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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.

The Redbud Festival is coming May 8-9

The Redbud Arts & Crafts Festival, held annually on Mother’s Day weekend in May, is a two day arts and crafts festival, also featuring local musicians and food. The event is sponsored the Arts Alliance of Three Rivers and is well attended by Three Rivers and surrounding communities. About 56 artists and crafters participate yearly. Proceeds support the Lorraine Young Memorial Scholarship Fund for scholarships to local students and the activities of the Arts Alliance of Three Rivers.

Last day of Studio Tour

Quick note on the last day of Studio Tour 9, photos coming soon documenting this event.  The Studio Tour is held every other year, the next one will be in 2012…..but we are planning some surprises for 2011.


Three days to be in the hills with wildflowers and blue skies and 21 artists in their art-making spaces.  Transform your life. Awaken your own artist.  Yes, we are, each and everyone, artists at heart. We came here to create, it’s what being a human BEing is all about.

Three Rivers Artists’ STUDIO TOUR 9
March 19-20-21, 2010

The Studio Tour starts at the Three Rivers Historical Museum on Highway 198.
21 artists’ studios open from 10-5 pm.
Tickets $20 per adult, $5 per child under 12.
Call 559-561-4671 for more information.

See our “Art Talk” twitterfeed conversation–live during the Studio Tour.

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.

Two Web Presence Workshops for Artists

Web Presence…… for beginners “from the artist’s hand to the world’s eye”

October 24, 2009|  Saturday from 10 to 3

This workshop for artists, but is open to all.


Arts Visalia    214 East Oak Avenue   Visalia, CA 93291      559-739-0905

For those of us who are hands-on creative persons, showcasing ourselves on the world wide web via the internet can be very daunting.  This virtual world seems to move at super sonic speed far from the human pace of making art.  Often we give up before we even start.

This class is based on this tenet:  
Start just where you are.
Take one step at a time.
Start is the keyword here.

The professional artist is represented by their actual artwork, and also by what is said and read about their work on the world wide web.  The wise and savvy artist needs to be in control of his or her own “brand” or name as it shows up in the virtual world.  It’s like adding your name in the phone book, with a well-placed, complete, accurate ad in the yellow pages—
a great presentation that you write, design and supervise yourself.

Do you want others telling the world about your work as an artist, 
or do you want your story told using your own creative voice?

  • learn a simple web glossary
  • learn how to register a domain name
  • finally get some simple tips about search engines
  • create a free blog as website
  • learn basic blogging techniques
  • learn to recognize clean website design
  • discover ways to sell your work online without hassles
  • explore social media as a way to enhance your blog
  • develop your personal artist’s web presence
  • connect with other artists and see what’s cooking out there
  • be inspired by the web art community
  • acquire web competency without fear
  • create locally and exhibit globally

$45 for registration prior to October 10, $55 after this date.
Pre-registration required.  Reserve your space early.

 Print registration form.

Bring any business cards, brochures, or any printed press material about you or your work. Also bring pen and paper, wireless laptop (if you have access to one) and maybe a sack lunch. There are food establishments in the area where you can get a quick take out lunch.  We will be sharing ideas during lunch.

Instructor: Elsah Cort collage artist, web enthusiast, blogger and
 Three Rivers Artists’ Studio Tour organizer
For more information call  559-561-4671.

Image: Butterfly Man, mixed media collage 11X14 in  ©1998 Elsah Cort


Create A Blog-Style Website With WordPress

November 11, 2009 from 1-4:30 pm
Harrison Hall at Presbyterian Church in Three Rivers

This workshop is a great tool for making yourself known to the World of the Internet. WordPress is free and easy to use. It is a non- technical web publishing solution for everyone. This workshop will focus on how to set up and use the WordPress system. If you can send email, you can learn WordPress!

•  for individuals without a traditional web site ….. this is an easy way to start your Internet Presence
•  for individuals with a traditional web site ….. this is a simple way to enhance your Internet Presence

The workshop is sponsored by the Three Rivers Arts Alliance.

Instructor: Aranga Firstman, Ph.D., educator, artist, web site designer and web master.
The cost is $25 for Three Rivers Arts Alliance members and $35 for nonmembers.
Make check payable to the Arts Alliance of Three Rivers, $25 member/$35 non-member.
Mail the check and registration form to Aranga Firstman, P.O. Box 176, Three Rivers, CA 93271

Registration deadline is November 7th.

For additional details or questions, visit the Arts Alliance of Three Rivers web site or call 561-3464.