Evolution of Snow Creek Studios

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Heron Study & Spring Canada Goose by Janet Erl

Heron Study & Spring Canada Goose by Janet Erl

The evolution of Snow Creek Studios is ongoing: new artists, diverse classes and video recording upgrades. 

Over the past several years, with careful consideration, we have added many new local artists, most of which are exclusive to Snow Creek in Mount Shasta. Ashland ceramicist, Julia Janeway, has proven to be a great seller with her whimsical, functional designs.   Another new addition is watercolorist, Janet Tarjan Erl whose realistic bird paintings are very impressive.  Several new jewelers are now included, as well.  Richard Kelly’s rare and beautiful Californite, also known as Happy Camp Jade, is created into necklaces, pendants, bracelets and earrings.  Local jeweler, Jennifer Iaccarino’s simple, yet elegant designs utilize hammered silver, copper, brass and gemstones. Mount Shasta resident, Michael Zanger is also represented with his wood turned bowls.  Our most recent artist is fine woodworker, Jack West of Fort Jones. Jack’s furniture pieces are unique and beautifully made.  They have to be seen in person to appreciate the time and thoughtfulness that is put into each and every detail.  And, of course, owner Chris Messer is constantly creating in multiple mediums, pushing the boundaries and inspiring those around her.

The studio side of the gallery has been busy with a variety of classes and workshops.  Chris’ Watercolor and Drawing classes are consistently offered throughout the year in four week sessions.  While the Watercolor class requires some experience, the Drawing class is open to all levels and welcomes young people, as well.  In the spring and fall, Chris offers a creative-based 3 day Journal Making workshop. This inspiring, intensive workshop utilizes a variety of techniques, including gelli prints, collage, sewing,  painting and more.  Intermittently throughout the year, Chris will teach Mixed Media workshops, among others.  If you have a class idea, please share it with us.  Alek Balos takes over the studio on Thursday, Friday & Saturday for his oil painting classes that are growing in popularity.

Another aspect of the studio space that has developed is the video recording equipment.  Owner, Greg Messer has invested countless hours and energy expanding the recording abilities, which includes specialty lighting, cameras, robotics and software.  All of Chris’ classes are recorded live, edited, produced and uploaded to the web.  These are made available to her active students at no charge and offered at a discount to those who want to take classes remotely.

Jack West's 'Trillium Table', Jennifer Iaccarino's Jewelry & Julia Janeway's Chickadee Plates

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Chris Messer Receives National Recognition

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Cinque Terre (left) and Bouquet For You (right)

Snow Creek Studios is getting ready to celebrate its one year anniversary with some very exciting news.  Owner and artist, Chris Messer, has been recognized by Watercolor Artist magazine as “One to Watch”.  In the December issue, Chris is featured in two separate areas of the magazine.  She is the first listed artist in the “Ones to Watch” article among nine other uniquely talented artists.  She is also showcased on the final page of the magazine in an article titled “The Start of Something Good” where she explains the importance of  “good bones” in a painting.  This is a concept that she emphasizes in her classes.  She was contacted by the magazine in May and asked to submit several images, accompanied by brief descriptions.  A few months later she was informed that her work had been accepted.  The issue is currently for sale at the Snow Creek Studios.  Anyone who has visited Chris’ gallery has been exposed to her varied creative talent including watercolor, acrylic, mixed media, embossing, linocuts, knitting, and weaving.

Snow Creek Studios’ first year has been a great success on many levels.  As a supporter of the community, Chris has happily donated paintings to many fundraising events.  She is also always willing to talk art and offer advice to budding artists. This support has been reciprocated by those who have expressed their appreciation for the beautiful addition to downtown.  From the subtle pewter tiles in the rock face outside to the solar powered modern interior to the moveable carpeted walls, Snow Creek Studios has attracted many visitors over the past year.  Every month, coinciding with the Fourth Friday Art Walk, the gallery is rearranged to offer a unique, fresh visit.  The art walks have proven to be a lively event and an opportunity to catch up with Chris and her latest creative venture. 

