1st Saturday, September 3rd, "Find your Labor"

FOOD, FUN and fabulous art. Every 1st SATURDAY, the artists, restaurants and merchants of Three Rivers, California, open their doors and invite you to join in a town-wide celebration from 11 to 5 o’clock unless stated on Blog and Map. You can pick up a map and schedule at Anne Lang's Emporium or the Historical Museum – the map shows all participating venues, art to see, locations and times for special events. Anne Lang's Emporium serves a great breakfast sandwich, so you might grab a bite first. 

A DIFFERENT theme each month flavors the paintings, decorations and edible treats. For September, we invite you to "Find your Labor"
. There are several galleries to see.  There are many studios open - look for them on the map.  The Art Center hosts multiple artists, not something you'd want to miss.

EVERY MONTH is different – the best way to keep informed is to visit the website www.1stsaturdaytr.com. It is up-dated monthly. If you are an artist and would like to show your work at the event, the cost is only $10 to participate and the deadline to enter is always the 15th of the previous month. 

FOR INFORMATION contact Shirley Keller at 559-561-3463 or email sblairkeller@sbcglobal.net

Anne Lang's

ANNE'S SUCCESS is due to her desire to help. "When people ask for something, I try to find it for them," says Anne. "One day, a bride-to-be came in and asked if I could make a bouquet. I thought, 'I can make a bouquet', and that's how the store became an FTD flower shop. On a cold day, a man came in wishing for a hot bowl of soup and I thought, 'I know how to make soup.' Next, a man came in hungry for a sandwich and I thought, 'I know how to make sandwiches.' And that's how the store became a deli."

Anne Lang’s Emporium became a place to find all your needs, a space of familiarity and a hub for our little community.  In addition to artists listed below, Nadi Spencer, founder of 1st Saturday in Three Rivers, also has art shown here.  Shirley Keller's photo gift card are also carried here.  Anne's is open from 9am to 4pm.

DELI DELIGHTS with a river view. 20% off lunch if you mention 1st Saturday.  41651 Sierra Dr.
 Once again Anne saw a need in the community and answered it. An art gallery closed. She changed what was the gift card corner to what is now a Fine Art Corner. When you pick up your map stay awhile and see the ceramic artists who throw and sculpt in clay, the oil and acrylic painters, and photographers, who Anne invited to display in the new corner.

Marn Reich
Marn Reich attended a ceramics class at COS. She met Sherley Tucker and eventually the two set up a clay workshop in Sherley's home. Marn is known for her quirky sculptures. Teapots that make you laugh while pouring, critters with attitude. "I like a challenge," says Marn. Thus her unusual creations.   See Marn's work at Anne Lang's Emporium.

Jana Botkin
Jana spent a year to publish "The Cabins of Wilsonia." Her paintings of local landscape are displayed at Anne's. Jana also likes to knit- her scarves, slippers, shawls, wraps, socks and purses will also be for sale.  See Jana's work at Anne Lang's Emporium.
Anne & HJ Brown
Anne and H.J. Brown work together in their ceramic studio, along the South Fork river. He makes hand built pieces and recycles broken items that don't survive kiln into artwork. She makes all the thrown items. She does most of the glazing. The biggest joy for both of them is to know their work is used in someone's daily life. Colors of nature inspire their work. Now showing ceramics at Anne Lang's & Kaweah River Trading Co in Three Rivers, and Naked Nuts & Enjoy the Store in Visalia. This 1st Saturday see their work at Anne Lang's Emporium.
Clayton Porter 
Clayton will show his jewelry at Anne Lang's Emporium.

Three Rivers Historical Museum

The Historical Museum is quite exciting these days. Many new and interesting sights to capture historical imaginations and knowledge. See what the Mineral King Preservation Society designed, a lovely space, 2/3 of which will be used to preserve the history of Mineral King. The Historical Museum will expand to the rest of the space. As you walk toward the new room a skylight above captures your attention. It is modeled after the oldest bridge on the Mineral King road.
Three Rivers Historical Museum, 42268 Sierra Drive.

