By Katharina Roth

Please welcome Katharina Roth, our newest member, to Gallery 55. You saw her work when she was guest artist in December. Her art was so popular, we invited her to join us permanently.

Her work evokes Chinese ceramics but with her own twist. Katharina writes, “In fall of 2016 I spent six weeks in a residency program in Jingdezhen, China’s porcelain capitol for over 2000 years. I loved every minute of my time there – the close interaction with Chinese craft people, the many hours spent in the studio with other artists, and the lessons in some of the techniques that are so unique to Chinese ceramics.”

This immersion changed the way she work. While her previous work mostly used white unglazed porcelain, she now adds many layers to the clay with slips, oxides, glazes, decals, and luster. The work is stunning.

Come see her work at Gallery 55, on the lake, at 311 E. Lake St., McCall.

What a beautiful place to make art with our teaching artists! We’re hosting a number of workshops at our lakeside gallery as part of the McCall Arts & Humanities Council’s Cabin Fever Series. The next one is January 13, taught by Mary Butler. You can register for this workshop at Don’t delay to ensure your seat.

Art by Mary Butler, Poster by Tracie Kindall

Self Portrait in Color by Laurel Lake McGuire


Art on the Lake: Shopping for art and meeting local artists. What could be more fun in the new year? Drop by the gallery, at 311 E. Lake Street on Saturday, January 6, from 4-8:00 p.m. We’ll have wine by Bistro 45, appetizers, and music by Mike Rutledge. Our featured artist is watercolorist Laurel Lake McGuire.

About our featured artist:

Boise artist Laurel Lake McGuire has lived many places in the United States, frequently packing up her paints and brushes to follow her Marine husband to his next duty station. Although frequent moves played havoc at times with the continuity of her career in art, they also brought new subjects, new color choices and the support and fellowship of artists all over the U.S.

Now settled in Boise, she is intent on continuing her development as an artist and expand her impact in the art world. Watercolor is her primary medium and flowers are the subject closest to her heart. Recently she was honored to have two floral paintings selected for the Women Artist of the West’s annual exhibition, with one of her paintings awarded Best of Show. Another of her paintings in that show was featured in an article in Southwest Art magazine.

The paintings Laurel has selected for Gallery Fifty-Five’s January Featured Artist show gives us a welcome dose of brightness and color in the midst of winter, drawing on florals,  garden scenes and summer landscapes to cheer us up.

For more information about Laurel, see, or follow her on Facebook.

Bracelets by Nancy Sathre-Vogel

Gallery 55 artists will be teaching nine workshops this spring as part of the McCall Arts & Humanities Cabin Fever Series. All classes are at the Gallery 55, 311 E. Lake St., McCall. The schedule is below. Registration is required. You can read the class descriptions and register for any of these fabulous workshops on the McCall Arts & Humanities website: mccall


Beyond Color and Value: Saturday, January 13, 10-3, by Mary Butler

Postal Valentines: Saturday, January 20, 1-4, Thea Belecz

Metalsmithing for Beginners, Soldering: Wednesday, January 31, 6-8:30, Nancy Sathre-Vogel

Metalsmithing for Beginners, Copper Plating: Thursday, February 1, 6-8:30, Nancy Sathre-Vogel

Garden Dreamscape Journals: Saturday, February 17, 1-4, Thea Belecz

Fun with Color, Discovering Abstract Painting: Saturday, March 3, 10-2, Stephen Douglas

Smart Phone-ography, Using Your Smart Phone to Achieve Awesome Photographic Results! Monday-Tuesday, March 5 and 6, 5-8, Connie McClaran

Printmaking with Gel Plates: Saturday, March 17, 1-4, Theresa Burkes

Metalsmithing for Beginners, Etching: Wednesday, March 21, 6-8:30, Nancy Sathre-Vogel


A Happy Group

Photo provided by Stephen Douglas

What a happy gang of Gallery 55 members at our reception on December 9, selling art for $49 and having a good time, too!

Left to right:
Top row: Theresa Burkes, Stephen Douglas
Middle row: Alan Giltzow, Thea Belecz, Benita Giltzow, Genie Sue Weppner, Connie McClaran
Front row: Mary Butler, Etta Mayfield

Art by Genie Sue Weppner


Announcing our 2017 Art for $49 Party!
December 9, 5:00 – 8:00 p.m.

Gallery Fifty-Five, 311 E. Lake Street, McCall

This happens only once a year. Gallery Fifty-Five Artists are making art for the holidays and selling it for $49 each for one night only. We will unveil the art at 6 p.m. and start the sale! Refreshments and wine will be served. Music by Mike Rutledge.


Lynn Fraley

Katharina Roth







December Reception: Want to shop for unique and beautiful gifts and enjoy a fun event at the same time? Drop by the gallery, at 311 E. Lake Street on December 2, from 4-8:00 p.m. We’ll have Christmas tree decorations, many fine gifts of art, wine by Bistro 45, appetizers, and piano music by Mike Rutledge. We have two fabulous guest artists this month, equestrian sculptor Lynn Fraley and ceramic artist Katharina Roth.

More about our Guest Artists:

Lynn Fraley

Boise artist Lynn Fraley’s equine sculptures exude vivid personalities.  Her deep respect for anatomy and biomechanics is evident in each piece.  In recent years she has consistently garnered top honors at the annual American Academy of Equine Art Fall Juried Exhibit; the Sam Savitt Award for best depiction of the Horse in Movement in 2017the Marilyn Newmark Memorial Award for sculpture in 2016 and the Leonard J Meiselman medal for sculpture in 2011. Limited editions are available in bronze, resin or ceramic.  For more information, see or email her at

Katharina Roth

Katharina Roth was born and raised in Switzerland, where she studied art history at the university of Basel. In 1992, she moved to the United States. In the U.S. she learned jewelry making and metal smithing and worked for several years in that field before receiving a BFA from Northern Arizona University with a focus on ceramics, sculpture and printmaking. Then, in the fall of 2016, she spent six weeks in a residency program in Jingdezhen, China’s porcelain capitol for over 2000 years, learning techniques unique to Chinese ceramics. This experience changed the way she worked, moving her from using white unglazed porcelain to applying many layers of slips, oxides, glazes, decals, and luster. Katharina enjoys working out of her studios in Sedona, Arizona, and McCall.