2019 ~ 2020 Explorations! Education at Liberty Arts.

Our Liberty Arts Explorations education team look forward to hosting your schools and organizations with new classes for our upcoming exhibitions for the 2018/2019 academic term.

We have varied and fun exhibits sure to delight your participants in the coming months.

Our 90 minute programs are tailored to make the most out of their visits to the gallery; beginning with an introduction to the current show, a docent tour, and, most fun of all, a hands-on art project reflecting techniques, materials and/or media used by the artists. Available visit-days are Mondays and Tuesdays, morning or afternoon session.

Please email Liberty Arts, libertyartsgallery@gmail.com with the subject Explorations.
Include your preferred time, date, number of participants to reserve a class time. We will get back to you.

Our Explorations Outreach classes are free to participants,
thanks to generous grant funding, from …

Arts in The Community Fund


Cowboy Up! opens a new academic year for our Explorations art sessions at Liberty Arts; a juried show, featuring exhibits in a variety of media celebrating the culture and evolution of the Working Cowboy and the American West through painting, photography and sculpture.


Our hands-on project is inspired by saddles and boots, featured in cowboy culture, and will offer an opportunity to create leather bookmarks using stamping techniques.

Cowboy up! Runs from August 2nd through September 6th.

Available dates and times
Monday, August 19th AM and PM / Tuesday, August 20th AM and PM
Monday, August 26th AM and PM / Tuesday, August 27th AM and PM
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Please email libertyartsgallery@gmail.com with subject line Explorations to make a reservation for your class visit or call 842-0222


2018 – 2019 Academic Year

Ned Axthelm  Carol Jenkins  ~  Shawn Vales  Ellen Zucker


Explorations Art Outreach classes at Liberty Arts present paintings created by students from Ft. Jones, Jackson Street, Montague ands J Everett Barr Schools.

Students were inspired by the abstract work of artist Carol Jenkins from Mt. Shasta.

Carol Jenkins

Notice the use of color, the shapes, and the movement of the brush strokes
that were used in these original compositions.

Siskiyou Library Exhibition

This exhibit has been made possible through a generous grant from




Bernie Lubell makes interactive installations that focus on the intersection of science and the arts.

As visitors work together to animate the mechanisms, they create a theater for themselves and each other. By encouraging participation and touch, the pieces coax visitors to engage their bodies as well as their minds. The way that pieces move and feel and sound as you rock them, pedal, crank and press against them applies the kinesthetic comprehension’s of childhood to the tasks of philosophy.

Featuring interactive and kinesthetic (moving) works that will thrill and fascinate participants of all ages.

Art they can touch, art they can manipulate, maybe even sit on!


Long-time San Francisco artist. Bernie Lubell’s art installations combine theatre, science, interaction, humor and cooperative gaming, using a low-tech, predominately wood aesthetic. The pieces coax viewers to engage their bodies as well as their minds and eyes.

Explorations sessions during this exhibit will not have a hands-on art project, as the viewers will need time to interact with the work.

To reserve a Monday or Tuesday morning or afternoon session for your class or group, please respond via email, with the subject Explorations to libertyartsgallery@gmail.com


Please reply to libertyartsgallery@gmail.com
with reservation requests, using EXPLORATIONS in the subject line.



Liberty Arts is excited to welcome classes to view our
10th Annual Members’ Show

And like any good soup, the walls reflect a fine combination of spice and unique flavors!

Belinda Hanson, Burning Bush; Suzanne Mamedalin, Blue Water

Classes will be introduced to the Japanese art of Sumi Painting, using bamboo as a subject. After the gallery tour, classes will walk 2 shops up Miner Street to 202 W. Miner where we will have tables and chairs ready for our hands-on project.

Please reply to libertyartsgallery@gmail.com
with reservation requests, using EXPLORATIONS in the subject line.



A New Year of Explorations! at Liberty Arts.

2019 Greetings to all Teachers, Group Leaders and participants.

To launch a brand-new calendar year at Liberty Arts, we have an intriguing show,

featuring work solely by members of the Siskiyou Artists’ Association.

This association has been active for over 60 years, and still boasts a thriving membership consisting of artists from within our county.

In this exhibition we will explore the worlds of our dreams considering the questions …
“Wherein lie our Hopes? Is it in our Dreams?
When do we deflect our Nightmares into expressions of Beauty?”
Artists have illustrated the ethereal quality of sleeping Dreams, as well as more waking, active dreams and subjects of Hope.

We invite your classes and groups to book one of our 90 minute sessions, to participate in a tour of the gallery, a discussion of the mediums and techniques used, and a hands-on art project involving a new method of using acrylic medium.

Please email us at libertyartsgallery@gmail.com to make a reservation, with the subject Explorations.


Seasons’ Greetings Educators and Group Leaders, and welcome to the final Exhibit of 2018 at Liberty Arts, Yreka. A show we, and many local artists, have been looking forward to all year:

Relative Pairings

An Explorations of Artful Relationships

Featuring works by members within their own family. We have grandmothers, exhibiting with grandchildren; in-laws with married offspring; parents with children; siblings…you get the picture! Many mediums are represented, a valuable experience.

