1st Saturday, December 3rd, "Find your Sequoia"

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 December, we invite you to "Find your Sequoia"
. There are several galleries to see.  There are many studios open - look for them on the map.  The Mosley Farm hosts the stocking stuffers, 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 cards  are also carried here as are Clayton Porter's hand-crafted jewelry.  Anne's is open from 9am to 4pm.

DELI DELIGHTS with a river view.  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
This year Jana has been designing and publishing coloring books for grownups, all of local scenes. "Heart of the Hills", "Heart of Mineral King", and "Heart of the Parks" are all available at Kaweah River Trading Co. Her detailed oil paintings of local scenes are available 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.

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.

Annual Community Christmas Caroling 
Free to the pubic
Sing-along, bonfire, hot chocolate, smores and more.

Totem Market and Gifts

We welcome the public to enjoy a Craft beer tasting event in the Redwood clad beer and wine bar. The Totem Market and Gift store hours are 7 a.m. serving breakfast thru 9 p.m. on the weekend. Dinner service.  Featured Artist: Susy Ardesch-Wind in an artist reception from 2-4:30 PM. Enjoy house horderves while meeting the Artist who will discuss her luminous multi-layered multi-media art. 45186 Sierra Drive, 559-561-4463
Susan Ardasch
Susan Ardesch grew up on a cattle ranch in the mountain community of Lake Isabella. Much of her work was inspired by this beautiful, and sometimes, harsh natural environment. She was also strongly influenced by her mother who was an artist. Ms. Ardesch holds a Master Degree from Cal State University Fresno and has taught art for over twenty years.
Now retired with her husband, David Wind, at their home along the North Fork Kaweah River, Susan spends much of her time in the studio experimenting with new combinations of color and translucent textures. Her most recent work could be described as looking below the water without getting wet. Located at Totem Market and Gifts, 45186 Sierra Drive, 2:00-4:30 P.M. Artist Reception.

Mosley Farm

The Don and Teriz Mosley's are opening their Farm to artists and visitors. Home made hot apple cider, a gorgeous setting with a barn full of arts and crafts, and an organic garden that awaits your enjoyment. Other surprises like a baby calf and piglets to delight visitors. 45487 S. Fork Dr.

The Stocking Stuffers Boutique with Anne Birkholz, Jana Botkin, Nikki Crain, and Sam McKinney, 11am - 4pm.

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 Mosley Farm, 45487 S. Fork Dr.
Jana Botkin
This year Jana has been designing and publishing coloring books for grownups, all of local scenes. "Heart of the Hills", "Heart of Mineral King", and "Heart of the Parks" are all available at Kaweah River Trading Co. Her detailed oil paintings of local scenes are available at Anne Lang's Emporium.  Catch up with Jana at the Mosley Farm, 45487 S. Fork Dr.
Sam McKinney
Sam McKinney is a grower and lover of gourds and gourd art.  She utilizes gourds as a medium to do beading with a  Native American and a contemporary look. Pine needle coiling gives her the inspiration to create art from nature. She also wood burns and chip carves.  Discover Sam's art at the Mosley Farm, 45487 S. Fork Dr.
 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 Mosley Farm, 45487 S. Fork Dr.

And in addition to Stocking Stuffer Boutique find Shirley Fox and Das Cookie Jar

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 Mosley Farm, 45487 S. Fork Dr.
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 Mosley Farm, 45487 S. Fork Dr.

