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Winter 2009

PlacerArts newsmagazine covering Placer Valley, Gold Countr y and High Sierra

High Sierra


A Vision

For The Arts




New Artistic




Win Fans

In Region

Volume 15, Number 1

5 A Vision for the Arts in Truckee-Tahoe

by Janis Dice

New feasibility study makes the case for more arts venues

and becomes a rallying center for the local art community

8 What Would Ansel Adams Do?

by Justine DaCosta

With digital photography comes a new artistic license

for image manipulation from touchups to new art forms

10 Breaking Through to Prominence

by Pat Lucas

Meet four up-and-coming regional artists who are

winning fans with their eye-catching works of art

7 Poets Speak

Who Will Listen?

by Jean Louise Fournier

Kaz Huette’s box turned mosaic lamp was one

of more than 100 creative entries in the 2008

‘Outside the Box’ Show, which awarded $1,300

in cash prizes. Boxes will be available from

PlacerArts Jan. 30-31 for the 2009 show.

12 The Score

Seussorama in Roseville

by Kira Yannetta

14 Arts Calendar

Galleries, Music, Dance, Museums, Events, Festivals, Film,

Theatre, Classes, Arts for Children and Calls to Artists

18 Arts News

News about arts and culture in and around Placer County

20 End Paper

Can You Read This?

by Paula Westeren

About the Cover

‘Raven’s Reflection’ by Cathy McClelland was inspired by the magical

bird known in mythical circles for bringing light into darkness. It’s one

of several works from the artist incorporating ravens. Here, McClelland

explores the Yin and Yang of the conscious versus the sub-conscious

through her love of nature. The night sky with its falling moon juxtaposed

against the rising sun is typical of her work. “I do a lot of pieces

that reflect the two side of conscious,” says the Kings Beach artist.

About the Artist

Life-long artist and North Tahoe resident Cathy McClelland integrates

her love for nature, cross cultural mythical subjects, magical and

sacred places, and symbols into her paintings and murals. Raised

in Fairfield, Calif., McClelland studied illustration at the Academy of

Art College in San Francisco. She’s a seasoned graphic artist and art

director, but concentrates solely her artwork these days. Most of her

work is available in greeting cards with some pieces available as limited-edition

Giclée prints. Check it out at cathymcclelland.com.

January/February/March 2009 Perspectives

Turning the Page

There’s something special about starting a

new year with a fresh, clean slate. Observed

on varying dates in different lands, New Year

festivals mark the pivotal point where time

is deemed to begin anew for both the world

itself and individuals alike, provided the proper

steps are taken. In many cultures, including

my own, the whole house is scrubbed clean

at the end of the year because its condition

at the strike of midnight in the New Year is

reflected throughout the next 12 months.

As we turn the page to begin this new

chapter entitled, “2009,” it’s time to take measure

of the previous year’s accomplishments

and step forward to meet the New Year with

the eagerness of a young child.

Last year was a milestone one for PlacerArts

as we celebrated 25 years as catalyst for the

arts and humanities in Placer County. Public

events were well-attended, and professional

development workshops for artists were

popular. The Auburn Art Walks, Jazz at 808

and Summer Series concerts, and the signature

Autumn Art Studios Tour continued to

delight residents and visitors alike as The Arts

Building hummed with activity.

It also was a tricky year as we sustained a

significant operating budget cut. We lost valuable

resources along the way and continue

to tighten our belts as we look beyond the

New Year. We endeavor to continue excellent

public service while bracing for the ramifications

of an extended recession. If there is ever

a time when we as families and communities

need access to the arts, it’s now! So we must

innovate, find new ways to leverage limited

resources, and continue to sing the praises

of excellent arts producers throughout Placer


A New Perspective

One such innovation is Perspectives quarterly.

At a time when publishing costs continue to

rise, we took a hard look at PlacerArts newsmagazine

with an eye to maintaining the

quality coverage and value to readers while

reducing printing and distribution costs, thus

the new quarterly

frequency and a

streamlined calendar


As you can see,

the ‘Director’s

Message’ has

morphed into ‘The

Arts Advocate.’ We

wanted to open

up this column

to include other

voices from the

arts and cultural

communities. In

future editions,

you also will see a

new section called

‘Arts Patron.’ It

will provide profiles on local people who are

making a difference through their fervent support

of the arts and humanities.

The slimmed-down calendar shuffles all

events into the county’s three geographic

areas: Placer Valley, Gold Country and High

Sierra. Listings now appear with an identification

number, which may be used to pull up

additional information via PlacerArts.org/calendar.

Launched in 2007, the online calendar is

the de facto events and activities database for

Placer County and beyond.

We have begun to solicit outside advertising

as a means of helping support our publication.

Though ad dollars are scarce in this current

economic environment, Perspectives quarterly

attracts a unique and targeted audience at

rates that offer tremendous value to advertisers.

It’s our hope to provide ads that will offer

our readers products and services of interest to


Yes, taking steps and turning a page, one

we hope you will continue to enjoy as we

promote the wonderful arts and heritage

Placer County has to offer! We welcome your


– Angela Juliano Tahti

Executive Director

Left to right;

Shawn Baldwin,

Rosie Stilwell,

Angela Tahti,

Judi Nicholson

(City of Roseville)

and Karen

Killebrew at The

Arts Building.

Perspectives January/February/March 2009

Perspectives, a publication of PlacerArts, provides: a forum for

communication between artists, arts and culture organizations

and the public; promotes public access and participation to residents

and visitors; and increases public awareness and advocacy

for arts and arts education, culture and humanities of the region.

PlacerArts Mission Statement

PlacerArts is the Arts Council of Placer County a nonprofit,

public benefit agency and Catalyst for the Arts and Humanities.

Executive Committee

Susan Dupre, Chair, Christian Valley

Priscilla N. Richter, Vice-Chair, District 4, Loomis

Cynthia Miller, Secretary, District 3, Auburn

Marie Seward, Treasurer, Roseville

Board of Trustees

Meena Bhayani, District 2, Rocklin

Rick Brown, Trustee At Large, Meadow Vista

John Johnson, Trustee At Large, Roseville

Tad Kitada, Trustee At Large, Nevada County

Jenn Linn, Youth Representative, Auburn

Claudette Mitchel-Weismantel, District 1, Elverta

Jan White, Trustee at Large, Newcastle

Barbara Wauters, District 5, Clipper Gap

Advisory Team

Dave Breninger, Chair Emeritus

Norma Brink, Accountant

Dick Cushman, Resource Development

Penny Lane, Finance Consultant

April Maynard, Chair Emeritus

Jennifer Pereira, Government Affairs

Linda Brown, Government Affairs

Program Team

Angela Tahti, Executive Director

Karen Killebrew, Program Specialist

Shawn Baldwin, Program Specialist

Rosie Stilwell, Program Specialist

Community Local Partner

Judi Nicholson, Program Coordinator for Cultural Arts, city of



Editor: John McCreadie

Design/Production: Blue Cat Studio, Inc.

