We will involve our members and other supporters by seeking their views and listening to their suggestions.  We will strive to create programs and opportunities that address our members’ art challenges while developing relationships that enrich our community. 

We have many years of experience in mothering, fathering, volunteering, raising kids, making a home for abandoned pets, running a business, project managing, practicing law, farming, marketing, strategic planning, and IT tech. We believe our experience and creativity in making relationships and things work in the real world will be helpful in guiding the Art League in providing excellent art services to Lincoln and the surrounding area. One of our greatest assets is as a group we are flexible so we can adapt to rapidly changing environments. But most of all we are passionate about collaborating with others to restore health, economic vitality, fun, and a sense of community as we enter the post pandemic era for our town. 

We are:

Gia McNutt, President

Diane Wood, Treasurer

 Members at large
Tom Jones, Board Director
Julie Hirota, Board Director
Steve Pagano, Board Director
Cailin Wailani, Board Director

Advisory Board Members
Janet Phinick, Grantwriter
Jean Cross, Public Art
Stefanie Spikell 
Irene Matson

Gia McNutt


As Board President and volunteer for the Art League of Lincoln, my primary goal is to build sustainability for our organization. I am committed to growing our membership, volunteer and stakeholder base, and creating more synergy with the community at large. We plan to offer more educational programs for youth and adults, expanding public art, and celebrating the rich history of clay in the rapidly growing community of Lincoln.

I was founder and CEO of Special Order Systems, a high technology company I co-founded in 1992. I led and managed all aspects of the business including operations, sales, human resources, organizational, marketing, and culture. I also have a great deal of experience with non-profits and philanthropy, having served as Board chair for local non-profit Big Brothers, Big Sisters of Greater Sacramento area, and general board member for Los Rios Community Foundation. I am also an artist and musician, and strongly believe that the arts are critical in the continued evolution and well-being of humanity.

Diane Wood

IMy first career was as a professional ballet dancer. In my twenties, I retired from performing and shifted my primary pursuits to a career in business.  I graduated from Sacramento State in Business Administration-Finance and have been a business professional for over 30 years. I’ve worked for large corporations, a not-for-profit and a family business, in telecommunications, economic development and agricultural marketing and distribution, respectively.  For the past 16 years I have worked in Lincoln for Fiddyment Farms, first as their business manager/controller and then in 2013 as general manager. In 2020, I stepped down as general manager and am now an internal consultant, vice president of the corporation and a member of their board. Additionally, I currently sit on the finance committee for the American Pistachio Growers Association.

As a board member, I want to provide support, guidance and decision making that balance ALL’s mission and goals with the need for organizational and financial sustainability. Through my years as a professional ballet dancer, I experienced first-hand the value art brings to us as individuals and to our communities, and the importance of organizations like ALL in supporting and sustaining the arts.  I am eager to interact and work with the many creative people that are ALL’s members and stakeholders to ensure the organization’s ongoing success.

Tom Jones

Board Director

With more than 39 years in the art industry, and 29 of those years in Lincoln as owner of Sierra Hills Framing, I have been an active part of the Lincoln community since 1993.  Some of the community groups I have been involved with are the Lincoln Area Chamber of Commerce since 1994, including serving multiple terms on the Chamber’s Board of Directors; founding committee member for the Downtown Lincoln Farmer’s Market; (16) years as President of the Lincoln Native Sons of the Golden West for 20 years; and a major supporter of the Lincoln Area Archives Museum since its inception.

Some of my other volunteering contributions have been with the Placer County Ducks Unlimited Committee (including 14 years as Chairman), and being coach for Lincoln Girls Softball and Lincoln Youth Soccer.  In 2007, I was selected as the2007 Volunteer of the Year by the Lincoln Volunteer Center.

On the business side, founding member of the Downtown Lincoln Association (DLA), participate on several of the DLA committees, and have been instrumental in the production of the immensely successful Lincolnopoly game fundraiser.  My company, Sierra Hills Framing, has won Best of the Best Awards from Lincoln News Messenger readers over different years in several different categories.  I was honored to be selected Lincoln business man of the year and many other local and regional awards.

I am proud to be a part of the wonderful community of Lincoln, and despite the continued economic downturn, I am able to continue the practice of donating over $10,000 annually in materials and services to deserving community organizations.


Julie Hirota

Board Director,

General Members

My goal is to rebuild the functional foundation for ALL, build a succession plan, and restore Feats of Clay with the support of Gladding McBean.

I am currently the CEO for Saint John’s Program for Real Change. I also have extensive experience in the non-profit sector, as chief fundraiser with a strong record of success in non-profit management, operations, major gift acquisition, finance, personnel, corporate contributions, advocacy and private/public partnerships. I have an excellent record of community relations, board development, leadership and public engagement.

Cailin Wailan

Board Director,

General Members

I take much pride in being from Lincoln and see so much potential for growth in ALL.  I am committed to helping drive this growth; to help ALL flourish and bring in new members of all ages and career levels.

I am an artist and recently returned to reside in Lincoln after growing up here. I am excited to help cultivate new ideas and engage the youth in our community through communication methods that reach them.

Steve Pagano

Board Director,

General Members

With over 30 years in the music and entertainment industry, I have been an advocate for the arts on all levels. As a performing and touring musician throughout the 1990s and early 2000s, I have had the opportunity to share music and the performing arts with many people of all ages and genres.

Currently based in Lincoln, I am the owner and operator of the Rockstar Music Academy. The Rockstar Music Academy is a Lincoln favorite with over 19 Best of the best awards (Lincoln News Messengers) in just a few years. Teaching and managing a large group of over 20 performing arts instructors that include music, theater and dance to well over 300 plus students and growing. Our philanthropic efforts have helped bring the performing arts to every corner of Placer County. Chosen Lincoln's 2023 SMALL BUSINESS OF THE YEAR & and BUSINESSMAN OF THE YEAR (business excellence awards/Lincoln Chamber of Commerce) are just a few of the accomplishments that bring value and experience to the League.

I look forward to helping develop and implement programs and partnerships that continue to bring the arts of all types, to all ages, especially reaching new eyes, ears and minds!

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Public Arts Mural Donation
580 Sixth Street, Lincoln, CA 95648

Open Thursday - Sunday, 11 am - 3 pm


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