Siskiyou Arts Museum plans a year of art exhibits

Staff Writer
Mount Shasta Herald
The Queen's Cactus by Todd Friedlander, who will be showing his digitally enhanced photos on canvas as part of the first Siskiyou Arts Museum show of 2018, beginning in February in Dunsmuir.

Siskiyou Arts Museum in downtown Dunsmuir has scheduled a full year of art shows for 2018, beginning with “Abstractions” in February and concluding with the annual open call members’ show in December.

SAM will be closed in January for general maintenance, gift shop inventory and expanded art workshop space on the lower level of its building at 5824 Dunsmuir Ave.

Shows are chosen by curatorial volunteers who make their selections based on SAM’s annual proposal events and show proposal forms that have been received during the year or even prior years, according to a press release.

With two galleries in the same building, SAM is able to have a new art opening and reception every month.

The larger showroom, known as the “Gallery,” is used for multi-artist exhibits. A smaller gallery, dubbed “The Museum Space,” is preferred for retrospectives, historical art and occasional special events that support a larger show in the Gallery.

Following is a list of shows scheduled for 2018 with some information about each one provided by SAM. More information and samples of artists’ work can been found on SAM’s website at:

2018 Siskiyou Arts Museum schedule of shows


“Abstractions” – a showing in the Gallery of acrylic paintings on canvas by Marlis Jermutus and digitally enhanced photos on canvas by Todd Friedlander. These two artists, who live in Lake Shastina, have a long creative history and a long-standing friendship.


A retrospective of paintings by Victor Medrano in the Museum Space. Victor was an oncology surgeon who retired to Siskiyou County with his wife Carol. They were both active volunteers in the Music by the Mountain organization.


Guest curator William Wareham brings the beautiful work of Kathryn Kain and Sidnea d'Amico to the Gallery in an exhibit titled, “Devoted Obsession.”


Andrew Patterson-Tutschka, an instructor from Shasta College, will be showing his paintings in the Museum Space.


Two exhibits are scheduled to open in June, one from the Black Butte Center for Railroad Culture; the other featuring paintings and photographs by Susan Edwards, Rae Ferguson and Jennifer Pentrack for a Gallery show titled: “Wild and Still.”


“Latent” is the name of an exhibit of black & white photographs by Angelea Heartsong-Redding and Amanda Thomas that will be showing in the Museum Space.


An exhibit by the Pacific Rim Sculptors Group titled “Current Forms & Sequences” is curated by Leitha Thrall and juried by Phil Linhares. The Gallery wil be full of sculpture: on pedestals, on the floor, on the walls...


Two popular fishermen/artists – Fred Gordon and John Rickard – present the “The River’s Depths.” Fred is well-known for his ceramic fish, and John for his black & white photos. John’s photo book of “The McCloud River” will also be available during the reception.


Another river-themed exhibit from Bob Nugent: “Painting on the River.” Bob once taught at College of the Siskiyous and has a following in Siskiyou County. Most of the paintings in the Gallery will be his vision of the Sacramento River. There will also be a showing of his work in the Museum Space, focusing on the Amazon River. Both of these river-related exhibits will be supported by a generous donation from Dunsmuir’s Peter Arth.


“Cross Cultures” by Red Bluff artist Phil Dynan will be a colorful exhibit of paintings by Steven Bennett (USA), Francisco Vasquez (Guatemala) and Yosief Indrias (Eritrea).


The open call members’ show in the Gallery will be titled “LOST.”

SAM’s regular hours of operation are Thursday – Saturday, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sundays from noon to 4 p.m. For more information, see SAM is also on Facebook: or you can call: 530-235-4711.