Printer: Auburn Printers, Inc.

Publisher: Angela Tahti, Arts Council of Placer County

Contributing Writers

Janis Dice (A Vision for the Arts in Truckee-Tahoe, pg. 5) is an

experienced photojournalist who writes for a wide range of regional

news and business publications, including Comstock’s Business


Justine DaCosta (What Would Ansel Adams Do? – pg. 8) is a freelance

writer and editor. She writes for the Placer Sentinel in Auburn

and several Bay Area newspapers, including the Hayward Daily

Review, the Oakland Tribune and the Santa Cruz Sentinel. She

lives in Citrus Heights with her husband and son.

Pat Lucas (Breaking Through to Prominence – pg. 10) is a writer,

public relations consultant and artist. She’s written for a host

of business magazines and newspapers including the Salinas

Californian, Pacific Grove Tribune, FSA Journal and Education

Today. She is a member of the Placer Arts League (PAL).

Kira Yannetta (Seussirama in Roseville – pg. 12) is a writer and editor

for North Lake Tahoe’s independent newspaper, Moonshine Ink.

She has written for a variety of San Francisco and Tahoe papers

and magazines.

All of Perspectives’ contributing writers can be reached by e-mail at


Publication and distribution of Perspectives is made possible

with support from the County of Placer, the California Arts

Council State-Local Partnership Program, the Auburn, Colfax,

Foresthill, Lincoln, Loomis, Rocklin and Roseville Chambers

of Commerce, the North Lake Tahoe Resort Association, the

Placer County Visitors Bureau, and Placer Valley Tourism.

Perspectives is sent to members and distributed via the public

library system countywide and regionally. Copies are available

at PlacerArts offices in Auburn and Roseville as well as at the

California Welcome Center - Auburn. Opinions, findings, and

conclusions expressed are those of the authors and do not

necessarily reflect the views of public partners, the Arts Council

of Placer County Board of Trustees or the city of Roseville

Cultural Arts Committee, or their, staff, advertisers, or contributors.

Letters, suggestions, and story ideas are welcomed.

Calendar items, arts news, and story ideas, along with

photographs, may be uploaded to Perspectives electronically

via: PlacerArts.org/calendar. Deadline for

the April/May/June 2009 issue: February 1, 2009.


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“Iron Point,” a depiction of an area only accessible by foot near Alta,

California, is a 30-inch by 24-inch acrylic-on-canvas by Dennis James

January/February/March 2009 Perspectives

A Vision for the Arts in Truckee-Tahoe

New feasibility study makes the case for more arts venues

and becomes a rallying center for the local art community

By Janis Dice

The viability of adding more performing

centers and cultural arts venues to the Tahoe-

Truckee region sharpened into focus with the

recent release of the initial findings in a threestage

feasibility study.

Launched by the North Lake Tahoe Resort

Association (NLTRA), in partnership with the

Arts and Culture Council of Truckee Tahoe

(ACCTT), the Parasol Community

Collaboration and numerous other local nonprofit

organizations, the study is the latest step

in a long trail leading from early identification

of artistic and cultural desires to a 30-year

vision of fulfillment.

Prepared by Webb Management Services, a

New York-based consulting firm, the 64-page

report covers the first phase of the Truckee-

North Tahoe Feasibility Plan for Arts and

Culture. The study, which covers the polygon

of land angling from Soda Springs east to

Incline Village, identifies the current roster of

facilities, addresses future facility requirements,

and defines market characteristic and trends. It

also presents other cities’ successes and their

far-reaching community impacts.

A lack of facilities is old news to members

of the more than 50 non-profit organizations

and public service agencies operating in the

Truckee-North Tahoe region. But the study

helps consolidate their individual efforts to

advance arts and culture in the alpine region

for its mix of year-round inhabitants, part-time

residents and the more than two million tourists

who visit every year.

The need for an arts and culture study has

long been part of NLTRA’s Master Plan. For

the past four years, the umbrella organization

has been leading discussions with other nonprofits

on how to discern the needs of the

community and then gain support for funding

the remedies.

“We asked them, are we doing the same

things or things that are related?,” explains Ron

Treabess, NLTRA’s director of community partnership

and planning. “Everyone was looking

at their own needs but no one was looking at

the overall picture. Finally, our board of directors

said let’s get it going, rather than just talk,

talk, talk.”

The NLTRA put its money where its mouth

was, dishing out $60,000 for the study. The

additional $40,000 needed for the Feasibility

Plan was funded by donations from partner

organizations and other stakeholders.

“We wanted to know what are we doing

now; what should we be doing; and do we

have the resources to do them,” Treabess says.

“The first phase has been a real extreme outreach


The goal of all the partners is to cultivate

and advance arts and culture in the region to

benefit community development; elevate the

quality of life of its residents, and heighten

visitors’ enjoyment.

“People want arts and culture to be part of

their experience,” Treabess says. “Visitors are

interested in that: not just here; it’s a worldwide

truism. The demand for cultural heritage

preservation of an area comes from residents

and visitors.”

But what the public wants, and what it

will support, can be very different things. In

the 2004 Eastern Placer County Community

Mailback Survey, about half of the local resi-

Looking to develop

a sustainable art

center, the fledgling

Arts and Culture

Council of Truckee

Tahoe (ACCTT)

formed a stakeholders

group that

has begun forming

the elements of

such a center. For

more, visit acctt.org.

Perspectives January/February/March 2009

A Place for Arts

While the Truckee-Tahoe region has a range of projects underway that

will help create venues for arts and cultural events and performances,

other facilities were recommended as part of a recent feasibility study.

1. Outdoor plaza event venue

2. Large-capacity amphitheatre

3. High-quality amphitheatre with distinct setting

4. Visual arts center

5. State-of-the-art performing arts center

(800-seats plus high-end gallery)

6. Regional cultural arts center

(500-seats, 100-seats plus additional spaces)

7. Community arts facilities in Truckee, Tahoe City, Incline

Village/Crystal Bay and Kings Beach

dents felt there was no need for additional

arts-related facilities. But in that same poll,

40 percent of the respondents indicated there

were too few events held in the region.

That’s not surprising to Alanna Hughes,

a ceramics artist, owner of Riverside Studios

in Truckee, and a board member of ACCTT.

Getting the public to see that the relationship

between adequate venues and the frequency

of cultural events is interwoven is one of the

region’s major obstacles.

“Artists that grew up in this community are

leaving because there’s nothing for them here

in the way of arts,” Hughes suggests. “So having

more, larger venues is hugely important

because it ensures artistic growth in the community.”

