Call Detail
Entry Deadline: 1/8/21
Application Closed
Work Sample Requirements
Images | Minimum:Min. 12, Maximum:Max. 12
Total Samples | Minimum:Min. 12, Maximum:Max. 12
Call Type: Public Art
Eligibility: International
State: California


In accordance with the provisions of the Municipal Code of the City of Redding, submissions will be received via CaFE ( by Friday, January 8, 2021 to design, deliver to the City of Redding, and install Public Art for Sacramento River Trail at the Stress Ribbon Bridge pursuant to the specifications and general conditions contained herein.


The  City  will  award  any  resulting  contract  in  a manner  consistent  with  the City purchasing ordinance.

The cut-off date and time for receiving questions regarding this request is 12:00 noon PST, on Wednesday, December 23, 2020. All inquiries must be made in writing and may be submitted to the following email address:

All technical questions regarding the use of CaFE, including formatting images and completing a submission, should be directed to the “Help” page on CaFE (

PROJECT: Exterior public art for placement adjacent to the Stress Ribbon Bridge on the Sacramento River Trail in Redding, California.

BUDGET: $200,000.00

DEADLINE: 10:59 pm Pacific Standard Time (11:59 pm Mountain Time) on Friday, January 8, 2021

The City of Redding announces this call for professional artists to submit their qualifications to be considered to design, deliver and install public art that will serve as a landmark and destination feature of the Sacramento River Trail while drawing attention to the noteworthy Stress Ribbon Bridge and honoring the memory of one of Redding’s community members.

The public art sought through this announcement will be:
•    Monumental and civic scale
•    Culturally appropriate
•    Timeless and enduring
•    Instantly memorable and a people magnet
•    Redding climate appropriate
•    Easily maintained

To reiterate: Successful proposals will produce works that are long-lived and easy to maintain in addition to having high aesthetic value. Materials and construction must be able to stand up to Redding weather known for summer heat, wind, rain, and the occasional snowfall.


The Sacramento River Trail, which crosses the world-famous Sundial Bridge in the heart of Redding, and the Sacramento River Rail Trail, which extends north all the way to Shasta Dam and sits alongside a historic abandoned railway, have both been designated as National Recreation Trails in the National Trail System and together make up the Sacramento River National Recreation Trail. The winding trail is popular with locals and visitors alike who want to take a casual stroll, a beautiful bike ride, or a long run. Parks, bathrooms, trailheads, and scenery along the trail make it a convenient and pleasant way to get some fresh air while enjoying Redding's famous river. This trail is the crown jewel of Redding's trail system, spanning 17.4 miles from the Sundial Bridge to Shasta Dam. 

The Stress Ribbon Bridge sits between the Sundial Bridge and Shasta Dam, which anchor the ends of the Sacramento River Trail.  It was the first stressed ribbon bridge constructed in the United States. This elegant structure has a single clear span of 418 feet and 1 1/4 foot depth. There are no bearings or expansion joints. The deck of the pedestrian bridge consists of 40 precast concrete segments and a cast-in-place closure at each abutment. Precast segments are 13 feet wide and 10 feet long.  Sleek painted galvanized steel railings accentuate the structure’s gentle arc.  The bridge is showing signs of needing restoration in the near future of both the concrete surface and the railing paint.  The artwork installed in its immediate vicinity will inform details of this restoration, such as paint color(s), embellishments or embeds within the concrete.

The project is funded by the George Emmerson Family in honor of Susan Emmerson, who passed unexpectedly in July 2020.  Mrs. Emmerson was a wife, mother of four sons, and “Grammie.”  She was an artist and taught art for many years at local schools.  Her love of art and the natural beauty of the Sacramento River Trail inspired this gift to the community.  A copy of her obituary is at the end of this description.


This opportunity is open to all practicing artists, at least 18 years of age.  Artists or artist teams with prior public art experience, both those who reside in the Shasta County area and those who live and work elsewhere, are encouraged to submit proposals. All artists and artist teams selected for final proposals must attend all required information sessions or site visits.

