Town Hall Arts/Galerie Copper
Galerie Artists
Footlhill artists showing at Galerie Copper at this time include Dorothy Babinsky, Terry Benner, Diana Boyd, Judie Cain,  Anita Chouinard, Barbara Conley, Geneva Davis, Diana Eppler, Sarah Evans,  Jill Figler, Dola Garretson, Jerry Gililland, Gemma Gylling, Susie Hoffman, Frank Hynes,  Janet Kinney, Sulastri Linville, Nancy Macomber, Carolyn Macpherson, Ken McBride, Pamela Mejia, Ruth Morrow, Pat Rohovit, Selma Sattin, Helen Scofield,  Michael Severin, Brad Stark, Dianne Stearns, Ellie Stone, Staci Williams, Janet Wilmeth, and Terri Wilson.
December 2011
Featured Artist
Ruth Morrow

November 2011
Featured Artist
Diana Eppler

October 2011
Featured Artist
Judie Cain

September 2011

Featured Artist
Jill Figler

August 2011
Featured Artist
Sunny Sorensen

July 2011
Featured Artist
Ellie Stone

June 2011
Featured Artist
Brad Stark

May 2011

Featured Artist
Carolyn Macpherson

April 2011
Featured Artist
Ken McBride

March 2011
Featured Artist
Gereon Rios
Gereon says he is as old as this man, his uncle Agustin, 110 years old.   "Gereon " means "old man".  The "Gere" is a stem word for "old" and the "on" is "man". 

February 2011
Featured Artist
Michael Severin

January 2011
Featured Artist
Diana Boyd

December 2010

Featured Artist
Barbara Conley


November 2010
Featured Artist
Dianne Stearns


October 2010
Featured Artist
Barbara Beaudreau

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September 2010
Featured Artist
Selma Sattin

Watercolors by Selma Sattin

Ruth Morrow

Ruth Morrow has spent the past 25 years painting and photographing the beauties of the Mother Lode. Ruth’s loose and fanciful painting style is visible in her watercolors, acrylics, collages, oils, and mixed-media pieces.


2011 has been a busy and gratifying year in her art endeavors. At Sacramento Fine Arts Gallery, Ruth received an award of excellence for her watercolor “A Close-Knit Village” and the Olive Schymid Memorial Award for her piece, “Spring at the Old Homestead”.


She received multiple firsts and seconds at the 2011 Frog Jump Professional Art shore. “Spring at the Old Homestead” also received a second place at the Mother Lode Art Show in October. “High Country Fall” garnered an honorable at Mistlin Gallery’s Spring Show.


Ruth was the first artist to win the Ironstone obsession Poster Contest twice. Once in 2006 with “A Romp in the Hills”, and again in 2008 with “Truckin’ Dills”.


This year was Ruth’s ninth year of acceptance into the “KVIE Art Auction with “The High Country”


For the past three years Ruth has been a member of then the Aloft Gallery Co-op of 40 artists in Sonora. She also belongs to the Calaveras Arts Council, the Gallery Group, the Golden Palette Art Assn., the Mother Lode Art Assn., and the Arts of Bear Valley. In Sacramento, she is affiliated with Sacramento Fine Arts Gallery.


Her work may be viewed at the Aloft Gallery, Calaveras Arts Council in San Andreas, Galerie Copper in Copperopolis, Murphys Grill, Snowflake Lodge, and her studio in Arnold.

“My painting subjects are varied as that is my nature.  I will probably be perpetually in some period of transition with my art which, I hope, is a good thing.  I try to work towards a melding of classical, contemporary and my own style; always striving to share with the viewer a means of expression which is representational without being literal or prosaic.
I used to worry where was I going with my art?  Was I a colorist, tonalist, impressionist, plein air or studio painter?  I now know my art leads me.  Each piece is individual and dictates how it should be painted.  First comes what I feel, then what I see.  When I paint it is me and it is my own.  An idea for painting frequently comes from my emotional response to color and light.  I build around that, often changing the subject matter partly or entirely until the color, light, movement and design meet to fit the mood.  This manner of creating a painting works well for the studio, which I very much enjoy, however, painting en plein air (outdoors in one sitting) is a good way to rejuvenate the very feelings that create the moods.
Born in Amador County, Diana lived at Lake Tahoe and in Nevada, Southern and Northern California before returning to the foothills in 1997.  She now resides in Jamestown.  She attended Western Nevada Community College and studied with Wellington Smith, noted artist, lecturer and teacher.  Workshops over the years included Janet Tarjan Earl, Edgardo Garcia, Jeanette LeGrue, Kathleen Dunphy and Charles Waldman although she considers herself, basically, self taught.  She has served on Board of Director of the Siskiyou Art Assn., Creative Arts Guild and  Mother Lode Art Assoc. She is a past member of the Lithia Artists Assn., Central Sierra Arts Council and Central Calif. Art Assn. and founding member of the Post and Director of Aloft Art Galleries, Sonora. Currently her works can be seen locally at Ventana Annex Galleries, Sonora and Galerie Copper, Copperopolis. Also, during September  through October, 2011, she was featured artist in the Diamondback, Sonora.  Spring 2012 she will return to Kumquat Art in San Francisco.
She has been accepted in numerous juried shows and won many awards including First Place, Foothill Favorites MLAA Show.  Top fifteen finalist in California Shines Statewide Art show for the 2011 US Capitol Christmas Tree Celebration.  Her works hang in homes and businesses across the country.


