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.

Cathy Ozbun

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


Graphic Artist knitting • crocheting

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.

Helen Petre 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

Bettie Rikansrud

P.O. Box 2366
Julian, CA 92036




Bettie Rikansrud received a BA in Art at the University of California at Santa Barbara.  Her emphasis was painting and printmaking.  After a career in teaching and raising three children, she and her husband, Rudy, relocated to Julian, where he was raised.  Since 2005, she has devoted more time to painting in her studio and plein air.  The mountain area provides unlimited subjects to paint: barns, mountains, lakes, streams, cattle, and mountain meadows.

Although Bettie paints mostly landscapes, she enjoys portraiture, having done that for many years.  Bettie paints with oils, acrylics and watercolor.  She is a member of the California Art Club and has been a member of the Julian Art Guild for several years.  She exhibits at The Julian Gallery on Main Street in Julian, The Banner Queen Gallery, and bi-annually with the Julian Arts Guild at the historic Town Hall.  For the last 4 years, she has been on the annual Julian Open Studios Tour.  Bettie’s love of painting has been inspired by 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 

My enthusiasm for clay and ceramic pottery has grown through the years and 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 natural materials such as pine needles, semi-precious stones and natural fires. Others are fired in the ancient Japanese Raku method, bringing forth a rainbow of color on 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.

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 30 years ago, I have participated in numerous juried shows and teach privately in my studio.

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

Teresa Shanahan

1505 Frisius St
Julian, CA 92036                          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.


Arlene Smith

P.O. Box 2412
Julian, CA 92036


Pottery • sculpture • wood stained glass mosaics
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 pottery.

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:


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



Oilpen • ink

Tom Taylor                                                  1004 Bremen Way                                               Alpine, CA 91901




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



Linda Todd-Limon is a San Diego native who has been interested in photography ever since the family owned their first Kodak Brownie Camera. Linda is a retired middle school teacher turned professional photographer. She graduated from Boise State University and later earned her Master’s Degree from San Diego State University with an emphasis on curriculum and instruction. While her focus was on teaching, photography was her true passion. In 2010, One year before retiring, Linda began taking photography classes from IFLC, which centers on instruction in the field. Linda knew that her focus was about to shift, so she went headlong into learning everything she could about taking control of her Nikon. Now with classes under her belt, and the thrill of capturing the moment, Linda has realized her dream of becoming a photographer. While she is eclectic in what she likes to shoot, her favorite subjects are flowers, wildlife, and landscape.

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.

Ed White

P.O. Box 1437
Julian CA 92036                                 760-765-2432



Painter-watercolor • bronze

Julie Zerbe

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



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