The Museum space allows us to feature additional art shows and events, especially exhibits of historic interest, artist retrospectives and educational events. It is bright and airy, with french doors and a beautifully restored wood floor, and leads out to SAM’s back deck and garden area.


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September 9, 2017 — “Shared Paths” with Joan Pechanec and Michi Takemoto

Shared Paths: The Art of Joan Pechanec and Michi Takemoto opens at the Siskiyou Arts Museum on Saturday, September 9, from 5-7pm.

Over 25 years ago Joan Pechanec and Michi Takemoto met as clinical social workers. At that time, Joan, now a prolific local artist in Dunsmuir, had just moved to Redding, California, looking for a place to open her practice and networking with therapists to introduce herself. That’s where their paths crossed. Michi writes, “We later met for lunch and there was an immediate connection. We discovered our love for art and made an agreement to be “art buddies”– and actually shook hands on that!”

Michi Takemoto was born in a Japanese internment camp during World War II. At Joan’s suggestion to create images of that time, Michi began to paint from photographs taken from the National Archives. She says, “I have wanted to be a fine artist since childhood, and although I earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in design from Northern Illinois University, many events in life brought me to a career in psychotherapy. Even with my career as a therapist, I made a commitment to do art weekly for 25 years with my art friend, Joan Pechanec.”

Joan has this to say about her art: “My art expresses the world as I experience it: rich in numinous color and vibrant light, a world of mood and mystery. When painting, I enter a state of flow where time and reality recede and I inhabit the scene in my imagination.”

Michi says, “I mostly create art from personal experience. A major part of my focus has been to create a series based on the Japanese internment camps, in which I was born. This series is an attempt to remember this part of history and to educate those who do not know about it. In the internment paintings I try to express the absolute pain of this occurrence. In my other works, I try to bring the feeling of how interesting and beautiful our world can be.”

Although both are now retired and living in different towns, they still arrange to get together once in awhile to do art. This is precious time that they use to reflect on their shared paths with amazement, and both agree it is a treasure of a lifetime.

And so, on Saturday, September 9th, from 5-7pm, the Siskiyou Arts Museum in Dunsmuir presents an opening reception entitled “Shared Paths,” a journey of two artist friends, where Joan Pechanec and Michi Takemoto will exhibit a range of their art spanning 25+ years: cold wax, collage, mixed media, encaustics, and oil paintings, along with Michi’s powerful Internment paintings. Enjoy acoustic gypsy jazz and standards with the ROMA Trio during the opening.

Shared Paths: The Art of Joan Pechanec and Michi Takemoto continues in the small gallery through Saturday, November 4th.

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September 9, 2017 — “Shared Paths” with Joan Pechanec and Michi Takemoto

Shared Paths: The Art of Joan Pechanec and Michi Takemoto opens at the Siskiyou Arts Museum on Saturday, September 9, from 5-7pm.

Over 25 years ago Joan Pechanec and Michi Takemoto met as clinical […]

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July 8, 2017 — 2nd Saturday: “Scenes of Siskiyou County”

Curators Paula Reynolds and Kim Harper present “Scenes of Siskiyou County” with an opening reception Saturday, July 8, 2017, in the museum room of Siskiyou Arts Museum, 5824 Dunsmuir Avenue.

This open call exhibit will feature […]

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May 13, 2017 — “Opposites Intertwined” with Leitha Thrall

Our 2nd Saturday Opening Reception on May 13th will feature the thought-provoking sculptures of Bay Area artist, Leitha L. Thrall in the museum room. While Leitha’s work is primarily in bronze, she also uses assemblage, […]

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April 8, 2017 — “Essence of Dunsmuir: A Photographic Exploration”

Essence of Dunsmuir  –  A Photographic Exploration    (An open juried show)

Theme of Show: Contemporary Photos of Dunsmuir, California

Purpose: To look at Dunsmuir with new eyes and promote the architectural richness of Dunsmuir.

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March 11, 2017 — Dunsmuir Youth Art Show

Last year, Siskiyou Arts Museum hosted artwork from Dunsmuir and Castella schools in a brilliantly colored spring show.  This year, SAM board member and former elementary school teacher Penny Heilman again curates, with the help […]

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November 12 — “Past and Present” with Chris Rauschenberg

Siskiyou Arts Museum’s museum room walls will be adorned with Chris Rauschenberg’s works during November and December, 2016, with an opening reception on the 2nd Saturday of the month, November 12.

Christopher Rauschenberg has photographed in […]