As featured artist for October, Judie has many examples of her beautiful work on display at Galerie Copper. She has taught oil painting workshops (“Color Demystified”) in the western states for years.


“It seems that a lot of the fundamentals aren’t being taught any longer, so I designed workshops to address this need,” Judie said.


In her classes, Judie stresses individual instruction in a relaxed atmosphere.  She strives to simplify and clarify the process of expression.


A native of Burlingame, CA, Judie studied at California College of Arts and Crafts in Oakland. She has taken inspiration from many great artists, including John Singer Sargent, Joaquin Sorolla, and Monet. She has studied with such noted artists as Ted Goerschner, Ann Templeton, and Camille Przewodek. Her works are found in collections around the world.


FEATURED SHOWS: (selected solo) Haggin Museum, 5/99, Stockton, CA; Main Street Gallery, Murphys, 6/99, 9/2000; San Joaquin County Arts Council 7/93, 8/95, group invitational 5/96, Stockton, CA; Lasting Impressions Gallery, Carmel, CA 2002.


PUBLISHED:  US ART MAGAZINE 2/98 and “Woman To Watch” 1997, ‘98,’99; Sierra Heritage Magazine, spring, 1998; Get Up & Go (lifestyles) interview, 11/98, collage of her works on the cover of “Gold Country Magazine, 2003; artwork used in “Faith & Family” winter 2004/5, cover 2006 catalog Catholic Heritage Curricula and textbooks; “Valley Views Magazine” interview, summer 2006.

    Jill Figler is a Signature Member of the National Watercolor Society and also the Watercolor West Society.  She served on the Board of Directors for the National Watercolor Society as Communications and Membership Director from 1997 to 1999.
   Born and raised in Sonora, she studied at the University of California at Davis California State University, San Jose, before receiving her BA in Fine Arts from California State University, Sacramento.
   Images of Jill's watercolors are represented in Watercolor Magazine, Summer 1995; Splash V; and Best of Watercolor, Rockport Publications.  Jill's paintings have been displayed in many national water exhibitions.  They have received numerous national awards.
   Jill currently teaches watercolor on the third Saturdays of the month at Atelier Copper.

Sunny Sorensen

   From late spring until the end of summer, Sunny Sorensen lives in a cabin in the Hwy 4 corridor and paints. She sometimes holds plein air painting boot camps, and now has a summer weekly group in life drawing at Atelier Copper. Her paintings are in several private collections. Her work has won awards and prizes, which she says are stuffed in a drawer somewhere in her studio. About every two years she takes a pastel or oil workshop from a hotshot painter for which she pays a ton of money. At the ragged edge of fall, she flees to Mexico, where she sits in the sun, listens to ranchero music, drinks margaritas, and paints. Here is her story:

   I was born and raised in the SF Bay Area¸ liked to draw as a kid, had no encouragement, was taught how to letter, along with making biscuits, in the ninth grade, nearly failed typing in the tenth grade, got a D in religion, and was told I’d make a good homemaker. Years later, after abandoning the homemaker job (I was a total failure), I graduated with honors in mud and paint from UC Davis—a degree that came with all the breadth requirements. At some point in the mismanagement of my educational career, I wrote my way into a summer scholarship to study art history at the University of Edinburgh, Scotland. I stayed two years in Scotland, and with not much discipline, trotted through, and somewhat absorbed, the contents of the great museums and galleries of Europe. When I came back to California, I rode the art train right off the track into 25 years of tin-cupping, glad-handing, writing and schlepping a bunch of Sierra Club waffle stompers through the High Sierra with a packs on our backs—the act of backpacking itself being used for stress relief.

