Mimi Bailey is co-owner of Arthouse in collaboration with Joel Shelton. Arthouse located at 327 W Miner St., Yreka, is a gallery, working studio and tattoo shop. Mimi and Joel describe their artwork as “tattoo-related art...that appeals to a generation of people who grew up on pop culture.”
Mimi is a prolific artist. She is probably best know for her watercolor and ink renderings of famous musicians and Siskiyou County locals. In addition to Arthouse, her work can be seen at the Music Hall and Purple Plum in Yreka and Three Little Birds in Fort Jones. She painted the Denny Bar Company logo onto their brick wall in Etna. When we met for this interview she was working on the restroom signs for The Rex Club, that is now under new ownership.
Lauri: What was your thinking behind creating the Arthouse business?
Mimi: I was a server for 17 years and painting on the side then found that waitressing was getting in the way of my art time. I wasn’t keeping up with custom orders, murals and the artwork I wanted to make so I decided to give up ‘work’ for my dream. Joel had been tattooing me for years when we ran into each other. He told me he was getting ready to re-enter the art world after getting to be a stay at home dad for a few years. We thought we would be a good “art match’ and decided to give it a go. We opened the doors of Arthouse in April 2016.
Lauri: I know you do a lot custom portraits of people and pets for clients. Also you design children’s growth charts. What is your favorite part of doing custom orders?
Mimi: I like making people’s ideas come to life and seeing their reactions when I’ve gotten it right! It’s a complete honor that people are willing to hang my art in their homes and look at it everyday!
Lauri: What inspires you?
Mimi: All of the nature around me inspires me. My work is informed by pop and tattoo culture, the human form and where I can infuse a bit of my dark twisted humor. You can see more of my work on Instagram @mimibailey
Lauri: What is your favorite part of sharing a meal with friends and family?
Mimi: I love getting to prepare the food with my daughter most of all. Her enthusiasm is what makes it fun! Past that, I just like to eat.
Lauri: What is your favorite meal at a local restaurant?
Mimi: My favorite food at Strings Italian Cafe is is their Antipasti Con Capellini. String is right across the street from the Arthouse at 322 W Miner St., Yreka,
Lauri: Do you have a favorite Destination eatery?
Mimi: Fried Buffalo Cheese Curds at Denny Bar Company in Etna… and not just because I have a mural there.
Eggnog Pie Recipe
11/2 cups eggnog
2 cups heavy cream
1 package French Vanilla Pudding mix
⅛ tsp Nutmeg of Pumpkin Pie spice
1 tsp Vanilla extract
1 Tbsp Rum or Rum extract
In a saucepan combine pudding mix, nutmeg (or pumpkin pie spice) and eggnog, mix well. Cook over medium heat stirring like a mad person constantly, until thick and bubbly. Remove your concoction from the heat and stir in the rum and vanilla. Plop your mixture into a large bowl, cover and refrigerate until thoroughly chilled.
In another bowl, whip the cream to soft peaks. Get out your cold eggnog mix and beat until smooth. Fold in the whipped cream. Dump the deliciousness into your baked and cooled pie shell and sprinkle a dusting of nutmeg (or pumpkin pie spice) over the top for a garnish. Refrigerate that bad boy for 4 hours or until set!
Gingersnap Pie Crust: Also a great pie crust for pumpkin and cheese cakes
2 cups gingersnap cookies - about 40 cookies
¼ cup brown sugar
6 tbsp melted butter
Smash the cookies into fine crumbs. Add sugar mix well then add butter. Press the mixture firmly into sides and bottom of a 9” pie dish. Bake at 350 for 5-8 minutes. Cool then pour in eggnog filling.