Siskiyou, South County

Siskiyou Arts Museum “Unsaturated”

Siskiyou Arts Museum held an opening reception for their latest art exhibit on May 11th, during Dunsmuir’s 2nd Saturday – a monthly event which started in 2019, and is now being revived and expanded into a town-wide celebration of the arts, music and food in Dunsmuir.

The invitational black and white photography show entitled “Unsaturated,” features 17 different photographers presenting their unique perspectives. This event will continue to be open to the public through Saturday, July 7.

Show curator Cynthia Henderson submitted the proposal to SAM’s Head Curator Lindsay Hanley on behalf of herself and 16 other artists. She and a few of the participants worked together to review her “map of the gallery for this show,” and made necessary adjustments during the installation to highlight the unique points of view from photographers Anastasia Nelson, Bob Swanson, Derek Maybee, Don Hasemeyer, Edwin Vasquez, Gloria Olson, Heinz Danzberger, Kristen Calvert, Loki Boone, Patty Hood, Paula Palmer, Phil Dynan, Robert Renick, Shareen Strauss, Sue Edwards, and Wayne Kessler.

Derek Maybee from Yreka

From abstracts of Henderson’s perspective creating a “sinking feeling” of skid marks under the I-5 highway underpass, to unedited studio portraits using lighting with projectors creating old time images by Derek Maybee from Yreka, this diverse show carries a variety of subjects including landscapes, architecture, portraits, and street scenes, each exploring their own theme in their work.

Some of the artists gave a short talk about their work during the reception. And Derek Maybee video taped the show to create a presentation of the event that will be shared later. Of the talks, Wayne Kessler of Mount Shasta described very cultural portraits from his travels while serving in the Peace Corps. He and his wife spent time in various countries including Kenya, the Philippines, and Ethiopia. Don Hasenmeyer from Scott Valley, spoke about his 15 years of seriously shooting around the Klamath basin and night photography.

Wayne Kessler of Mount Shasta

Robert Renick

Robert Renick says, “that he has to think outside the box, paying attention to the lines and contrast with his black and white photography subjects.”

Along with the “Unsaturated” B&W Photography Show in the Museum Gallery, the Siskiyou Art Museum also has another ongoing exhibit in the Main Gallery called Quilting Around the Mountain, featuring incredible quilts created by members of the Shasta Lily Quilt Guild. This show continues through June 1st.

The Siskiyou Arts Museum is located at 5824 Dunsmuir Avenue, Dunsmuir. Their regular hours are Thursday through Sunday 12 to 4 pm; open until 7pm for Second Saturday Receptions.

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Cynthia Henderson, curator of the Siskiyou Arts Museum’s exhibit “Unsaturated,”
Photographer Patty Hood

Loki Boone

Cynthia Henderson, curator of the Siskiyou Arts Museum’s exhibit “Unsaturated,” stands next to her abstract photos entitled, “Sinking Feeling,” “Tires up the Wall,” and “Hole in the Wall.” The photos represent her perspective of some skid marks that used to be seen on the weathered south walls of the I-5 Highway underpass along North Dunsmuir Ave.

Photographer Patty Hood stands in front of her black and white memorial photographs which she has on display in the Siskiyou Arts Museum’s “Unsaturated” exhibit.

16-year-old Loki Boone, the youngest photographer in the show, with his photos of Victorian mansions in Eureka, California that he has on display in the Siskiyou Arts Museum’s “Unsaturated” exhibit.

This event will continue to be open to the public through Saturday, July 7.

One Comment

  1. Deborah Dart

    What a WOW moment this must have been with these creative and gifted artists gathered together. I am in anticipation of seeing the video put together by Derek Maybee.

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