The Man of La Mancha. Miguel de
Cervantes and the inmates of a Spanish dungeon act out Cervantes’
story of Don Quixote in this musical, with such songs as “Aldonza”
and “The Impossible Dream.” Magic Circle Repertory Theatre
Company at the Roseville Theatre, 241 Vernon St. (916) 782-1777.
                                                                         Classes & Workshops                                                          Roseville
January 30 – March 6: Weekend Comedy. Granite Bay meets Sun              January – February: Beginning/Intermediate Watercolor.
City in this contemporary comedy about two couples, one young, one       9 a.m. – 12 noon, Tuesdays, eight weeks. Children’s Art Center at
middle-aged. Magic Circle Repertory Theatre Company at the Tower         Royer Park. City of Roseville. (916) 774-5950.
Theatre, 421 Vernon St. (916) 782-1777.

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                                                                         Ongoing: Painting in Oils and Acrylics with Margot Comer.
                                                                         Adults learn about paint, brushes, mediums and other painting tools
                                                                         in oils and acrylics. Drawing, composition, color and value are taught
                                                                         as they are used to start, work and finish successful canvases. A vari-
                                                                         ety of methods introduced, a lively exchange of ideas encouraged.
                                                                         Tues., 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. Mon. & Thurs., 5:30 – 9 p.m. Location: Studio
                                                                         5 Gallery, 510 Oak Street, Roseville (916) 771-8955

                                                                         Ongoing: Calligraphy Classes with Chris Foster. Italic hand, begin-
                                                                         ner. Fri. 9:30 – 11:30 a.m. Michaels Arts and Craft Store.
                                                                         (916) 797-0232.

                                                                         Ongoing: Classes with Gayle Rappaport-Weiland. For full schedule
                                                                         and sign-up information, visit

                                                                         Ongoing: Roseville Parks & Recreation Cultural Arts Classes. For
                                                                         a full schedule, call (916) 774-5950 or visit, Parks
                                                                         & Recreation Department, Activity Guide.

