Snow Creek Studios officially opened it's doors on December 14, 2012. The 2200 square foot space is divided into three unique areas: the gallery, workshop/studio space and offices. The reconstruction of the building concentrated on innovative additions, such as solar energy and LED lighting. The everyday business practices also strive to be environmentally friendly.  The gallery showcases fine art by Chris Messer, a prolific and diverse local artist. Her techniques that are represented include watercolor, gouache, acrylic, oil and mixed media. Other talented artists will be included in the gallery, offering a broad spectrum of art, sculpture, ceramics, jewelry, fiber arts and collage. The subject matter will vary from realistic to abstract; color will alternate from bright primaries to subtle tonal paintings.

On the studio side, Chris Messer will be painting or teaching classes. She will be offering a wide array of classes from watercolor and gouache to drawing and acrylic. She will also share her knowledge through creative workshops covering subjects such as process, art journaling and mixed media. The studio area will also invite other artists to educate on the subjects of pastel, encaustic, card-making and art business classes.

Snow Creek Studios seeks to provide the enrichment of art in every day life. Our mission is to maintain a beautiful, modern space to display art and inspire the creative side of each individual.

About Chris Messer


Chris Messer's art is reflected in all aspects of her life. A signature member of the National Watercolor Society and California Watercolor Association, her extensive and diverse collection spans 30 years of dedication and inspiration. Chris was born in the United States but spent her formative years living in Newfoundland and Northern Africa. While in Africa this gave her the opportunity to travel through Europe twice as a child. At the age of 12, her family moved to Sacramento, CA where she attended high school and college. It was during this impressionable time that she traveled throughout the western United States discovering her true passion. Fifteen years later, she began her artistic pursuit at Diablo Valley College, and later at California College of Arts and Crafts where she graduated in 1989 with high honors.

She spent the next 12 years enveloped in her art, focusing on gallery shows and teaching. It was during this time that she became recognized as an influential artist. She received numerous 'Best in Shows' and was awarded the prestigious Grumbacher Gold Medallion Award. She was teaching 9 classes per week at various art institutions, including a Masters class at the Art Institute of San Francisco and drawing and painting to children and adults at Walnut Creek Civic Arts. Her rigorous creative schedule also included honing her own skills by attending evening drawing classes and producing many more paintings.

In 2002, she relocated to Mount Shasta, where she currently lives and creates, influenced by the majestic, quiet beauty of the landscape. Her art continues to grow as she explores different mediums, such as acrylic, gouache and mixed media.


Community Outreach

Supporting the communities within Siskiyou County has been a priority at Snow Creek Studios since 2002 when Chris and Greg Messer first relocated from the Bay Area to Mount Shasta.  Active in the Arts, Education, Government, Environment and Economic Development the Messers have donated time and resources towards the health and growth of many community organizations, charities and projects. Since 2012, Snow Creek Studios has been a major donor and contributor for the following institutions, organizations and projects:

Boards of Directors

Siskiyou Arts Council - Past President
Siskiyou Media Council - Past President
College of the Siskiyous Foundation – President
Boys and Girls Club – Board Member
Madrone Hospice - Past President

Organization Support and Affiliations

Mount Shasta Museum
Mount Shasta Rotary
Mount Shasta City Government
Mount Shasta Chamber of Commerce
Mount Shasta High School Performing Arts
Mount Shasta Middle School Science Programs
High School Videography Internship Program
Mount Shasta Trail Association
Siskiyou Land Trust
Siskiyou Food Assistance

Special Projects

Mount Shasta Summer Lunch Program
Weed Post Fire Fund Raiser for the Library
Siskiyou County Homelessness Census Coordinator
Siskiyou County Homelessness Coalition Member
Produced Leukemia Awareness Documentaries
Mount Shasta Parker Plaza Creation


416 N. Mount Shasta Blvd.
Mount Shasta, CA 96067
(530) 926-3000

Tuesday - Saturday
10:30AM - 5:00PM