The Art of Surviving: Strength · Resilience · Justice

Please join the Shasta County District Attorney’s Office – Crime Victims Assistance Center as we kick off Crime Victims Rights Week! The Art of Surviving: Strength · Resilience · Justice is an event to bring awareness, safety, prevention, and resources to our community.

Artists are encouraged to express what Victims Rights represents to them through art (photography, paintings, sculptures, poems, etc.).

This is a curated show. Please submit a photo of the piece to before March 31, 2017, for committee review.

Please note that approved submissions can be delivered to Old City Hall Gallery, 1313 Market St on April 4, 2017 between 12 pm – 4pm.

For more information call 530.225.5220

The resulting show will be open from April 7 through April 28, 2017


MAY-JUNE, 2017

Dennis Halkides and Lucius Upshaw

Photography and Sculpture


110 Years of Old City Hall


Jack Cooper

photos and posters




Annual Juried Middle School Art Competition

Show runs: March 24 – March 31

Awards announced: Friday, March 24 during opening reception, 5pm—8pm. Awards will be announced ca. 6pm.

Juror: Kimberly Fitzsimmons


Without hesitation, I will tell you that being asked to jury this show was a wonderful and rewarding experience. The opportunity to see the creative and diverse range of media these young artists are using was exciting.

There is no rule book for being a juror. To be a juror is both intimidating and invigorating. Standing in front of each art piece I look for presentation, technical skill, craftsmanship, and creativity. Does it express a mood or is there a story? Is the piece well executed? Is the artist emotionally invested in his or her artwork?

I consider composition, color, subject matter, and mediums. I then looked for ideas, a personal or unique vision. Did the artist push boundaries, take risks or break rules?  Does it invite me to explore it further and would I like to see more work by this artist?

I want to congratulate the artists whose artwork was admitted to the show. The jury process is not kind but I want to encourage any artist who did not make it into the show to not give up and to continue to believe in their work.  Keep working.

I would like to thank Agata Maruszewski, Curator and Office Manager for the Shasta County Arts Council and her staff for the professional and personal assistance.

Finally, I want to thank the Shasta County Arts Council for the wonderful opportunity to juror this show.


Kimberly Fitzsimmons


Annual Juried High School Art Competition

Show dates: February 17 – March 10, 2017

Awards announced: Friday, February 17 during opening reception, 5pm—7pm.

Show statistics:

15 Shasta County high schools participated; 583 artworks were submitted by 348 students. 207 pieces were selected for the show, 13 students were awarded.

Awards were presented in the following categories, and the winners were:

Foothill High School:

TYLER PUTNAM – “Faithsbain”


Anderson New Tech:

RYAN GUFFEY – “Cottostritch”

LAYNE TEEL – “You’re Gonna Regret It”

Shasta Charter Academy:


Central Valley:



Shasta Charter Academy:

ASHA KIMBRELL – “Weird Science”

HUNTER GOETZ – “Study in Gray & Blue”

SKYLAR BATES – “Salvadore’s Corsage”


Jaden Ji – “Peer Pressure”


Foothill High School

TONI PRINGLE – “Heartbreak



Shasta High School

RILEY BOWEN – “Stone Head”

In Print
Printmakers' showcase

Participating artists:

Paula Busch

Miki’ala Catalfano

John Harper

Brandy McDaniels

David Plant

Lura Wilhelm


Show runs: January 13 – February 3

Opening reception: 4pm – 7pm Friday, Jan. 13

Redding Cultural Cruise: 4pm – 9pm Friday, Jan. 27 | 11am – 3pm Saturday, Jan. 28

Gallery hours: noon – 5pm Tue-Thu | noon – 6pm Fri | 11am – 3pm, Sat [4th Saturday of the month]

Paula has been creating art for over 45 years and has exhibited throughout California.

After receiving an art degree at the University of California at Berkeley, Paula completed a Master of Arts degree in Printmaking at CSU, Chico. She continues to live in Chico, teaches art at Butte Community College and works in her studio. She is enthusiastically involved with the activities of the large network of local artists.

Most recently, Paula has been working in the ancient medium of encaustic painting. By working with bee’s wax, resin, and wax pigments, there are endless possibilities for expression. While the imagery is diverse, references are frequently made to plant life and animal forms.

Miki‘ala Catalfano is a Native Hawaiian artist and traditional hula dancer from O’ahu, Hawai’i now living in Redding, California. She is a founder of the Native Arts Cultural Collective, a member of the Advocates for the Protection of Sacred Sites, and a staunch supporter and protector of places, creatures, and lifeways that support all life.