The Feasibility Plan concludes that the current

inventory of cultural facilities may be stifling

the development of cultural groups and

that the majority of existing spaces are “poor

to average quality” in their ability to support

professional level performances. And half the

sites are at schools or churches where scheduling

priorities make performance commitments


“We knew that, but it is interesting to have

it validated and quantified, especially compared

to other parts of the country,” says

Lauren O’Brien, an ACCTT board member, and

partner and principal of Streamline Consulting

in Truckee. “The feasibility study was necessary

because there is a belief around this

community that we can do with what we

have. But it’s like the chicken and the egg:

We haven’t been able to attract touring groups

because we’re not sure if the demand is there;

but we’re not sure if the demand is there

because we have a lack of venues.”

The good news is that there are several

spaces in development, including a 2,500-

seat amphitheater at Homewood, a 2,500-seat

performing arts center at Northstar, a multipurpose

arts complex on the Sierra Nevada

College campus at Incline Village, and a bond

measure for a 350-seat community center in

Truckee. And there are other possible new

developments around the region that are being


Although these projects will ease the strain

on existing spaces, they may not supply all the

goodies on the arts community’s wish lists.

“The venues already planned today all have

funding,” O’Brien notes, “So let’s take advantage

of that and be supportive and tweak it to

the extent we can. We want to create something

everyone can live with, and that’s a tall


The second set of results from the

Feasibility Plan will speak to site analysis. The

third stage addresses business planning. These

pieces will fill in the blanks regarding what it

will take to make performing arts and cultural

centers financially sustainable and where the

necessary sources of funding may be found.

“We needed this study for artists to rally

around,” O’Brien says. “And it’s also important

for government to see the demand and potential

in our region. We’re not providing food for

the hungry, but arts and culture does strengthen

and build communities.”

You don’t need a study to know they are

nourishment for a city’s soul.

The study results are posted at ACCTT.org/


Second ACCTT

The Arts and Culture Council of Truckee-

Tahoe (ACCTT) began as an advisory group

to help form a sustainable, well-planned theater

that supports performers in the community.

That mission evolved into a greater one to

sustain local arts by creating space for theatre

as well as dance, music, visual arts and art

education. To focus on this need, the advisory

group formed ACCTT.

With a focus on sustaining local artists while

providing high quality education and space

for rehearsals, ACCTT formed a stakeholders

group from the community to help develop a

sustainable art center that would also benefit

the local economy.

January/February/March 2009 Perspectives

About the Poet

Who Will Listen?

By Jean Louise Fournier

Old wise ones knew

to rely on sounds

to guide their lives

the noises of habitat

shaping their thoughts, movements and actions

But we forget

to vocalize

to establish territory

and circulate harmonies,

contribute community tones

We forget to hear the sonance of water

and orchestral content of insects,

to listen for rhythms

and the silences within them

that create pauses

like breathes in nature’s musical whir

Jean Louise Fournier

is a poet and dancer

with a strong connection

to place.

Her works reflect a

close affinity for the

natural surroundings.

“Who Will Listen?”

was inspired while

listening to the soft sounds on the Truckee

River at sunrise. Fournier performs her poetry

at the Trails and Vistas Art Hike. With a master’s

degree in Creative Arts, she teaches for

the Tahoe-Truckee Unified School District. Her

work is published in “A Collection of Poems

and Stories by the Jiboom Street Writers.”

About the Artist

Reif Erickson’s ‘Autumn Blaze’ represents his

on-location approach to the pastel medium

in what he calls ‘FreshAir’ painting. The 28-

year artist veteran has authored four books to

help others refine their pastel painting craft.

Visit reif.com for more.

This morning I strain to hear

the river fog evaporate

and the warbler’s song

that grows softer each season.

Perspectives January/February/March 2009

What Would Ansel Adams Do?

by Justine DaCosta

Using image


software, Auburn

Photographer Keith

Sutter used minor

tweaks to create

his finished piece,

including how

the image was

cropped, darkened

edges, wrinkles

removed from the

backdrop, the seam

running down the

middle of her skirt,

and the little puff

of gossamer from

Amanda’s skirt

removed from

just in front of her


Sometimes the best stories are told without


Whether it’s a bride on her wedding day or

a baby’s first step, photographs can capture

the essence of some of life’s most treasured

experiences. But thanks to a little creativity,

along with computer software such as Adobe

Photoshop, what you see is not always what

you get.

Photographers such as John F. Johnson of

Roseville are taking the storytelling power of

photography to a whole new level. “I’m creating

the story,” he says.

Johnson, 61, considers himself a photo illustrator

rather than a photographer, even though

he snaps all of his own shots before tweaking

them. From subtle changes, such as intensifying

color, to more drastic manipulation, including

swapping out his subject’s eyes for his

own, Johnson says he enjoys the process of

creating his works of art.

“It’s a creative process and I’m passionate

about the creativity,” he says. “I don’t mind

bending or breaking the rules.”

Johnson begins each project with a photo

that has strong composition. From there he

uses a variety of techniques to create the

effect he’s looking for. A popular tool today

involves filtration, which adds vibrancy. Drybrush

and watercolor filters give photos a

painted appearance.

Cropping photos and removing unwanted

elements, such as telephone lines, from a shot

have become common practice for photographers,

but Johnson likes to take it a little further.

“I’ll keep working with something until

I’m happy with what I see,” he says. “I add or

subtract wherever I need to.”

Johnson’s interest in photography began

more than three decades ago. Even without

the use of a digital camera or computer

software, Johnson was drawn to enhanced

photography. He’d manually cut and paste

objects within a frame and use multiple exposures

to create layers. He’d also use various

paintbrushes to adjust the color of a photo to

achieve a desired effect. What used to take

hours now just takes a few clicks and mistakes

can quickly be reversed.

“Way back then, I had an intense interest in

(photo manipulation) and now I have the ability,”

he says.

Whether a photo is sharpened and cropped,

or contrast and layers are added, it’s near

impossible to create a pure, untouched photo,

he says. “Every photo is manipulated in one

way or another,” he says.

Keith Sutter, an Auburn-based photogra-

January/February/March 2009 Perspectives

With digital photography comes a new artistic license

for image manipulation from touchups to new art forms

pher, agrees. “What isn’t manipulated?” says

Sutter, who teaches a Photoshop course at

Sierra College.

Photographers using a 35-millimeter camera

may use different lenses to capture a certain

look or someone using a digital camera may

use techniques to enhance the colors in a

shot. These subtle steps change the original

photo to enhance the end result. “It’s a slippery

slope,” he says

An Age-Old Art

Even Ansel Adams was guilty of photo manipulation,

Sutter says. Adams would sometimes

remove unwanted elements from a shot and

would also use burning and dodging, a darkroom

technique that manipulates a photo’s

exposure. “Black and white is far from reality,”

he says.