Our “hands-on ” project is to create pieces with participants working in pairs, to create works using oil pastels in complimentary colors, constructing patterns through collage.

Educational Explorations’ 75-90 Minute Sessions are offered on Mondays and Tuesdays, mornings or afternoons, and consist of: a docent tour and explanation of the current exhibit, individual viewing time, questions, and a “hands-on project” relevant to the art on display. To reserve a class for your students or group, please email us at libertyartsgallery@gmail.com with the subject Explorations, and your preferred day, date, time, organization/school +grade and expected number of participants.

           Thanks to memberships, donors, and grants (such as those listed above)
all these classes are free to attendees.


Liberty Arts welcomes guest artist, Kendall Johnson, to share his Vietnam series of paintings and writings with Siskiyou County.

Also featured in this exhibition are works by Dennis Smith, creator of sculptures at the Living Memorial Sculpture Garden in Weed.

Johnson’s evocative paintings, inspired by his journal writings, offer mature audiences a look into a complex world.

Focusing on the processes of Kendal Johnson, students will be guided through creating memory paintings.

Step 1: After group brainstorming of “childhood memories”, recalling pets, sports, holidays, etc. students will use markers to doodle quick images on board.

Step 2 involves paintings melted wax over the piece, dimming the mages bellow

Finally, students will use tools to scrape away the wax from images of recent memories, creating a chronology through visual layers.

This exhibition is recommended for students 5th – 12th grades.

Exploration reservation can be made for mornings and afternoons.

November 5, 6, 12 and 13th.

Email replies are best, or you may call 842-0222 Wednesday through Saturday, 10:00 – 5:00.

Funded in part by the California Arts Council, a state agency,
Pacific Power Foundation and
Shasta Regional Community Foundations


Arts in The Community Fund


Coming Home – Renewing the World
September, October 2018

After receiving the amazing work for our current exhibition, Coming Home – Renewing the World, we have revised our hands-on project to appreciate the beauty, patterns, geometry and palette of the basketry of Lena Hurd and Denise McKenzie and the paintings of Lyn Risling and Brian D. Tripp.

Students will be matting their colored pencil illustrations to take back to class. For more information, please call 842-0222

Explorations Outreach engaging students to understand
and use symbols seen in native Artists’ work.

Funded in part by the California Arts Council, a state agency,
Pacific Power Foundation and The McConnell Foundation


Explorations Spring/Summer Sessions at Liberty Arts

The Breakfast Group ~ July 2018

Liberty Arts hosts seventeen current members of The Breakfast Group
featuring painting, sculpture, photography, and the digital realm between.

Edythe Bresnahan, Bruce Chaban, Donna Fenstermaker, John Friedman,
Lin Fischer, Nancy Genn, Carol Ladewig, Katie Hawkinson, Barbara Hazard,
Stan Huncilman, Phillip Meier, Loren Rehbock, Robert Simons,
Joseph Slusky, Kim Thoman, Sandy Walker, Jan Wurm

The Charlie Byrd / Everett Barr Court School participated in Explorations in July and became acquainted with the Breakfast Group exhibition which featured 17 artists from the Bay Area who regularly meet together to discuss art, their work and their lives.

The students were introduced to the gallery and the content of the exhibit (consisting of paintings, sculpture and photography). They were asked to notice the difference between figurative and abstract works; and then voice their ideas on what they “saw” in, or felt from, several abstract pieces, thus re-enforcing the premise that each viewer’s responses to an abstract will be different; therefore, the artist has succeeded … the viewer decides for themselves.


Women’s Work ~ May 2018

Liberty Arts was pleased to expand our Explorations program to include this Upward Bound group during the Women’s Work exhibition. They used Gini Holmes china painting as inspiration for their plates.

Upward Bound at Liberty Arts

For the last exhibit of the Academic year, Liberty Arts presents Women’s Work, a juried show curated by the gallery’s own Sharon LoMonaco; chock full of lively pieces and thought-provoking concepts!

Shery Larson, Woman Welder, Photograph

From the precision, muscle, tools and physicality needed to wield and weld on the railroad tracks to the to the many implements, and skills honed, and required, to keep a household running smoothly …

Emily Rankin, Harriet, Multi media and collected objects

Participants will be encouraged to select “work” not usually associated with their gender, and decorate a hanging plate (so popular amongst Victorian ladies!) that illustrates the comment, “I’d like to be able to do that!”.

As usual, classes will be available Mondays and Tuesdays, mornings or afternoon sessions.

Email us under the subject Explorations at libertyartsgallery@gmail.com to reserve a visit.

Women’s Work continues at Liberty Arts through June 22nd.


Oddly Regional ~ April 2018

Our current exhibition Oddly Regional, is a varied array of artistic styles, from 6 Siskiyou County artists: Belinda Hanson, Eloise Larson, Mark Oliver, Kim Presley, CathyValentine, and William Wareham.

Styles and genres range from acrylic to encaustic; fabric to fantasy; cardboard to controversy; illustrative to installations showcasing the rich spread of styles and techniques found in this small cluster of
our local talent, who we like to think of as Oddly Regional.

