Mount Shasta area artist receives national recognition

Staff Writer
Mount Shasta Herald
“Cinque Terre” by Chris Messer

Mount Shasta artist Chris Messer, owner of Snow Creek Studios, has been recognized as "One to Watch" in the December issue of Watercolor Artist magazine.

Messer is also featured in the same issue in an article titled, "The Start of Something Good." In it she explains the importance of "good bones" in a painting. This is a concept that she emphasizes in her classes, according to a press release from gallery manager Lindsay Budner.

A one year anniversary holiday party is being planned for sometime in December at Snow Creek Studios in downtown Mount Shasta, where Messer displays her art and teaches classes including watercolor, mixed media and drawing.

Messer is the first of 10 artists from California to Florida listed in the magazine's "Ones to Watch" article. She said she was contacted by the magazine in May and asked to submit several images, accompanied by brief descriptions. A few months later she was informed that her work had been accepted.

As stated on the website: "An emerging artist is one on the cusp of greater prominence, a painter whose work we're likely going to be seeing a lot more of in national exhibitions, workshop programs and other art publications. Such are the individuals we selected for Watercolor Artist's 2013 Ones to Watch."

The magazine is available for purchase at Snow Creek Studios, which has attracted many visitors during a successful first year, according to the press release.

"As a supporter of the community, Chris has happily donated paintings to many fundraising events," the release states. "She is also always willing to talk art and offer advice to budding artists. This support has been reciprocated by those who have expressed their appreciation for the beautiful addition to


The gallery, with its solar powered interior and moveable carpeted walls, is rearranged every month, coinciding with Mount Shasta's Fourth Friday Art Walk.

Snow Creek Studios plans to feature more exhibited artists and put on a

variety of classes and workshops in 2014. A filming system is in the works, "which will enable local students to refer back to sessions while others can take classes from afar."

For more information see: or come visit the gallery at 416 N. Mt. Shasta Blvd.