Sutter, 40, has seen his work published in

dozens of publications, including National

Geographic Magazine and the New York

Times, and he’s also the photographer for the

Sacramento Ballet. He says it’s important to

approach each project with a vision. “To me,

the important thing is, why are you capturing

a picture?” he says.

While Sutter has sharpened photos and

removed certain elements – such as a piece

of hair that may be hanging in a dancer’s

face – he doesn’t like to overwork his photos.

Anyone with access to certain software can

become a photo illustrator these days, and

Sutter believes it’s important to differentiate

between fine art and editorial-focused pieces.

“There needs to be a hybrid medium,” he


Manipulating a news photo, for example,

is never right, he says. “There’s a serious ethical

problem I see with that,” he says. “You

have to be honest with the presentation of the


Photography has been a longtime hobby

for Auburn’s Karen Wyatt. As a 20-year member

of the Placer County Camera Club, she’s

watched the evolution of photography through

the lenses of the members. When she joined

the group, they only used slides and now

most members use digital cameras.

“It’s kind of like an armchair trip,” she says.

“You kind of have a second life. You kind of

live through the other people’s photographs.”

Taking pictures is a hobby for Wyatt, and

a way to honor her experiences. “My mom

taught me to really appreciate the world,” she

says. “She raised me to notice things.”

Wyatt rarely manipulates her work. When

she feels it’s needed, she’ll remove unwanted

objects from a shot or add a little color, and

she says she’s grateful for computer software

that makes that so easy

to do. Although she

doesn’t create highly

manipulated illustrations,

she says she truly appreciates

them. “It becomes

artwork,” she says. “It’s

debatable if it’s photography.”

No matter what you

call it, she says, the goal

should be for artists to

create pieces they’re

pleased with. Using technology

to enhance photos

is a creative outlet,

and as long as photographers

are straightforward

in their presentation, to

each his own.

So what would one of

photography’s founding

fathers think of today’s

digital advancements?

“I don’t know what

Ansel Adams would do,”

says Wyatt. “He’d probably

have a ball.”

This award-winning

image of a

canal between the

Christian Valley

and Meadow

Vista communities

from photographer

Karen Wyatt was

specifically manipulated

to provide a

watercolor effect.

Perspectives January/February/March 2009

Breaking Through to Prominence

By Pat Lucas

In an area rich in artistic talent, there are many up-and-coming artists worth watching. In this edition, we offer up

four who stand out and are enjoying accolades for their work and winning a growing fan base of art patrons. Our

featured artists are fulfilling their artistic goals while expanding their works’ acceptance, notoriety and influence.

Deanna Marsh

Auburn artist Deanna Marsh describes herself

as a “landscape sculptor,” a term that is

instantly understandable when you see her

stunning pieces. Working in steel, copper,

aluminum and fused glass, her work captures

distant views of the American River and other

natural scenes near her canyon home. Much of

her art interprets the beauty of the American

River canyon, inspiring her to overlay glass

and metal shapes, fusing them to shimmer

with reflected light and natural patinas to represent

the sun glistening off the water.

“I live in an area of unlimited inspiration,”

she says. “The American River Canyon is

worth honoring through my art and preserving

through my vision of its diversity of life and

natural beauty.” Among her current goals is to

extend her recognition and client base beyond

this region to the West Coast.

Marsh has recently begun to expand her

landscape sculpture concepts into a new medium,

commissioning Belgian linen tapestries

created from satellite images of remote places

on earth. She then embellishes the surface of

the linen with fine glass beading and woven

metal, interpreting details of water and light

across the textured surface. Describing these

works as “a whole new view of the world,”

Marsh delights in offering such a “humbling

view of the world. No people. No cars; just

wind, water and rock.”

Candice Bohannon

Seeing sculptor and figurative artist Candice

Bohannon at work in her Applegate studio,

one can appreciate her amazing talent and

classical training. The soulfulness in her work

is something that cannot be taught and it is a

defining attribute of Bohannon’s art. Whether

she’s capturing a windswept landscape, a

majestic horse or a girl in a bathtub, her work

glows with emotion, depth and painstaking

detail. No “slap-dash” technique is used here.

She often takes 80 to 100 hours to complete

one of her larger paintings.

The young artist focuses on portraying

more than a mere image – seeking to embed

emotional content into her pieces and believing

that by doing so, she can better capture

the complex nature of the human soul, the

way we perceive places and things. “I create

because I must create,” she says. “It is what I

was born to do.”

A graduate of the Laguna College of Art and

Design, Bohannon received awards for artistic

excellence from the Crocker Art Museum in

Sacramento, the California State Fair, and four

years of portfolio and academic-based scholarships

at the college.

Candice’s work is collected throughout

the country. She has the rare combination of

both painting and sculpting talents, and has a

public sculpture displayed in Laguna Beach,

Calif. She is currently working on a body of

work that includes large paintings, drawings

and sculpture to be exhibited in 2009.

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Meet four up-and-coming regional artists who are

winning fans with their eye-catching works of art

Halina Domanski

Yuba City’s Halina Domanski considers herself

to be an “artist-abstractionist” who is constantly

evolving her craft and experimenting with

new mediums. Her collages and mixed-media

paintings glow with mood, light and color.

“My feelings are expressed through my paintings,”

she says. “The more abstract my work

becomes, the deeper the message in my paintings.”

Moving to the U.S. in the 1980s from

Poland, Halina learned English and became a

certified ER nurse, but the soul of an artist still

burned within her. After taking art classes at

Yuba College for three years, she broke away

from the confines of the classroom and has

been creating astoundingly beautiful collages

and mixed-media pieces ever since.

For her collages, Domanski claims inspiration

from the world around her, combined

with photos she has taken around the world.

“As I paste, add and subtract, I become

engaged in the dialogue of the piece,” she

says. “Surprises will occur, moods change, and

colors demand to be used. Through texturing,

layering, painting, adding and subtracting, I

create my own visions and inspirations in the


Domanski’s ambition is to become an

internationally known artist and she feels her

work’s growing audience validates her innovation

and ability to create unique, inspiring


Julio Reyes

A classically trained artist and sculptor, Julio

Reyes is completing his first year of residence

in Placer County after moving to Applegate

from Southern California. The change of scene

has affected him both professionally and personally.

“I’ve been tremendously inspired by

my new surroundings. Much of my recent

work now reflects the people and places in

this region,” he says.

Once considered a prospect for a professional

soccer career, Reyes surprised many

by choosing the life of an artist instead. An

impeccable draftsman, he innately understands

how things are structured – whether it be a

draft horse or an electrical substation.

