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The public is invited to come enjoy an OPEN STUDIO AND HOLIDAY ART SALE at Frances Cholewa and Tom Meyers' home and studio in Bishop's McLaren neighborhood during the weekend December 7th, 8th and 9th.  A colorful and abundant display of ceramic pottery, paintings, photography and jewelry will be installed for viewing and purchase throughout the home and studio at 373 Mount Tom Road.  

This event is a continuation of a much-loved tradition of art shows in this home, which was formerly the home and studio of painter Peggy Gray. Peggy and Frances showcased their work together during their popular annual home and studio art sale for many years.  Now that Frances and Tom own this beautiful property, they have poured their love into it and multiplied its beauty many times over.  Frances and Tom are living “the dream” of working on their art in a beautiful environment.  With multiple streams on the large property, as well as a lovely pond, they are offering a great way for you to see and purchase art for yourself and for others as gifts.  Come see their work in the place where it was created. This is a wonderful opportunity to meet the artists and learn more about their creative process.  By viewing the art in their home you can imagine how it may enhance your own.

Tom Meyers and Frances Cholewa specialize in the creation of functional clay objects and raku pottery.  Gorgeous stoneware, vases, serving bowls, mugs and dishes will be offered in abundance!  Frances and Tom are known for their exquisite hand-crafted work, both in their aesthetic forms and in their glazing techniques and colors.  While visiting you will be able to explore their working clay studio and kiln room.  Frances and Tom regularly display their creations at Spellbinder Books on South Main Street in Bishop. Please drop by to pick up an invitation card for the open studio sale.

Also on display throughout the home will be the fine watercolor paintings of Lynn Marit Peterson.  A longtime resident of the Eastern Sierra and primarily a plein air artist, Lynn will offer watercolors of her personal interpretations of the local terrain.  She also enjoys painting a variety of other subject matter including still life, people, florals and abstracts and will present those as well. Her calendars, cards and matted prints will also be available for purchase.

Bonnie Jay will be offering her one-of-a-kind, contemporary art jewelry, all made by hand at her studio here in Bishop. Bonnie's exquisite metalsmith work features beautifully pierced and stamped fine sterling silver, copper and brass with unique polished stones such as turquoise, amethyst, and moonstone.

Karen Nielsen Licher will be exhibiting landscape oil paintings. Karen’s work incorporates the texture and substance of earthen materials directly in her work.  Her recent paintings explore the emotional tone inherent in fields of color.

Bruce Licher will be exhibiting a selection of recent color panoramic photography along with sepia-toned black & white imagery.  Licher's photography is well known by many local residents, as well as those who have followed his musical career, as he often photographs locations that inspire his music.  Bruce will also be present with many of his recordings on vinyl and CD along with print editions and greeting cards that he and Karen have designed & printed at their Independent Project Press.  

The public is welcome to attend a reception for the artists on Friday, December 7th, from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM.  Beverages and light hors d’oeuvres will be served.

Open Studio & Holiday Art Sale - Artist Reception
When: Fri., Dec. 7 (6 PM to 9 PM)
373 Mount Tom Road in Bishop. To get to the location, drive west on Line Street (Hwy. 168) from downtown Bishop past Manor Market, and turn right on Mountain View Road. At the stop sign turn left onto Ranch Road, then turn right on Mount Tom Road (2nd street). 373 Mount Tom Road will be down towards the end of the street on your left.

The OPEN STUDIO and HOLIDAY ART SALE will continue on Saturday, December 8th from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM and on Sunday, December 9th, 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM.