Tag Archives: California Artists

Yokohl Valley Revisited, a group exhibition

Running from January 13-February 26, local artists, interested in the future of Yokohl Valley, have contributed artwork to a new exhibit at the Tulare Historical Museum. The artists’ reception will be on Thursday, January 13 from 5:30-7 pm in the museum’s Heritage Room. Artist and violist Paul Buxman will provide musical entertainment. Refreshments will be served and the public is invited.

“Storm Over Yokohl Valley” © Mona Fox Selph

The exhibit will include various media including oil, acrylic, watercolor, photographs and sculpture. All entries will relate in some way to Yokohl Valley.

The exhibit follows a similar show held at Arts Visalia in 2009 intended to bring attention to development plans for Yokohl Valley, located in the Sierra foothills east of Exeter. The J.G Boswell Company wants to build Yokohl Ranch, a 36,000-acre project to be developed in stages with a planned community of 10,000 homes, golf courses, parks and a reservoir.

Mona Fox Selph, a Three Rivers artist, attended an informational meeting on the project in 2008. She became very concerned and wanted to raise awareness about the plans for Yokohl Valley. She organized the first show at Arts Visalia, “Views of Yokohl Valley,” with help from Carol Clum, Laurie Schwaller and Shirley Blair Keller. “It was well attended and received,” Fox Selph said. “I felt that the idea needed to be repeated at other locations so that more people could think about the issue and the impact development would have.” The Tulare City Historical Society, which operates the Tulare Historical Museum, has not taken a position on the Yokohl Ranch development.

Call 559-686-2074 for more information.

Nikki Crain featured at the Art Co-Op

Three Rivers weaver, Nikki Crain, is the featured artist for the month of January at the Art Co-Op.
A reception will be given for her on January 2 from 2-6 pm.

“Weaving is my delight! I enjoy using beautiful natural fibers and yarns to make practical items to wear or use. Each handwoven piece is one-of-a-kind or limited edition. I create cloth that can’t be duplicated in a factory.  Playing with dyes reminds me of opening a new box of crayons in kindergarten. What fun awaits! I also love candles and want the healthiest ones possible so I pour natural vegetable soy candles.”

10th Annual “The Perfect Gift” Boutique

Friday and Saturday, November 27-28, nine artists will be showing their work at the Three Rivers Arts Center on North Fork Drive in Three Rivers.  Visit Jana Botkin, Ginny Wilson, Carole Clum, Sam McKinney, Tina St John, Nikki Crain, Anne Birkholz, Gail Matuskey and Janene Laswell. The Boutique runs both days from 10 am to 4 pm. Call 559-561-4048 for more information about the Boutique.

handweaving by Nikki Crain

jewelry by Tina St John

photograph © Ginny Wilson

First Saturday Creativity in Three Rivers

Celebrate the creative talent of Three Rivers!  Starting on October 3, collaborating shops and galleries in town will be showcasing the art of Three Rivers on the first Saturday of each month.  For more information visit the 1st Saturday blog.

Wendy Dhrti Heart's

(left to right, Wendy McKellar, Miriam Briks (Dhrti Dasi), Heart’s Desire Gift Shop)



Also on October 3, visit the Three Rivers Environmental Weekend at the Three Rivers Arts Center, local artists will be showing creative art for the home and garden. See details here.

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


blog arangafirstman.wordpress.com

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 arangafirstman.com


Eddie McArthur


blog artbyeddie.blogspot.com

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


blog marthawidmann.wordpress.com

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.

News from the Arts Alliance of Three Rivers

The Arts Alliance of Three Rivers has a new look for its website at  www.artsthreerivers.org designed by Three Rivers artist, Aranga Firstman.  She says, “It is designed to be a more interesting, a more useful, and a more user friendly site.”

The website includes a new logo designed by Three Rivers artist, Martha Widmann.

Arts Alliance Annual Members’ Meeting on Saturday, August 29, 2009,
at 10 AM
in the Mission Room at St. Anthony’s Retreat

The meeting will be devoted to a very directed “brainstorming” session with guest-facilitator Alex Picavet leading the group. The new board members will also be introduced. All Arts Alliance members are invited as well as those who would like to join the Arts Alliance.  Bring your ideas for how to expand our presence in Three Rivers, new activities or events, or things we could do better. You are encouraged to follow up your ideas by working on them within the Arts Alliance.

Continental breakfast will be provided. Please RSVP to Arts Alliance President, Eddie McArthur at 561-4166.

Reception this Friday

Reminder: Arts Visalia group exhibition’s Opening Reception:  Friday, July 10th, 6 to 8 pm

214 E. Oak Ave in Visalia, CA 93291
Hours: Wed-Sat from noon to 5:30 pm
Call 559.739.0905 for information
link to Google map for finding the gallery


(images, left to right)

John Sundstrom, “Follow the Leader” oil on canvas
Mona Fox Selph, “Storm Over Yokohl Valley” oil on canvas
Charlotte Hoffman, “View Through the Gap” pastel