Reyes is single-minded in his dedication to

his goals. “My life is dedicated to the creation

of art. I live and breathe each day in this

pursuit.” In the past, Reyes frequently went

months without leaving the studio for more

than food and obligatory events. That has

changed with his arrival here. His paintings

and drawings have singled him out as an artist

to watch, and he’s becoming more comfortable

juggling hours at the easel with press


Reyes’ work is known for having a unique

masculine power and has won awards from a

host of arts organizations including the Peter

Plotkin foundation and scholarships from

the Laguna College of Art and Design. He is

a juried member of the California Art Club,

has received awards from the prestigious Art

Renewal Center.

Perspectives January/February/March 2009 11

Seussorama in Roseville

By Kira Yannetta

As part of Roseville’s ongoing centennial

celebration, Magic Circle Theatre, Blue Line

Gallery and the Roseville Public Library are

collaborating to bring the timeless magic of Dr.

Seuss. A stage play, an art exhibit and story

times for kids all focus on the rhymes and

rhythms of the beloved characters and stories

created by writer and cartoonist Theodor


The curtain rises Feb. 20 on the Magic

Circle Theatre’s Master Workshop production

of “Seussical the Musical.” The production ties

many of Dr. Seuss’s most memorable characters

into the theme, “a person is a person,

no matter how small.” While the stories and

characters are childhood favorites, the music,

lyrics and underlying themes will appeal to

adults, and perhaps rekindle the childlike

All Things Seuss

“Seussical the Musical” runs Feb. 20 - March

7 at the Roseville Theater, 241 Vernon Street,

mcircle.org (916-782-1777). Tickets are $13

for all ages.

The grand opening of “The Art of Theodor

Geisel a.k.a. Dr. Seuss” exhibit is Feb. 21 from

1 p.m.-9 p.m. The exhibit runs through May 2.

The Blue Line Gallery is open Tues–Fri from

10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sat from 1 p.m. to 8 p.m.,

and on third Saturdays from 1 p.m. to 9 p.m.

405 Vernon Street, Suite 100, rosevillearts.org,


The Roseville Public Library Downtown Branch,

225 Taylor St., roseville.ca.us/library

(916) 774-5221.

wonder within.

Each year, workshop students – ages 10 to

19 – develop a professional-quality musical as

part of the community theatre season. They

begin the process with three days of auditions.

Day one is the vocal auditions, where they are

allowed 16 bars to showcase their best singing.

On Day Two, a choreographer observes

the students’ skills then tests their ability to

learn and their willingness to try new moves.

On the third day, students read from the script

for specific roles.

Once the show is cast, they rehearse three

times a week for 10 weeks. Kris Hunt, publicity

director for Magic Circle, explains students

are given great sets, costuming and instruction,

“then we work you like a dog.”

Musical Director Jennifer Vaughn is thrilled

to work on such a musically demanding

production. She sings the praises of composers,

Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty (“My

Favorite Year” and “Ragtime”). The music is

“fabulous,” Vaughn says. “The melodies are

diverse and haunting, so beautifully written

and hum−able.” This “pop” musical pulls in

many musical styles – from Latin to ballads

and funk.

But the music is also demanding. The students

will perform five- or six-voice harmonies.

The vibrant music is professionally supported

by a band of musicians playing piano,

synthesizer, percussion, guitar, bassoon, flute

and more. While the professional musicians

are paid, she adds, “They are not paid what

they are worth.” Vaughn is grateful for their

generous contribution to the children’s production.

Vaughn compares the work of lyricist

Ahrens to Steven Sondeim, saying, “The

incredibly clever lyrics are uplifting and will

make you laugh.” Some of the show’s hit

songs include “Alone in the Universe,” “Oh

the Thinks You Can Think” and “Amazing


12 January/February/March 2009 Perspectives

Illustrations and Cartoons

In conjunction with “Seussical,” the Blue Line

Gallery will feature “The Art of Theodor Geisel

a.k.a. Dr. Seuss.” The exhibit of specifically

selected, limited edition prints of his book art

also includes several never published “secret”

illustrations and reproductions of his sculptures.

While there is no doubt now about

Geisel’s talents as an illustrator and cartoonist,

he declined to sell his paintings out of fear of

art-critic rejection.

The exhibit opens Feb. 21 and includes

music, food and hands-on activities for the

kids. Dr. Seuss characters also may be wandering

around. The exhibit runs through

May 2. The gallery also will be open before

“Seussical” matinees. Dr. Seuss merchandise

will be on sale along with some of the artwork.

The Blue Line Gallery received funding

for the exhibit from Target, the Placer

Community Foundation and the James Irvine


The Roseville Public Libraries will offer

librarians to lead Dr. Seuss story times at all

three branches of the library while parents

tour the Blue Line Gallery exhibit. They also

will integrate “The 21st Annual Poetry Contest”

into the Dr. Seuss extravaganza.

School-aged children are invited to participate

in the Friends of the Library contest.

Along with a poem of their choice, this year

they also will submit a Dr. Seuss inspired

poem. Nobody has ever had more fun with

rhymes than Dr. Seuss, so this will be a great

opportunity for kids to expand their creative

minds, create words, play with syllables and to

make sense out of the nonsensical.

A poetry kick-off event also is in the works

with the Magic Circle Theatre. Librarians and

actors from the “Seussical” production will

inspire prospective poets with some of their

favorite Dr. Seuss passages.

Jamie Finley, marketing and program director

at the Roseville Public Library, says, “It is

really exciting having the opportunity to work

with these two groups for which we have

such high regard.” Entry forms for the contest

are available at the Roseville Public Library

website or at any of the braches, at the Magic

Circle Theatre box-office and at the Blue Line

Gallery. Winning poems will be featured in a

booklet published by the library. The Friends

of the Library will donate prizes and provide

refreshments at the Poetry Contest Awards

Ceremony in April.

Truckee residents

Luca and Nico

Yannetta, the

author’s children,

enjoy what pops

up with Dr. Seuss.

The Roseville Public

Library will feature

Seuss readings and

a Seuss-inspired

poetry contest.

Perspectives January/February/March 2009 13

Granite Bay

resident Kiana

Abrigana, age 9,

was one of 13 students,

out of hundreds,

selected for

the 2009 Student

Art Calendar. The

work is on display

at The Blue Line

Gallery through


Changing Our


The 2009 Student Art

Calendar Contest original

artwork at the Blue

Line Gallery will be on

display through January.

Hundreds of Roseville

school students, ages

3-17, participated in

the 2009 Student Art

Calendar Contest, which

challenged them to create

with an environmental


The contest –“Changing Our Footprint…

Looking Towards the Next Century” – was

supported by Roseville Electric. “The students

did some really creative work showing how

they can take responsibility for their environment,”

says Barbara Dolder, executive director

for Roseville Arts and one of the contest

judges. Learn more at Rosevillearts.org.