Applicants should have a wide variety of skills and training, such as handling or overseeing fabrication and installation, subcontracting structural engineering, and working with general contractors. Proposers must demonstrate that they have skills necessary for the successful completion and installation of the proposed design or can hire and work with qualified professionals to complete required work.


1. Artistic excellence and originality, as evidenced by the representation of past work in images and other supporting materials

2. Experience with projects of a similar scale and scope, such as permanent artworks installed in  the public realm, permanent outdoor artworks, monumental works, and/or site-specific works 

3. Appropriateness of artist’s approach, style, and, if applicable (for finalists only), artist’s proposal to the project’s site and intent, including providing a landmark feature of the Sacramento River Trail, complementing the Stress Ribbon Bridge, and serving as a fitting tribute to Susan Emmerson, without necessarily referencing her in a specific or literal way

4. Availability to work within the project time frame and to be present in Redding during the site visit and Selection Committee presentation/interview 

5. Price and current market value of artist(s) work in relation to the scope and value contemplated for this commission

6. Technical feasibility of proposed project 

7.  Good work habits: ability to meet deadlines, experience with budgeting, good communication skills, good problem-solving abilities—as supported by references

8. Important consideration will also be given to: safety, accessibility, durability, maintenance requirements, permanence of materials, protection against vandalism, and timelessness of the artwork proposed

9. Other criteria as may be established by the Selection Committee. Any additional criteria will be outlined in the jury’s written instructions provided to artist(s) invited to compete in the second stage of the competition.


After the submission deadline, artist application materials will be screened by staff to ensure completeness of applications and conformity to the standards outlined in this Call to Artists before presentation to the selection committee.  Incomplete submittals will not be considered.

The Selection Committee will comprise of (but not limited to):
•    Members of the Emmerson Family
•    Redding City Staff
•    Art professionals
•    Art advisors

The Selection Committee will be highly involved in the selection of finalists and recommendation of project award. At the first selection meeting, the committee will produce a short-list of up to three finalists.  Those finalists will be accepted into the final round, consisting of a site visit, preparation of a conceptual design proposal, and presentation interview with the Selection Committee.  Selection Committee will recommend artist to be selected for project award.  City staff will work with selected artist to complete a Public Art Commission Agreement, oversee final development of the conceptual design proposal into a final artwork design, facilitate acquisition of permits, and facilitate delivery and installation.

Artist finalists will be invited to participate in two events, which will be managed according to best practices for health safety during the pandemic, such as with masks required and proper social distancing:

1. The first is a mandatory site tour for a first-hand look.  Artists will meet local representatives and hear about the project and relevant history. The local representatives will also familiarize the finalists with the site, project schedule, and requirements for proposal and final selection interview.

2. The second is an in-person presentation interview with the Selection Committee, where the artist will present a site-specific conceptual design (“Proposal”) resulting from what was learned from this RFQ and the mandatory site tour.  The artist will be provided with any additional criteria specified by the Selection Committee as well as a to-scale site plan and high-resolution photographs of the site for use in preparing a Proposal.  Proposal shall consist of the following, and only the following:
  • 1 to 3 Jpeg(s) of drawing(s) of proposed work
  • 1 Jpeg of in-situ rendering, to scale, showing proposed work installed at the site
  • 1 Jpeg of proposed material(s) as represented by photograph(s)
  • 1 Jpeg of a drawing broadly representing, without minor details, possible installation/mounting method, as expected by the artist prior to a full assessment by a structural engineer
  • One-page artist statement about work proposed, including concept, relationship to the site, materials, dimensions, key fabricator(s), and possible installation/mounting method
  • Initial maintenance plan, including anticipated requirements for routine cleaning/care, graffiti removal, long-term maintenance, and repairs
  • Estimated fabrication and installation schedule
  • Estimated line-item budget not to exceed $200,000 including all related expenses such as design development, artist fee, project management/administration, artist travel, professional services, engineering, fabrication (materials and labor), foundation, delivery, installation, and identifying plaque (design with City review/approval, fabrication and installation). The budget does not need to include lighting, site preparation such as grading, city permit fees, inspection fees, or sales tax, from which this work is exempt.

