Evolution of Snow Creek Studios

Published on by Lindsay Budner.

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