The Siskiyou Arts Museum celebrated its Grand Opening on March 7, 2013.  We are a member-run organization with a strong and enthusiastic volunteer community.


Meet SAM’s Board of Directors

Ernie WassonErnie Wasson ~ President
Ernie recently retired from Cabrillo College and moved here after visiting Siskiyou County several times a year since 1990. His interest in art museums and non-profits began while in the Museums Studies Graduate Program at the University of Delaware. He loves visiting every art gallery, museum, open studio, small town and garden he can find. He brings years of experience in retail sales and working with volunteers to the SAM board. Ernie lives and artfully gardens in south Dunsmuir.

Barbara CrossBarbara Cross  ~ Treasurer
Barbara quickly found her niche in the welcoming, friendly community of Dunsmuir. She became involved in Dunsmuir activities like Taste of Dunsmuir, Art Walk, Railroad Days, Tribute to the Trees, Mossbrae Music Festival and Dogwood Daze. She has served as president of the Dunsmuir Chamber of Commerce and currently sits on the Dunsmuir Planning Commission. “I feel like my experience as a successful former businesswoman and community volunteer were really valued, and combined with my love of arts in all forms, makes sitting on the SAM board a great opportunity for me to serve.”

Penelope Joy
Penny is a Dunsmuir artist with a passion for painting “found” objects in a whimsical, eye-popping, visionary, exuberant, scintillating, and often preposterous fashion.  The more unique the object the better. Some of our favorites include vintage bowling balls, thrift store shoes, a rusty chain saw, a discarded tricycle, rotary telephone and mismatched hubcaps. Along with her service as a Board member, her work is found in the SAM giftshop.


IMG_0139Ellen Bonning ~ Secretary
After 15 years of summer, and occasionally winter, holidays spent there, Ellen and her husband, Bob, retired to their home in Castella.  They had spent the last 40 years living and working in Carpinteria, CA, where they lived on the campus of Cate School, a private boarding school, and raised two sons.  Ellen worked for 32 years at a local country day school. She likes to keep herself busy and especially enjoys meeting and getting to know new people.  She looks forward to contributing to the success of the Siskiyou Art Museum and feels fortunate to have such a vibrant, well-presented museum and gift store in our community.

Bones-7Joan Adams
Joan Adams, a 10+ year resident of Mount Shasta, has happily volunteered in the gift shop of SAM since 2013-14. She is a retired instructor from Shasta College in Redding, where she taught French and English for several decades. As a junior in college, Joan lived and studied in France, and she had the opportunity to appreciate the fine art work and architecture of Europe.  Ever since, she has enjoyed visiting art exhibits and major galleries when she travels in California and elsewhere.   In her spare time, she enjoys good books and crossword puzzles, and hiking and fishing in Siskiyou County, as well as making pies and jam with local blackberries.