IPP The Project Room: The New Earth


The New Earth: Collaborations with Nature

Everyone is invited to come enjoy a unique artistic experience during our Opening Reception on Saturday, April 21st. Meet the artists and view their creations, enjoy live music, light refreshments, and unique installations at 186A Willow Street in downtown Bishop, 1/2 block east of Main Street. In addition to the artwork on display in The Project Room, Mountain Rambler Brewery will be presenting their second incarnation of The East Willow Stage. Just across the street from The Project Room, Mountain Rambler will open their big warehouse door to create the stage for the evening’s live musical performances. Mary Tannheimer and Cindy Meinke will be displaying their “Industrial Modern Furniture,” and artist Karen Nielsen Licher will create a unique earth installation in front of the building, viewable for one night only.

Bruce and Karen Licher, curators at the Project Room Art Gallery, will be exhibiting artwork by many of their talented artist friends from near and far. Each of these artists have contributed a work which resonates with the idea of a "New Earth.” The Lichers offered these artists the following thoughts around which the contributed artwork might embrace:

“Let’s re-envision our way of life on this planet! Consider the elements of earthly life: air, water, fire, earth and/or metal. Through this work there may be transmitted the energy of: a respect for the fragile nature of ecosystems; an homage of appreciation for the endurance of life; a recognition that we have come to a juncture in the road that offers a new direction. What is called for is a determination to walk in a sacred way, a way of beauty.

Come see what arose from this call for artistic creation.

What would a forward-thinking architect envision for a grand lodge in one of our national parks? View one of her futuristic and beautiful designs in “The New Earth” exhibit.  How might one speak to the above issues through the medium of stone?  Come see what three of our favorite Bishop sculptors have created.  What might two artists working with metal create?  How might two of our favorite local photographers address these issues by experimenting with light and chemistry?  Come to the exhibit to hear instrumental music which was recorded during a solar-powered plein air experience on upper Rock Creek Road. Come discover a way in which sacred geometry combined with intent can bless a place. These creative expressions and many more can all be experienced during “The New Earth: Collaborations With Nature” exhibit, which will run from April 21st through May 26th in The Project Room at Independent Project Press.  

The work presented encompasses many types of artistic expression. View sculpture, painting, drawing, architecture, photography, music, site-specific installation, and print editions from this diverse group of talented artists: Kristin Bell, Dick Cheeseman, Frances Cholewa, Dan Corning, Dana Ellis, Dallas Frederick, Judyth Greenburgh, Jael Hoffmann, Janice Kabala, Janis LaDouceur, Bruce Licher, Karen Nielsen Licher, Lori Michelon, Lynn Marit Peterson, Joe Profita, Skandar Reid, Herk Schusteff, Alan Sonneman, Rodney Thompson, Gina Webber, Steven White, and Bruce Willey.

Everyone is welcome to join us for refreshments, art and music during our Opening Reception on Saturday evening. Visitors are encouraged to explore our working letterpress print shop and art gallery. 

The Mountain Rambler Brewery’s East Willow Stage line-up for the evening will feature: acoustic folk singer and songwriter Lindsey Fixmer at 5:00 PM; contemporary folk music by Dallas Frederick at 6:00 PM; psychedelic americana by American Compost at 7:15 PM, and a special return performance by the L.A.-based indie rock band Smokescreens at 8:45 PM. Smokescreens plays a potent blend of indie noise pop filled with plenty of jangling guitars and catchy melodies, with sounds deftly plucked from the 60’s through the 80’s. Be sure to come enjoy this very special one-of-a-kind evening of art and music!

The Project Room at Independent Project Press is located at 186-A Willow Street, just one block east of Main Street, in downtown Bishop. Curated by Bruce & Karen Licher, The Project Room hosts periodic exhibitions of artwork, photography, and installations reflecting the diverse creative talents to be found in the Eastern Sierras. The Project Room will be open for viewing on Saturdays from 11:00 AM - 3:00 PM and  by appointment: call 760.873.3600, or email bruce@independentprojectpress.com.

The Project Room - Reception
When: Sat., Apr. 21 (5:00 PM - 9:00 PM)
The Project Room, 186A Willow Street in downtown Bishop, 1/2 block east of Main Street

Mountain Rambler Brewery’s East Willow Stage Line-Up
When: Sat., Apr. 21

  • 5:00pm Acoustic folk singer and songwriter Lindsey Fixmer
  • 6:00pm Contemporary folk music by Dallas Frederick
  • 7:15 PM Psychedelic americana by American Compostand
  • 8:45pm L.A.-based indie rock band Smokescreens