We are very pleased and excited to, once again, welcome a visiting artist to Placer County through the Susan Cooley-Gilliom Artist in Residence and Teaching (ART) Program Endowment Fund at Placer Community Foundation.

Through an endowed gift by Sue Cooley (Susan’s mother) and the Sky View Foundation, this fund lovingly memorializes Susan and her contributions as a local artist and environmental advocate. It is a lasting gift to the many artists, arts educators and students, and arts enthusiasts we are fortunate to have in our community.

Karen Willenbrink-Johnsen, center, with PCF’s CEO Veronica Blake and Philanthropic Services Manager Jessica Hubbard

The ART program develops and enhances the visual arts through short-term residencies and workshops taught by nationally-established and highly reputable artists who create in a range of media. Past visiting artists include: Michelle Ross, Richard Notkin, Katherine Ace, Laura Ross Paul, Tip Toland, Sergei Isupov and Phoebe Toland.

This year’s Visiting Artist, hosted by Blue Line Arts, is renowned glass sculptor Karen Willenbrink-Johnsen. Karen is a nationally recognized artist and the recipient of multiple awards. She received her BFA in sculpture from Ohio University and has taught and attended residencies across the U.S. as well as internationally. Watch her Meet the Artist video here .

Blue Line Arts offers the following activities as a special opportunity for our community to meet with Karen and learn about her craft.

10/17  Open Studio with Karen (12-3pm drop in and visit at Blue Line Arts)

10/19  Painting on Glass (Studio Time with Karen Willenbrink-Johnsen at Blue Line Arts)

10/21 Artist Lecture and Reception at Blue Line Arts

10/24 Open Studio with Karen  (11am-2pm drop in and visit at Blue Line Arts)

10/25 Dinner with the Artist

10/26 Drawing Workshop  (Studio Time with Karen Willenbrink-Johnsen at Blue Line Arts)

Information on these events can be found here at Blue Line Arts.
Blue Line Arts | 405 Vernon Street, Suite 100, Roseville

The 3-Day Workshops at Nicholson Blown Glass are sold out.

Special thanks to Blue Line Arts for hosting the artist and Nicholson Blown Glass for housing the workshops.


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