All that ended at the millennium with forced retirement and me with an injured right paw. There was nothing left to do, but stick out the good thumb, and hop back on the train. That’s the way it happened.

What is important to me, is the process of making art. I’ve been messing around with pigments for six years since retirement. Most of what I learned in another life time has come back, yet I don’t like to call myself an “artist,” as I cannot compare my attempts to the great artists of history. You know who they are, or should, from Michelangelo and Rembrandt to Sorolla and Sargent… Also I have trouble equating myself with more contemporary masterful artists I happen to like: Payne, Dixon, Schmid, Rauschenberg and Diebenkorn. So what I am is a painter, steeped in enough figurative, pop art, and three dimensional brainwashing to be dangerous, seduced by the idea of painting landscapes, and in the sunset of my life, obsessed with how to get it down right (not as in detailed or tight as Richard Schmid cautions against), before I’m back in diapers and parked on the porch of an old folks home.

I firmly believe, seeing (which many of us tend to do poorly) is the nitty-gritty of creating. Anyone can learn the technique of drawing, even painting--the art world is full of “copyists.” But spending a hunk of concentrated time, absorbing a scene or form can move the painter beyond technique, into a realm of visualization, and intimate understanding and feeling for a subject. That’s what I’m after. To this end, I tend to not like painting from photos (though frequently I do it as punishment), which have done all the hard work for me through a one-eyed, pancaked lens. I just don’t get the same thrill from a static photo as I do from studying the nature of a struggling krumholtzed tree, the movement of a model, or a streak of light turning specks of snow into opals. Maybe I’d feel better about the camera if it captured scenes as I remember seeing and feeling them. Or at least played the kind of music I like when the lens popped open.

Mostly how I work is to block in value shapes and use notan to create compositions. I carry a sketch book and try very hard to put something in it each day. Occasionally, I find it very satisfying to whip up a color strewn mess then try to figure out how to paint myself out of it. Maybe it’s the surly politics of our culture pushing this, or just my spotty upbringing. I don’t know.

Ellie Stone

   Ellie Stone lives in Valley Springs and has taught several photography classes at Galerie Copper.  The following is a from a recent interview with the artist.

  • When people ask me, “How long have you been doing photography?", it makes me pause. Photography has been an interest of mine ever since I can remember.  I've owned every type of camera and also used whatever camera my Dad owned as well.  I snapped shots of my dog, horse, and whatever else interested me.  Looking back, it was my father's interest in photography, which sparked mine.
    My high school graduation gift was a nice Canon 35mm camera, a couple of lenses, and camera bag. Then my father was the catalyst for my first job, at what else--a photo lab! At the lab I not only processed the traditional C41 color film, but I also did darkroom work, and portraits. Since my employment at the lab spanned 12 years, I was witness to the digital age and its effects on the world of photography.
  • For a fair amount of years my photography took a back seat, simply because life got in the way. There were a few things that happened which rekindled my interest and passion for photography.   Suddenly I wanted to learn more and gain a better insight into this seemingly complicated Canon camera of mine.
  • Learning the solid basics for composition and exposure has really launched me into another realm.  Knowing the rules, when they work, when to break them, is an invaluable insight.  My skill set has grown tremendously, and I feel this has made me even look at the world differently.
  • My photographic interest is quite broad, as I enjoy everything from landscape to macro, weddings, portraits, photojournalism, and night photography. I’ve been published in Sacramento Magazine and Runners World.
Now, I look forward to teaching and inspiring others to learn more about what it takes to capture fantastic images. This year I will embark on that journey, and as I teach, surely my own knowledge will continue to grow.

Carolyn Macpherson

    Combining a lifelong fascination with color, photography, and design, Carolyn has explored several media in her 30 years as an artist.  Her early art studies were at Lewis and Clark College in Portland, Oregon, where she obtained an art teaching credential so that she could share her fascination with college students.  She taught design principles, calligraphy, and painting at a small junior college in Longview, Washington.  She exhibited widely around the state in her primary medium at that time, a combination of oil and collage used to create abstract landscape, and garnered a number of regional art show awards.


    While in Washington, Carolyn was active in arts organizations and was elected to the Washington State Arts Advocacy Commission in 1976.  For seven years she directed the second largest regional art show in the state, the Southwest Washington Arts Festival.  Her philosophy has been that volunteering in the arts, rubbing elbows with artists and people who love art, keeps an artist’s perspective fresh and challenged.


