1st Saturday, May 7th, "Find your Flowers"

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 May, we invite you to "Find your Flowers"
. 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.

Redbud Festival - Arts Alliance of Three Rivers

42nd Redbud Arts & Crafts Festival Celebrates the Artist in Everyone! 1st Saturday and Sunday in May mark the return of Three Rivers’ signature arts and crafts event, the Redbud Arts & Crafts Festival. For 2016 the event, sponsored by the Arts Alliance of Three Rivers, “Celebrates the Artist in Everyone!” Visitors of all ages are invited to visit “Inspiration Stations” where they can learn to watercolor or create distinctive origami greeting cards. Kids have their own “Inspiration Station” where they can decorate a flower pot and fill it with a small plant—just in time for Mother’s Day on Sunday. Woodworking artist Ron Zanini will be demonstrating his distinctive wood inlay techniques.
Over 35 artists and crafters from all over the San Joaquin Valley are joining in. Thirteen of the artists are new to the Redbud Arts & Crafts Festival this year, so come and meet them. Paul Owens of Springville offers innovative forged horse shoe art. Taylor Baskin of Fresno is showing impressive fine art photographic California landscape and metal prints. Gale Caldwell of Tehachapi Candle Company joins us with beautifully made candles and scented gifts—perfect for Mom!
Our returning artists are also looking forward to seeing you. Jana Botkin has a new coloring book with local and Sierra landscapes. Ruth
Wardwell brings back her “Top of the Hill” fantastic preserves and Elizabeth Mitchell’s “Cabochon Dreams” will entice you with distinctive original jewelry designs. Scott Vaughn, Reedley Clay Works, has brought his unique pottery creations to the Redbud Festival for over 40 years and he returns with beautiful new ones this year.
“The Inspired Stitch” is the theme for our second art quilt show. Some exquisite fabric art pieces have been entered. The Dancing Threads Quilt Group of Porterville is showing a special exhibition piece. Ten members of the group created individual art quilt panels that when hung together depict each quilters inspired take on the theme of “water”. It’s a show
stopper! The Comfort for Kids folks will also be there to show how quilts are made and to display some of their wonderful creations for kids at Valley Children’s Hospital.
There is music, delicious dining and a fantastic raffle supporting a scholarship fund for aspiring artists. The 42nd Redbud Arts & Crafts runs Saturday, May 7 from 10-5 and Sunday, May 8 from 10-4 at the Three Rivers Memorial Building, 43490 Sierra Dr, Three Rivers. Raffle tickets are on sale now from any Arts Alliance Member or at the Redbud Festival. Admission is free. See you there!

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.  The Redbud Festival.
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.  The Redbud Festival.
Kim Mahrt Syme
Kim Mahrt Syme has returned to our Valley from a sojourn back to her home state of North Dakota. We are thrilled to have her in 1st Saturday, and when you see her artwork you will know why. Clay has always been Kim’s media of choice. She enjoys experimenting with the dynamics of the raku process and is intrigued with the earthiness of smoked clay. Kim enjoys the balance and control when throwing on the wheel but also the lack of control when firing. See her at the Redbud Festival.

Clayton Porter
Born in Texas, Clayton Porters mother was an artist. She inspired him to follow his own creative path. He painted, including posters for Levi Strauss, but in 1976 he fell in love with jewelry making, put the paint brushes down and never looked back. He let’s inspiration take him one step at a time, working with wire and gem stones, letting the materials help the design process along. See Clayton’s jewelry at the Redbud Festival.
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 the Redbud Festival.
Joy Collier

Jana Botkin
Book "Cabins of Wilsonia" and paintings.  Jana's work is at the Redbud Festival.
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 the Redbud Festival.
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.  Janene's products are available at the Redbud Festival.

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  So visit Das Cookie Jar at the Arts Center, 41905 North Fork Drive.
Tony Casada
About 6 years ago Tony Casada was in Afghanistan and struggled with injuries. A couple of years ago Tony started making the 550 Paracord crafts and tied end blankets. It has turned out to be very therapeutic and mind stimulating. He travels to Arts and Crafts Fairs to meet people, and share his newly found passion.  Meet Tony and find his crafts the Arts Center, 41905 North Fork 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.
Special: Free gifts to children who visit Spirit Hill on 1st Saturday. 43641 Skyline Dr.