Thumbnail sketches of a few of the artists showing at the Sierra Arts Festival |

Thumbnail sketches of a few of the artists showing at the Sierra Arts Festival

At 91, watercolor painter Frederick Herschleb has slowed down, just a bit. Retired now for 30 years, he spent his working life as an advertising agency art director, pleasing clients such as Levi Strauss and California Redwood Association. During the late l940s and ’50s, he and his artist wife Sydney spent seven years of weekends building a house in Marin County, and raised three children including Sierra Festival producer Carol Herschleb. Now, he enjoys a more leisurely life that includes a spacious, well-lighted art studio in Grass Valley. He describes his artwork as explorations of form and color, with no specific subject matter in mind, but with nature and architecture influencing much of it. He can be reached through his daughter Carol at 274-8636.


Deborah Bridges is a sculptor of stone, clay and bronze with 24 years experience. A lot of local folks know her as “the Buddha Lady” from her large garden sculptures of Buddha fragments which are now sold nationwide, as well as at her Grass Valley studio. In addition to that, she is now focusing on new designs in clay-figurative, feminine, sometimes with wings; also a new series of small porcelain masks which depict aspects of human emotion and various archetypal imagery-all of which she’ll have at the festival. Bridges also teaches the art of figurative sculpture.


Sacramento-based writer and landscape photographer, Gary Hart, specializes in images that offer views of popular California subjects such as Yosemite, Lake Tahoe, Big Sur, Mono Lake, Mount Whitney, Death Valley, and the many varieties of poppies the state has.

The moon, from crescent to full, and moonlight also fascinate this artist. Not only does his work appears in private collections throughout the world, his photo workshops to various destinations throughout Northern California are popular and fun.

See what he does online at and


Upon the recent death of Husband and Artist Sandy Markham, Jane Markham and her extended family decided to carry on the family woodworking business in their Alta Sierra studio, where they handcraft jewelry boxes, lamps, tables and accessories out of Northern California and local woods. They get the logs and burls from the source, then dry, mill, sand and finish the pieces. A popular item, says Markham, is a Tibetan-style incense box that is fully metal lined, which makes it safe to burn incense.

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