    While spending two colorful years in Venezuela, she discovered she was allergic to oil paints, and made a difficult but necessary switch to watercolor.  One last successful oil painting art show in Puerto Ordaz bought her a ticket back home to the States where she studied watercolor with Bill Colby, a  well know Tacoma artist.


    Seeking a sunnier climates than Washington after her hiatus in the tropics, she moved to California in 1980 where she became an active member of the San Mateo Arts Council.  But living in the stressful environment of the Bay Area caused her to feel her art career was “on hold”.  She had a full-time job as Executive Director of the Bay Area Camp Fire Council for fives years, which  left little time for art development.


    So, like many couples seeking a quieter life and the “romance of the Sierra”, she and her husband, Richard, moved to Arnold in 1988.  Upon arriving in the foothills and finding that the Arts Council here was somewhat floundering, she became involved again as a volunteer.  She served as the council’s president for two years and was one of the original founders of the Art-Op Gallery in Murphys.


    Currently, Carolyn’s watercolors and photography reflect her surroundings—Motherlode thunder clouds, golden hills, brightly colored birds and flowers interpreted representationally though wet, transparent watercolors and sharp focus photographs, with an occasional abstract impression thrown in for variety.


    Her pouring technique, used for the background of everything from koi fish, portraits, skies, to florals, has become the signature for her style.  Carolyn’s watercolor floral of irises is published in the book How Did You Paint That?   She has won numerous first place awards at juried art shows in Northern California.

Ken McBride

    Ken's interest in painting began in his youth, but it did not develop.  Things changed when he and his wife returned from a career of teaching overseas in 1999. 

    "We had enjoyed spectacular scenery in Europe and North Africa, and I had tried to capture it from time to time with watercolors—with little success.  After moving to Oakdale, close to both the Sierras and the Pacific, I was again inspired to paint," Ken said.


     "Thanks to community college classes, art workshops and publications, I have grown in my skills.  Especially influential in the process has been Dan Peterson (Modesto) and Tom Herbert (Phoenix).   Art demonstrations (online and on DVD) and a critique group in Sonora, CA have also been helpful."


    Ken said that the creation of a painting might begin as he is struck by the drama of an Arizona thunderstorm, the subtle oranges of a Big Sur sunset, or by some dilapidated Model T. 

    "While at the scene, I note the elements and impressions I would like to retain by taking photos and/or making sketches.  Most of my work is then done in my small backyard studio.


     "One process of watermedia I enjoy is that of making a monoprint, i.e., pressing a hard-surfaced paper onto randomly arranged colors.  I use various techniques that often produce dramatic random shapes with beautiful colors.  Then, by addition and subtraction of line and color, I develop a composition--based on what I see before me."


     Ken's other approach to watercolors is more traditional—using Arches 140 and 300 cold-pressed paper with mostly Daniel Smith and Winston & Newton watercolors.

    "I particularly enjoy painting wet-in-wet allowing the colors to mix on the paper.  The results and textures can be very satisfying – including those unforeseen happy accidents.”


Gereon Rios, MFA...
more than an artist

      Gereon was born in Mexico City in 1942.  He came to the United States in 1951 and worked as a migrant worker until June of 1957.  While a migrant worker, in the evenings, Gereon took an art correspondence course from the Washington School of Art, Port Washington, N.Y.  His teachers were Albert Dorne and Norman Rockwell.

    In June of 1957, Gereon went to Mexico City to study art at the Academia San Carlos where Diego Rivera and David Alfaro Siqueiros taught.  Unfortunately, Diego passed away in November, 1957.  Master Artist Siqueiros made it clear to Gereon that instruction as an apprentice would only be on the mural projects, and not in his studio because the master was afraid the students would steal his ideas.

    Gereon returned to Mission San Jose de Guadalupe, now part of the great City of Fremont, California, and opened his studio in an old building in front of the hsitoric mission.  Gereon worked in that studio until 1963.  During that time, he was asked to design the seal of the City of Fremont in 1960. 

    Gereon became an art teacher for the Department of Community Education as well as for the College of the Holy Rosary.  He was commissioned to do two very important portrait pieces.  One was of  the foundress of the Holy Family Sisters of San Francisco,  Mother Elizabeth Dolores Armer-Tobin in 1966.  (The Tobin family founded the Hibernia Savings and Loan in San Francisco.)

   The second commission was the founder of the Dominican convent in Mission San Jose de Guadalupe, Mother Pia.

