Category Archives: Studio Tour 10

Christine Sell-Porter: Studio Tour Ten Artist

“My medium of choice is oil. As it is so versatile and perfect for applying texture and brilliant color. Watercolor is a secondary medium I enjoy for its spontaneity and transparency. The watercolor techniques led me to a new endeavor–designing and painting with dye on silk scarves. The dyes give a delightful watercolor effect.”


Wendy McKellar: Studio Tour Ten Artist

“I have created, designed and painted since I can remember.  Living in Three Rivers around natural beauty helps.  The most influence came from my Grama Blanche who was also an artist.  I love to create with bright colors, as you will see in my studio.  Woodburning on furniture has been pretty interesting.  It is far too time consuming, but at the same time, the end result is addicting!  I go from a whimsical design on a piece of furniture to a local landscape oil on canvas.”


[paintings © Wendy McKellar]

Shirley Keller: Studio Tour Ten Artist

“The artistic journey began with writing. Before dawn, in my studio, I scratched ink on white paper, and it led from what was done yesterday, to the dream of what needs to be done today.   Through this endeavor, ink quilts (multi-media collage,) photography, clay mono-printing and self-published books were created.  Recycled art from rusty items, adorned with acrylic paints, are the new explorations in creativity.”

[art © Shirley Keller]

Anne Haxton: Studio Tour Ten Artist

“I was a child on the move, and my explorations began when I learned to crawl.  After my first big adventure, crawling two miles down the highway, my mother strapped me into a harness and hooked me to the clothesline. I was told I spent my days rushing from one end of that clothesline to the other, never stopping, until one day I discovered a universe hidden in the grass.  I was a naturalist!

When I was ten, my I found some large rolls of paper that I used them to draw house plans.  I was an architect!  Then came my period as an author, prompted by the sudden appearance of a Remington typewriter, and when I caught the mumps, a friend brought me some oil paints and suddenly I was an artist!  That’s the pattern….a stimulus and a response….that has kindled my craft.

Today the light sculptures I create are a result of my imagination, stimulated by something I have seen, a beautiful piece of paper and the shape of a single twig.  And the subtle colorings are my attempt to recreate the changing light of the day.”

[[light sculpture © Anne Haxton]


Elsah Cort: Studio Tour Ten Artist

“Collage is the medium I celebrate and immerse myself in, as an artist–for my work, and my life. Everything seems to want to try to synergize with something else. About fifteen years ago, I started cutting images and phrases from magazines, and produced my first individual collages into small blank cards. I called the cards the “it could be art” series. Embracing the title of artist found reluctance in me, but art itself has never abandoned me, no matter what resistance I have felt for it. Art is a part of every moment, whether we can see it or not. Art is the natural expression of a human be-ing.

I love to paint mandalas, using watercolor pencils or acrylic on canvas. Mandala is the Sanskrit word for “sacred circle”. I have been making mandalas as a meditative art practice for over twenty-five years.

One day when I was looking for a name for my artwork collection, I opened the book, Living Buddha, Living Christ by Thich Nhat Hanh, to the page that described the Sanskrit word parayana, meaning “The Other Shore” and I said yes, this is it. The Other Shore ‘…represents the realm of no-birth, no-death, and no suffering…We cannot talk about it, we cannot conceive it…The true teaching is that the other shore is this very shore…’ ”


[images © Elsah Cort]

Carole Clum: Studio Tour Ten Artist

“Nature is my primary inspiration.  In our 28 acre wildlife-certified habitat and California native plant garden, I build stoneware sculptures of plants, animals, birds, insects and women from coils and slabs.  In recent years I have enjoyed making found object art from aluminum, brass and stainless steel.  The scavenged components are old tools, utensils, costume jewelry and house numbers.   These whimsical sculptures are of horses, frogs, cats, dogs, giraffes and bulls.  Outside my small studio I can see bobcats, hawks, goldfinches on a thistle seed feeder and bluebirds entering and exiting their nesting box.  I crank open all the windows and let the breeze flow through.”

Martha Widmann: Studio Tour Ten Artist

“I have long been curious about the place where images come from, how they’re created and their affect on us. For example, the first time I saw Van Gogh’s Starry Night at the Museum of Modern Art, it brought me to tears. It is a beautiful painting. If you have seen it, you know it carries a profound energy. So how is it that it still emanates this energy a century later?

It is this curiosity that has me as attentive to the process of painting as to the image itself. But it begins with the image, usually appearing complete and with a title. Prepping the canvas becomes the invitation for the image to be here and I journal the process of the painting on the back of the canvas. It is the act of painting where I find joy. It is a quiet place where the focus is with the instinct that directs my eye, my hand, the colors I choose, the size of the brush I use, how much paint is on it and the pressure I use to apply the paint to the canvas. In these moments, I can lay down the thinnest layer of color that then builds upon the previous layers to give volume to the image.

The surface of the final image needs to be as beautiful and integral to the piece as the very first layer of paint on the canvas. The balance is always between the personal and the non-personal, to give up what I originally saw and be open to the changes the process requires. It is in this meditative space where the image comes into its own being. It is also the place where the voice that says I am not a painter is silent.”

[images © Martha Widmann]

Nancy Jonnum: Studio Tour Ten Artist

My work is clay follows two separate paths.  I make sculpted creatures and functional pottery on the wheel.  I enjoy making sculptures of local birds and animals.  Sometimes I make fanciful creatures.  I like to imagine that these creatures live in the forests and hills of Three Rivers but we can seldom catch a glimpse of them.  Other times I’ll make a sculpture about something I am concerned about.  A recurring theme right now is poverty.  My functional pottery can be used for every day meals, but is perfect for special occasions, as well.

