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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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, steel, and mixed media to get her message across.
 

Her imagery in this series – “Opposites Intertwined” – comes from an impressionable time growing up during the Vietnam war, when constant images of war were broadcast on television, and the time she spent in Europe, visiting war memorial sites. In both of those circumstances, her focus was on the plight of children who were caught in the middle of the conflicts. When Leitha visited the Imperial War Museum in England, she saw “trench art” – art made from spent shell and bullet casings, and she was intrigued by the juxtaposition of creating art out of something that destroys. 

 
Her sculptures contain symbols pieced together in unique configurations to create narratives about the unfortunate mix of two man-made things: 1) something manufactured to harm, and 2) a new life made with love. Too often the two are thrown into a volatile situation with heinous results. The sculptures are a commentary on past events, but are also current statements based on everyday events occurring in our own country and beyond.
 

Leitha received her BA in Studio Art in 1984 from San Jose State University. Prior to

graduating, she spent some time in Europe with an international community of sculptors in Pietrasanta, Italy. There, she worked for established sculptors, such as Manuel Neri from the SF Bay Area and Canadian sculptor, William McElcheran. Leitha has also worked at a few commercial art foundries, and has cast her own work at the Crucible in Oakland, CA. She has shown her work in many domestic and international exhibitions, and her sculptures are included in private and public art collections. 

 
Leitha is an active member and current secretary of the Pacific Rim Sculptors group in the Bay Area, a long-standing member of the International Sculptors Center (ISC), and has volunteered at the 15th International Sculptors Conference in San Francisco. 
 
“Opposites Intertwined” ~ Sculpture by Leitha L. Thrall
The 2nd Saturday Opening Reception on May 13th from 5-7pm
Free admission, refreshments. Donations for wine […]

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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.

Focus is on […]

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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 […]

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Sept. 10 — “Asia, Tea & Dance”

Opening September 10, “Asia, Tea & Dance” mixes spiritual reflection with physical movement and visual art. Join SAM for refreshments from 5 to 7pm.

Raylene Abbott is a local artist. She paints in the medium of Chinese […]