Each artist/artist team selected and invited to participate in the mandatory site tour and design presentations will be paid a $5,000 honorarium to offset costs for design fees and materials after the presentations. Reimbursement for travel and accommodations for artists out of driving range will be provided separately.


The following schedule is slated for this Call to Artists.  Please note that the City reserves the right, as deemed necessary, at its sole discretion to adjust this schedule by written notice to the artists.  


Call to Artists Announced                  Monday, November 30, 2020
Deadline for Artist Submissions        Friday, January 8, 2021
First Selection Committee Jury         Friday, January 22, 2021
Notification of Jury Results               Friday, January 29, 2021
Mandatory Site Tour for Finalists      Friday, February 19, 2021
Proposal due for Pre-Review            Monday, April 5, 2021
Second Jury/Finalist Interviews        Friday, April 9, 2021
Notification of Selection                    Tuesday, April 13, 2021
Final Contracting Period                   April 2021
Art Installation                                   December 2021
Art Dedication                                   December 2021


The City reserves the right to withdraw this Call to Artists at any time and for any or no reason.  Receipt of submission entries by the City or submission of an artist’s entry to the City or selection of an artist for purposes of negotiating a contract confers no rights to any artist nor obligates the City in any manner.  The City reserves the right at its sole discretion and for any reason, to reject all submission entries and not award any contract and to solicit additional or different submission entries at a later time.   The City incurs no obligation regarding this Call to Artists, or any contract resulting there-from, until a contract is fully completed and documents properly submitted and executed by all parties.

Any submission shall remain a valid entry for six (6) months after the submission deadline or until the City executes a contract, whichever is sooner.  The City may, in the event the selected artist fails to negotiate a satisfactory contract or fails to perform and the contract is terminated within forty-five (45) days of its initiation, request the artist submitting the next best entry to honor their submission entry.

Costs of developing a submission entry are solely the responsibility of the artist.  The City shall not provide reimbursement for such costs.  The City shall not be liable for any artist’s preparation costs for any reason, other than that paid as an honorarium or as reimbursed travel and accommodation expenses to an artist or artists invited by the Selection Committee to produce a Proposal for the selection interview. Submission of an entry shall constitute acceptance of the terms, conditions, criteria, requirements and evaluations set forth in this Call to Artists and operates as an offer and a waiver of any and all objections and Proposer originated modifications to the contents of this Call to Artists.

All entries properly submitted shall be received and reviewed by the City or City’s designee. The City reserves the right to reject any entry deemed to be non-responsive for failure to comply fully with the terms of the Call to Artists. However, the City reserves the right, at its sole discretion, to request clarifications, corrections or additional information and to waive irregularities in execution or delivery of the entry, provided it is in the best interest of the City.

The City reserves the right to amend this “Call To Artists.”


All questions, comments, or inquiries regarding this Call to Artists, must be made via email to: Deadline for questions is 12:00 noon PST, on Wednesday, December 23, 2020.


The artist recommended shall be required to enter into contract with the City for the entire duration of the project.  Depending on the specific scope of the project, prior to the issuance and throughout the duration of the contract, the artist shall be required to maintain insurance, as required by the City. A sample contract is attached for reference ("Legal Agreement").


The selected artist must be willing to negotiate a contract satisfactory to the City.   In the event the City is unable or unwilling to successfully negotiate with the artist submitting the best entry, the City reserves the option of rejecting the artist and negotiating with the artist submitting the next best entry.

To satisfy the legal requirements of the City of Redding, the contract will require that artist waives all rights under the Visual Artists Rights Act (VARA); however, after its receipt of the written waiver, the City may be willing to reinstate to the artist certain VARA Trademark rights.  The extent of VARA rights to be reinstated is open for negotiation between the City and the artist; however failure to come to terms on this issue will preclude the contract award to the artist. 