ABOUT THE WORK: (Coral series)

“In the Kumulipo, the Creation Story of Native Hawaiians, coral is the first life that emerged from the moist darkness. Long treasured by our people, studies are now linking our DNA to coral.

Coral is also one of many bioindicators of the health – or sickness – of our planet.  In one of a dizzying number of examples, over 60% of the coral “cities” of Australia’s Great Barrier Reef have been bleached white, as a result of climate change and the rising temperatures of water. These temperatures are inhospitable to the algae that live in symbiosis with the coral, and so they leave the coral, taking with them the food, color and balance upon which the rest of the ecosystem depends, including unique cancer treatments humans have come to depend on. All this is happening in a very short period of time.

We are at a juncture where we as humans need to heed what corals, our na’au (our gut), modern science and so many bioindicators are telling us. Act. Act for the survival of our species, because the world will go on – with or without us.

When the incoming administration takes office, what will happen to our environmental policies – as well as other issues important to all people: the rights and safety of women, the LGBT community, and Peoples of Color, not to mention national security?

If you think you can do nothing, you are wrong. Look at David and Goliath, look at Frodo and Sauron, look at your mother or your aunt or sister who survived breast cancer… They succeeded with impossible odds. Every story has a grain of truth in it. What is your story?”

John Harper was born August 1950 in Redding, California to Austin and Arva Harper.  Both parents were long time residents of Northern California, with his father’s family settling in Shasta County during the 1860’s and his mother’s family dating back to the NorRelmuk Wintu.  John grew up in a very poor and religious family of nine children.  To this day he credits his childhood experiences for his life long interest in creativity and storytelling.  He attended elementary, junior high, and high school in Redding, CA.  During his senior year of high school he moved to Twin Falls, Idaho where he played rock & roll in clubs.

From 1970 -1973 John served in the Army Security Agency in Germany where he worked as a specialist in radio intelligence.  It was during his time in Europe that John began to visit art museums and galleries.  This experience blossomed into a fascination with painting and drawing.

After the army, John began his own formal training in art.  He attended Shasta Community College and San Jose State University where he received his bachelors and masters in Art.  During his time at San Jose State he worked at the campus Union Gallery and in the Art Department as a lab assistant.

In 1978 John was hired to be the Art Curator at the Redding Museum and Art Center.  In 1986 John took a position as an Art Instructor at Shasta Community College.  He also continued his career as a fine artist showing his work at galleries and museums in the United States and Japan.  Even though John retired from teaching full time in 2011, he remains very active showing his work, serving on community art committees, and teaching part time as an Emeritus Art Professor at Shasta College.

Brandy lives in Bella Vista, California and was born and raised in Shasta County.  She became an artist from a young age and feels compelled to constantly create and express herself through various art forms which include, but are not limited to, painting, drawing, photography, sculpture, ceramics, beadwork, print making, poetry, music, and traditional Arts.

McDaniels is inspired by life and enjoys experimenting with new and older art techniques, media, and methods.

Introduced by Jennifer B. Fields

“So rarely do we meet people who inspire us in our lives. Rarer still are those who change your perspective and alter your life forever. For me, David Plant is an inspiration.

Despite being developmentally disabled, David has built a full and beautiful life for himself in Chico, California. His house is his workshop where he churns out wood and ink drawings at an astounding rate. He travels from town to town, holding art shows and making friends with his disarming smile. He certainly disarmed me.”

Lura Wilhelm is a contemporary artist living in Redding California. She is inspired by contrast, shadow and shapes on and around a subject. In each piece she focuses on the shapes created by light and shadow and demonstrates this by using high contrast rendering. Within each piece she breaks up a surface with sharp lines, complementary colors and high contrast value changes.  Keeping this in mind she displays this concept within a variety of mediums and subjects.

Lura received her B.A. from San Jose State University in Studio Art with Emphasis in Teaching and her M.A. from Boston University in Art Education. Lura has taught art for the last 9 years. She is currently working at University Preparatory School as an Art teacher working with 6th-12th grade teaching Art I, Art II Art III, Art IV, Honors and AP Studio Art (2D, 3D and Drawing). Within each school year, Lura teaches drawing, painting, 3d (with ceramics) and multicultural art as well as printmaking: She believes exposing students to each of these methods of fine arts will create a well-rounded education for students taking art.