“Candle Glow,” by Heidi Reeves, Best of Show in the recent North         January 22: Always Learning Watercolor Workshop with Gayle
Tahoe Arts Members’ Show.                                                Rappaport Weiland. 10 – 12 a.m. Rocklin Parks & Rec.
                                                                         (916) 632-4100.
January – February: Evening Watercolor. 6 – 9 p.m. Wednesdays,           February 21: Beginners Watercolor Workshop with Gayle
eight weeks. Maidu Community Center. City of Roseville. (916) 774-       Rappaport Weiland. 1 – 5 p.m. Sierra College, 5000 Rocklin Rd.
5950.                                                                    (916) 781-0590 or visit
January – February: Stories from the Roundhouse. American                February 28: Step by Step Watercolor Workshop with Gayle
Indian stories, followed by cocoa and cookies. Friday evenings           Rappaport Weiland. Focus: oak trees. 1 – 3 p.m. Sierra College,
in January and Feb. 6, 7 – 8 p.m. Maidu Interpretive Center,             5000 Rocklin Rd. (916) 781-0590 or visit
1960 Johnson Ranch Dr. (916) 772-4242 or
indianmuseum                                                             Ongoing: Sierra College Community Education. Day, evening, and
                                                                         weekend classes. Short, fun, interesting classes. Sierra College,
January 21: Getting Started in Interior Design. 7 – 9 p.m., Maidu        5000 Rocklin Rd. (916) 781-0590 or visit
Community Center. City of Roseville. (916) 774-5950.
                                                                         Ongoing: City of Rocklin Community Education. A variety of cul-
January 22: Digital Photograpphy Demystified. 6:30 – 9:30 p.m.,          tural arts classes for children and adults. (916) 632-4100.
Maidu Community Center. City of Roseville. (916) 774-5950.
January 31: Beadmaking the Maidu Way with Chuck Kritzon.
Fashion beads out of stone, seeds, shell and bone; string them with      January: Crafting with Gourds with Donna Massey. Beginning
native plant twine to create an adornment reflecting your own per-       techniques of working with acrylic paint and air-drying clay on
sonality and energy. 9 a.m. – 12 noon. Maidu Interpretive Center,        gourds; cleaning and preparing a fully cured gourd for crafting.
1960 Johnson Ranch Dr. (916) 772-4242 or                                 January Thursdays. For details, call Lincoln Arts (916) 645-9713.
                                                                         January – March: Create Poetry with Sue Clark. A 10-week course
January 31: Create a Round Pine Needle Basket with Linda Pietz.          in the basics of writing poetry for fun or publication. Thursdays in
A master weaver leads the class. All material provided. 9 a.m. – noon.   Jan., Feb. and March 4 & 11. For details, call Lincoln Arts
Maidu Interpretive Center, 1960 Johnson Ranch Dr. (916) 772-4242 or      (916) 645-9713.
February 2: Let’s Paint a Barn. Ages 16+. 9:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. Maidu       January – May: Sonja Hamilton’s Winter Semester Classes with
Community Center. (916) 774-5960.                                        Placer School for Adults. Watercolor painting, Tuesdays Jan. 28 –
                                                                         May 4, Colfax High School, 6 – 9 p.m. Watercolor painting, Thursdays
February 15: Watercolor Batik Workshop. Ages 16+. 12 noon – 4            Jan. 30 – May 6, Dewitt Center, 9 a.m. – 12 noon. Matting & Framing
p.m. Children’s Art Center, Royer Park. City of Roseville. (916) 774-    Watercolors, Sat., May 15, Dewitt Center 9 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Pre-regis-
5950.                                                                    tration starts Jan. 12. Register with Placer School for Adults,
                                                                         (530) 885-8585.
February 20: Impressionist Still Life Painting. Ages 16+. 10 a.m.
– 1 p.m. Studio 5, Roseville. (916) 774-5950.                            Ongoing: Handbuilding in Clay with Gerda Imgrund. Beginning
                                                                         and advanced students. At the Old Library Art Studio, Almond St.
February 21: Prepare Acorn Soup. Walk through the steps                  (530) 887-8216 or (530) 885-9928.
and traditions that native people have followed for thousands
of years to prepare this nutritious meal. 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. Maidu         Ongoing: CLAYart Classes with Larry Ortiz. Ceramic clay adult
Interpretive Center, 1960 Johnson Ranch Dr. (916) 772-4242 or            classes Tues. & Thurs., 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. Adult figure sculpture class                                         Mon., 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. The Arts Building, 808 Lincoln Way.
                                                                         (530) 885-2787.
March 3: Campfire Under the Stars. Listen to and share stories
around the campfire. All ages. 7 – 8 p.m. Maidu Interpretive Center,     Ongoing: Music, voice, dance, and drama classes at Music &
1960 Johnson Ranch Dr. (916) 772-4242 or                                 More Arts Academy & Theatre. For schedule, (530) 885-0594 or visit                               

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Ongoing: Learn to sing and perform Barbershop-style four-
part harmony. For women of any age or singing experience. Sierra
Gold Chorus (member of Sweet Adelines, Int.), under the direction
of Sharon Hardie, invites singers to join the chorus every Monday, 7
p.m., at the Bill Burback Hall (Dewitt Center), 11577 E Ave.
(530) 885-4202.

Truckee/North Lake Tahoe
January: Intro to CalligraphyWorkshop with Tina Cornwell. A
four-week course in the art of calligraphy. Thursdays, 6 – 8:30 p.m.
At North Tahoe Arts, 380 North Lake Blvd., Tahoe City.
(530) 581-2787.

January 10: Landscape Painting Workshop with Anke Hass. For
artists working in all painting media with a focus on the subject of
water. 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. At North Tahoe Arts, 380 North Lake Blvd.,
Tahoe City. (530) 581-2787.

January 17: Beginning Matting & Framing Workshop with
Allison Arcraris Weiss. An introduction to the art of picture framing;
learn basic mounting, matting & framing skills. Art conservation and
presentation also discussed. 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. At North Tahoe Arts,
380 North Lake Blvd., Tahoe City. (530) 581-2787.

January 24 & 25: Amazing Color with Acrylics with Tesia
Blackburn. Essential information about color pigments, transparency
vs. opacity, mixing clean colors, glazing, and more. A great founda-
tion for beginners, but also useful for advanced artists. 10 a.m. – 4
p.m. At North Tahoe Arts, 380 North Lake Blvd., Tahoe City.
(530) 581-2787.

January 31: Winter Landscape Watercolor Workshop with Jan
Foss. Create a beautiful winter landscape while learning some fun
watercolor techniques. 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. At North Tahoe Arts,
380 North Lake Blvd., Tahoe City. (530) 581-2787.

