NORTH FORK — The Yosemite Gateway Art Center presents “Honoring Our Past,” a solo art show featuring 12 original oil paintings by local artist Mary Beth Harrison. Each painting showcases a scene from local history, such as Bass Lake, downtown North Fork, Yosemite National Park, and more.
Harrison brings early black and white photos of our area to life in vibrant, colorful oil paintings. In each creation she seeks to honor those who came before us to lay the foundation for the area we now call home.
Harrison says, “It is the fulfillment of a lifelong dream to live in the Sierra foothills and create art that reveals my love for the area. Each painting honors a point in time and the people that lived in and loved the Sierras as I do. My hope is that these paintings will inspire viewers to appreciate and protect this special place.”
Harrison will be donating her profits from the sale of each painting to local charities and community organizations; these include:
- North Fork Volunteer Fire Department
- Sierra Mono Museum
- North Fork Boosters
- Friends of the North Fork Library
- North Fork Elementary School
- North Fork History Group
Where: Yosemite Gateway Art Center, located at 40982 Hwy 41, Oakhurst, California (see map below). Open Wednesday – Monday, 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.
When: The show runs from July 2 – 30 with an artist’s reception and talk on July 9 at 1:30 and 5:30 p.m. The public is invited to attend.
The talk will share a bit of the history, inspiration, and challenge of each painting.
Contact Info: Please contact Mary Beth Harrison at firstname.lastname@example.org.
You may also call 559-683-5551 for more information. You may also visit Mary Beth’s website at marybethharrisonart.com or the Yosemite Gateway Art Center website at ygac.org.
Did you know that most of our high Sierra lakes are naturally fishless? As early as the 1850s miners, sheepherders, and pioneers began adding trout to lakes to enhance their food supply and provide recreational fishing.