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The non-profit organization Eastern Sierra Artists was formed in 2017 by a group of artists wishing to bring the arts community closer together in the Eastern Sierra. We had been in talks with the Bishop Mural Society to adopt their 501(c)3 status and change the name to ESA. The Mural Society had come down to 3 members and we felt that by joining organizations, we could add many artists to create murals.  In 2019, the 501(c)3 organization formerly known as Bishop Mural Society will now be known as Eastern Sierra Artists. Bishop Mural Society will remain an active part of the work done by Eastern Sierra Artists.

The Bishop City Council presented a Citizen of the Quarter Award to Gaye Mueller, Director, and Eastern Sierra Artists for their First Friday Night MARKETS on 12/9/2019
From left to right, Board members Erin Boehme, Elaine Kabala, Andrea Shallcross, Gail Swain, Gaye Mueller, and Councilman Laura Smith

Also in that year, we were approached by Erin Boehme and Naomi Hart Johnson who were passionate about starting up a community arts center in Bishop. We felt that an arts center was part of our mission and by combining groups, we could bring together grant funding and teamwork to help create this center. ESA has now launched C5 Community Arts Center, a creative hub providing education in the arts, studio space for local and visiting artists and makers, and an exhibition/retail space. Located in the former back entrance of JC Penny’s at 210 S. Warren Street, look for art classes beginning now.

Eastern Sierra Artists is actually composed of ESA, the Bishop Mural Society  and C5 Community Arts Center. In 2018 ESA launched First Friday Night Markets in Downtown Bishop, closing off Academy Street from Main Street to Warren. An amazing success from the beginning, we brought together artisans and community service groups with entertainment by local musicians for a fun Friday night where people could come together, shop, listen to music, have a cocktail and socialize. 2019 saw farmers adding local produce such as lavender, honey, beef and eggs raised in Hamill Valley plus vegetables from Wilkerson. Look for exciting additions to our Markets in 2020!

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