Susan Noella Wells Emmerson

MAY 15, 1954 – JULY 31, 2020

Redding - In Loving Memory: Susan Noella Wells Emmerson entered this world on May 15th, 1954 and passed away on July 31, 2020. She is survived by her husband and best friend, George; four sons and their spouses: Garet and Jennifer Emmerson, Collin Emmerson and Mia Bosetti, Vaughn and Katie Emmerson, Dane and Billie Emmerson; three grandchildren: Greysen, Serina and Levi Emmerson; two brothers: Paul and Steven Wells. Susan was a loving wife, supportive mother, authentic parent, loyal friend, compassionate caregiver, inspiring art advocate and educator, active member of the community, generous philanthropist, and a well-rounded person with a big heart.

Susan grew up in Sacramento, CA, graduated from John F. Kennedy High School, and earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing from Chico State. She excelled as a registered nurse quickly becoming a supervisor at Enloe Hospital in Chico, CA. Susan met the love of her life George, whom she married on September 16th, 1983. After the birth of her first son, she prioritized her growing family and put a hold on her career, having four boys within six years. Being the driven individual she was, Susan challenged her family to have great aspirations and goals. She worked hard to foster a home environment that provided for the opportunity for her husband and family to succeed in careers, school and relationships. She was a masterful homemaker and provided a beautiful home for her family. As a home designer in her free time, Susan best expressed her views of the world through decorating spaces, remodeling, updating, and building homes. Her greatest joy and passion in life was being a mother and she took pride in all her son's accomplishments.


She cherished outdoor activities with her family including: bicycling, skiing, snowmobiling, hiking, boating, wakeboarding and walking on the river trail with George's beloved dog, Spyder. She tolerated fishing trips by taking the opportunity to capture the beauty of the scenery through painting. She loved spending time at Lake Almanor with her family and friends.

Susan touched the communities of Chico, Susanville and Redding through numerous volunteer organizations including teaching art at Country Christian School, St. Francis Middle School, Bishop Quinn High School and St. Joseph's schools to hundreds of local students between first and twelfth grade. She also served as a board member at Shasta Regional Community Foundation and Palo Cedro Youth Soccer.

Stepping up to her most recent promotion as "Grammie," she was insistent upon attending all of her darling grandchildren's swim and gymnastic lessons, establishing herself as a constant presence in their young lives. Susan was happiest when she was with her family, and she will be greatly missed.

In lieu of flowers, donations made to the Susan Emmerson Memorial Fund at the Shasta Regional Community Foundation would be appreciated.


Mona Weil

November 20, 2020

So many wonderful memories with the Emmerson family when the children were small. We were next door neighbors and wonderful friends in Chico. Susan and I were always planning things to do with the children. Making cookies, taking the kids swimming, going for long walks. Susan was fun, full of adventure and ideas. She had such a green thumb. Wonderful Mother and wife. She was beautiful inside and out. I’m so deeply saddened to hear about this accident. God bless you George and boys and family.
Greg and Mona, Seth and Reese and family


Kathee Doll

November 19, 2020

George and family,
I was so sorry to hear of my cousins passing when i watched the news tonite.  I’m still in shock. She was such a vibrant woman and she did so much for my mother when she lived in Chico. Such a great loss for you all.


Betty Dickerson

November 18, 2020

George and family,
My deepest condolences. So sorry to hear about your loss. May Gods blessings be with you during these hard times. Betty Dickerson


Jay and Lisa Reagan

August 23, 2020

George and family,
We are deeply sorry for your loss of this beautiful woman. Please know we are praying diligently for you and your entire family that God will be with you and will comfort you as you process and heal.


Michele Michl

August 22, 2020

To the Emerson family,
Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time. We know Susan will be deeply missed and be forever in your hearts.


Dan Stapleton

August 17, 2020

Dear George and family. My condolences and prayers during this difficult time.


Ali Freed

August 10, 2020

To the Emmerson and Wells families

We are so sad to hear the news! Chris and I enjoyed knowing Susan and have fond memories of shared events we attended. We first met Susan when our children were at St. Francis and Bishop Quinn. We had wonderful conversations while watching school basketball games together. Our deepest condolences to you George, Garet,Colin, Vaugn, and Dane, and to your wives and families. We hope your many wonderful memories of Susan will provide some comfort at this very sad time. You are very much in our thoughts. Take good care.

