April 2021
Update on ICA Programs & Events
We are working with state and local health guidance to develop plans for hosting some of our favorite annual events!

Barring any unforeseen circumstances, we are moving forward with the Memorial Day Arts & Crafts Show, planned for May 28th-31st.

Save the date! Community Art Days are tentatively set for June 5th in Bishop at the Bishop City Park and June 6th in Independence at Dehy Park. More information on these events is forthcoming.

At this point, our hope is that we will be able to hold the 29th Annual Millpond Music Festival, with the proposed dates of September 17th-19th. We will make a decision by June 1st, and if we can safely move forward with the festival, tickets and camping will go on sale Wednesday, June 9th. We can’t wait to hear from you all that day! 


School Arts Programs

Headed by School Arts Coordinator Erin Renee, Inyo Council for the Arts has provided Inyo County schools with virtual art docents lessons over the last school year! Although things look slightly different, we are excited to continue educating students about art through this museum-like experience. The Inyo County Art Docent Program provides a sequential, interactive K-5th grade education in art history and artistic skills, allowing teachers and docents to address a significant part of the California Arts Standards. To learn more about our art docent program, visit our website here.

ICA also offers ongoing afterschool visual and performing arts classes free of charge to students across Inyo and Mono counties! Taught by diverse and talented teaching artists outside of school hours, these classes not only benefit students in our isolated school districts, but also give local artists the opportunity to share their craft with young members of our community. To check out what classes are being offered currently, visit the Youth Arts Actions page here.

Please stay tuned for updates on all of these events through our email newsletters and social media!
Poetry Out Loud
Inyo Council for the Arts Announces Julian Carter as 2021 Inyo County Poetry Out Loud Champion
Inyo County, CA — Junior Julian Carter, from Owens Valley High School, received the title of Inyo County Poetry Out Loud Champion at the county finals held virtually this month. The runner-up was Lily Floyd, also from Owens Valley High School in Independence, CA.

This was the eleventh year that Inyo Council for the Arts (ICA) has hosted Poetry Out Loud, which is sponsored nationally by the National Endowment for the Arts and The Poetry Foundation and locally by the California Arts Council. Poetry Out Loud gives students an opportunity to master public speaking skills, build self-confidence, and learn about their literary heritage and win prizes for themselves and their school.
Because of the Coronavirus pandemic, this year’s event was a video submission contest. However, the students’ performances were judged on criteria including presence, evidence of understanding, dramatic performance, and accuracy just as they have always been.
As Inyo county’s champion, Carter will compete in the California State virtual competition in March. Also being held virtually, he will submit his three pre-recorded recitation videos to be adjudicated on March 11th, with winners announced on March 12th. The national semifinals will take place on May 2, 2021 and the national finals will take place on May 27, 2021. Both will be video submission-based competitions and will be streamed on arts.gov., where $50,000 in awards and school stipends will be distributed!
To view Carter and Floyd’s winning performances, and for more information about how to follow this exciting national competition, visit www.inyo.org/poetryoutloud.
ICA Gallery Show
The gallery will open back up to walk-ins on May 5th! Until then, gallery visits are by appointment only, Monday-Friday, 10am-3pm. Come check out some great art from Inyo County artists!

Masks are required at all times. We ask that you please maintain a physical distance of at least 6ft while in the building. For more information, please call us at (760) 873-8014 or email us at info@inyo.org.

Skandar Reid Memorial Show at C5 Studios
Now through April 20th
Photo by Erin Boehme
From C5 Studios:

"C5 Studios is honored to have the opportunity to put together a memorial show of Skandar's art to celebrate the life and work of an incredible artist, storyteller, healer and friend to so many of us."

The show is up now and runs until April 20th. For those interested, there will be some pieces available for purchase.
C5 Studios is located at 210 S Warren St in Bishop. They are open Tuesday - Friday 2:30pm - 5:30pm, and Saturdays 10am - 3:30pm. For more information, visit their website here, or email them at contact@c5studios.org or call them at (760)258-1059.
Photos by Naomi Hart Johnson
Wakeful Ascent Aerial Arts
Wakeful Ascent Aerial Arts is inviting members of the community to join the wait list for aerial classes. If you are interested in aerial silks lessons, please fill out this form linked here.
Featured Artist: Heather Freeman
Wild Onion Creations
Heather Freeman is a textile artist using photography to create nature-inspired artwork. She creates textile prints of her Eastern Sierra photographs and turns them into ready-to-hang canvases, cuddly-soft pillows, and luxurious art scarves.

The desire to make special gifts for her family is how she got Wild Onion Creations started. When buying things off the shelf from big box stores didn’t quite say it, she began handcrafting bags and pillows.
Having loved photography since forever, she wondered if she could get her pictures onto the fabric, and then make things…. So the experiments began. And ultimately she created one-of-a-kind pieces of textile art with her photographs.
With a background in architecture and graphic design, she keeps her designer eye sharp and her creativity flowing by making art. While out adventuring in nature, it has been a joy for Heather to stumble across wild onions when they are blooming. Super easy to pass by if you aren’t paying close attention, those purple blossoms on the pungent stems add a punch of detail to the experience. She likes to bring that level of detail to her work and hopes her Wild Onion Creations become special treasures for nature appreciators and their families.
Wild Onion Creations
Calling All Artists

Are you a visual artist, musician, ceramist, poet, writer, filmmaker, actor, dancer, jewelry designer, woodworker, or fashion designer?

ICA is looking to feature local artists in our newsletter and on social media!

What we need:
- 2 photos of your work/performance/album cover/book cover
- Bio that is no more than 200 words
- Online presence links for audience to follow


Photos: JPG or PNG – well-lit, no reflections, unnecessary elements cropped out.
Smallest dimension: 800px

Bio note: up to 200 words (what you do, your past work, what you are most proud of) Format: Word, Google doc, or plain text in the body of email

Online presence: Link to your website, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, SoundCloud, Patreon, etc. Ways people can follow your work, commission, or buy work.

Submit to: info@inyo.org

If this doesn't seem like your cup of tea, swing on over to our website and check out the Artist Directory page. Please let us know if you would like to be featured on this page, and submit your details (name, medium, contact info, etc.) and a high-res photo here !

Artists will be featured in order in which their documentation is received. Submissions are published at Inyo Council for the Arts’ discretion. 

Stay tuned here in the email newsletter, on our Facebook / Instagram, and our website to check out everything ICA is up to throughout the year!

Inyo Council for the Arts
150 Willow Street
Bishop, California 93514

Monday - Friday

(760) 873-8014 / www.inyo.org

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Inyo Council for the Arts (ICA) is a non-profit community-based organization that advances the arts in Inyo County through participation, education, and collaboration. Art enriches lives, creates a language that connects all people, and celebrates diverse cultures and historical heritages. ICA provides venues for artists to perform and share their work, and for the community to gather in appreciation of the arts.
Thank you for your support!