February 21 & 28, March 6 & 13: Beginning Stained Glass with
Sandy Hartley. 1 – 4 p.m. At North Tahoe Arts, 380 North Lake
Blvd., Tahoe City. (530) 581-2787.                                         “Music Box,” photograph by Paul Mohr, showing with photogra-
Ongoing: Ballroom dancing with Judy Lee. Couples and singles of
                                                                           pher Mark Howell at Viewpoint Gallery, in Sacramento, January 6
all ages. Learn the basics of foxtrot, waltz, tango, rumba, cha-cha, and   – February 14.

                                                                           swing. Beg/Int, Tues., 6:15 – 7 p.m.; Adv., 7 – 8 p.m. Private lessons
                 Publicize YOUR                                            Sundays 5 – 9 p.m. Tahoe Lake School. North Tahoe Arts, Tahoe City.
                                                                           (530) 581-2787.
                   Arts Event                                              Outside Placer County
                                                                           Ongoing: Classes with Gayle Rappaport-Weiland. For full schedule
                                                                           and sign-up information, visit
          Send your CALENDAR listings, along with                          Ongoing: Color Intensive and Landscape Workshops at the School
                                                                           of Light and Color. Taught by master artists. 10030 Fair Oaks Blvd.,
          photos — black and white or color — to                           Fair Oaks. For class schedule, (916) 966-7517 or sarback@lightandcolo
      Perspectives, 802 Lincoln Way, Auburn, CA 95603

               Fax to (530) 885-0348 or email to                           Arts for Children
                                                                           January: Indians at Work and Play. Ages 3 – 4. Hands-on
           Deadline for the March/April 2004 issue:                        exploration of Indian life. Thursdays, 1 – 11:15 a.m. Maidu
                                                                           Interpretive Center, 1960 Johnson Ranch Dr. (916) 772-4242 or
                            January 20
                                                                           January – February: Cartoon Creations. Ages 8 – 12. 3:30 – 5 p.m.,
                                                                           Tuesdays, six week. Sargeant School. (916) 774-5220

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                                                                           pet, piano, guitar, bass, percussion, violin, cello and voice. Jazz and
                                                                           youth symphony classes. (916) 652-6377.

                                                                           Ongoing: CLAYart Classes with Larry Ortiz. After-school Kids’
                                                                           Program. Tuesday and Thursday, 3:30 – 5 p.m. The Arts Building, 808
                                                                           Lincoln Way. (530) 885-2787.

                                                                           Ongoing: Kindermusik Classes. Ages birth to 8. Scholarship funding
                                                                           from Children and Families Commission. Full or partial scholarships
                                                                           available. Piano: Ages 6-18. Guitar: Ages 8-18. Keyboard Konnection,
                                                                           1515 Grass Valley Highway. For full schedule, (530) 745-0248.
                                                                           Ongoing: Music & More Arts Academy: music, voice, dance and
                                                                           drama classes. Classes for all ages in most instruments taught by
                                                                           master teachers. For schedule, (530) 885-0594 or

                                                                           Truckee/North Tahoe
                                                                           Ongoing: KidArt Classes with Nina Ski. Age-specific art classes are
“The Edge” Kent Kreitler making late-night turns (9:30 pm) at              held at various times at various North Tahoe locations.
                                                                           (530) 582-5555.
Cordova, Alaska, on March 2003; photo by Keoki Flagg.
                                                                           Ongoing: Piano lessons with Zuzana Balazshazyovr. Weekly les-
                                                                           sons for beginners, 8 to 10 students to a group, for six-week sessions.
January 24: Reptile Show at the Maidu Interpretive Center.                 The Tahoe Conservatory of Music. For details, call (530) 546-2356 or
Veterinary technician Linda Davidson shares her knowledge, back-           visit
ground and live animals with visitors. Following the show, chil-
dren are invited to make an animal craft. Live animal programs
also presented on Feb. 14, March 27, May 3 & May 22. Maidu
Interpretive Center, 1960 Johnson Ranch Dr. (916) 772-4242 or                                           Calls to Artists
Ongoing: Maidu Interpretive Center Children’s Classes,                     Deadline January 9, 2004: “Home Sweet Home,” National Juried
Workshops, and Events. For listings, contact Maidu                         Photography Exhibit at studio2gallery in Austin, Texas. $300 cash
Interpretive Center, 1960 Johnson Ranch Dr.(916) 772-4242 or               award for Best of Show. Exhibit March 4 – April 24, 2004. For pro-                                           spectus, visit or call (512-448-2622.