    The young artist enrolled in San Jose City College, but lowered his academic load and was quickly inducted into the U.S. Army to go to Vietnam, 1967-1968.  During that time, Gereon worked as art editor of "The Triumvirate".  He finished his military service at Knox, Kentucky, where he was awarded the Bronze Star.  He also married Joanne this year, who is a RN, CCRN, MSM.

    Gereon entered Laney College in 1971 and then  received his B.A. degree at U. C. Berkeley.  He finished the M.F.A. at Mills College in 1976.  Gereon wrote his thesis predicting the homeless and at the same time making a prophecy that the U. S. and the U.S.S.R. would be attacked by a faction or a foreign power.  Also, he hleped coordinate a major exhibit of comtemporary modern Mexican masters at the Richmond Art Center.

   In the fall of 1976, Gereon and his wife and son, Temoc, moved to Sonora to do research for a statue of General John C. Fremont. 

   1991 was the year Gereon was asked to help make bronze plaques and cast in concrete the Vietnam Veterans Memorial project for Tuolumne County.  During this same year, he completed a large altar piece for Our Lady of Big Oak Flat church.  He began his small business, Art-Com.  He did aesthetic and functional concrete pieces. 

   In 2010, he was commissioned by Tuolumne County to erect a stainless steel, bronze,and concrete memorial that would remember all the members of the departments of defense.  This memorial was finished and dedicated on 9/11/10 to coinside with 9/11 in New York.  This memorial embellishes the East Sonora Veterans Clinic.

    Gereon and his wife, Joanne, have three sons: Temoc Diego, hydraulic engineer; Andro Carmelo, chemist; and Eon Joseph, M.D., PhD. , a researcher at Stanford.

    Currently, Gereon has joined The Art Exchange at Hot Springs, Arkansas and is going to be published in the e-book Art Solutions to publicize the sale of a life-long collection.  Hopefully, an interested collector will be found to purchase and care for the prophetic collection that supplies solutions to 20% population that is under the poverty level.

   Richard Gipe, founder of MOCA Museum in Hot Springs, will help procure an exhibition entitled "We, the Beggars".  This exhibition is schedule for summer, 2013, with such dignitaries as the governor of Arkansas and favored son President Bill Clinton on the invitation list for the opening.

Michael Severin

    Michael was raised and educated in San Francisco.  It was here, as a child, that he was introduced to art with his first trip to the DeYoung Musuem in Golden Gate Park.
    "I was fascinated by those beautiful paintings hanging on the walls. I would visit the museum quite often.  I loved art, but did not pursue it as my career path.  My career spanned 36 years with the postal service."
 Michael took painting classes and became a "Sunday Painter".  After retiring in 2002, he was free to pursue his second career as an artist.

    "I am basically a self-taught artist.   After I retired, I participated in plein air workshops with various professional teachers.  A painting workshop that I took from Colorado artist Jay Moore was the turning point in my understanding of the technical aspects of painting and how to 'see like an artist'."

    Michael is currently president of the Mother Lode Art Association.  Besides Galerie Copper, Michael's work may be found in the Aloft Gallery in Sonora and the Beaux Cheveaux Gallery in Murphys.

    "My inspiration comes from the landscape around me in which I attempt to convey upon the canvas the beauty of God's creation and the importance of protecting, through environmental awareness, this gift of nature."

    Michael has won numerous awards in juried art shows and his paintings are in homes thoughout the United States.
Diana Boyd

    Living on a large ranch in the Foothills of California has given Diana a unique selection of subject matter to recreate on canvas.  Farm life, with its local colors and characters never cease to amaze and delight her.
     "It captivates my art spirit to paint what I see around me with even more life and dazzle.  When I do so, my goal is to suggest my subject's essence, without a lot of detail."

     When painting animals, which Diana is known for, she usually works upside down. 
     "This tends to give me better results for composition and shapes.  My mind is not trying to make this beginning look like something in particular, it is just registering shapes on canvas with my paintbrush
I can, many times, get pretty far into a painting before temptation hits, and I must turn the canvas right side up to see how my work is progressing.

       "This part is always fun, even if things have gone a little wonky.  I seem to prefer to work with what happens as I go along, and not plan a final outcome.  Even accidents are regarded as possible detours that give a natural distinction to my work.
  "I paint quickly with loose, bold strokes and enjoy using lots of paint loaded with stand oil for thick, luscious passages.  I enjoy the contrasts that evolve in my work."
  Diana studied art in college but raised her family before returning to her art.  She moved to Sonora 12 years ago from San Diego.  During this time, she has studied with Peggy Kroll-Roberts, Ray Roberts, Charles Sovek, Robert Burridge, and the late Milford Zornes.
 Besides Galerie Copper, Diana's work can be found in the Aloft Gallery in Sonora and the Beaux Chevaux Gallery in Murphys.


