Julian Arts Guild Artists N-Z




Barbara Nigro

4018 Highway 78
Julian, CA 92036




Photography • jewelry
Barbara has been a photographer for many years doing work for political campaigns, real estate promotion and portraiture. She has a passion for landscapes, scenic vistas, nature and historic sites. Her outstanding photos of early California missions and close-ups of native plant life reflect this keen interest and skill. Her background in art and art history clearly is seen in her photography.

Working with design firms, her photography has been used to enhance the designer’s concept. Her work graces the walls of many homes and offices. She works with designers as well as other artists and professionals to document their work for websites, brochures, promotional materials and album/CD covers.

Kevin O'Connor

P.O. Box 1911
Julian, CA 92036                               760-533-6854



Cathy Ozbun

P.O. Box 785
Julian, CA 92036                               760-765-2946


Graphic Artist knitting • crocheting

Janet Perkin

13240 Glen Circle Road
Poway, CA 92064                             858-451-1319


Collage mixed media

Helen Petre

Grand Oaks Studio

P.O. Box 371
Julian, CA 92036

Acrylic mono printscollage • mixed media •  assemblage • artist books

Helen Petre has been recognized for accomplishments in watercolor and oil painting, printmaking, collage, assemblage, mixed media and artist's books.

She has been studying and working in fine art over 60 years, receiving hundreds of awards in competitive shows and received two art scholarships.  Her work has been exhibited in the United States and Japan, receiving many awards.

Helen was born and raised in New York City, briefly studied fashion illustration, worked during WW2 as a mechanical draftsman.

"Helen Petre:  Prolific book artist, painter, and collage artist extrodinairre."

  San Diego Book Arts Newsletter

Linda Pierson

2603 C. Street
Julian, CA 92036                             760-554-1291



Acrylic on Canvas & Fabric

Bettie Rikansrud

P.O. Box 2366
Julian, CA 92036




Bettie Rikansrud received a BA in Art at the University of California at Santa Barbara, with an emphasis in Printmaking and Painting.  After raising 3 children and having a career in teaching, she and her husband, Rudy, relocated to Julian, where he had been raised.  Since 2005, Bettie has devoted her time to painting, studying artists, taking classes and doing plein air paintings in oils.  The mountain area provides unlimited subjects to paint: mountains, streams, sunsets, and cattle grazing. She also enjoys portraiture, having done that for many years.

Bettie is a member of both the California Art Club and the Julian Arts Guild. She exhibits bi-annually with the Julian Arts Guild at the Town Hall on Main Street in Julian.  For the last several years, Bettie has also participated in the annual Julian Artists Open Studio Tour, which is held every October.

Bettie’s love of painting has been inspired by the incredible atmosphere and light which permeates the Julian countryside.

Marjorie Rubenson
P.O. Box 208
Julian CA 92036
760-765-2423, 619-226-6964



Pottery • sculpture  

Two events triggered my fascination with ceramics:                                                          I "threw" my first pot on a potter's wheel about 35 years ago.  I had a rare opportunity to hold in my hands a 5,000 year old ceramic vessel at the Freer Museum in Washington, D.C.

My enthusiasm for clay and ceramic pottery has grown through the years and has become more than a love - more like an addiction to an art form that is pliable, expressive, and three dimensional.

Inspired by the natural beauty  of San Diego County, some of my vessels are embellished by Kaja Laustsen, who incorporates natural materials such as pine needles, semi-precious stones and natural fibers.  Others are fired in the ancient Japanese Raku method, bringing forth a rainbow of color or metallic surfaces.

 Just as the pottery of Neolithic times was both functional and decorative, I enjoy making vessels that can be useful but at the same time, aesthetically pleasing.  My early training as a painter has had a strong influence on my use of color, which can be quite vivid.

A number of superb potters have had a major impact on my work, each one an expert and each one with a different approach to clay.  While attending workshops, I had the privilege of studying under various experts.

My pottery business, Studio M Pottery, was started in Washington D.C., where I operated a pottery school for many years.  Since moving to San Diego about 30 years ago, I have participated in numerous jurried shows at the Bravo Gallery, Signature Gallery, Gallery 21, and the Gallery Alexander.  My work has been sold at the Collector's Gallery of the Mingei Museum and the Santa Ysabel Gallery near Julian, CA, Faculty Club Gallery at UCSD, and is in a number of private collections from Washington D.C. to Seattle.

My academic background includes a B.A. in mathematics and psychology from Brooklyn College, N.Y.  This was followed by intensive study of painting in New York and ceramics in Washington D.C. and California.                                  

Teresa Shanahan

5246 Alta Vista St
San Diego, CA 92109                          619-857-8784


Ceramic • mosaic 

Blynn Simmons

P.O. Box 627
Julian CA 92036                          760-765-3366


Painter-oils • pastel • pencils

BLynn is a longtime resident, twenty-five years, of Julian. Educated in the Midwest, Julian fulfilled the love of California and four seasons.  An avid traveler, Africa began her desire to paint wild life and the
mountain lions of Julian cinched it. Working in oil, pastel and pencil , the wild animals in this locale are her inspiration.

