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Hopes, Dreams & Nightmares
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Hopes, Dreams & Nightmares

Siskiyou Artists Association


Wherein lie our Hopes? Is it in our Dreams?
When do we deflect our Nightmares into expressions of beauty?

Join SAA members as they explore visual works
that can portray the blurred lines between all three.




Bee Soulé,
Wishful Thinking,
Acrylic & mixed media on linen

On the silver-tongued conveyor belt of “beauty”, the serpent offers vain hope to those desperately wishing to appear different, before it consumes its own tail.

Yet, one “plain” person looks in the mirror, and sees her reflection as “loveliness”.









Bea Duran-Whiteman,
Alyssa Hiding,

A young, intelligently bright student, a third generation Hispanic, wonders what this mask is all about. Curiosity teaches her that this is a way of celebrating our dead ancestors so as to remember and honor them.

These departed are pleased to have a boost toward their eternal journey.





Betsey Shuteroff, Nightmare in the Tomato Patch, Acrylic

As I believe we are living in turbulent and rather nightmarish times, I have chosen to respond to the “Nightmare” element of the theme with a light, perhaps playful feeling, and with a critter I have often been at odds with.

I am going to see him/her from “the other”, more tolerant perspective, as a gorgeous green caterpillar, a butterfly-in-the-making.

Donna Wolfe, STOP! My Repetitious Mind, acrylic on canvas
Many of my nightmares are an endless stream of images over and over again.


Sherry Ackerman,
Dream or Nightmare: Who Knows?, Mixed media (acrylic and collage)

The Princess is dreaming … but her sub-personalities question her. Will those dreams come true or will they turn into nightmares?

Each of her masks asks a different question…but all inquire about the outcome of her dreams.

Done in the style of the late 1960’s “street art” movement, the painting is deliberately “funky”, pointing to the blurred line between “dreams” and “nightmares”. Hung, purposefully askew, over elephant dung paper, it illustrates the strange beauty that resides at the point where dreams and nightmares converge.


Harry Feinberg,
Border Crossing, varnished giclée image,custom framed in walnut

I am drawn to explore through the lens and post-editing what I feel in life – that when we stop the world and take a breath – every moment has the potential to become a threshold into infinity … to the unexplained and to the magical. I love the process of that unfolding, sometime as I shoot and often not until I begin to work on the images in the studio.

This piece Border Crossing is one of a series entitled Thresholds and one of my favorites.
In it, two powerful dreamworlds of mine merge; the wilderness canyons and beaches of Big Sur surrounding the old forest wisdom of the Northeast’s woods. Over the last many years, I’ve lived in both locations and returned often to them to photograph. In many ways this image evokes the memory of deep ceremony, sacred space and much personal reflection.

Joy Price, Aftermath, Watercolor. After the Fires.

Mary Carpelan, Ancestor Dreams, acrylic. Cahuilla Women dancing in Palm Canyon

Donna Wolfe, Magical Migration Day, Salmon River, acrylic on canvas
From a true-life experience that I hope to repeat again and again.

Anne McTavish,
A Helping Hand, oil on canvas

Jack Shaw, one of the photographers at the Siskiyou Science Festival in Mount Shasta 2018, described his photo, “Here’s an image that is more poetry than photography and, in my mind, encapsulates the importance of what you and all the volunteers of the Science Festival accomplished. The amazing success of the festival would not have happened without the help of dedicated professionals.  And while considering the knowledge, skill and humanity of each, my photos of John Harch and the children who visited his display have touched me most.
Knowing his passion and dedication…

Seeing his hands
that have saved so many lives
entwined with inquisitive youth
in exploration
and sharing of knowledge
portends the actions
of a loving village
to the importance of

Bee Soulé, Ull and Kali, in the Ice Cave, Dream of Spring,
crylic & mixed media on particle board

In wintertime, in the Lands of Ice and Snow,
where did the very ancient gods go?
Their people … eternally abandoned? No.
Deep in a glacial grotto, becoming one with
The Frozen, they know that Life, later, will return to them, and all living things.