The Heritage Trail was designed and prepared by Cal Fire and the Prisoner Crews who help them. They cleared, and will maintain the trail. It's purpose is to bring to life the history of every inch of the property owned by the Museum. Brochures explain the ties to the past. Benches placed along the trail reflect the critters and nature you are walking in. Take a seat and enjoy your surroundings.

FEATURED ARTIST: Lydabelle Wylie (1915-2005)
Exhibit & Sale of Paintings, Prints, Wooden Postcards, Gift Cards, Ceramics and Sculptures
Having lived in the atmosphere of the old west, Lydabell'e artwork depicts the everyday life of the great outdoors.
9:00 to 5:00 PM.

Kaweah River Trading Company

Anne Birkholz
Anne's fascination with wood has been lifelong. Eleven years ago she met her first lathe; it was love at first touch. Her work is a collaboration with Mother Nature, who provides the awesome raw material ranging from tight grained, ancient Giant Sequoia, to knurly native oaks and the spectacular marble grain of Buckeye. Anne's designs are simple – keeping the wood center stage.  See Anne's wooden wonders at Kaweah River Trading Company, 41891 Sierra Drive.

Three Rivers Arts Center

Das Cookie Jar
“Our desire is to make cookies that taste great,” said Sue Davis. Glenn is the official taster and makes sure all their products please the customer. They have permits as required by Health Department and follow all the strict guidelines. If you need party platters, gift boxes for all occasions, they wrap for the appropriate occasions and holidays. “Only freshest ingredients go into our cookies,” said Glenn. On the web at: http://www.dascookiejar.com/index.html  Das Cookie Jar is offering a dozen free cookies to the 10th person that comes to visit us at the Three Rivers Arts Center, 41673 North Fork Drive.

Shirley Fox
Shirley Fox will be showing unique, one of a kind, aprons, kitchen towels (both machine and hand embroidered, and whatever else that inspires my creative juices. Also, will do custom designs upon request. "I will do custom designs upon request, and who knows what else will inspire my juices with our new 10 spool embroidery machine," said Shirley.  Now showing The Wizard of Oz and The Day of the Dead aprons, along with new kitchen towels.  Three Rivers Arts Center, 41673 North Fork Drive.

Earl Thompson
Earl Thompson drove big rigs across country for 50 plus years, always with great appreciation for the beauty and majesty of this country. After retiring at 75 years of age, and with time on his hands, he sat down and began a process of expressing himself on canvas. His favorite works are black and white drawings, but he is exploring colored pencils and paint.  Earl also makes many of his frames.  See Earl's work at the Three Rivers Arts Center, 41673 North Fork Drive.
Jami Beck
Jami Beck does beaded crochet jewelry. She is a teacher by profession in the local Three Rivers Elementary school. In the summer she joins 1st Saturday in Three Rivers to share her colorful jewelry.  Get ready for back to school - mention The Guilded Age and get $5.00 off one item.   See Jami at the Three Rivers Arts Center, 41673 North Fork Drive.
Bertha Garza
One night Bertha Garza had a dream about creating a natural product that would help protect and enhance all types of skin, especially elderly skin. She created a body lotion that was enriched with the healthiest oils and vitamins, thus creating the name. “DAZZLING DREAMS NATURAL PRODUCTS”. She added bath soaps made with the finest natural oils, liquid and solid. Natural and biodegradable laundry soap, natural dishwashing soap, pure soy candles, and other products have followed. Bertha retired from 34 years as a professional Social Worker and dedicates more time to her creations. You will find her soaps at the River’s Edge in Three Rivers, Pigs Fly in Exeter, and, A Better Colon Spa in Visalia. 1st Saturday location: The Three Rivers Arts Center, 41673 North Fork Drive.
Kimberly Syme
Kimberly Syme is a mother, wife and potter. She first found her love for pottery in high school, but her love for art started much younger. Thanks to a few great teachers along the way, Kimberly’s interest was fostered in art, giving her a great foundation. The beautiful black designs on Kimberly’s pottery are made with horse hair, and considered a Raku process. The horse hair is laid on the pots and burns away leaving the unique carbon imprint. Each piece is a one-of-a-kind creation, no two are alike. The matte finish of the pots are waxed with a food-grade quality paraffin wax, and glazed pots are finished with a food-safe glaze. Each piece is water resistant, and can be hand washed with soap and water.  See Kimberly's work at the Three Rivers Arts Center, 41673 North Fork Drive.