Barbara Conley

    Barbara's paintings are easily recognizable.  The things she paints in meticulous detail are those that surround us and remind us of the passage of time.  Her style has developed into a unique statement that reflects her personal feelings about each subject.  Barbara has shown throughout California and her paintings are represented in many private and corporate collections.

    Barbara's primary medium is acrylic, but she uses it in a way that her work is often mistaken for oil.  Although her acrylic paintings are most familiar, she also paints with watercolor and oils.  Primarily a studio painter, she now also paints en plein air, doing studies on location for her larger studio pieces.

    Now a Sonora resident, Barbara is taking advantage of the many aged buildings and country scenes in the area.  Her paintings are a record of her travels throughout the United States.

    Barbara's paintings are also represented by New masters Gallery in Carmel, and Aloft Gallery in Sonora.

Dianne Stearns

    Dianne Stearns has been a  fine art instructor for
22 years. Her experience is broad in spectrum, including watercolor, elements and principles of fine art, calligraphy, ceramics, mosaic, mobiles, dioramas, multimedia and much more. 

    Dianne is well known for her watercolor paintings shown in many galleries.  Her artwork spans the entire south wall of Galerie Copper.  Currently she is the art specialist for Jamestown After School Program and Mountain Oaks Charter School.   For the past ten years Dianne has facilitated an annual artists retreat at St Mary’s Art Center in Nevada.

    Dianne was able to change her career path by developing her calligraphy skills.  She moved from nursing to graphic arts, doing freehand glass engraving and designing business cards for hospitals, doctors, and other businesses. This allowed her to work out of her home while raising her son.

     Her artistic career blossomed and led to her passion for teaching.  Although Dianne still creates and shows her paintings in galleries, she is devoted to teaching children and adults how to truly SEE this beautiful world through the arts.  Take one of Dianne's classes at Galerie Copper for a truly enjoyable experience!

Barbara Beaudreau, PSWC

The initials PSWC after her name indicate tht Barbara is a signature member of the Pastel Society of the West Coast, and she was elected a a member of the Pastel Society of America.
   After  living in San Francisco, Santa Fe, New Mexico, and New York City and State, Barbara returned to her native California and established roots in Calaveras County.  During the 80's, she was proprietor of the well-known Garden Gallery in Murphys and was a founding member of the Cooperative Gallery Art-Op.

    Barbara worked creating maps for the USDA Forest Service in the Calaveras District until her early retirement.  Mementos of her employment can be seen in the form of the sculpted tree on the kiosk at the district office in Hathaway Pines.  Further up the hill at the overlook called Hell's Kitchen, are the interpretive plaques she designed.  Now she lives in Jamestown in Tuolumne County.

    Since her retirement, Barbara has been able to devote her time to her art, which evolved from other media into a focus on pastels.  Her work has been recognized by her peers in pastel societies and has received many awards, including a Purchase Award at the Yosemite Renaissance Show and several Awards of Merit in the Fine Art Exhibit at the California State Fair.

    Currently one of her pastels, Winter Afternoon (featured above), is under contract for the remainder of 2010.  It is one of the top 50 paintings for the Paint the Forests competition sponsored by the Redwood Forest Foundation, and will be shown in a prestigious gallery in California in December.

Selma's Watercolor Workshop for Children
Selma Sattin

    Selma Sattin was born and raised in Massachusetts, the granddaughter of Eastern European immigrants. She graduated from the Beth Israel Hospital School of Nursing in Boston in 1963 and has worked for more than thirty years in the nursing profession.
  She completed her university studies in 1984 with a B.A. degree in Anthropology with Honors from UCLA.
    Her interest in the fine arts began in childhood and paved the way for a second career as a watercolor artist. At age 60, Selma began studying watercolor painting with Murphys artist Carolyn Macpherson. She quickly developed her own unique style of loose brushwork and adventuresome design using a palette of bold colors. Two of her paintings recently were awarded Best of Show.
    Selma 's love of nature and the sea inspires her art.
Her work can be seen at Victoria's Framing in Angels Camp, Plaza Furniture in Copperopolis and at Galerie Copper, Town Hall Arts, Copperopolis.  She is a member of the Copper Art Club and a popular workshop instructor.
    Selma lives with her husband Robert A. Baird in Copperopolis.