Angela Simpson

P.O. Box 306
Warner Springs, CA 92086


Painter-watercolor • acrylic • oil • photography

Angela Simpson is a local artist who lives in Warner Springs.  She currently paints watercolors, oil and acrylics and has studied with Stan Goudey, Joe Garcia, Carol Ravy, Cindy Triplett and David Musser locally.  She also studied art at Saddleback College with Betty Weiss and Wayne Horvath, taking classes in oil painting, watercolor, life drawing, sculpture, ceramics and color and design.  She enjoys painting landscapes and still life from her own photos as well as the many flowers in her garden.  She has been commissioned to paint portraits, residences, wineries and landscapes. She may be reached at the above email address or her studio in Warner Springs.

Lorena Sliffe

P.O. Box 1056
Julian, CA 92036                             760-315-7451




My expertise is with floral painting.  I have vast experience with Large-Scale Canvas Paintings and Murals. My strength is I have the ability to make flowers come to life with rich colored acrylics.


Arlene Smith

P.O. Box 2412
Julian, CA 92036


Pottery • sculpture • wood stained glass mosaics • alcohol ink tiles
Arlene spent her adult life as an accountant until she moved to Julian and discovered she could create art.  Now she tries different mediums, but her favorite is stained glass mosaics.

Shawn Smith

5415 El Arbol Drive
Carlsbad, CA 92008                           951-415-9959


Painter-acrylic • oil

Sally Snipes

P.O. Box 775
Julian, CA 92036

Sally Snipes has created art in Julian California for 35 years. Capturing light and sense of place has been her passion in the art world. Teaching art for 30 years in private classes, in public schools, and at resorts has kept her creative mind sharp. An amateur botanist, master gardener, garden designer, glass artist, and daffodil specialist, she has painted landscapes, florals, and plein air. Learning more about plants of this great earth and putting them into her art is her joy.

A native Californian, she was born and raised in Dana Point. She has attended the University of California Santa Barbara, the California Art Institute of San Francisco, and the Instituto Allende de Quanajuato, Mexico.

Summer Snow

P.O. Box 66
Aguanga, CA 92536


Summer earned degrees in Science and Mathematics and Social and Behavioral Sciences.  She recently discovered an artistic avenue of expression through watercolor and acrylic painting, as well as photography.  Her subjects include wildflowers, expressions of nature, native indigenous rock art, and ocean, lakes, and sea life and their surroundings, as well as mystical fantasy paintings and series of Oriental Koi paintings emphasizing balance, tranquility, and harmony, which bring a quiet peace to the observer. She also designs and creates handcrafted Mother Nature Jewelry. She is a member of the Julian Arts Guild and has participated in several of the art shows in Julian and surrounding areas. She currently has works of art at the Banner Queen Gallery. She built her own art gallery website: http://www.summersnowcreation.com

and has a Facebook Page:


Lorena Sliffe

2603 C. Street
Julian, CA 92036                             760-554-1291



Acrylic on Canvas & Fabric

Tom and Colleen Taylor

1004 Bremen Way
Alpine, CA 91901                            619-609-8304


Oil • pen & ink  watercolor • alcohol ink

Linda Todd-Limon                                       
P.O. Box 426                                               Julian, CA 92036




Linda Todd-Limon has always been passionate about photography although college took her in a different direction.  When she was eighteen, she was keenly aware that photography was her passion, but the desire for a profession with a secure future, led her to a career in education and away from serious photography.  As much as Linda enjoyed teaching, she was looking forward to the day when she would have the time to devote to her creative endeavor.
Before her retirement in 2011, Linda starting taking photography classes and workshops to discover skills required to be a professional photographer.   Now that she is retired, she enjoys having the ability to focus on photography which allows her to live in the moment while capturing the raw emotion that is present in all things.  As Ansel Adams once said "You don't make a photograph just with a camera. You bring to the act of photography all the pictures you have seen, the books you have read, the music you have heard, and the people you loved."

Linda lives with her husband, Ken, in the beautiful mountain community of Julian, CA where they grow organic apples and pears.

Joanne Van Kolken

P.O. Box 390696
Anza, CA 92539


Colored pencil • pastels • mixed media • jewelry

Leslie Wagner

P.O. Box 116
Warner Springs CA 92086

Painter-watercolor • acrylic

Beryl Warnes

P.O. Box 1033
Julian, CA 92036




It has long been a dream to have a place for fiberholics such as myself to go for connectedness.  As I become more web friendly it seems the ideal place to do this..  A way to stay connected to others like myself. As I surf around I see many of you out there, Thank you for being there..

An online store where  loyal customers. can be the first to see what’s in the works and available without coming to the shop. Although a trip to the shop can be educational and informative as the looms are always at work. My son, Skylar now a second generation weaver and I are always willing to share the process with anyone interested

In this fast paced world there is importance in keeping in touch with creative rhythm and simple pleasures the fiber arts are tactile and satisfying balance to the intangible nature of computer generated pursuits.

Gary M. Watts

P.O. Box 1107
Julian, CA 92036


Painter- acrylic • oils • pen & inks pencil stonework

Don Weeke

P.O. Box 931                                                Julian, CA 92036



Gourd art • basket weaving

Don Weeke has been making baskets and gourds for more than 35 years. He teaches and exhibits nationally. The primary focus of his work is form, with texture as a secondary consideration.He combines natural materials with traditional basketry techniques. His work is featured in numerous publications such as the books 500 Baskets and The Complete Book of Gourd Craft and the magazines American Style and Fiber Arts Now.

Sundee Ziegler

P.O. Box 390345
Anza, CA 92539


Colored pencil

Julie Zerbe

P.O. Box 621
Julian CA 92036                                 760-765-1642



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