Siskiyou Arts Museum (SAM) has been awarded a $3,400 grant from Union Pacific and will soon be purchasing much needed chairs and a portable art display wall.

UP-logo-web“The growing interest in the arts, and regular attendance at events and activities at SAM made it necessary to expand from borrowed folding chairs and solid immovable walls,” noted SAM board member, Barbara Cross. “We now will be able to expand our display space in the gallery and serve our performing artists with better, more comfortable seating. Last December we hosted two New Frontier theater events with over 60 attendees and SAM Volunteers.  “We expect even greater numbers in the future.”

Over the past two years, SAM has become a flourishing center for the arts in southern Siskiyou County. Artists are able to display and sell their work from the beautiful gallery/gift store in the middle of downtown Dunsmuir. Performers regularly use the large gallery space for plays and music events. Siskiyou County residents have come to rely on SAM as the place to see and experience the fine original work of regional and local artists.

2015 plans for SAM include regular workshops and evening activities for art lovers of all skill levels. February classes included “Beginning Needle Felting” with Emkay Sikora and a “Mixed Media with Decorative Papers Workshop” with Cindy Black.  Ernie Wasson, SAM Board member and retired Cabrillo College horticulture instructor, taught “The Art of Pruning,” on March 8, and more classes and events are planned for March, including a “Wine and Wool” event on March 20, and printmaking lecture and demonstration with Dennis Weathers, Dean of Liberal Arts and Sciences at the College of the Siskiyous.

For more information about programs and membership, visit SiskiyouArtsMuseum.org or call 530-235-4711.