[artwork © Nancy Jonnum]

Ten Reasons to Come to STUDIO TOUR TEN

1….Your life will be infused with inspiration.

2….Support of our local economy by supporting twenty-two local artists.

3….Immersion with the beauty of the foothills in springtime.

4….Spreading creative ideas in all directions.

5….Meeting old friends and making new ones.

6….Getting the scoop on how art is made.

7….Feeding your heart and spirit with beauty.

8….Bringing some artwork home to enliven your daily life.

9….Just for the pure fun of it.

10…Sharing gratitude for the diverse uniqueness of human creativity.


S T U D I O   T O U R   T E N
March 23-24-25, 2012

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[ Springtime in Three Rivers: photograph © Chris Schlossin]

James Entz: Studio Tour Ten Artist

“Water, like painting is elemental.  Water is essential to life, yet it’s also the vehicle that helps the paint to flow, and it’s the metaphor for my creative process.  As Lao Tsu says, ‘The highest good is like water.  Water gives life to the ten thousand things and does not strive.  It flows in places men reject and so is like the Tao.’ Water is the organizing concept of my current body of work of layered sculptural paintings and writings: I am examining and responding to how water shapes us and the landscape.”….James Entz


Tina St John: Studio Tour Ten Artist

I’ve been creating jewelry since a very young age. My mother, also an artist but specializing in gourmet cooking and interior design, enrolled me in jewelry-making classes. I fell in love with the art and enjoyed learning from my teacher, for whom I later apprenticed. After traveling to India, South Africa and parts of Europe, I decided to start my own jewelry business. I launched Tina St John Designs in the early 90’s.

After many different ventures, I simplified my line and way of presentation. My goal is to design jewelry that provides a sense of well-being while making a classic statement. I work in 14kt gold, fine silver, sterling silver, 18kt gold-filled, bronze, semi-precious stones, freshwater pearls and swarovski crystals. Each piece is hand crafted one-of-a-kind. I specialize in custom work both new and re-design.


w[jewelry © Tina St John]

Deborah Dal Zuffo: Studio Tour Ten Artist

Born in Massachusetts and living in New England as a young child, Deborah was inspired by nature’s rich palette of autumn colors. Her love of the outdoors and its tiniest, often unnoticed details, are reflected in her paintings. They are bathed in the hues of nature, and reveal her training in botanical illustration.

Deborah’s artwork often focuses on the simple – leaves, rocks, and the tiny creatures hiding within, capturing the essence of the forest floor and its ever-changing tapestry of texture, depth, and life. Deborah works in watercolor, ink, pencil, pastel, colored pencils, and clay.


[All images © Deborah Dal Zuffo]

Marn Reich: Studio Tour Ten Artist

“I like creating pieces which are functional as well as decorative and I’ve been known for some time for whimsical teapots shaped as animals and people and for boxes shaped as bears or mermaids sitting on rocks.  I have also created many nudes.  I work primarily in clay, acrylic, fabric and monoprint.  Working in clay is fascinating to me because you have no limitations as far as design, but rigid limitations as far as construction.  The survival rate of a piece depends on how carefully you follow all the rules, as well as how the kiln god feels about you.  The way you have to work depends on the ambient temperature and humidity, so you have to work very differently in summer and winter.  My studio, which is also my living room, office, bedroom and dining room, is in a mobile home.  Because my life is so contained, I can be working on a sculpture, doing paralegal work, playing with my parakeet, cooking dinner, doing laundry, and listening to National Public Radio all at once, and I usually am.”

[artwork © Marn Reich]

Karen Kimball: Studio Tour Ten Artist

“Soon after I took my first clay printing class, my guest bedroom became a clay print studio. As a novice artist, I have been challenged by the mechanical and artists aspects of print making. What is the hardest? Working to get the image from your head on to a clay slab for a print–and remembering to think backwards!”

[all images © Karen Kimball]

Nikki Crain: Studio Tour Ten Artist

“I am a weaver, who first sat down at a loom in 1983, and have been on a learning odyssey ever since. My favorite pastime is designing new pieces and playing with colors, sometimes dyeing my own yarns. I make cloth that industry can’t produce. I prefer to work with natural fibers such as cotton, wool, silk and rayon.  Why shouldn’t functional household items also be beautiful and bring pleasure to the user?

Math plays a big part in weaving and I like to take it to a higher level by using the Fibonacci sequence in many of my designs.”


Nikki is the featured artist for STUDIO TOUR TEN.

Nadi Spencer: Studio Tour Ten Artist

Nadi says, “I am an artist, working out of my colorful studio in the foothill town of Three Rivers, California, just below Sequoia National Park. I have worked as a professional artist for over 40 years, in watercolor and acrylic, from very tiny paintings to large murals.”

She is the founder and organizer of the monthly art event in Three Rivers called 1st Saturday.


Rick Badgley: Studio Tour Ten Artist

Rick Badgley is a furniture maker who focuses on quality reproductions or modified Arts & Crafts style furnishings. He is passionate about continuing the legacy of this era and its master craftsmen, creating beautifully hand-crafted pieces for his clients’ homes. He has long been attracted to the strong, simple lines of Gustave Stickley’s masterpieces and many of his furnishings are original Stickley designs.


Roof of Rick’s underground studio…with wildflowers starting to bloom.

Rick Badgley sitting inside his underground studio…

Jeffrey Jay: Studio Tour Ten Artist

Jeffrey Jay debuts his guitar-making studio on STUDIO TOUR TEN. He has been making guitars since he was a teenager and says, “I custom build classical, steel string and resophonic acoustic guitars from the finest quality tonewoods. I also offer rare top quality repairs, re-fretting services and instrument setups for both acoustic and electric guitars of all types.”