Homeless Art Project - Fall Session

Experience the art, poetry, and stories created by Redding homeless.

Guiding artists: Howard Lucas, Jessica Willis, James Canter, Judith King, Chuck Prudhomme, Mary Lou Schmidt, Charlene Koenig, KaiKong Yee.


Show runs: November 3 – December 22.



Recovery Happens

Runs September 1 – September 15

Opening reception: Friday, September 8

Accompanying event: Hope is Alive! 11 – Saturday, September 9. Start: 6pm More info:


Witness stories of recovery told in photography and personal accounts of people who fought mental illness, substance abuse.

110 Years of Old City Hall

Join Shasta Arts Council and Shasta Historical Society for a presentation of 100 Years of Old City Hall and the evolution of the facility’s public use and image. Learn how historic preservation of buildings and infrastructure impact the community they serve.

History talk – Friday, August 18 at 6pm at Old City Hall.

Click here to join our Facebook event.

Show runs August 11 – August 26.

Veterans in Arts

Show runs: June 7 – June 28

Opening reception: 5pm – 7pm on Friday, June 7.

A Big Star Veterans Project. Artwork created by residents of Redding Veterans Home, as part of “Veterans initiative in Arts”, a California Arts Council grant program.

Participating Veterans:

Michael van Cleemput, Donna Steiger, Terry Crary, Bill Crary, Carol Berry, Gene Johnston, George Fredson, Virginia Potts, Bob Lewis, Duane Pieplow, Rich Houlette, Richard Balasko, Whitey Morais, Ben James, Larry Peikert, Abel Jacinth, Richard Snow, John Milani, Tony Pellitteri, Lloyd Kendal, Eleanor Maiolo, Richard Nichols and Lloyd Papera.

Dennis Halkides & Lucius Upshaw
Photography and Sculpture

Please join Shasta County Arts Council for this exquisite art show of large-scale photography by Dennis Halkides and stone, wood and metal sculpture by Lucius Upshaw.

Show runs May 5 – June 30, 2017.

Opening reception: 5pm – 8pm on Saturday, May 13.

Gallery hours: Tue-Thu, noon – 5pm; Fridays, noon – 6pm; 4th Saturday of month – 11am to 3pm.

I believe that most people think of a photographer as someone that snaps pictures that are accurate slices of time and place of their subject, reproducing reality if you will.

As a photographic artist, I don’t do that, or at least try my best not to. I don’t see myself as a mere “recorder” of what is.  I see a subject that interests me and try to identify why it caught my attention…then try to envision what I can make from it.  My interpretation.  Bottom line test is that it must be something I will proudly hang on my wall. In other words, something about the scene caught my interest—caused me to respond to it, both with my camera and in the post-processing phase of making my image.

I try to improve, change and interpret what I am looking at when I get back to my computer, quite the same as I imagine a landscape painter who changes colors of their subject, and omits ugly litter or signs if that’s not part of their artistic vision.

For the most part, my finished print is not an accurate depiction of what was there, but rather what I wanted it to be. If that were not the case, I’d be of no purpose as a photographic artist.  I’d be like a Google camera car, recording what it sees without artistic imputes.

With the existing technology today and for many years past, anyone can go out and take a picture and have it look like or closely resemble their subject.  The Google photo does just that automatically everyday of the year. But I attempt to change what I see into something I’d like it to be; into a vision I had in my mind at the time I made the image.

That vision and the technical ability to reproduce it, is what defines my art.

Currently a Fine Art Photographer,  who also does Litigation Support Photography, using my experience as a trial attorney for the last 40 years.

In the early years, I was self-taught, trial and error but took several courses in photography at Humboldt State College, including 3 years of course instruction, lab, and field training with the infamous Professor Tom Knight.

I have participated in numerous, time intensive photography workshops taught by John Sexton, Joe Englander, Richard Garrott (all three were prior Ansel Adams assistants in Yosemite) as well as well published author and photographer, Fred Picker and Sacramento’s Gordon Hutchins. I participate in at least 2 webinars a month and before the advent of the webinar, would travel to classes and seminars in Sacrament, Los Angeles and San Francisco for related classes.

In 1994 I was hired by Joe Englander to give workshops in Yosemite NP, Yellowstone NP, Grand Canyon, Canyon De Chelly National Monument, Monument Valley, Ireland, Scotland and Greece and our own North Coast Redwoods.  These workshops involved teaching participants to use their various cameras, giving nightly and noontime instruction on the principles of photography, and assisting in the actual image making for those that needed help.  Mainly, I got people to the right location at the right time of day, having previously scouted out the area extensively during this time and for the several years prior, I used a 4×5 view camera to make images, but eventually switched to digital capture in 2003-2005. I currently use an extremely high-resolution digital back with a Phase One XF Camera.

