"Two Crown Dancer Kachinas from Joanne Steele's collection of White Mountain Apache artifacts. Joanne's collection includes four magnificent Crown Dancers, and the Apache made buckskin booties her mother wore as a baby."

Two Crown Dancer Kachinas from Joanne Steele’s collection of White Mountain Apache artifacts. Joanne’s collection includes four magnificent Crown Dancers, and the Apache made buckskin booties her mother wore as a baby.

On March 12th, Siskiyou Arts Museum (SAM) will hold a 2nd Saturday Reception for one of the most unique shows presented in the three years since the museum opened. “Dunsmuir Collects” features collections belonging to Dunsmuir residents or of Dunsmuir memorabilia. Collecting is a human pursuit that dates back as far as the Egyptian Ptolemaic dynasty and the creation of the Library of Alexandria. The scope of modern collecting is unlimited. The hobby quickly becomes more than acquiring related objects as collectors refine their interests, organize and catalog their collections, and research and acquire more related objects.

Part of an extensive collection of elephant items from Linda Price.

Visitors will find “Dunsmuir Collects” interesting and inspiring for several reasons.

First, collections were chosen by show curator, Ernie Wasson, for their uniqueness and artistic value. Phyllis Skalko’s series of 1932-­33 Sunset Magazine covers feature paintings by artist Heath Anderson. Joanne Steele’s Apache Crown Dancer Kachinas are fine examples of late 20th century Apache art. Sue Lang’s collection of Lily of the Valley tea cups are an example of kitchen ware fine art.

Sue Lang's Lily-of-the-valley tea cups.

Sue Lang’s Lily-of-the-valley tea cups.

Secondly, the show will include unusual and/or quirky collections such as Tony Catlett’s stockpile of objects which have been removed from tires at Dunsmuir Tire, plus Rich Weir’s accumulation of wood veneers. Bruce Petty’s collection of steam pumps and valves pay tribute to the days when steam- powered engines pulled the trains that came through Dunsmuir.

The inspiration for the “Dunsmuir Collects” exhibition at SAM was a similar show that Ernie Wasson attended at the Santa Cruz Art and History Museum in 2012. He saw collections of animal skulls, American flags, decorated eggs, and electric drills.

Old-fashioned irons and iron trivets with embroidered doilies.

Old-fashioned irons and iron trivets with embroidered doilies.

“I knew that at some point I would have an opportunity to curate a similar show,” explained Wasson. “Siskiyou Arts Museum is the perfect place, and Dunsmuir is home to an amazing number of interesting collectors.”

“Dunsmuir Collects” opens on March 12th. The show will continue at SAM through May 7th. The March 12th opening reception will be held from 5pm to 7pm at SAM, 5824 Dunsmuir Ave. in Dunsmuir. For more information, call (530)235­-4711 or visit.

Some of the iron trivets.

Some of the iron trivets.