New Conservation Partnership

The Northern Sierra Partnership - which has

been in the works for about a year - was

established by Gov. Arnold Schwarznegger

in October to align economic and community

goals with land conservation and climate

change adaptation strategies in the Sierra

Nevada region.

The partnership is a unique alliance

between Sierra Business Council (SBC),

The Trust for Public Land, The Nature

Conservancy, Truckee-Donner Land Trust, and

the Feather River Land Trust. Its goal is to

conserve the most valuable lands and waters

in the region, create new resource economies

to anchor regional prosperity, and preserve

traditional lifestyles of the northern Sierra.

Visit sbcouncil.org for the latest information.

Preserving ‘Rolling’ History

The Auburn branch of The Native Sons of the

Golden West hopes someone in the foothills’

community will step up to donate a near-town

property or building so the organization can

do what it does best: preserve history.

Auburn Parlor #59 currently has some of

its “rolling stock” – refurbished fire wagons,

stagecoaches and the likes – at several museums

in the region, including the Bernhard

Museum Winery. But those preserved wagons

are only a part of the potential inventory of

historic coaches, tractors and other antiques

that are presently stored at private homes that

could be refurbished and made available for

public viewing, says Native Sons’ President

Tom Potts. The local Native Sons Parlor can

be reached at (530) 887-1267.

Placer Land Trust Earns

National Recognition

The Land Trust Accreditation Commission,

an independent program of the Land Trust

Alliance, awarded accredited status to the

nonprofit Placer Land Trust, making it the first

such entity in the Sierra to receive this distinct


“Accredited land trusts meet national quality

standards for protecting important natural

places and working lands forever,” says

Commission Executive Director Tammara Van

Ryn. Placer Land Trust was one of only three

land trusts awarded accreditation in California,

and 39 across the nation, putting it in the

top one-percent of land trusts in the nation.

Congrats to Executive Director Jeff Darlington.

Point your browser to placerlandtrust.org for


Tom Potts, president of the Auburn Parlor of the Native

Sons of the Golden West, hopes to find help preserving

and displaying local history.

14 January/February/March 2009 Perspectives

‘Roots of Change’ Hits Lincoln

The keynote speaker at this year’s

PlacerGROWN Food and Farm Conference

will be Michael Dimock, president of “Roots

of Change,” a collaboration of diverse leaders

and institutions unified in the pursuit of a sustainable

food system in California by 2030.

Dimock works on sustainability and marketing

strategies to help small- and medium-sized

agricultural producers survive amidst global,

corporate consolidation. He has been an

advocate for responsible farming and planning

practices, working with family farmers, for


The 14 th annual PlacerGROWN Food and

Farm Conference takes place in Lincoln Feb.

7 and features more than 25 workshops. The

UC Cooperative Extension will co-sponsor

the gathering with the Placer County farmers’

marketing organization. Details can be found

at placergrown.org.

Art Studio Catches Fire

While Jennifer Johnson’s metal sculptures

sizzle in art circles, things got a little too hot

at her welding studio late last year.

One week before the 2008 Autumn Art

Studios Tour, the Auburn sculptor saw a stray

spark set her welding studio on fire. After

grabbing two inoperable fire extinguishers,

the artist stretched a garden hose from the

adjacent house to combat flames until the fire

department arrived. The effort helped reduce

damage to the shop and Johnson’s valuable


Johnson, a longtime participant of the tour

where artists open up their studios to visitors,

participated in the tour unabated. No doubt, it

made for a good story.

Shopping for the Arts

Want to support local arts, but don’t want to

part with the cash? The nonprofit Roseville

Arts says you can do just that by shopping

at Raley’s, Bel Air, Nobb Hill Foods or Food

Source, and getting a ‘Quality of Life’ card

offered by the Sacramento-based grocery


The card allows customers – at no cost to

them – to donate a percentage of their purchases

to youth education groups in the program.

It gets presented when purchases are

made and tracks the total dollars contributed,

which customers can view online. Visit rosevillearts.org

or raleys.com for more.

Native Basketry Exhibit

American Masterpieces: Artistic

Legacy of California Indian

Basketry exhibition will open

at The California Museum

March 14. This exhibit of

more than 80 California

Indian baskets from the

vast collection held by

California State Parks

will be on display

through early 2010.

Many of these exquisite

baskets will be on public

view for the first time.

The exhibit features the

evolution of Native American

basketry in California, a functional

artistic tradition 5,000 years

in the making. “By the turn of the

19th century, California Indian basketry had

become one of the most highly developed,

and sought after traditional art forms in

America,” says exhibit curator Brian Bibby.

Learn more at cac.ca.org.

Art Leadership Awards

Two Roseville businesses were awarded the

Public Art Leadership Award, which recognizes

businesses for including art in local

projects. Williams + Paddon Architects have

offered their 2237 Gallery venue to exhibit

numerous art exhibits over the years, including

providing space for Roseville Arts while

the Blue Line Gallery was constructed. The

firm has a policy of encouraging developers

they work with to include art in their projects.

The Fountains at Roseville also received an

award for its artistic use of art throughout its

52-acre “lifestyle” center. The project houses

Maidu tray. This

large (almost three

feet across) coiled

Maidu tray was

woven c.1925.

Perspectives January/February/March 2009 15

Perspectives will

now be published

quarterly as

PlacerArts looks to

streamline its flagship


an upscale tenant mix and a children’s interactive

fountain, and employed several local businesses

and artists to provide a range of artistic

touches. Look for local performance artists at

the center’s community stage. To nominate a

business or developer for this Roseville Cultural

Arts Committee award, forms can be found at


Perspectives Goes Quarterly

As a cost-cutting measure, PlacerArts’ Board

of Trustees has approved a plan to reduce

publishing costs of its flagship arts and

cultural publication Perspectives.

Beginning in 2009, the publication

will go from six to four editions a year.

The events calendar section also will be

cut back as PlacerArts Online Calendar

offers more timely information on a

wider range of countywide events and

activities. The news and feature content

of the publication will not change,

Send Us Listings and Photos Online

Perspectives quarterly publishes calendar listings free-of-charge.

Submit information through PlacerArts Online Calendar at PlacerArts.

org/calendar – in advance of our deadlines. In addition to listings in

Perspectives, the calendar information is available to other publications

and listings throughout the State. Include high-resolution photos

(of at least 300 dpi) to provide additional exposure for activities

and events. Please include information about the photo, including the

names of people and art pieces.

Please be aware Perspectives does not verify information submitted

for calendar listings and suggests readers verify listing dates and

times in advance. Those who submit information for ongoing calendar

listings are responsible for providing updates or changes to their listings,

which can be done easily online.

Questions regarding calendar items, or to submit story ideas, contact

Editor John McCreadie at Perspectives@PlacerArts.org.

