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
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.

russRussell Jones
Russell retired from the Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU), Department of Pathology, Portland, Oregon and moved to the Hammond Ranch area of Weed, California in 2012. He and his wife Kathe Worsley have collected art for many years, with the collection featuring art from the Pacific Northwest and foreign travels. He was civically involved prior to moving to Weed and has continued that civic involvement by being a SAM board member and Weed Library volunteer. Artistically Russell has produced illustrations for articles on early Columbia River gill net boats, canvases of 17th and 18th century sailing ships in oil, created t-shirt art for a local group to which he belonged, architectural ceramic installations, and he continues to paint. Russell believes in the importance of art as it brings enrichment to the community, the artist, and patron and feels SAM provides that to Dunsmuir and the surrounding communities.