Annie Barrett Cashner will be showing her artwork at the Schulman Grove Visitor Center for the summer season.
Annie Barrett Cashner paints what she loves – the Sierra! A local Bishop resident since 1999, she also views Yosemite as a home where she’s resided since 1984. She “migrates much like a bird or deer,” she says, and follows the seasons across the eastern and western Sierra for colors and shadows and opportunity. Primarily a plein air painter, Annie paints with oil paint on large canvases using brushes and pallet knives to create colorful and textured paintings. As an outdoor science teacher, she has a trained eye that is keen on observing, studying, and painting the ecological connections between the land and living things. Her dynamic composition and expressive light and dark contrast span broad landscapes and smaller Sierra creatures. She finds inspiration from the beauty of the Sierra as well as from within. She studied art at UC Boulder, Cero Coso College, and numerous art workshops. Her joyful work has been shown in the Yosemite Renaissance Show and the Bishop C5 Studio and is presently showing at The Ansel Adams Gallery, Whoa Nellie Deli, Bishop Art Supply, and the Schulman Grove Visitor Center.
John and Gina Webber will have art on display at the White Mountain Visitor Center in Bishop for the summer season
John M. Webber was born and raised in Malibu Beach, California where art was part of his childhood and upbringing. John’s father, Joe was a photographer and film editor and his mother Diane, a world-famous model, actress and dancer. Both Joe and Diane shared their love of the arts, not only in everyday life but through travels to Mexico, Europe, and the Western United States. A descendant of Richard Henry Dana Jr., the ocean played an important part in John’s life. From his childhood on the beaches of Malibu, to over thirty years in the commercial fishing industry, his career began off the southern coast of Oregon working on crab and sport fishing boats. Returning to southern California he worked in wholesale seafood and helped design, build, and captain his own commercial fishing boats.
At the end of his career in the fishing industry, John was drawn to the open space and natural beauty of the Eastern Sierra. Inspired by his surroundings John combines the beauty of nature using his shipwright craftsmanship and an eye for design in creating his unique pieces. With no formal training in the arts, without accolades, critiques or awards he creates what he feels and sees in nature using his own impressions and visions.
John had a studio workshop gallery in Bishop and has participated in local community arts and crafts festivals such as the Tri-County Fair, Mule Days, Earth Day in the Park, art shows at Indepent Project Press in Bishop and The Labor Day Festival of the arts in Mammoth Lakes. His work has been exhibited at Mountain Light Gallery, Inyo Council for the Arts in Bishop, Mono Lake Committee Visitors Center in Lee Vining. He is currently on display at the Bishop Art Supply Store in Bishop, California.
Gina Maria Xifo Webber was born in Florida and moved with her family to southern California when she was three years old growing up on the Palos Verdes Peninsula living in the Lunaday Bay area by the ocean. As a child, her family lived in Paris, France for two years where she and her siblings attended French schools and were immersed not only in the French language but La Culture Française. Her mother shared her love of history and the arts with her children, the family visited many historical sights and art museums leaving a lasting impression.
As a young adult, Gina lived in Europe for several years working on a farm in the Orkney Isles of Scotland, herding sheep, raising cattle and attending the local agricultural college, and working briefly at the Fursbreck Pottery studio under potter, Andrew Appleby. She eventually returned to France where she lived with a French family working as an Au Pair studying French at the Alliance Française in St. Germain En Laye and attended art history classes at the École du Louvre in Paris.
Returning to the U.S. living in San Francisco she managed a small wood-working business building handmade furniture and attended art illustration classes at the Academy of Art College. Succumbing to working in the corporate world to support her family Gina moved back to southern California where she worked in the aerospace industry for over 36 years. She took painting classes with local Palos Verdes Plein Air artist Daniel W. Pinkham. Never letting go of her passion for art she recently retired and has moved to the Eastern Sierra where she now is inspired by the beauty of the area creating fine art illustrations in pen and ink, paintings and pyrography using heated metal tools drawing directly onto locally harvested wood.
Gina is currently on display at the Schulman Grove Visitor Center/ Ancient Bristlecone Pine Forest in the White Mountains, and the White Mountain Visitor Center/Ranger Station on Main Street in Bishop, her work is also shown at the Bishop Art Supply Store, Spell Binder Bookstore, and Inyo Council for the Arts, in Bishop. Gina’s work has been shown throughout the Eastern Sierra, previously at Mountain Light Gallery, also in her husband’s former studio workshop gallery in Bishop, art shows at Indepent Project Press in Bishop and in Mammoth at The Labor Day Festival of the Arts, and Mono Lake Committee Visitors Center in Lee Vining. She participates in the annual Altrusa Art Show in Bishop and has participated in local community arts and crafts festivals such as the Tri-County Fair, Mule Days, and Earth Day in the Park.