Eloise Larson has accented several of her stunning paintings with gold, and the Explorations team is devising a project for session-participants to create abstract pieces using a simple but effective gold leaf-like technique guaranteed to catch the viewer’s eye.

This exhibit ends May 11th. Classes offered from April 16th– May 8th Mon & Tues.


Minestrone ~ March 2018

Our Annual “Soup Themed” exhibit has once again offered a grand potage of tasty artistic ingredients, sure to intrigue our Explorations visitors!

As is our custom, the team has chosen one exhibited piece (from over 60) to inspire this upcoming session’s “Hands-On” project.

Mary Carpelan, a distinguished local artist and traditional basket-weaver, frequently breaks away from Nature’s materials, and creates delightful woven sculptures often involving wire or yarn, fabric or found-objects, twist-ties and beads, and sometimes all of the above! This year she’s devised Otto, a whimsical woven octopus of wire and twisted fabric.

Explorations participants will create their own wire-woven armatures, embellished with a variety of materials to weave into it, producing a fanciful sculptural piece.


One Family Inspired ~ January 2018

Liberty Arts wishes all our new and returning participants a very bountiful, and art-filled 2018! We would like to invite local schools and groups to One Family Inspired, opening on January 12th 2018, and running through February 16th 2018. Explorations’ 90 minute sessions are offered Mondays and Tuesdays at Liberty Arts gallery in Yreka. This is an exhibit featuring 3 artist-members of one family, Dolores Mitchell, James Osgood and Anne Mitchell, each specializing in a different genre: Painting, Sculpture and Photography, thus promising to be a visual and textural treat!

Dolores Mitchell’s oil painting, San Francisco, Three Goddesses;
James Osgood’s minimalist sculpture, Dad.

Our “Hands On” project, will offer students of all ages an opportunity to again take an actual, instant photograph with the Fuji cameras purchased for our Explorations program in 2016, thanks to a generous Shasta Regional Community Foundation and McConnell Foundation grant.

Ann Mitchell’s, The Choice, photography with digital imaging and manipulation;
right, an example of the class project in progress.

In keeping with the somewhat Surrealistic work of Anne Mitchell, the aim will be to create a background (from magazine cut-outs) and by adding the participant’s self-created photo image, produce a fleeting whisper of personal, possibly dreamlike, narrative.

Explorations classes include a short talk on the aim, genre, medium, and materials used by the artist; a docent tour; and a hands-on project pertinent to the process of the shown artwork. Mornings ( 90 minutes) are offered at or after 9.30 am. Afternoons (90 mins.) after 12.30 pm at Liberty Arts gallery, 108 W. Miner St. Yreka CA 96097. All Explorations! are free of charge. To reserve a session, email our Explorations team with the subject Explorations, stating preferred date, time and expected number of students/participants to libertyartsgallery@gmail.com


Cheeky Precision ~ December 2017

Mrs. Prosvernin’s Opportunity Class devised their own “Cabinets of Curiosity” using vintage “repurposed” boxes, and an assortment of “trinkets and treasures”. Each child certainly had a narrative to go along with their selection and arrangement of objects.
Kim Heilmann’s 5th grade class (Jackson St.) used aluminum wire to create a simple figure-armature, (inspired by Candace Miller’s papier-mache’ “tableau”) upon which they bound masking tape and accented with colored markers mimicking the painting style of Bay Area artist Dave Park.

The Unseen Seen ~ November 2017

Jackson St. School 5th gradeThe Unseen Seen is an exhibition, which was proposed by the late Daryl Brooks to explore how different artists approach Abstraction – the reduction of an object to its core components both in two and three dimensions. Local artists David Gochenour, William Wareham and Jon Rife agreed to join him in this challenge.

Explorations participants will further their experiences with abstraction, creating a bold and free overlay, as above, yet offering tantalizing glimpses of hidden ideas just beneath the surface!

Classes available Mondays and Tuesdays.  Morning (after 9.30) or Afternoon session (after 12.30 pm) for a 90 min. talk/discussion, docent tour, and hands-on art project.

Jackson St. School 5th grade class

On metallic paper backgroundthe students first sketched figurative images, then either applied repurposed cardboard and paper ( inspired by William Wareham’s 2 pieces using same) or were encouraged to use a “Jackson Pollack” approach (seen in Daryl Brooks’ works) by streaking/dripping liquid material to partially obscure their original motifs; thus following the exhibit’s concept of “The Unseen Seen”.

“Walk-Throughs”, (tour and explanation/discussion of the current works) for those with very limited time, may  be hosted on other days… by special   arrangement.

Please email Liberty Arts, libertyartsgallery@gmail.com with preferred time, date, number of participants, with the subject “Explorations” to reserve a slot. We will get back to you.

Funded in part by Pacific Power Foundation

Liberty Arts Hours of Operation
Liberty Arts, 108 W. Miner Street in Historic Downtown Yreka, CA 96097
OPEN ~ Wednesday through Saturday, 10:00 – 5:00
Sunday, Monday & Tuesday ~ CLOSED
530 842-0222
Email: LibertyArtsGallery@gmail.com