Community Arts Endowment Fund
The Articipate Campaign that began in 2010 is now the Community Arts Endowment Fund at the Shasta Regional Community Foundation. This Field of Interest fund essentially pools the donations of many to support the arts in our region today and forever. Through the power of endowment, a gift made to the fund today will continue to grow, allowing grants for the presentation and creation of "new artistic work" to be given in support of artists and art projects in perpetuity. Examples range from visual public art, such as murals and sculptures to other graphic art forms, displayed or presented in public areas in Shasta and Siskiyou counties.
In celebration of the centennial of the city of Dorris, Conrad Koppenhafer spent approximately 300 hours designing and constructing a saddle adorned with images representing the history of the community and the ranches around which the economy of the community has been built. These images include the historic City Hall, the relatively recent American flag, the train tunnel at which the town was originally sited, eagles, arrowheads, and wildflowers. Conrad researched historic cattle brands which he tooled down the stirrup leather. The saddle is rich in Dorris details and historic saddle making design elements.
Conrad is using the saddle to make presentations to school children in Siskiyou County about the history of hides as currency in California, the history of ranching and the railroad in our area, and the art of leatherwork and saddle making.
A grant of $5,000 from the Community Foundation’s Community Building Arts Initiative, allowed Conrad to develop this gift to the community. He completed the saddle and presented it to the city of Dorris at the 2008, 4th of July Centennial Celebration.
Paul Rideout, also known as Palul, sees art as the product of linking an idea with technique. To illustrate this thought, Paul likes to use his favorite quote by Leonardo di Vinci, “Where the spirit does not work with the hand, there is no art.” This quote also expresses another element of Paul’s work – the spiritual element. Paul sees his ideas as coming from a higher source and the finished product is the synthesis of a practiced hand and an open heart.
The expression of this synthesis can be seen in the Pyramids he created that now sit in The McConnell Arboretum and Botanical Gardens at Turtle Bay Exploration Park. When Paul applied for a $5,000 grant from the Community Foundation to create artwork reflecting local culture, he sought to find a universal form to shape his art. He chose the pyramid shape because it is understood by and has significance in all cultures and throughout time. The pyramids are full of symbols of local culture and the sanctity of nature. Local icons like Mt. Shasta, the Sundial Bridge, the Sacramento River and our region’s great oak trees can be found easily on the pyramids. Other things like the shape of faces and Chinese characters are hidden among the more obvious shapes, colors and textures.
Not only is Paul an incredible artist, but he is a teacher and scientist as well. Beverly, one of his students, remarked that Paul is a “one of a kind teacher who fosters a creative environment to work in” and that he is “a total inspiration.” Beverly started taking classes from Paul three years ago and now she sells her own pottery. “We are all like a family in Paul’s classes. He teaches you the how and the why about ceramics and then lets you go off and do it!” For this reason Paul is a favorite among his students and revered in the local artist community as well.
The Community Foundation was proud to partner with such a respected artist in the production of artwork that will grace our area for years to come. It is a privilege to see a work of art grow from conception to completion. We anticipate that these Pyramids will inspire new artists to create works that speak as expressively as these do.
In a partnership between the Mercy Family Health Center and Redding School of Arts (RSA), 7th and 8th grade students were supported with a grant to create, collaborate and perform a community service project. Three colorful children’s themed murals now provide comfort to the Center’s youngest patients in a welcoming and learning environment.
As a child, Susan Emmerson was inspired by the watercolor paintings masterfully created by her great-grandfather. In college, Susan remembers walking through the halls, peering into art classes, and dreaming about a career in visual arts instead of nursing. She has experienced the best of both worlds, having had her career as an RN and teaching art as a community volunteer in local schools. In 2003, Susan and her husband George founded the Community Arts Endowment Fund to support the future of visual arts in the area. In a letter to Shasta Regional Community Foundation, she wrote, “Our hope is to symbolize, memorialize, document and define, through the voice of visual and public art, a message of and about our community.” For Susan, public art is not just a decoration, it is a statement about what a community values, where it has been and where it is going. As a founding board member for the Community Foundation, she believed that a field of interest endowment fund was an excellent way to make such an impact. While the fund is currently growing, it will soon be used to support public art such as murals, sculpture and other graphic art forms displayed in Shasta County.
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