The evolution of Snow Creek Studios will continue in 2014 with more exhibited artists and a variety of classes and workshops being offered both in the studio and online.  This year Chris taught a number of different classes including Beginner Watercolor, Intermediate Watercolor, Drawing and Mixed Media.  A filming system is in the works, which will enable local students to refer back to sessions while others can take classes from afar.  Snow Creek Studios will also be inviting other artists to teach, further expanding this aspect of the gallery. 

The gallery is planning a one year anniversary holiday party for December 20th from 5pm-8pm to thank the community for its support.  Please visit our Events & Workshops page or come visit the gallery at 416 N. Mt. Shasta Blvd. for more info on the holiday party and 2014 classes.

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The First Three Months

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"Afternoon Walk",  30"x40" Acrylic 

Chris Messer's latest painting.

Snow Creek Studios opened its doors on December 14th, 2012.  The opening reception was full of excitement for the duration of the 5-hour event.  Over 300 people came through the door to admire the 130 works of art by Chris Messer.  The local community expressed their appreciation for the modern, innovative space; a welcomed addition to Mount Shasta.

For those who haven't met me yet, I am Lindsay Budner, manager of Snow Creek Studios. It is my pleasure to represent Chris Messer and her art.  My gallery career began many years ago in New York.  I am thrilled to return as an active member of the art scene, where I feel very inspired and stimulated.  I encourage visits, questions, comments and suggestions.

During the first three months at the gallery, many projects have been completed, while some are still in the works.  Look for our first advertisement in Enjoy magazine's April issue.  Also, keep your eyes peeled for our new brochure, which is going to print this week and will be distributed locally and beyond in the coming month. 

While Chris' art remains the focus as she continues to create new paintings, we have several artists currently exhibiting their works, including a space dedicated to the Mountain Arts Cooperative.  Other artists currently shown include Claudia Ellis' watercolors and palette oils, Hannah Brehmer's pottery, Alex Swartz's glass pumpkins and Ryan Schuppert's metal hearts. We will continue to expand our diverse collection.  We also plan to rotate the exhibits often, so there is always something new to admire, inspire or purchase.  The gallery will be an active participant in the Fourth Friday Art Walk, officially beginning on March 22.

The studio space is also in full swing.  Chris started with a fun, creativity based 'Mixed Media' workshop series.  These classes will be uniquely themed and offered monthly to all levels.  We will have a schedule for her technique-focused classes upon Chris' return from her 3 week art inspired travels. 

She will be honing her skills, painting and enjoying the camaraderie of other artists by attending two workshops in March.  The first leg of her trip will be in Tucson, working with Stephen Quiller, an advanced color theorist. The second part of her trip will be spent in Guatemala with the brilliant Judy Morris.  This one-week design workshop will concentrate on color and texture.  We look forward to Chris’ colorful return at the end of March.

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Messer Artwork Featured by the American Watercolor Society

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Snow Creek Studios is proud to announce that Chris Messer's  “Reservations Required” has been accepted into the 146th Annual International American Watercolor  Society Exhibition.  Founded in 1866,  The American Watercolor Society is dedicated to the advancement of watercolor painting in the United States.  The non profit organization is highly respected within the art community.  The opening reception will be held on April 2nd at the Salmagundi Club in New York City.  Since 1871, The Salmagundi Club has served as a center for fine arts, organizing art exhibitions, classes and demonstrations.  Chris is honored to be part of this prestigious event.

Come congratulate Chris at Snow Creek Studios on Friday, January 25th from 4-7, when the gallery will be participating in its first Fourth Friday Art Walk. The gallery will be unveiling their 'Creative Idea Board' which aims to provoke visitor's imagination monthly with different themes.  The 'CIB' bulletin board will be set up in the studio area with the necessary materials to share your thoughts.  Art Quotes is the inspiring subject for Friday.  Snow Creek Studios is located at 416 N. Mt. Shasta Blvd. in downtown Mount Shasta. 

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