With love, The Freed Family - Chris, Ali, Lydie, and Griffin


Steve & AE Lovett

August 9, 2020

Dear George,
It’s hard to imagine the pain of time cut short by your loss, life so fleeting and unpredictable, and what a treasure every day is. Susan seemed to be one of those rare people—interested, energetic, artistic—who nurtured not only her family but a whole community and did it well. AE and I hold her and you and your family in our hearts and in the light. You have our deepest sympathy. Warm wishes,


Claudine Palmer

August 8, 2020

I remember teaching Collin and Vaughn and seeing Garret at Saint Francis Middle School/Bishop Quinn H.S. many years ago. Then I was blessed to have your mom teach art to my children at Saint Joseph School. My son felt he wasn't an artist, but I loved what he brought home. She told me how to take my children's drawings and paintings and use a matte to frame it and see it as art!

My deepest sympathies, Claudine Palmer (teacher and parent at St. Joseph School)


Walter and Lee Ann Smith

August 8, 2020

George and family
Sending our deepest condolences to you all. We have so many fun memories skiing at Sugarbowl , always enjoyed Susan’s humor and fun spirit. Rest In Peace Susan.
Walter , Lee Ann ,Mike and Natalie Smith



August 8, 2020

Susan and I shared the same first and last name, so she was Susan and I was Aunt Sue.

Great times were had the first time I visited the family when I graduated from High School, and then again as I returned to Sacramento after college. We shared many interesting adventures and stories as I became a Californian.

How times fly, but memories are always there to remind us of special people and places that bring joy then and as we relive them again.


To the Family and friends of Susan Emmerson - the joy that she brought you will continue in a special place in your heart. It is always there to bring to the surface, bask in the warmth of the love, and know it will be there the next time it is needed.

Now you have a special angel watching over you and you will know when she is near.

Thank You Susan for being in my life.

Aunt Sue Wells

Dan Davis

August 8, 2020

Dear George

Mr. Wonderful! My heart truly goes out to you. Being a customer of S P, having the honor of attending S P’s annual picnic, going to Alaska fishing, and just being in your presence those few times were inspiring. Susan was truly magical!!
If you had a fan club I’d be a paying member. Dan Davis

Leslie Trujillo

August 8, 2020

Dear Emmersons,
Albert and I were so saddened to hear about the passing of your beloved wife, mother and grandmother. Susan was a gift to our community. Her energy, love of life and passion for art were evident to everyone. She generously gave of her time, talent and her joy to all who knew her, but especially to her art students.
Susan will be sorely missed.

Maureen Pello

August 8, 2020

Dear George and Family,

I'm so very sorry to hear about your loss. How life can change in just an instant. I only met Susan once, and that was at the SLB meeting we had at the museum in DC. I so enjoyed talking with her that evening. Please know that my heart felt thoughts and prayers are with you all during this very difficult time.

Thinking of you,
Maureen Pello

Bo Riewerts

August 8, 2020

My love and support to you on this incredibly difficult day. You are surrounded by a huge family and extended group of friends, all who will be with you either in person or spirit, while honoring Susan’s amazing partnership with you and life of goodness.
My wife and I have fond memories of our Park City dinners together.
My very best, Bo

Brian and Elizabeth Wells

August 8, 2020

Uncle George, Garret, Collin, Vaughn, Dane, and families,

I was stunned when Dad called me last week with the tragic news. I cannot truly imagine what you are feeling with losing Susan so suddenly, and we offer you our condolences and prayers. Aunt Susan was a pillar in our family and will be deeply missed.

I will always appreciate how happy Susan was that she shared a middle name with our oldest, Melody (although we spell Noelle a little different than Susan did). There will always be a little piece of Susan in our family, and as Melody grows up we'll make sure we tell her about a great aunt that she shares a name with but unfortunately never got to meet in person.

