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The Story of a Waterfall,
Smolt as Big as the World
And the champions who work to save them

Mixed media collage with gold leaf, 16″ x 16,” unframed

Dedicated in Memory of Duane Cronk


← These two items accompany the artwork

A short story “The Story of a Waterfall, Smolt as Big as the World and the champions who work to save them” and a Color Book: “The Story of a Waterfall and a Little Fish”

Dump No Garbage

Early environmentalists urge citizens not to dump garbage. The woman at left is Martha Klubescheidt. Her sister Louise is at right. The couple in the middle could be brother Carl & wife Daisy. The Klubescheidt family lived at 1445 Oak Street in a house the father Carl built. He was born in Germany and came to St. Helena in 1882 to follow his trade as a house and sign painter. He married St. Helena girl Minnie Rann.

La Jota Falls or Linda Falls, St. Helena

“Into this ravine the stream falls, and the place of its sudden descent is one of the finest spots in the Coast Range. After much inquiry, no local name could be found for the glen and the waterfalls, so, since they are just within the limits of the famous La Jota Rancho, once owned by that famous pioneer, George Yount. We suggest that they should be known as the La Jota falls.” Daily Alta California 6-20-1885. They were known as such in 1915, but the name was forgotten and a new name given: Linda Falls. The land was donated to the Napa County Land Trust in 2010.

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Midnight in Varanasi

Acrylic, gold leaf, mixed media, 10″ x 10,” unframed

Diane Damé Shepp

Diane Damé Shepp website

Community development and education are the primary focus’ of Shepp’s professional career as a teacher, nonprofit administrator, fund developer, and artist. Shepp, a third generation Californian, was the first and only member in her immediate family to graduate from college. She and her husband Alan have raised two daughters since moving to the Napa Valley in 1984.

As a recent candidate for County Supervisor [June primary 2016], she advocated for responsible planning to insure sustainability of the finite resources of Napa County. Shepp served on the Napa County Grand Jury 2007-2008 and as Pro-Tempore of the 2008-2009 Grand Jury; President of the Napa County Chapter of the California Grand Jurors Association (CGJA) 2010-2011 and 2012-15; and is currently the Vice President of the CGJA, and Chair of the Sierra Club Napa Group.

Appointed by the Napa County Board of Supervisors in 2007, to the Napa County Commission for Arts and Culture, Shepp sat as Chair of the Commission 2009-2012. She has held executive positions with the John Muir Festival Center, the Napa County Arts Council, the Solano County Arts Alliance, the University Art Museum Council-University of California, Berkeley, Napa Emergency Women’s Services and the Wildlife Rescue Center of Napa County.

Active at the local, state and national levels, Shepp is a founding board member of the Napa Valley Opera House Inc., Ag 4 Youth – Upvalley Ranchers, Napa Vision 2050, Protect Rural Napa and the Soda Canyon/Loma Vista Land Stewards. Shepp also served as a founding board member and Past President of the California Assembly of Local Arts Agencies; Past President of the Volunteer Council of the di Rosa Preserve: Art & Nature; served on the original faculty of Leadership Napa; and a former member of the National Assembly of Local Arts Agencies Leadership Committee.

Shepp is a graduate of the University of California, Berkeley, and the Getty Leadership Institute. A charter member of the Golden West Women Flyfishers, Shepp enjoys fly-fishing, and travel when not in her art studio.