In 1997, my photographic website received the prestigious Top Photo-Design Award for quality of photography from The Stock Solution, a large stock photography sales house dealing internationally with photographers and photographic buyers. According to TSS, only 5 percent of all photographic websites they review are given this award

My image, Magic Forest in Mist©, was selected by Serban Publishers (publishers of Photographer’s Forum) from over 28,000 entries for honorable mention in their 1995 international competition and was published in that organization’s annual, The Best Photography of 1995, which is submitted to art buyers worldwide. This same image received the Peoples’ Choice Award at the 1995 Shasta County Arts Council Competition for Northern California.

In June of 1996, Roselli Art Gallery of Redding sponsored a one-person photography show featuring my works from several of my portfolios, and the gallery continued to represent me in Redding for a time until it closed.

In September 1997 my image, Monastery Agia Triada© received the Award of Excellence from Shasta County Arts Council’s juried competition. In November-December 1997, I hung a third one-person art show at the Shasta County Art’s Council Gallery at Old City Hall, Redding, California. Other awards include Storm Over Denali©, which was selected First Place in the Color Division of works submitted to the national juried photography competition sponsored by St. Simons Island Art Association and Glynn Art Association at St. Simons Island, Georgia.

I have been selected for other art shows including two exhibits at the Redding City Hall, a total of three shows sponsored my the Shasta County Arts Council, and a show at the Los Gatos Roasting Company Gallery.

In early 2010, I opened GALLERY833, a Redding Art Gallery that stayed open for nearly 2 years (until end of 2011) where I displayed and sold my fine art photographic prints as well as the art of prominent local artists. I maintain “Gallery833 Fine Art in Redding” today as a “virtual gallery” on Facebook displaying my more recent fine art photography.

I maintain a larger selection of my images including my older images at

I sell images to Design professionals, Interior decorators, advertising agencies and to private individuals—most from my Facebook and my online gallery, but also from the many prints I have hanging at several professional offices in Redding.

As a trial attorney of over 40 years, I quite often have made my own photo exhibits for trial purposes when the opportunity arose. I still offer these services as a Litigation Support Photographer.

More recently, I have started to duplicate other artists’ original paintings for the artist to use as a backup or to sell as a copy. These duplicates are duplicates in the full sense of the word and most are indistinguishable from the original. This involves photographing the original artwork in my studio with my camera tethered to a laptop computer where both the original and the computer image could be visualized at the same time, allowing a distortion free, glare free and exacting color corrected duplicate with correct tonality, contrast, saturation. This is similar to the technique I use for visibility studies wherein I photographically duplicate the available light at a particular date and time that astronomically determined to correlate to the time and date of the accident or occurrence.

I maintain many big prints at my office at 833 Mistletoe Lane in Redding (across Mistletoe from Marie Callender’s.  Viewing available by appointment.)  There are several other locations where viewing is available by appointment.

My work is both representational, non-representational, and combinations of each.  I strive for a sense of beauty and power through the use of simplicity of form and the pleasing relationship of one form to another to create objects of eternal interest.

I often choose people and animals as a vehicle to create new interesting shapes with varying degrees of realism.  My art is meant to be enjoyed both in its form and concept.  I want to create pieces that will inspire my audience.  My work is always based on the idea of lasting beauty.

After serving in the Vietnam War, I moved to northern California in the 1970’s and graduated from Humboldt State University with a degree in art.  I specialized in sculpture and worked with renowned sculptor, Melvin Schuler.

For years I carved stone and wood using only hand tools, chisels, and files.   I wanted to get back to the metal casting work of my college experience, so about 20 years ago, I began putting a lot of energy into creating bronze sculpture.

The first step is to form the sculpture from clay.  Then I decide on the finish, either smooth or rough/tactile.  I make small editions of thirty or less, and I work with world-class foundries such as the Valley Bronze Foundry in Joseph, Oregon, and the Berkeley Artworks Foundry in CA. These foundries use the ancient “lost wax” process to cast my sculptures into bronze.

My subjects have included people, animals, and nature characterized by simplicity in style.  Also, I have experimented with abstract art.  I want to make pieces that will inspire my audience to say “wow.”

I also create outdoor copper sculptures that result in a durable, weatherproof finish.  First I carve redwood.  Then I cut and fit individual metal pieces over the carved wood surface. I use a ball peen hammer to conform the metal to the surface.  Some pieces require thousands of strikes of the hammer to get the effect.  I used this technique for “Spiraling River”, a copper, fountain sculpture at the Welcome to Redding sign, corner of Hilltop & Cypress;  “Neighbors”, a copper wall relief at the Vista Ridge Park in Redding; and my large, copper relief, “Window to the River”, can be seen at the Sequoia Park and Zoo in Eureka at the salmon exhibit.

I have shown my work in dozens of galleries and exhibits over the past fifty years.  At the moment, I am represented by Goldenstein Art Gallery in Sedona, AZ, Valley Bronze Gallery in Joseph, OR, and Carter House Gallery in Redding, CA.  I also enjoy painting with oils.  I am a member of the Shasta Arts Council, Humboldt Arts Council, National Sculpture Society, and the North Valley Art League. My website is  I work from my studio in Redding, California.

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

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.