Ongoing: Fun with Art, Margot Comer. Ages 6 – 12. Themed ses-              Receiving January 9 & 10: Roseville Arts Center’s 33rd Annual
sions on animals, people, plants, objects, or events. Classes explore a    Membership Show. Receiving Fri. & Sat. 11 a.m. 3 p.m. Opening
variety of skills: drawing and painting, color theory, composition and     reception Sat., Jan. 17, 6:30-9 p.m. Exhibit dates: Jan. 17 – March 5.
value study, all in a wide variety of mediums. Wed. 3:45 – 5 p.m. $15.     Jurors: Gayle Rappaport-Weiland and David Lobenberg. Awards: $500
Studio 5 Gallery, 510 Oak Street, Roseville (916) 771-8955.                plus. 405 Gallery, 405 Vernon Street, Roseville. (916) 783-4442.

Ongoing: Roseville Parks & Recreation Cultural Arts Classes                Deadline January 14: “Romance” show, Feb. 11 – March 6. Open
for Children. For a full schedule, call (916) 774-5220 or visit            to all artists in all media, 500 square inches max. Entrance fee: $10, Parks & Recreation department, Activity Guide.        per artist. All fees returned in awards. Show will be juried. Reception
                                                                           February 14. Applications available at Jim Ferry’s
Rocklin                                                                    20th Street Art Gallery, 911 20th St., Sacramento. (916) 930-0500.
March 2: Beginner Watercolor Workshop with Gayle Rappaport
Weiland. 3:30 – 5:30 p.m. Rocklin Parks and Rec. (916) 632-4100.           Deadline January 15: National Juried Photo Competition, “Through
                                                                           a Lens — Urban Landscape,” presented by the Coastal Arts League,
Ongoing: City of Rocklin Community Education. A variety of cul-            Half Moon Bay, CA. Exhibition scheduled for March 2004. Prospectus
tural arts classes for children. (916) 632-4100.                           available at show or by calling
                                                                           (650) 726-5607.
Ongoing: Backstage Hands with Connie Omans. Ages 13-18. High
School students learn technical skills while earning community service     Deadline January 15. North Tahoe Arts Emerging Artist Invitational.
hours, working with spotlight, sound special effects, and stage props.     Open to artists relatively new to their medium, students, aspiring,
Class is free. Wed. – Sun. 7- 8:30 p.m. Finnish Temperance Hall,           unestablished artists who may not have shown in a gallery. All media
4090 Rocklin Rd. (916) 632-4100.                                           will be considered.North Tahoe Arts, Tahoe City. (530) 581-2787.
Loomis                                                                     Deadline January 15. North Tahoe Arts In the Abstract Invitational
Ongoing: Hands-On Art History (ages 6 -8) and Creative Process             Open to all artists working in any medium where subject matter
Through Art (ages 9 – 11) with Terri Kent-Enborg. Students will            is clearly non-representational. An opportunity to submit work for
explore the Elements of Art and/or the cultural relevance of Art           acceptance which is edgy, experimental. North Tahoe Arts, Tahoe
History in a process-oriented environment where each child’s cre-          City. (530) 581-2787.
ative thinking process will be encouraged and celebrated. Private
tutoring/lessons available. At Creativity Central. (916) 652-4538 or       Deadline January 31. Art Affaire El Dorado Hills, May 8 & 9.                                                           Presented by Hang It Up Galleries and the Optimist Club of Cameron
                                                                           Park. Applications screened by a select jury system. For more info
Ongoing: McLaughlin Studios of Music offers a complete program             and prospectus, (916) 802-6924.
of individualized music instruction in flute, clarinet, saxophone, trum-

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Deadline January 31: Marin Art Festival, June 19 & 20. The fes-
tival showcases 250 fine artists in a fabulous setting by the lagoon
in the Marin Civic Center. Exhibitors: fine art, painters, sculp-
tors, and one-of-a-kind crafts. For application and details go to or call (415) 388-0151.