Love, Brian, Elizabeth, and family

Jasmine Chang

August 8, 2020

Dear George and the Family,

Our heart goes out to each of you and we’ll be here for you all the way.
~ Jasmine& Yenming


Ann Prater

August 8, 2020

Dear George and family — I am so sorry to hear of Susan’s passing. I have many memories of Susan at school and on the soccer field, as well as her boys refereeing where she made sure they knew the value of work. But the one that stands out the brightest and shares her fierce and generous heart was after the PC fires. I was numb looking around our gutted property and in drives Susan. She gives me a quick hug, then states she is there to pick up our boys. I had no idea what for — she matter of factly said she didn’t want them to miss soccer practice so she was taking them to get soccer shoes. I had not yet computed that they had no shoes. That was Susan getting done what needed doing. I will always be grateful for the strong support she gave us during that time. I’m thinking of you all and wishing you peace. Love Ann, Troy and family

Greg and Jodi Brown

August 7, 2020

Our sincere condolences to George and all of the Emmerson family, our thoughts are with all of you. Susan was a remarkable lady and will be greatly missed. Most of all will miss taking the beloved smoked salmon she looked forward to every year and sharing stories of family and her cooking recipes. Very thankful for her kind heartedness and conversations over the past 14 years, we will miss you Susan.

Edna Wells

August 7, 2020

Dear George,
You know how fond we are of your family. Now at this special time, please accept our deepest sympathy. Please also extend our sympathy to all of your family.
With love from, Grandma Edna


June Foltz

August 7, 2020

My deepest sympathy! I am so very sorry!
Susan helped me feel close to her and connected to her family. We kept in contact with phone calls or text messages every few weeks. She loved hearing about her elderly Grandma Edna and exchanging photos and videos. Susan had a big heart!
With much love,
Aunt June

Greg Tomascheski

August 7, 2020

Collin, Garet, Vaughn, Dane and George,

I'm heartbroken for your family. I can't begin to imagine what you must be going through and feeling right now. I wanted to let you know I'm thinking of you all right now and the impact your mom had on me. Before I took art as an elective at Bishop Quinn and your mom taught our art class, I never had anyone show me the techniques and how to use the mediums she introduced to us. With her skill-set and patience she was able to bring out my inner-artist in a way that other teachers hadn't done before. I was so proud of the work I created in that class that I kept it with me as a reminder of what I'm capable of creating. She had a huge influence on developing my artistic skills and I'm forever grateful for her willingness to volunteer her time, skills and passion to us students. I attached a photo of a pen and ink drawing she helped me with. She encouraged me to take on a project that wasn't easy and simple, but extremely detailed and complex because she knew that I could do it. I'm thankful that Mrs. Emmerson noticed my natural talent, shared her passion for art with me and pushed me to take on and complete this piece. I'm so sorry for your loss and have you all in my heart right now. Be well.

Howard Peterson

August 7, 2020

Our hearts are broken with the news of your sudden loss. We always enjoyed our chats with you and Susan at company events and our chance meetings while biking on the river trail.
~ Howard and Jean Peterson

Allan Grushkin

August 7, 2020

My heart goes out to you and your family I still think about the time we spent at Crater Lake your wife was a lot of fun and she will be missed.

Rick Hoard

August 7, 2020

We have no words to erase the pain. We are so very sorry for your loss. May the sorrow be muted with family and time.
~ Rick and Kathy Hoard

Sue Coleman

August 7, 2020

My sympathy to you and your family and hope for peace from all the love and beautiful memories that you hold in your hearts.

Ruben Orr

August 7, 2020

Our thoughts are with you and your family George. We are so sorry for your loss.
For Susan: Fly with the angles and dance with stars.
She will always be with you, your family and loving you.
Regards, Ruben and Ita Orr - Salmon Arm, BC Canada

William Dennison

August 7, 2020

Dear George and Family:
We are so sorry and want you to know that you are in our prayers.
With Love, Bill and LaVon

Tom Klinkenberg

August 7, 2020

Dear George and Family,

We are so sorry for your loss. Our prayers are with your entire family during this difficult time.

