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Collaboration of arts and artists has always been a feature of vibrant cultural communities and Bishop is no different from the great art cities of the world. Artists convene to discuss art and challenge the status quo, merchants offer avenues for exhibition and promotion, and collectors search out trends.

Bishop is one of the many small towns across the USA that has come to epitomize cultural coolness with a sense of family values. And our guests tell us that it is always inspiring.

One special time of year that is usually more art-centric than any other time – is Holiday Time. Homes and businesses are decorated with lights and festive creations. Artistic crafts are sought as gifts for loved ones. Friends and families come together over good food and fun.

Art is inherent in everything we do during the holidays. Better still, it is also part of our daily lives throughout the year and shapes us individuals and a community. There’s always something artistic, creative, and inspiring to enjoy in Bishop.

We’ve created a comprehensive guide to Art Matters in Bishop here. Find out more about all the art happenings and opportunities and plan your weekend getaways around Bishop’s annual art events, or just make sure to be on the lookout for art and save some time for an Eastside art adventure.

Whether it’s a three-day music festival, an open-air art walk through downtown, an arts & crafts fair, a visit to the workshop of a modern art furniture maker, a stroll through a gallery showing works by local artists, attending a social painting class or photography workshop, listening to a local band at a local café or watching a theatrical performance – art is everywhere.

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Art exhibit at local venue

There are a number of dedicated arts facilities that range from non-profit arts organizations to private galleries to tribal, cultural, and historical centers. These venues have well-appointed exhibition spaces that show works on a full-time or short-term basis.

A number of retailers specialize in art, craft, and jewelry. Most of the works sold in these locally owned and operated businesses are created by these entrepreneurs, but they also provide an outlet for other resident, local artists and artisans.

Businesses whose core business is not art, but is in food service or retail goods, also provide space and opportunity for local artists to perform, show, and/or sell their works. Fine art, craft, music, comedy, poetry and storytelling enhance the ambience of the coffee shops, brewery, bookstores and retailers as well as provide economic benefit for both the artists and merchants. There’s no shortage of musical talent in Bishop and many musicians moonlight with bands, as solo artists, and DJs in venues throughout town.

In addition to these art exhibits and performances, there are wonderful educational opportunities offered by the galleries and studios in Bishop. Regular classes and periodic workshops are offered in a wide array of art and craft disciplines.

Take look through our comprehensive guide to Art Matters in Bishop here. Call us on (760) 873-8405 or come into our Visitor Center at 690 N. Main Street in Bishop for maps, brochures and answers to your creative questions. We stock a wonderful selection of locally produced art and craft too.

Support local artists and crafters. You never know … you may just get an early original of the next big thing.

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2 days ago

Launching into the weekend.... Happy Friday!!!
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Launching into the weekend.... Happy Friday!!!
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3 days ago

How amazing are the sunsets here? Check out this time-lapse video from a really stunning evening last week.
Thanks @leviaguilera_photography for capturing it and sharing!
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Looks great but gas is $6.00 gallon down there

Amazing!

Beautiful view

Beautiful!

Gorgeous view! 💓❤😃

Lovely 💕

If that slice of California were annexed to Nevada, I’d be back in a heartbeat.

I miss those sunsets

Jan Schray

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4 days ago

Sometimes a little dirt is good for the soul 😊
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Sometimes a little dirt is good for the soul 😊
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Wow. The snow looks like it's melting already.

Wish I had a dollar for every time I’ve been up or down that road! Looks like The dirt section of Warm Springs Road.

Beautiful view

Beautiful

I like the movie flats place down by Lone Pine!

Beautiful

On my bucket list

Will always be home for me. Thanks for the awesome pic.

Love this dirt!

I wanna go fishing

Breathtaking👍💝😀

What road is that?

I love this view! 😀😃☺

Dirt therapy... good for the soul.

I miss Bishop!!

Be there in 2 weeks!

Miss that so much

Always 💚

Everytime we go we find one

👍👍👍

Buttermilk road

HOME 😎

Amen!

Richard Szoltysik

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5 days ago

Not a bad view!!!
Thanks for sharing, @jamieclimber!!
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Not a bad view!!!
Thanks for sharing, @jamieclimber!!
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Superb view!

Love the hot springs outside of bishop

Good view except for the feet

Awesome picture

I cannot describe how much I love this picture.

Amazing

Wow

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6 days ago

Good morning from Bishop!
Thank you, @binggram101 for the photo!
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Good morning from Bishop!
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Looks like a superb morning!

Nice but hopefully more snow!

I grew up in Tehachapi camped and fished there and Mammoth Lakes Beautiful country.

Beautiful. I wish I was there.

Beautiful country

Amazing! Can't wait to visit!

My favorite view

Beautiful picture

Loved fishing this river!

Absolutely stunning lighting and composition

Beautiful

Wonderful.

Beautiful!

Awesome

Beautiful.

Looks like Owens River fished there. BEAUTIFUL

Very pretty

Now, that is a real pretty picture. Great way to start the week. Thanks.

Absolutely DIVINE place. Wish I could buy a home there. oac

Wow! We see so much of Yosemite here in Fresno that we often forget that there are other awesome mountains elsewhere in California! I’m going to Bishop in March no matter what! A beautiful place! 👍

My Dad loved to fish out there. We always had to go with him and did not appreciate being out in the middle of no where as young kids. Now I understand the beauty and serenity he found there.

Love the Lower Owens, Great wild brown trout water in the winter!! Also illuminated sunsets that will make you stop and take a moment.

Nice

Very beautiful picture

Beautiful

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