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Mono Arts Council’s mission is to facilitate and encourage art appreciation through education, advocacy and art-inspired programs and events.
To become a resource for artists and the public leading to lifelong awareness of the arts and culture in our community
To provide arts in education for all ages
Continued advocacy for the arts and fostering regional partnerships in the Eastern Sierra
To grow public and private financial support
To facilitate activities showcasing national and area artists
Connecting all cultures in Mono County through arts, education and events
Kristin Reese is a long-time resident of the Eastern Sierra, arriving with her parents in 1976. While she spent her youth mostly learning the performing arts, she was constantly exposed to all the Arts from having painters, photographers, musicians and dancers in her family. She left the area to obtain her Bachelor of Arts degree in Music from Sonoma State University but couldn’t stay away for too long. Upon returning from college, she quickly re-connected to the Eastern Sierra arts community. She co-founded Sierra Classic Theatre in 1999, and worked at the Edisto Gallery & Tea Room in 2003, where she was introduced to many of the Mono Arts Council resident artists. Kristin is thrilled to be a part of Mono Arts Council and hopes to connect more artists and patrons of all arts to this long-standing organization. She is currently the singer and percussionist for the local band, Bodie 601, enjoys backpacking, kayaking, running, and x-country skiing, loves taking pictures and learning new art mediums, and resides in the Mono Basin with her husband, and fellow musician, Russ.
Gallery & Art Center Director
Caroline graduated with a BA in Art History from Davidson College in North Carolina and has worked in art galleries ever since. She enjoys cultivating relationships with artists and collectors and helping a client find that perfect piece of art for their home. She arrived in the Eastern Sierra in early 2017 with her husband and welcomed a little girl in August that year. She has enjoyed every second getting to know her new community in the arts and the outdoors.
Gallery & Art Center Staff
Angela learned to ski at Mammoth Mountain Ski Area when she was 5 and moved here right after high school graduation. She’s an avid skier, mountain biker and hiker. She feels very fortunate to have worked at the Gallery & Art Center since it first opened in 2010. Her husband is a full time artist and together they do all the local art shows. They are also a partner with Community Skis, a local business where you can purchase custom hand built skis.
Look forward to seeing you at Mono Arts Council Gallery & Art Center!
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Kristen is a Connecticut native and graduate of Franklin Pierce University in New Hampshire. She has been living in Mammoth Lakes since 1995 and joined Mono Arts Council in 2008 serving as Secretary, Vice President and now President. For over 20 years, Kristen has worked as an independent artist and teacher in addition to working at Mammoth Mountain Ski Area in food & beverage management. She achieved success in revitalizing Mono Arts Council by rebranding and developing programs such as Art & Wine while also enhancing MAC’s summer art festivals. Inspired by the beautiful Eastern Sierra, she continues to be an advocate for the arts and its power to strengthen communities and ensure quality of life.
Stacy grew up in Lancaster, CA, making the drive up highways 14/395 for ski trips several times each winter as a kid. Stacy was drawn back to the Eastern Sierra in her twenties after earning a B.A. at UC Irvine and M.A. at UC Berkeley, where she also did Ph.D. work and taught undergraduate courses. Like so many locals, Stacy came to Mammoth for a season and ended up staying and making a home here. She spends as much time as possible outside in the mountains (on foot and on skis), connecting with nature.
Janet is a UC Riverside graduate with a BA in Studio Art. She has been an Eastern Sierra resident for over 25 years. She has been a teacher and is now the Director of Alternative Education at the Mono County Office of Education. Immersed in arts and education she continues to pursue the arts through personal practice and public service. She especially appreciates the ability of the arts to foster community through creative expression and shared experience. Janet is an advocate for youth, and public music and arts. She is the coordinator for the MAC sponsored June Lake Jam Fest, which had its inauguration September 2015. The event has been designed to bring a quality music event to Mono County, as well as serve as a benefit to support music programs for school-aged Mono County students. She is happy to support and be a part of the MAC arts in education and community arts programs.
Michelle grew up in Los Angeles. After earning her B.A. at UCSD, she moved to Taos, New Mexico. In Taos, Michelle met her husband to be and developed a love for the mountains despite growing up as a beach girl. After spending some time in New Mexico, Michelle decided to pursue a degree in education. Michelle earned a M.A. Ed. at Pepperdine in 2000, got married and moved to Mammoth full-time. Michelle worked for Mono County Office of Education for a few years, and then transitioned to a position with Mammoth Unified School District. Michelle has been teaching for 20 years and has especially enjoyed the arts in education.
Long time visitors to Mammoth Lakes, Lisa and her husband Stephen relocated to Mammoth permanently in 2006. A Fine Arts and Theatre major in the California State University system, Lisa has been engaged with art, performing arts, music and theatre for most of her life. As a member of the MAC Board, volunteer with the Mammoth Lakes Foundation, Mammoth Repertory Theatre, Mammoth Lakes Film Festival and the former Mammoth Ski Museum, Lisa is committed to fostering and advocating for art culture in the Eastern Sierra as a means to unite the community behind endeavors which inspire, transform and educate. Lisa sees this opportunity as a platform to create communities who envision a well-rounded society of creative, resourceful and open-minded individuals who then collaborate as a whole. All disciplines of art are proven to be means of expanding world views, perpetuating creative thinking, allowing for better communication and, if nothing else, gifting the world with self-expression and incomparable beauty. Considering the decimation of arts funding, especially in schools, MAC’s mission, purpose and goals are essential to Mono and Inyo Counties and Lisa is proud to be part of this effort.
It could be said of The Mono Arts Council – The biggest, little council in the west. Providing a central Gallery & Art Center for creative people to exhibit art is only one of the many artistic venues they facilitate. Their artistic mission enriches the soul of the community through classes, gallery shows, and most importantly impacts children, providing opportunities to showcase work and experiment with creative mediums. I am proud to be an artist connected to such a broad ranging community outreach.
- Nanette Oleson,
Gallery & Festival Artist
As a mother and a teacher, I know that nothing encourages and lights a child’s excitement and imagination like the arts. Music, dance, art, theater. It opens up a new world of creativity and gifting. These things are life changing. Thank you, Mono Arts Council. You truly are making a difference in all our lives.
- Pamela Payne
Art & Wine participant, teacher, mom and grandma
Kendra - I’m a retired teacher. I’ve always appreciated good teaching and, in particular, I’ve been a big advocate of “active learning.” Your class was an excellent example. My only regret now is that I don’t live in Mammoth! I would love to continue to work with you. Forever indebted for opening up a new world.
- Russell Richardson
Art & Wine class participant