Nadine Bailey

August 7, 2020

Dear George and Family, my deepest condolences for your loss. You and your family will be in my prayers. Nadine Bailey

Lea Tate

August 6, 2020

Dear George and Family,

We are so sorry for your loss. I recall so many long conversations about family, relationships, and phases of life. Susan and I had a common interest: trying to understand people. Matt and I will miss her honesty, kindness and never forgetting to ask about our girls. She left us too early.  ~ Lea and Matt Tate

John & Linda Alger

August 6, 2020

We are so saddened by Susan’s passing. We always enjoyed her visits with George. Susan loved her family so much and loved their times together. We will miss our conversations and the many laughs we shared. She was always so much fun. Our love and condolences go out to George and the family.

Yuvonne Tate

August 6, 2020

Dear George and Family,

Words are never adequate in moments like these. We were saddened to hear the shocking news. Our hearts go out to the entire Emmerson family. Susan will be sorely missed. She was a thoughtful, giving, and caring friend. Her gracious elegance and warm heart extended to George and her family. She cared deeply about her grandchildren and was happy to be a part of their lives. We are so sorry for your loss. We will miss her, too.
~ Yuvonne and James Tate

Mark and Francesca Rey

August 6, 2020

We are very sorry to hear about Susan's passing. Both Francesca and I have fond memories of time spent with her and George at annual Boone & Crockett meetings. The Emmerson family is in our thoughts and prayers.

Gerry Bendix

August 6, 2020

Dear George, Sending you condolences and my sincere best wishes.

Steve & Christina Jackson

August 6, 2020

George and Family,

Words cannot express the sorrow we feel for you during this most difficult time. We too will miss Susan and cherish the many wonderful memories we shared together. Her home and heart was always open and inviting to our family. We especially recall the way she loved our children and always made them feel welcome in her presence. It is our prayer that the love of God comfort you.
~ Steve and Christina Jackson

Terri Misslin

August 6, 2020

Susan was very generous giving of her time and talents to all. She generously volunteered to teach art at St. Francis and Bishop Quinn from 1997-2009, and at St. Joseph School from 2009-2020. She was a master artist who shared her love of art with all of the students she taught. Coming into her art classes for the first time she would hear "I can't draw", "I'm not an artist"; but by the end of the school year students beamed at their art pieces and took pride in knowing they truly were artists. Susan shared her passion and love of art with her students and helped them to see their potential.
Susan touched our hearts and helped us to believe in ourselves. We will miss her presence here at St. Joseph School. We will smile as we enter the Art Room and remember our friend and teacher. 

Sonia Rhoads

August 6, 2020

So very sorry for your loss George and Family. I have no words to express my sorrow. Please know your not alone. God be with you and in your prayers.

Chris & Dianela Pellascini

August 6, 2020

Our dearest friend George, and the entire Emmerson Family,

We mourn with you the sudden and inexplicable loss of our beloved Susan. Her death leaves a deep void in our hearts. We will always treasure the time and experiences we shared, and her optimism and positive outlook in life. May God’s comfort and peace be with you at this time of pain and grief.

Chris and Dianela Pellascini

Nat Stock

August 6, 2020

I met Susan and George in 1982 in Maui at the NSDJA Convention. My brother and I with our wives enjoyed some personal social time getting acquainted with this beautiful young couple.......seems like yesterday.

You are in our prayers. God bless you and guide you through journey of grief.

Richard McKenzie

August 6, 2020

I am so very sorry to hear of the death of Susan. She was a wonderful person and someone Joan and I always admired and considered a friend. My deepest condolences go out to George and Susan’s entire family.

Peggy Peterson

August 6, 2020

I met Susan when I taught Dane in fifth grade. She came in and did art lessons for our class. I will always remember Susan as a gracious, talented, and creative woman who was eager to share her talents with others. I appreciated how she believed in others, laughed easily, and always sought to inspire others. My sincere condolences and prayers for your family.
~ Peggy Peterson

Carol and Dean Germano

August 5, 2020

Our sincere and deepest condolences to George, the boys and all of the Emmerson family.

