Category Archives: Aranga Firstman

Studio Tour 9 Photo Essay #1

In the Studios with the artists of STUDIO TOUR 9, held on March 19-20-21, 2010.

Anne Haxton: light sculpture
Anne was the featured artist for STUDIO TOUR 9.


Rick Badgley: handcrafted furniture

Rick Badgley's Studio, enjoying Stickley chairs

Carole Clum: clay and metal sculpture

Elsah Cort: collage, photography, mixed media

Nikki Crain: handweaving

James Entz: sculptural paintings

Aranga Firstman: collage, water based mixed media

Photos by Marion Hultgren and Elsah Cort, all rights reserved.


Meeting the Studio Tour Artists: Aranga Firstman

Aranga Firstman
mixed water media, collage

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“My art work revolves around my esoteric interests in in archetypes, auras, chakras, reiki, spiritual growth, and the universe. Therefore, I call my work Inter-dimensional. I had been interested in art and music in childhood. In the 1980’s I decided to renew my creative side with guitar, poetry and watercolor painting. I then experimented with oil, egg tempera, casein, chalk, and acrylic. Living in Three Rivers, thus being close to nature, allows me to re-charge the energy in my body and connect to the universe. This allows me to relax and paint. I enjoy writing poetry, playing with my guitar and designing web sites.”

B.S., M.S. Biological Sciences, Cal Poly-Pomona;
Ph.D. Community College Education, Nova University; Equivalency in Art
College of the Sequoias. Biology Professor (29 yrs,), Adjunct Art Instructor (3 yrs.), College of the Sequoias
(retired); conducted arts projects for children, Three Rivers School, Imagine-U- Children’s Museum, Arts Visalia, 1st Saturday Arts Market: art projects for seniors, Visalia Community Hospital

Participating in the Society of Layerists In Multimedia web gallery show,show will be up thru the end of March.

Webmaster for Arts Alliance of Three Rivers

How to get Studio Tour tickets…earlybird price until March 5.

Artists in Three Rivers on the blogging trail…

We live in a small town and our lives are deeply affected by our surroundings.  As artists we are inspired to interpret our lives and worlds with paint and color and design on canvas and film.

Blogging has entered into our lives as a way of telling our “artists’ stories” and giving others a glimpse into our creative process.

Here are three “windows” into what’s up with some Three Rivers artists via their recent blog posts.


Aranga Firstman



OF MY EXISTENCE seems to be a most fitting title for the latest painting on my easel…When I paint, I prefer either a square or circular format because it more easily draws me inside the painting.  Once inside, the painting paints itself. It chooses the colors and the forms. I have no idea of the whys and whats until the painting finishes.  Painting makes me feel peaceful, excited and in awe of the universe.

Aranga is the designer of the Arts Alliance website,
She has also joined the Arts Alliance Board of Directors.
Visit her website gallery at


Eddie McArthur



FLOW is a combination of watercolor, acrylic and pastel on watercolor paper.  I love it when a painting takes on a mind of its own and goes somewhere I hadn’t planned!  This one was going to be much more realistic as a river scene. I even planned a raft of people shooting the rapids.  But, when it got going, the painting Gods took over and the whole thing went a different direction.  I really like playing with layering different media together.

Visit Eddie’s gallery shop on 1000 Markets.
She is the new President of the Three Rivers Arts Alliance.


Martha Widmann



I have recently returned from riding the 6th leg — Darby to Big Hole National Monument, Montana — of the Chief Joseph Trail Ride.  The Chief Joe is a consecutive 13 year ride [100 miles each year for a total of 1300 miles] that retraces the route of the Nez Perce flight from the US calvary in the late 1800’s and is sponsored by the Appaloosa Horse Association.  It originates in Joseph, Oregon and ends in Bear Paw Meadow, Montana just 40 miles shy of the Canadian border.

Martha works professionally as a graphic designer, integrating painting on canvas into her creative life.


Are you an artist ready to dip your toes into the blogging stream, but need some help? Ask Elsah Cort for kind help 561-4671.