Deadline February 1. Roseville Art Center T-Shirt Design
Competition. The winner’s artwork will be printed on T-shirts to be
sold at RAC’s 4th Annual Family Arts Festival on April 24. All artists
are invited to create a design to represent the Roseville Arats Center.
Design entries accepted on 8 1/2 x 11-inch paper. Entry fee of $10
per entry used to help fun this year’s Family Arts Festival. Entry free
to students. For entry forms, go to or to RAC
at 424 Oak St., Roseville. For more info, call (916) 783-4117 or email

Deadline February 1. North Tahoe Arts Out of Bounds Invitational
Open to all artists working in any medium, any subject matter and
residing outside of the Tahoe Basin. North Tahoe Arts, Tahoe City.
(530) 581-2787.

Deadline February 14, 2004: Feats of Clay XVII. Ceramic artists           North Tahoe Snow Festival runs from February 27 to March 7.
residing or working in the U.S. or its territories are invited to enter
contemporary ceramic art (sculptural, functional, or non-functional).
Show is April 24 – May 23 at Gladding McBean terra cotta factory,
Lincoln, CA. Juried from slides. Juror: Richard Notkin, BFA & MFA,        DVDs, DVD-ROMs, Web sites, multimedia performances & installa-
Helena, Montana. Purchase, place and merit awards in 2003 exceeded        tions, youth works & video billboards. For details, (323) 664-1510; fax
$16,000. Presented by Lincoln Arts & Culture Foundation. For pro-         (323) 664-1577.
spectus send call (916) 645-9713 or send a #10 SASE to Lincoln Arts,
540 F St., Lincoln, CA 95648 or visit                 Deadline February 16. 14th Annual National Juried Art Exhibition:
                                                                          Faces of Women, a celebration of the feminine. Fee: $15/entry. Cash
Deadline February 15. Open call for 2004 LA Freewaves 9th                 awards. All media original work in 2/3D completed within the past
Celebration of Experimental Media Arts. Artists’ payments: $100-$300.     two years. For a pros send SASE to Las Vegas Arts Council, Box 2603,
Festival: 5 weekends in 11/2004, 5 principal sites around Los Angeles.    Las Vegas, NV 87701 or
Media art works of many kinds, including video & film, CD-ROMs,
                                                                          Deadline February 26. Marin Society of Artists National Competition,
                                                                          May 2 – 26. Two- and three-dimensional works accepted. Cash
                                                                          awards. Entry Fees: $30 non-members, $25 members for up to three
                                                                          slides. Juror is nationally acclaimed painter/sculptor Richard Shaw.
                                                                          For a prospectus, visit or send SASE to
                                                                          MSA, P.O. Box 203, Ross, CA 94957.

                                                                          Deadline April 1. The Ridley Gallery, Sierra College Rocklin is seek-
                                                                          ing proposals for exhibits for the calendar year 2004-2005. Proposals
                                                                          must include artist’s resume, artist statement, 10 slides per artist (no
                                                                          digital files or photo images accepted), and cover letter. Proposal
                                                                          packets are available by contacting the Ridley Gallery at
                                                                          (916) 789-2873 or

                                                                          Deadline April 21, 2004. The Colfax Arts Council is accepting
                                                                          submissions for the second annual River to River photo exhibi-
                                                                          tion (North Fork American River to Bear River). Categories include
                                                                          Recreation, Landscape, Historical and Wildlife. Color and black and
                                                                          white, cash prizes, entry fee is $5 for the first two entries, $5 for
                                                                          each additional entry. For information call (530) 346-8707 or e-mail

                                                                          Ongoing: Rainbow Gallery of Art and Music, in Colfax, is currently
     GALLERY SHOWS, ARTISTS’ STUDIOS, CLASSES                             accepting sumbissions for exhibits. All artists eligible. For info, write
                                                                          to P.O. Box 454, Colfax, CA 95713 or call (530) 346-6906 or visit

                                                                          Ongoing: Rainbow Gallery of Art and Music, in Colfax is seeking
                                                                          musicians interested in performing at Acoustic Palette, an open-mic
                                                                          singer songwriter showcase held at the gallery every first Friday of
                                                                          the month. Call (530) 346-6906 or visit

                                                                          Ongoing. For singers for the Sierra Gold Chorus, member of Sweet
           808 Lincoln Way, Auburn                                        Adelines, Int. Learn to sing barbershop harmony. Women of all ages
                                                                          welcome. Rehearsals Mondays, 7 p.m., Burback Hall, Dewitt Center,
                  (530) 885-2787                                          Auburn. (916) 663-2105 or (530) 885-4202.

