Past Exhibits
The Muse
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The Muse

The Muse is a collaboration between Liberty Arts and the Siskiyou county Museum in Yreka with over 20 local and regional artists participating in this unique exhibition.

Within this exhibition, each artist creatively responds to a randomly assigned artifact from the museum.

The Muse strives to awaken history in a contemporary way and breathe new life into the rich tales, hidden gems, unknown heroes and artifacts of Siskiyou County’s past.

Liberty Arts lights up the Yreka night
Liberty Arts lights up the Yreka night!

Rajiv Hotek, 111, Karuk woman photo
Rajiv Hotek, 111, Karuk woman, Jenny

Rajiv - Jenny“All Native tribal groups in the states of California, Oregon and Washington tattooed. Only women of a tribe received the “111” chin tattoo. Historically, before the coming of non-natives to this land, all young girls would receive their chin tattoo upon reaching the age of child bearing. One could tell how wealthy a girl was by her tattoo designs, and in some tribes, how old she was by the thickness of the line. In some cases you could tell what village she came from, as a grandmother might pass her design onto her daughter and so on.
In the 1920’s, the state of California made it illegal for Native Peoples to tattoo themselves. Consequently, the “111” chin tattoo disappeared during most of the 20th century. Only the very old women had tattoos which were very wide and dark. Today, native women once again are choosing to wear tattoos as an expression of their dedication to the language,  heritage and culture of their tribe.”
William Wareham - Revolver
William Wareham
Gun Slinger, Card Shark, Gambler, $2000
This is Not a Gun, $1200
Bill - Relvolver0
“In this rough and tumble gold mining town of the 1860’s, packing a sidearm was probably a prudent thing for survival. With the foresight of 150+ years on, however, it would no longer be necessary to be armed as civilization would be much more advanced. “
“The Museum pistol had no holster, and the old photo shows the owner wearing it in his waistband. Not a very safe place to carry it, thus I needed to make a holster! However, with both the gun and holster made of paper, it will deteriorate in a short time.”
This revolver belonged to Hiram Gano Ferris who traveled from Illinois in 1850 to Thompson’s Dry Diggings and became Siskiyou county’s first Clerk. Hiram is also said to have given Yreka it’s name, taken from the Indian name for Mt. Shasta, “Ieka”.
Candace - Chalice

Candace Miller
First Communion

Candace - Chalice“In the beginning, for centuries before the Catholic Church came to Siskiyou County, there was the White Deerskin Dance and the Jump Dance.  The Hoopa, Karuk and Yurok held these ceremonies in the spring and fall to celebrate the return of the salmon and the acorn harvest.  These rituals were performed to renew and restore balance to the natural world, to give thanks for what the Creator provided, and to ask that the spiritual and physical needs of the people continue to be met.  These ceremonies continue today.”
This chalice is from a Catholic church in Yreka.
Sharon - Quilt
Sharon LoMonaco, Sonora’s Rose, NFS
Quilting began long before America was settled by people from across the Great Oceans however, the new Americans made patchwork quilting their own art form. It was an art born of necessity and the desire for personal expression and frequently depicted the items of daily life.

Our grandmothers and their grandmothers used the materials and technology they had at hand. Generally, those consisted of fabrics left over or cast off from the family’s clothing and a hand sewing needle. Those fortunate enough to own a sewing machine proudly used that new technology wherever possible.

In Ma Green’s quilt we see a series of blocks whose name is unidentified. Perhaps Ma Green designed this block herself. The blocks were hand pieced while the borders and binding are stitched with a sewing machine.

In keeping with the concept of using the technology at hand, I recreated Ma Green’s block design using a software program called EQ7 – Electric Quilt! This program enabled me to design the block and quilt layout with the actual fabric I had selected.  I was then able to print out the design templates for the block pieces with seam allowances and/or the layout for foundation/paper piecing technique.

I have given a name to the unidentified block, Sonora’s Rose.

Sharon - QuiltMa Green, born Annie Ann Jones in Vermont, moved to California in 1863 with her husband and a band of horses and settled in Crystal Creek, outside of Etna.  There they operated a ranch until 1905 when they moved to the town of Etna. Ma Green made national news by living to be 102 years old.
An additional fun fact about Ma Green’s quilt is that she was Liberty Arts, Debbie Martin’s great great great great grandmother!
The Muse - Liberty Arts, Yreka
The Muse - Liberty Arts, Yreka
The Muse - Liberty Arts, Yreka
To see all of this unique exhibition be sure to visit Liberty Arts
Wednesday through Saturday, 10:00 – 5:00
To discover the hidden treasures of Siskiyou County which inspired The Muse visit the Siskiyou County Museum at 910 S. Main Street in Yreka. Visit their web site at Siskiyou County Museum for visiting hours and admission.
The Muse exhibition will continue at Liberty Arts through May 6, 2016
California Arts Council & National Endowment for the Arts

This event is funded in part by the California Arts Council, a state agency,
as well as the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency.



Photos by Sharon LoMonaco

One Response

  1. Cynthia Henderson says:

    WOW … this show looks GREAT! Hope to get up there to see it.