Linda Cosner,
Whose Bone Saw Is This Bone Saw?,collage/mixed media

I usually paint wildlife and occasionally abstracts. However, the “Nightmare” theme of this show and current events inspired other Ideas.

I hope to wake up soon.

Special thanks to my husband, Mike, for helping me put this together.







Nate Carter, Steelhead Dreams
Watercolor on Arches cold press paper

As a fly fisherman, my favorite fish is the Steelhead. It is a sea-run Rainbow trout that lives in the sea as an adult and returns to the river where it was reared, like its cousin the Salmon.

They are difficult to catch on an artificial fly and are referred to as “the fish of a thousand casts.” This piece represents my dreams to connect with the power of the ocean through a magnificent fish.

Dennis P. King, Water is Life, oil on linen


Janette Ervin-Brown
Empty Nest, water media

To me the painting with the map in the background symbolizes that the children in your home are grown and have left to seek their fortune (tostart their own life).

As parents we have hopes and dreams for our children and often worrisome nightmares creep in.






Linda Richter,
Wisdom of Raven Speak, watercolor

The Raven is a bird that has come and sat next to me on many walks in the western USA. The Raven seems to look at me, speak to me and yet I dream that someday I will understand what the Raven speaks.




Pat Satariano, A Time for Healing, Watercolor, collage, acrylic

My favorite season has always been winter. The cold temperatures, shorter days and blanketing snow create a time for review and contemplation of life’s possibilities. A time to dream new horizons.

Pat Satariano, Ominous Times, acrylic

The fires of summer 2018 were a series of perspective altering events. We became familiar with the new realities of potential devastation from fire: Code Red, Go Bags, Evacuation Routes, and prioritizing the important. A nightmare experience.

Darlene Southworth, Small Dreams in Rust
Assemblage: Found objects, cotton yarn, textured acrylic on canvas



Suzanne Mamedalin,
Another Time and Place,
ixed media

Artists have many choices in what to represent in the concept “Dreams”. They may reflect a better future, a less polluted world, or a world of harmony to name just a few. However, I chose to show a personal mental image I may have when sleeping, or dreams. I enjoy my dreams best when flying. I like to hope that all life forms do not become extinct or die, but live elsewhere, someplace unknown. After all, the universe is very large and there may be many possibilities. In this case, I show Pterosaurs flying on another planet. They have left this planet but still exist in my dreams.

Lee Weber, Mardi Gras, acrylic on wood panel

Betty Swartz, Serenity, acrylic

Joy Price, The Logic of Dreams, watercolor
What my dreams are often like.



Linda Richter
Queen Manchego de La Mancha
mixed media: watercolor, Prisma color, ink, on watercolor paper.

On the Camino Frances walking in Spain, I fell in love with manchego cheese and the beautiful sheep roaming the countryside. Walking and eating cheese, time to dream and this is how she came to me …
Queen Manchego!





Bee Soulé, Night Frights, acrylic on masonite

As a young child, before I’d even consider going to bed I’d ask my parents three questions:
Will it thunder?
Will there be owls?
Is there going to be a War?

A true Nightmare would embody all three, in one dream.

Mary Carpelan, Mog, Wire
A Leech-bee-dog designed by my grandson Hadrean Carpelan


Hopes, Creams & Nightmares continues at Liberty Arts through February 15, 2019.

Find out more about the Siskiyou Artists Association.


Funded in part by California Arts Council, a state agency

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


Photography: Sharon LoMonaco

2 Responses

  1. Malia Plevney says:

    The pictures are wonderful. I have special feeling toward “Water is Life” because the political moves of the dams.
    My question is what is your winter hours for January, Please



    • LIberty Arts says:

      Hi Malia, I happy that you enjoyed the arm chair view of the current exhibition on the web site. I hope you have an opportunity so see work in person at the gallery as not all of the work is on the web site. We are open to the public Wednesday through Saturday from 10 – 5. During the school year when we have an Explorations class on Tuesday we are open after the class is finished. You are certainly welcome to call to check that status … 530 842-0222. Hope to see you, Sharon