Mammoth Art Guild
29th Annual Labor Day Arts and Crafts Festival
by John Hazeltine
Hundreds of art lovers and weekend vacationers visited exhibits of the works of seventy artists and artisans from across the West at the 29th Annual held September 5 - 7, 1998. The weather added excitement in the afternoons, with rare thunderstorms generated by hurricanes off Baja California dampening the grounds. Otherwise the crisp, clean air, pine and sawdust scents and beautiful art made attending the Festival worthwhile.
Artists included: Deborah Bridges, sculptor in stone and bonze from Nevada City, CA; Vern Clevenger a fine art photographer living in nearby Bishop. CA; Lewis Jones, wildlife painter from LaPine, OR; Gary Lake, western landscape painter from Bishop, CA; Ed McBride, wildlife and western steel sculptures from Ridgecrest, CA; Lady Jill Mueller, landscape watercolors from Reno, NV; Jim Stimson, photographer from Crowley Lake, CA.
In addition to paintings in traditional media, several sculptors exhibited both minature and heroic sized bronze and steel works. Wildlife and landscape photography abounded. For more information on the Mammoth Art Guild call Robin Conners at 760.934.2125.
Additional funding for the Festival was provided by the Mono County Arts Council, the Town of Mammoth Lakes and The California Arts Council.
From top to bottom (click on thumbnails for larger images): Music at the Festival, Deborah Bridges; Lady Jill Mueller; Gary Lake; Lewis Jones; Jim Stinson; Vern Clevenger; Steel Sculpture by Ed McBride; photos by John Hazeltine.
For further biographical information on selected artists cited above please see America's Distinguished Artists, a national registry of historic artists.
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