Deadlines for submitting information for publication in Perspectives

quarterly are:

and it will continue to provide event and activity

alerts for arts producers throughout Placer


PlacerArts, officially recognized as the Arts

Council of Placer County, had its budget cut

30 percent as part of the countywide effort to

belt-tighten last year, says PlacerArts Executive

Director Angela Tahti.

“We are taking steps to reduce costs while

also finding ways to advance our work,” she

says. “Perspectives quarterly will continue to

provide the same great quality features, news

and event information as always. Along with

our website, we continue to be the most comprehensive

source for information on the arts

and cultural scene in Placer County.” That website

is at PlacerArts.org.

Mini Arts News

– Creative Endeavors,

a children’s art studio,

has moved to 802

Lincoln Way in Auburn.

Their new dig puts

the downtown junior

art studio next to The

Arts Building, home

of PlacerArts and the

Auburn Symphony.

Creative Endeavors

provides art classes

for kids as young as

20 months and on up

with flexible hours. Dial

(530) 886-8986 for more


Creative Endeavors

Co-owner Julann Brown

works with kids of all

ages to help them develop

their creative sides.

– The uniquely local

and internationally

billed “Feats of Clay”

ceramic competition will accept submissions

until Feb. 2. The Lincoln contest, now in its

22 nd year, features juror Tony Marsh, a ceramic

artist and chair of ceramics at the University of

California, Long Beach. Feats of Clay XXII runs

April 25-May 31 in Lincoln. All the details can

be found at lincolnarts.org.


Nov. 1

Feb. 1

May 1

Aug. 1

Edition Dates





– North Lake Tahoe’s SnowFest is a 10-day

carnival and one of the region’s most popular

annual family celebrations. This year’s festivities

run Feb. 27 – March 8 at a variety of venues

throughout the high country region. Learn

more at tahoesnowfestival.com.

16 January/February/March 2009 Perspectives

The ink on scratchboard ‘Postal Patchwork’ by Auburn artist Ann

Ranlett is a 13-inch by 4-inch drawing selected for the 2008 Draft

Horse Classic, a juried equine art show called ‘Art at the Classic.’

March 7, 2 p.m. & 8 p.m.: Silver Screen Classic Movies: City Lights.

AUBURN. auburnsilverscreen.com (530) 878-7938 #2065

March 13, 8 p.m.-12 a.m.

Milonga - Argentine Tango with Tango de Oro.

AUBURN. PlacerArts.org (530) 885-5670 #154443

March 14, 7 p.m.-9 p.m.

Auburn Symphony Presents Maestro Presentation.

AUBURN. auburnsymphony.com (530) 823-6683 #2006

March 14, 1:30 p.m.-4:30 p.m.: Tango Workshops.

AUBURN. PlacerArts.org (530) 885-5670 #154444

March 16, 7:30 p.m.-9:30 p.m.

Auburn Community Concert Association - Wood’s Tea Company.

AUBURN. auburncommunityconcerts.org (916) 652-5594 #1717

March 29, 3 p.m.-5 p.m.

Auburn Symphony Presents From the Classics to the Stars.

AUBURN. auburnsymphony.com (530) 823-6683 #2007


Antelope, Citrus Heights, Granite Bay, Lincoln, North Highlands, Rocklin,

Roseville, Sacramento

Jan. 9 – Feb. 7, 2 p.m. & 8 p.m.; Magic Circle: ‘Oaklahoma!’

ROSEVILLE mcircle.org (916) 782-1777

Jan. 17, 6:30 p.m.-9 p.m.: 3rd Saturday Art Walk.

ROSEVILLE. roseville.ca.us/library (916) 774-5221 #2153

Jan. 17 - March 13, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

Membership Exhibit: The Long and the Short of It.

ROSEVILLE. rosevillearts.org (916) 783-4117 #154469

Jan. 23- Feb. 21, 2 p.m. & 8 p.m.: Magic Circle: ‘Chapter Two.’

ROSEVILLE. mcircle.org (916) 782-1777

Feb. 6, 7:30 p.m. - 9 p.m.: RSVP - A Choral Tapestry.

ROSEVILLE. fpcroseville.org (916) 782-3186 #154413

Feb. 21 – May 2, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.: The Art of Dr. Seuss.

ROSEVILLE. rosevillearts.org (916) 783-4117 #154468

Feb. 21 - 22, 9 a.m.-7 p.m.: Sixth Annual Fine Arts Show.

LINCOLN. lharts.org (916) 408-0240 #154445

March 21, 6:30 p.m.-9 p.m: 3rd Saturday Art Walk.

ROSEVILLE. roseville.ca.us/library (916) 774-5221 #2155


High Country

Emigrant Trail Museum.

TRUCKEE. (530) 582-7892

Foresthill Divide Museum.

FORESTHILL. placer.ca.gov (530) 889-6500

Gatekeepers Cabin Museum.

TAHOE CITY. northtahoemuseums.org (530) 583-1762

Golden Drift Museum.

DUTCH FLAT. placer.ca.gov (530) 889-6500

Marion Steinbach Indian Basket Museum.

TAHOE CITY. northtahoemuseums.org (530) 583-1762

18 January/February/March 2009 Perspectives Click & List! online at PlacerArts.org

Watson Cabin Living Museum.

TAHOE CITY. northtahoemuseums.org (530) 583-1762

Gold Country

Placer County Museum.

AUBURN. placer.ca.gov (530) 889-6500 #1447

Bernhard Museum Winery.

AUBURN. placer.ca.gov (530) 889-6500 #1448

Gold Country Museum.

AUBURN. placer.ca.gov (530) 889-6500 #1449

Colfax Area Heritage Museum.

COLFAX. placer.ca.gov (530) 889-6500 #1449

Placer Valley

Griffith Quarry Museum.

PENRYN. placer.ca.gov (530) 889-6500 #1450

Carnegie Museum.

ROSEVILLE. carnegiemnh.org (916) 773-3003

Maidu Interpretive Center.

ROSEVILLE. roseville.ca.us/parks (916) 774-5934

Rocklin History Museum. ROCKLIN. rocklinhistory.org (916) 624-2355

Roseville Telephone Co. Museum.

ROSEVILLE. rosevilletelephonemuseum.org (916) 786-1621

Sierra Nevada Virtual Museum.

ROCKLIN. SierraNevadaVirtualMuseum.com

Call to Artists

Jan. 10 Deadline

8th Annual Art in the Garden Home and Garden Tour.

ROSEVILLE. rosevillearts.org (916) 791-6364

Jan. 30 - 31: Ouside the Box Show – Box Distribution.

AUBURN. PlacerArts.org (530) 885-5670

Feb. 1 Deadline: Feats of Clay XXII.

