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.

Annie Rowley

Santa Ysabel Gallery
25462 Davis Ranch Road
Santa Ysabel CA 92070


Marjorie Rubenson
P.O. Box 208
Julian CA 92036



Pottery • sculpture 

Inspiration for many of my pottery vessels comes from nature, as does the clay I use in my work. A gift for me is the beautiful red-brown clay I dig on my ranch in Julian. After I learned the basics of how to throw on the potter's wheel about 35 years ago, I found it to be relaxing and a very creative and expressive art medium. The soft feel of the clay and its pliability makes working with it almost a meditative thing.

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.


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.

Ted Snoddy
P.O. Box 311
Julian, CA 92036



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:


Melanie Snowhite

P.O. Box 696
Julian CA 92036



Melanie Snowhite is a San Diego based photographer specializing in equine and canine photography.  Some of her work has appeared in local galleries in the San Diego area, and she has received international as well as local recognition of her work. 

Melanie is a member of the Photo Arts Group, the International Horse Photographers Association, Julian Art Guild, The Equine Art Guild and the Equine Photographers Network.

Christine Summers

4456 Highway 78                                     P.O. Box 1254
Julian, CA 92036




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


Oilpen • ink

Tom Taylor                                                  1004 Bremen Way                                               Alpine, CA 91901



Leslie Wagner

P.O. Box 116
Warner Springs CA 92086

Painter-watercolor • acrylic

Mary Walker
P.O.Box 982
Julian, CA 92036


Painter- watercolor • acrylic

Although born in Sao Paolo, Brazil, Mary Walker spent the majority of her childhood living in Mexico.  Her family moved to San Diego when she was 16, upon her father's retirement from the foreign service.  The move to Julian came in 1989, when she moved here with her husband and her four children.  After three and a half years, the family moved to Ramona for a seven year stint as Christmas tree farmers, with a return to Julian in 2000. 

The study of art began in 2006, after the death of her son Danny, who was immensely talented and was her inspiration for the journey into art.  With no self-perceived natural talent, the jump into painting classes was very intimidating.  However, she was determined to learn to see the world around her with an artist's eye and to someday paint her children's portraits.  She persevered through seven semesters of Palomar College watercolor and acrylic painting classes, held every Saturday at the Escondido Campus.

Mary's paintings focus on two areas very near and dear to her heart.  The first is her children and grandson, and the second is nature.  The paintings of her children explore familial relationships and are taken from favorite photographs.  Her landscapes are meant to convey the magnificent beauty of the mountains in and around Julian.  Every painting has layers of meaning, spiritual as well as concrete.

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.

Julie Zerbe

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



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