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Open Call. Lake Tahoe Festival of Fine Arts. July 3, 4 5. Lake
Tahoe Middle School, South Lake Tahoe. Most media accepted.
Food vendors, community service organizations, Picasso Art Park             to our new, renewed and business members, patrons
for children, auction, live entertainment. Applications avaiflable at Or call Peggy at (530) 542-3632 or email            and affiliates — and, of course, our public partners
Addie at

Open Call. Lions and Tigers and Bears…Oh My! An animal theme                New Members                 Public Partnerships
show at The Rainbow Gallery of Art & Music, February 18 – March
20. 46 N. Main St., Second Floor, Historic Colfax. For details,             Donalee & Tom Boxler        California Arts Council
(530) 346-6906 or visit                           Gary M. Cairns              City of Auburn
Open Call. To exhibiting artists: Great exposure in an historic             Lana Grace Chambers         City of Lincoln
Auburn Victorian, East-West Galleries at Latitudes Restaurant,              Cynthia D’Anna              City of Rocklin
130 Maple Street in Auburn. Artists are invited to submit inquiries
for the 2004-2004 exhibit calendar. For details, call art curator Rosie     Ann Fenn                    City of Roseville
Stilwell, (530) 885-1121.                                                   Tana Leigh Grabriel         County of Placer
Open Call. For accomplished artists who would like to teach. Sierra         Duane Hatfield              Metropolitan Arts
College Community Education is recruiting new instructors for its           Moonshine Ink                 Partnership
ever-changing, growing program. No special degrees required.
                                                                            John M. & Max Kennedy       National Endowment for
To request a class proposal, call (916) 781-0590.
                                                                            Greg, Linda & Cassandra       the Arts
Open Call. Public Television call for entries. “Natural Heroes” is a          Martin                    Placer County Office of
new public television series featuring independently produced films
and videos with a common theme: real people making a difference             Jody Ahlquist-Nough           Education
for the environment and enhancing the world around us. No entry             Bonnie S. Pecharich         Placer Union High School
fee. Download an entry form at
(800) 287-2722, ext. 124.                                                   Marsha Rafter                 District
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Open Call. The Marin Arts Council periodically has exhibit opportu-
nities for large-format work. For more info, contact Ellen at               Kathlene Rollins              School District
(415) 499-8350, ext. 107 or                             Rusty Sanner
Open Call. Artists and crafters sought for four annual festivals spon-      Joyce Williams              New Business Members
sored by the Colfax Area Chamber of Commerce. High quality, locally         Mavis K. Wright             A Chef ’s Affair
made items will be considered inclusion in the events. For more
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sored by the Colfax Area Chamber of Commerce. A variety of music            Carol Boyd                    Drug Centers
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FYI: A new online directory,, provides free searchable         Steve Coverston               Architects & Planners Inc.
listings to help people find and connect with art groups. The directo-
ry is kept current and is backed by a database containing each orga-
                                                                            Dorothy Crutchfield
nization’s location, art media, cultural focus, services provided, and      Paula S. DiLeo              Affiliates
contact information. Listings in the directory are free for art groups in   Judy Fox                    Auburn Arts Commission
the U.S. and Canada. Art groups can sign up for a listing in the direc-
tory by visiting or contacting Bob Nicholson at            Paula Lombardo Greterman    Auburn Branch American
(408) 431-0674 or                                        Sandy J. Hersh                Association of University
FYI: holds a comprehensive listing of job               Gary Nagasawa                 Women
opportunities, grants, percent for art, competitions, and more for art-     Carol S. Newland            Auburn Symphony
ists. There is a small subscription rate for the services.
                                                                            Rich & Janet Nicholson      North Tahoe Arts
FYI: showcases thousands of visual artists nation-      Donna Pronko                Placer Art League
wide. Developed and managed by the nonprofit Western States Arts
Federation, this membership-based online community features a fully         Ann Ranlett                 Placer County Visitors
searchable database of art and artists. See samples of artists’ work,       Thomas D. Watson              Council
along with their bios, contact details and artistic statements.
                                                                            Janet Lee Wold              Sierra County Arts Council
FYI: The Actor’s Checklist, a new website for young actors is at                                        Windows Art Project
                                                                            J. Robert & Gloria Coutts

24     January/February 2004                   Perspectives
Painting in Bormes les Mimosa
Sketchbook Notes from France, Fall 2003
by Patty Pieropan Dong