Mike and Alex Wheeler

August 5, 2020

Our deepest condolences to George, his son’s, their wives, and grandchildren. We have lost a true friend and mentor.
God speed and our deepest prayers to you “Susan”, thank you for the memories that you instilled with the challenges and rewards of hard work these last 14 years, You will forever be in our hearts.

Linda Fowler

August 5, 2020

My husband and I live on the ranch in Weed, Ca that the Emmersons own. When Susan and George came to the rock house, we always tried to get together to visit. But I remember most is when the house flooded and I called Susan to tell her, she was so kind. When she came up the kindest was still there. We will always remember her with fondest in our hearts. I will miss her smile and kind words.

Jan & Greg Skipitis

August 5, 2020

Dear George & family,
Our deepest sympathy to you as you navigate this difficult time. We are here for you & we’re so lucky to have known Susan. Jan will miss her walks on the river trail & all the fun conversations. Her family was her greatest accomplishment & she treasured the time with Serena & Grayson. We still can’t believe she is gone. Take care of each other. George, you are not alone & are surrounded by friends & family that love you & care about you. Lean on us, we are here for you. xx G & J

Brooks Dame

August 5, 2020

My heartfelt condolences to George and to the Emmerson family. We have you guys in our thoughts and prayers up here in Idaho. So sorry for your loss.

melissa merryman

August 5, 2020

Dear George and Family,
Sending my love, condolences, and thoughts to you all.

Emma Suarez Pawlicki

August 5, 2020

Susan welcomed us to the Redding community with open arms. The weekly power walks, the recipe exchange, the beauty tips, the political insights ... Susan was a gal’s gal while being tough as nails and raising four boys into successful young men. God Bless her and the family. Descansa en Paz 💐


Robert Glowinski

August 5, 2020

Our deepest condolences to George and family on Susan's passing. This news just stunned all of us and we are so sorry for her loss. We all had the opportunity to be with her on a number of occasions and she will be missed by us as well. So sad.

Melissa Hunt Karda Georgianna

August 5, 2020

George, Garet, Collin, Vaughn, & Dane,
We are so sorry to hear of Susan's accident and passing! Having you boys in our classes at Country Christian was always exciting to us because we knew that your mom would come in with an amazing Art class and lessons that you and your classmates would experience. We each developed a friendship with your mom that we so appreciated who she was and ALL that she did. Our hearts are broken with & for you but please know that our thoughts and prayers are with you as you walk through this valley of life. May you be comforted by the many memories of her and just knowing her heart for you, George, as her hubby, Boys, as her sons, and grandkids, as her gifts! Hugs, Karda & Melissa

Mark DeMeo

August 5, 2020

Maria and I are so sorry for your loss. What a tragedy for you family. We only met Susan a couple of time . She was kind, sweet and had a sense of humor. Our hearts and prayers are with you and your family at this very sad time. Lucky to have her on this earth for the time she spent. May God bless Susan. Rest in Peace.
With our love and sorrow, Maria and Mark DeMeo


William Imbergamo

August 5, 2020

My heartfelt condolences to George on the loss of his wife and to the entire Emmerson family. The news of her passing truly shocked me and rest of the timber community. Please know that you are all in our hearts and prayers at this difficult time.



August 5, 2020

I met Susan at 21 years old. She was working in Lake Tahoe the same summer I worked there. Through mutual friends I was asked to be her roommate at Chico State and it changed my life. Knowing Susan can do that to you. Memories of our years together as young college students, young brides and young mothers are some of the best memories I have. My heart breaks for what good have been. Rest in peace my dear friend. God is watching over you and those you love. Until we meet again.
Joan Steele-Bettencourt

Rachel Arnold

August 5, 2020

I started doing Susan's nails in 2017. She was a ray of sunshine. I loved spending every two weeks with her. She would show me pictures of her grandkids. Tell me stories of her grandkids. And tell me about her days spent with her grandkids. She would show me funny videos of comedians she watched. She had so much advice to pass on..LOL!! I loved it!! I will miss her so much. Our time together was very precious.
I am so sorry to her family for their loss. I am in a loss for words. My prayers are with all of you.
~ Rachel Arnold

















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