Le tres Petite Noel - Elsah Cort's Studio

Le très Petit Noël features four artists: 
Jeanette Acosta, Elsah Cort, Rosemary Odam and Roger Valverde
December 3, SATURDAY and 4, SUNDAY from 10-5 at the studio of Elsah Cort, 44141 Skyline Drive, Three Rivers

Jeanette Acosta is a multi-media artist. She will sharing her fine jewelry, made with semi precious stones, sterling silver and turquoise, which has been featured and sold at The Kiva Gallery in Santa Fe, the Autry Museum in Los Angeles, Viejas Gallery in Viejas, California, and several high-end boutiques in Los Angeles like Billy Martin's on Sunset Plaza-Sunset Boulevard and Nieman Marcus. Her jewelry has also been featured in fashion magazines alongside the works of Ralph Lauren. She is a permaculture and herbology teacher and will bring her herbal salves made with lavender, creosote and comfrey, her herbal infused jams like cardamom plum orange, rosemary blackberry, vanilla pomegranate, Ayurvedic spice peach and lavender lemon marmalade. She will also be offering her original music CD called "Standing Brave" featuring Standing Brave Drum and singers Dodie L Kent, Tina Orduno Calderon and Joe Calderon.

Elsah Cort is a mixed-media collage artist who will be showing her archival digital prints, greeting cards, earrings and mulling spices. She has created "Mandala-Maker", a new 2017 calendar with twelve of her digital collage mandalas as monthly inspirations. New cloth ornaments printed with her mandalas, embroidered and assembled by hand, will debut for this year's Le Petit Noel. She is opening her studio space for this special event.

Roger Valverde (husband of Jeanette Acosta) is an accomplished painter and graphic designer (for the California Department of Transportation). He will be sharing original paintings and giclee prints. His artwork is highly sought after by art collectors. Jeanette and Roger moved to Three Rivers three years ago and have restored their property along the South Fork of the Kaweah River back to a superb natural landscape (an ongoing process).

 Rosemary Odam is a beadwork artist who finds designs in her dreams and translates them into beauty into hair-sticks adorned with peyote-stitched seed beadwork. She lives and works in Hanford.

Louise Fisher, FloArts Studio

Life experiences influence Louise Fisher's art, particularly flight, travel, archaeology, diving, and the beauty of Three Rivers landscape. She has experimented with many art mediums including leaded glass, hot glass, textiles and drawing, but working with clay feels like home - perhaps reminiscent of playing in the dirt as a child of farmers. Louise's dream for the new art studio, just set up in recent months, is that she will invite others to join her in the creative process.  See Louise's work at FloArts Studio at 41231 B Sierra Drive.
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 FloArts Studio at 41231 B Sierra Drive.
Lisa Finley
Lisa Finley loves all kind of arts and from painting, mixed media, ceramics, mosaics and more. In 2005 Lisa started with water color and has just kept exploring. About 3 years ago Lisa was involved with 1st Saturday and had a great time. She traveled for couple of years and recently returned. “I am so glad to be home again,” said Lisa. Welcome her back at FloArts Studio at 41231 B Sierra Drive.
 Tom Anderson
Tom began playing with art when he was a child, doodling, drawing, all for the fun of it. He was pushed in the direction of finding a lucrative position in life, and being an artist did not fit the description according to his parents. But in college he played with ceramics for a while, and discovered stained glass. “I couldn’t get enough of it,” he said, smiling. He built his store, Red Duck Stained Glass, in the 1970’s in Visalia, 115 N. Valley Oak Dr. You can reach him at 559-734-8511. Tom is amazed every day that he gets to make a living at what he loves to do best.  See Tom's work at FloArts Studio at 41231 B Sierra Drive.
Clayton Porter 
Meet Clayton at FloArts Studio at 41231 B Sierra Drive.  You can also see his jewelry at Anne Lang's Emporium.
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 FloArts Studio at 41231 B Sierra 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.  See Jami at FloArts Studio at 41231 B Sierra Drive.

The Sequoia Cider Mill

Efrain Ponce would like to invite you to stop by and see the dining room walls. He invites artists to hang in the restaurant for the pleasure of his guests. If someone sees something they are interested in buying, the artists contact information is next to each piece. This month his featured artists are Christine Sell Porter, Deborah Dal Zuffo and Karen Kimball. Stop by and enjoy these talented artist's creations.  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.

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.  See Earl's work at Spirit Hill Studio, 43641 Skyline Dr.

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: Spirit Hill Studio, 43641 Skyline Dr.