In Septemberfirst time. Not a whirlwind,travel to
               I had the opportunity to
France for the                            hit-the-
high-spots, see-as-much-as-possible trip, but an
intense 15 days with artists intent on getting to
know one warm Mediterranean village through
sketchbooks and paint. That village was Bormes les
     There were 23 of us lead by Ann Fisk, a fellow
watercolorist who has been organizing painting trips
for more than 15 years as The Traveling Paintbrush.
I knew some of the other artists from previous trips
to Italy, Portugal, and the American Southwest. My
roommate, favorite painting buddy, and Scrabble
partner was my mom, Elice Davis Pieropan.

Bormes is in Le Var, one of five “depart-
ments” that make up the area of Provence.
But as our guide, Danny, explained, Provence
to the French is more like a state of mind, a          culture and its history, its layers of time. Today
place of warm sun, relaxation, and romance.            the mist of morning lies in the distance, the        Patty Pieropan
Lavendou, the port between Bormes and the              sharper shapes in the foreground. The oldest         Dong painting on
Mediterranean, is a tourist destination. Does          part of these towns are higher up. We wander,        location in France.
the name mean “the place of washing” or “the           find our way to the top and meander down
place where lavender is grown”? According to           through streets so steep they become stairs, so
Danny it could be either. It rivals the wharf at       narrow that only pedestrians or scooters can
Monterey for colorful signs and back-to-back           pass. The easel and watercolor supplies do get
dockside cafes. Ecole de Plongee (the school           heavy.
of diving) offers boat trips, too. African guys           Sounds of school children remind us that
who sell carvings and beads speak a little of          this exotic setting is a familiar home to the
many languages. How can they know whether              locals. The castle ruin, known as the Chateau,
to approach us in French, English or German?           overlooks the town. Buildings in all shades of
   The Grand Hotel is 100 years old this year.         salmon and melon wrap around this hill and
From our wonderful fourth-floor room, we               the next and thin out over the plain on the
look down on Bormes les Mimosa. The tops               way to a shiny blue ocean. The sky is tinged
of the stone pines are the perfect combina-            with pink. It’s a thrill to capture an impression.
tion of intense greens scattered among the             Although it’s only a small bit of the real thing,
old, odd-shaped rooftops in shades of orange           at least I can take it home.
and sienna. From our little balcony we see                As we paint, we hear the sounds of a boule
some islands far away in the mist. Formerly,           tournament: the clatter of the heavy metal
from1200 to 1600, the rocky ports for pirates,         balls, the announcer on a loudspeaker, the
we are told.                                           applause of spectators. Later I stop by. It’s
   What a privilege to taste and share another         great to watch and quite sketchable, as sports

                                                                      Perspectives            January/February 2004           25
  “After the Storm,” a 15" x 20"
painting by Patty Pieropan Dong.

                      go. The players move and pause with an             turn of the last century by Charles Camion.
                      earthy grace as they consider their strategy.      As I sketch from the same spot, I notice that
                         We have dinner together at 7:30 each eve-       very little has changed since then. So much
                      ning. Only two restaurants in town can accom-      to paint, but this is only a day trip, and I also
                      modate all of us. After a week at each, we         want to see the local museum’s collection of
                      have memorized the menus. Dessert is always        impressionist paintings done here on the Cote
                      included; tiramisu or crème brulee are impos-      d’Azur. As the light plays over the pink and
                      sible to resist!                                   ocher facades in changing patterns, I complete
                         The clerk at the hotel speaks French,           two small color sketches.
                      German and Polish. One warm afternoon I               Another pleasure of an extended paint-
                      asked for ice, apparently a strange request.       ing trip is the opportunity to get to know
                      There were no buckets. Instead, he gave me         other artists. Ann has organized many trips,
                      a dessert dish that held about six cubes, a bit    to Mexico and Morocco and to locations all
                      melted by the time I got to the fourth floor.      over Europe. My mom, who has a gallery in
                         After several days in Bormes, we are invited    Western Massachusetts, has attended many of
                       to take a trip to Saint Tropez. It’s so differ-   them. All the artists have stories to tell. Rudy
                       ent. Very international with lavish yachts from   Colao is a very accomplished oil painter from
                       London, Newport, Miami, etc. Local artists        Rockport whose work is in New York and
                       have their easels out displaying paintings in     Boston galleries. He studied with the great
                        a myriad of styles. Originals, prints — it’s     Edgar Whitney years ago. An early riser like
                         all for sale. Designer shops a step off the     us, Rudy had breakfast with me and mom, and
                         streets in the old city offer stylish shoes     we compared discoveries of the local ancient
                         and the finest clothing. Strolling along the    nooks and crannies. Sisters Beverly Jeffers
                         waterfront, we find lots of choices for lunch   and Sylvia Sturgis conveyed their shared his-
                        — pannini stands, an Irish pub, a Ben and        tory and some of their new painting experi-
                        Jerry’s kiosk, and, of course, cafes and bou-    ences. Bob and Nan Blue were also a pleasure
                        langeries.                                       to know. She is a photographer, and he a
                           We are here to experience and absorb all      wonderful painter; a font of information and
                       this immediate activity in this timeless set-     inspiration. His close friends included Emile
                        ting. The fish market is set back from the       Gruppe and Charles Movalli, and he shared
                          dock, in the same location for hundreds        anecdotes about times with them.
                            of years. We recall a painting done at the      Under the heading of Small World, two