LINCOLN. lincolnarts.org (916) 645-9713 #2086

March 31 Deadline: Lincoln ClayFest

LINCOLN. placerarts.org (530) 885-5670

City of Roseville’s

Art happens in Roseville!

Link below to find out about

upcoming visual, performing and

literary arts and cultural events in

Roseville and Placer Valley.

Support for the Arts

Resources, grants, publications,

funded projects, partnerships


www.roseville.ca.us (arts & attractions)

www. PlacerArts.org

To link your next cultural art event

call (916) 780-2787 or email judi@placerarts.org

Enter ID Numbers Online for Event Details

Perspectives January/February/March 2009 19

PlacerArts would like to thank our new and renewed

individual and business members; patrons and

affiliates — and our private and public partners for

their continued support.

New & Renewed

Individual and Families

Patricia Abraham

Miriam Bamberger

Mary Barrett

Kurt & Karen Barton

Susan Bosquez

Rhiannon Brentson

Julia Burrows

Linda Butler

Patricia Carlin

Glyneth Cassidy

Donna Claggett

Joann Cochran

Tobin Covich

Dorothy Crutchfield

Mike Daley

Monroe & Betty De Jarnette

Bonnie Dunlap

Stewart Feldman & Leslye


Mario Ferrante

Michele Fisch

Rita Forman

Barbara Freeman

Art Fuller

James & Ann Gamble

Jeanie Gamboa

Jennifer Graham

Edward & Mary Ann Horton

Donna Howell

Barbara Jacinto

Marla Jensen

Barbara Jicha

All Kalian

Mary Beth Knoll

Jane Kristiansen & Patricia


Al & Jane Lares

Lorelee Love

Shinobu Matsuda

Elizabeth McMurtrie

Deborah McSherry

Gini Mitchell

Linda Moon

Vallerie Moore-Belt

Gayonor & Alfred Morgan

Elinor Mulloy

Michael Kent Murphy &

Kathleen Sailor

Gary Nagasawa

Gerald & Anne Nash

Christine Obers

Marian O’Neill

Karen & Bill Ormond

Traci Owens

Addah Owens

Dorothy Pasztor

Eric & Paula Peach

Wayne Peyton

Lee Porter

Kathy Randall

Ann Ranlett

Christine & Jakob Sanchez

Deidre & James Schmoock

Michael Schummacher

Joan Sheeter

Elaine “Bunny” Smith

Susan Smith

Jay Stargaard

Martin Strauss

Linda Sword Johnson

Herbie Tanimoto

Susie Thompson

Joan & Warren Walker

Charles Wright

New & Renewed Patron

Claire & David Christensen

Bob & Veda Eckard

Lee Ganz, Auburn Promenade

Mike Holmes

Tad & Diane Kitada

Pastel Society of the West


New & Renewed


Auburn Host Lions Club

Flour Garden Bakery

Live Alive

Maki Heating & Air


Pentair Acu-trol

SierraStyle Publishing, Inc.

New & Renewed


Americans for the Arts

Arts for the Schools

Auburn Branch American

Association of University


Auburn Community Concerts


Auburn Placer Performing Arts


Auburn Symphony

California Arts Advocates

California Assembly of Local

Arts Agencies

City of Auburn

Loomis Basin Chamber of


Magic Circle Theater

Metropolitan Arts Partnership

Musictalk, Inc.

Nevada-Placer County


North Tahoe Arts

Placer Arts League

Placer Theatre Ballet

Placer Camera Club

Placer Community Theater

Placer County Visitors Bureau

Placer Valley Tourism

Reconciliation Singers Voices

for Peace

Roseville Arts!

Roseville Community Concert


Sierra Business Council

Sierra Community Chorus

Sierra County Arts Council

Sierra Foothills Unitarian-


Sierra Nevada Arts Alliance

Singing Tree Press

Studio 700

Windows Art Project

Public Partnerships

California Arts Council

California Council for the


California Department of


City of Auburn - Auburn Arts


City of Lincoln

City of Rocklin

City of Roseville - Roseville

Cultural Arts Committee

County of Placer

Metropolitan Arts Partnership

National Endowment for the


Placer County Office of


Placer County Water Agency

Placer Union High School


Sierra College

Western Placer Unified School


20 January/February/March 2009 Perspectives

405 Vernon Street, Suite 100

Roseville, CA 95678

Perspectives January/February/March 2009 21

ing skills may regularly say things such as:

• “I forgot my glasses…could you read it?”

• “The light in here is bad!”

• “Wow - this print is small!”

• “My eyes are bothering me today!”

• “I don’t have time to read the whole

thing…give me the thumbnail.”

• “With this headache, I couldn’t possibly

read that.”

• “I’ll take it home and get it back to you.”

It can be surprising how easy it is for adults

to mask their “hidden condition.” With the

help of our volunteer tutors and a lot of hard

work by the learners, those masks come off.

Learners achieve goals they never thought

possible and new doors are opening for them.

To give some perspective, we ask learners

to set goals. Of course, the main goal is to

learn to read, but we go beyond that and ask:

“What does a learner want to be able to do

specifically once they can read better?”

Here are just some of achievements learners

have accomplished since the program began

in 1986: shared a book with their child for the

first time; paid their own bills for the first time;

voted for the first time; completed a job application

or wrote a resume; interviewed for a

job; secured a job or were promoted; got their

GED; got a library card; and read a newspaper

for the first time. Many who had never used a

library before, now do so regularly, including

attending library events such as story time for


How many of these things do we take for


If you know someone who could use help,

gently encourage him or her to call the Placer

Adult Literacy Service. Whatever path leads

people to our door, the important thing is that

they knock. We work with people within their

comfort zone – meeting these courageous

learners where they are and helping to take

them as far they want to go.

Connecting Volunteers and

Learners with Words

About the Author

Paula Westeren

is Placer County’s

Library Literacy

Specialist. She holds

a Bachelor’s degree

and teaching credential

from the

National University

in Sacramento. She

grew up in Loomis

and now resides in

Auburn. Westeren

believes literacy is

a cornerstone of

free democracies

and is passionate

about her work.

She has worked

in the field since


The Placer Adult Literacy Service (PALS) is a Placer County Library

program that helps English-speaking adults learn or improve basic

literacy skills.

Program participants need to be 16-years or older; out of school;

able to speak English well enough to request services; and able to

meet with a tutor on a regular basis. Tutors must be 18-years of age

or older; relatively proficient in both spoken and written English; able

to participate in a 10-hour tutor training; and available to meet with

learners regularly.

The Literacy Support Council of Placer County is a non-profit organization

formed in 1991 whose sole purpose is the support of the

Placer Adult Literacy Service. For details, visit placer.ca.gov or call

(530) 886-4530.

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808 Lincoln Way / Auburn CA 95603-4807

Non-Profit Org.

U. S. Postage


Auburn, CA

Permit #150

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