Mount Shasta High school graduate became well-known artist in the San Francisco Bay Area
In December 2004 College of the Siskiyous received a donation from Constantine “Gus” Kanis of more then 100 pieces of art by Judith Hines Kanis. The artwork includes large paintings, prints, drawings and laser prints.
Beginning this week, this fine art collection will be exhibited and on sale at 412 N. Mt. Shasta Blvd. in downtown Mount Shasta as a fundraiser for College of the Siskiyous.
A preview opening for family and friends is scheduled for June 30 from 5 to 8 p.m. It will be followed by a grand opening Thursday, July 1, from 5 to 8 p.m.
The show will continue to be open until July 10. Hours are as follows:
• June 30, from 5-8 p.m. Opening
• July 1, from 12-8 p.m. Opening
• July 2, from 10 a.m.-7 p.m.
• July 3, from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
• July 4, from 10 a.m. to noon.
• July 5 to 8, by appointment. Assistance will be available at Siskiyou Arts Council Gallery and Cultural Center.
• July 9, from 5 to 7 p.m. Silent Auction.
Judith Kanis was a fourth generation native of Siskiyou County and a graduate of Mount Shasta High School in 1956.
She played clarinet for three years in band and was in the girls chorus. She held class offices and was head cheerleader.
She went on to college in Berkeley, where her passion for art was ignited. She studied art at the University of Mexico in Mexico City, went on to Parsons School of Design in New York and then graduated from the prestigious San Francisco Academy of Art with a Bachelor of Fine Arts. She worked for several years as a graphic designer and an illustrator.
In 1964 she was instructor of drawing, painting and art history at College of the Siskiyous.
Judith was instrumental in refurbishing the Industrial Center Building in Sausalito, a building that was used originally to build ships during World War II. After the war effort the building was converted to artist studios, and it continues to be used for that purpose.
Judith created many pieces of art in her studio in the ICB. Her work at that time was best known for explosive color, dramatic shape and form and rich expression. She displayed her art in many solo exhibits and group shows and had private and corporate collectors.
Judith was the founder of the San Anselmo Art Commission, an organization that still thrives as a network of glass artists, mixed media artists, quilters and more.
Judith was a spiritual woman, according to a release from Siskiyou Arts Council, and she explored many aspects of her life through her paintings.
As stated in the release, “She was not afraid to put paint on paper and share with her public her joy and pain in life. There are several anguished paintings is this collection that suggest her struggle with breast cancer.
“Judith had great passion for her art and her life and she shared with us her paintings and her gift of teaching.”