26    January/February 2004            Perspectives
other fellow artists, Sandy and Louise, were             School. This year Patty was voted “Best of the Best”    “Lunch in
hiking back to the hotel and noticed the name            visual artist by readers of the Auburn Journal. Her     Provence,” a 15"
Pieropan on a mailbox. A Northern Italian                paintings from France will be on display at Auburn’s    x 20" painting by
name, it’s unusual. My mom and I put our                 Latitudes restaurant in April.                          Patty Pieropan
cards in the box with a note, and the next day                                                                   Dong.
Walter Pieropan found us at dinner. Despite
the language barrier, we discovered that he
and my father are distant cousins, their fathers
having left a small town in Italy just after
WWI. “Cousin Walter” was born in Belgium,
my dad in Massachusetts. Since they both
speak Italian, they will be in touch.
   The evening before our departure we
shared our art at an informal exhibit. French
and German hotel guests came, as well as the
staff, a local newspaper reporter, and cousin
Walter. Dinner that night was a one-dish meal
of several kinds of fish, shellfish, and vegeta-
bles served in a large cork bowl — a beautiful
presentation, with a whipped garlic sauce.
   Yes, France was feast for the taste buds
as well as for the eyes and soul. I will have
memories of friendly people, warm sun, and
unforgettable views — and 26 paintings to mat
and frame.

Patty Pieropan Dong, an Auburn artist, works in oils,
pastels, watercolors, and woodblock printing. She has
presented several one-person shows and has won                                                                   “Rue Carnot,
many awards in juried exhibitions. She teaches private                                                           Flags,” a 15" x 20"
art classes for children and adults and also teaches                                                             painting by Patty
through Auburn Union School District and St. Joseph’s                                                            Pieropan Dong.

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L    ast year the California Arts Council’s budget was cut
     94% - from $18 million to one million dollars. That
is 1/10th of 1/10th of 1/10th of 1/10th of one percent of the
                                                                Performances and exhibitions around the state are being
                                                                cancelled. As one of every four dollars spent by tourists
                                                                is arts and culture related, the impact on this industry is
state’s budget. California now ranks 50th of the 50 states      signif cant.
in per capita support – at less than three cents. The
national average is $1.15. New York spends over $2.75.          Last year the California Arts Council awarded this
                                                                                           Arts Council awarded this
                                                                organization $86,626
                                                                organization $86,626.
As a result of these cuts, all grants programs have been
                                                                For us the cuts will mean that:
suspended. California goes from having the largest Artist
in Residence in the schools program in the country to           Less direct funding will be provided to local school districts
having no program at all. 850,000 K-12 students will            for high quality programs, which articulate with arts and
receive no arts programming this year. Millions more are        other core subject curriculum and benefit students, teachers,
affected by cuts to organizations with in-school and after-     and families.
school programs.
                                                                No new programs will be launched in response to Placer
                                                                County’s growing public needs and interest until such time
                                                                as new funds are developed.
                                                                The message being sent is that California no longer values
                                                                arts, culture, and creativity.
                                                                We hope you will join us in demanding from your state
                                                                legislators and the Governor that some reasonable funding
                                                                be restored this year.
                                                                Thank you.

                                                                                                                 Non-Profit Org.
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