The Sequoia Cider Mill

Christine Sell Porter
Christine's medium of choice is oil, by virtue of it's versatility – it's perfect for building texture and produces brilliant color. Watercolor is another medium that she loves for it's spontaneity and transparency. She has painted for over 30 years. After relocating to Three Rivers in 2005, she has found the natural beauty of the area to be a new source of inspiration. She spends many happy hours in the studio. Christine is a multi talented artist; she also likes designing little jewelry pieces, and knitting gorgeous scarves during long winter nights. For summer, she hand paints, in vibrant color, flowers and birds on silk scarves. Additionally, she creates lovely light catchers for the window, fashioned with antique glass and with an oil rubbed copper foil finish.  See Christine's art at The Sequoia Cider Mill Restaurant at 40311 Sierra Drive.

Deborah Dal Zuffo
Born in New England, Deborah was inspired by the rich palette of autumn colors. Her love of the outdoors is reflected in her paintings. They are bathed in nature’s hues, revealing her training in botanical illustration. Deborah’s artwork often focuses on the simple – leaves, rocks, and the creatures hiding within -- capturing nature’s tapestry of texture, depth, and life. Deborah works in watercolor, pastel, and colored pencils. Her artwork is on display at The Sequoia Cider Mill Restaurant at 40311 Sierra Drive.
Karen Kimball
Karen Kimball experiences something new with each clay mono-print. Her works reflect the design created for each one but they often bring through layers of past inspiration, color and texture. Her progression in clay printing is leading to exploration in other art forms. Using techniques from watercolor, collage, encaustic painting and journaling, she is broadening her knowledge about the artistic process and developing increased complexity and variety in her artwork.
Karen spent a year away from clay printing in 2013 to edit and work exclusively on “Sierra Wonders”, an anthology of art and literature, published on behalf of the Arts Alliance of Three Rivers. Meet Karen in person at The Sequoia Cider Mill Restaurant at 40311 Sierra Drive.

Spirit HIll Meditation Garden and Art Studio

Shirley Keller invites you to come to Spirit Hill Meditation Garden and Art Studio to see her photography, ceramic masks, recycled art, and clay mono prints.  See more at Shirley's blog at sblaircreativeplay.blogspot.com.
Special: Free gifts to children who visit Spirit Hill on 1st Saturday. 43641 Skyline Dr.

Nikki Crain

Nikki Crain
Nikki first sat down at a loom in 1983. She has been on a learning odyssey ever since. Her favorite pastime is designing new pieces and playing with colors, sometimes dyeing her own yarns. Math plays a big part in weaving and Nikki takes it to a higher level by using the Fibonacci sequence in many of her designs. Natural fibers such as cotton, wool, silk and rayon are her favorite choice for the beautiful and useful items she weaves. Visit Nikki at her studio 45138 So. Fork Dr.

Ja Nene Natural Body Products

Ja Nene Natural Body Products began in 2003 in Three Rivers by Janene Laswell. The company provides safe, effective, affordable natural products for the whole family that are free of artificial fragrance, parabens, SLS penetration enhancers, pthalates and chemicals know to cause disease. Janene is a member of the Sequoia Foothills Chamber of Commerce, founder and treasurer of the non-profit Emergency Aid Alliance and 2010 Tulare County Creative Entrepreneur of the Year. "Thank you for using natural and organic products. You are helping to provide a safer world for everyone," said Janene.  On the web at: http://www.anointyourself.com   Janene's products are available at her studio at 43168 North Kaweah Drive.