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Work and business attire and western, outdoor and casual wear will be featured at a fashion show fundraiser event next month.
Local businesses, organizations and artists are teaming up to realize the goal of the event â€“ a fashion show, luncheon, silent auction, raffle and drawing â€“ to make the â€śGateway to the Sierraâ€ť mural south of Lone Pine a permanent fixture for the enjoyment of travelers, mural-lovers and locals alike.
Lone Pine Community Association treasurer Marlene Cierniak expressed gratitude for local and out-of-area contributions for previous projects and hopes that they will be joined by the rest of the community for the associationâ€™s current project â€“ putting a permanent version of the â€śGateway to the Sierraâ€ť mural by artist Marian Seiter, on the old Pittsburgh Plate and Glass tank, located nine miles south of Lone Pine. The goal is to raise $10,000 for the project which will be seen by north-bound travelers to Lone Pine, said Cierniak.
The fashion show, which is the first mural fundraiser, will be held Saturday, Sept. 8 from 1-3:30 p.m. at the Mt.Whitney Golf Course, 2559 S. Main St., Lone Pine, (760) 876-5795. The $10 ticket price includes a salad and potato bar with all the fixings, and several homemade desserts, courtesy of Lone Pine merchantsâ€™ sponsorship, said Cierniak. The entry ticket also comes with a chance to win any one of â€ś30 wonderful gifts,â€ť she added.
Prizes include: a 250 PSI air compressor, donated by Daveâ€™s Auto Parts; 1.75 liter Barcardi and 1.75 liter Black Velvet, donated by Leeâ€™s Frontier; a treasure trove of household pottery items, donated by Aibonito; an Eastern Sierra Mural T-shirt, donated by Seiter; jewelry, donated by Country Scents; a complete Martin fly fishing kit, donated by Lone Pine Sporting Goods; a Nebo 5519 CSI Edge LED flashlight, donated by High Sierra Outfitters; two $50 gift certificates, donated by Lone Pine Propane; pottery, donated by the Lone Pine Chamber of Commerce; a decorative picture frame and a wind chime, donated by Lone Pine Rock Shop; 50 pounds of wild bird seed, donated by Lone Pine Feed Store; a one-night stay, donated by Comfort Inn; a $20 gift certificate, donated by Espresso Parlor; two hours of yard service and one car wash, donated by Brian Gandara; a four-tire rotation and tire inspection, donated by Millerâ€™s Towing; a $100 gift certificate, donated by Gardnerâ€™s Hardware; two $25 gift certificates, donated by Pizza Factory; and a basket, donated by the United States Postal Service.
There will also be a silent auction of three gift baskets â€“ a beauty care basket, donated by Vedaâ€™s Hair Salon; a â€śGrandmothers Basket,â€ť made by Linda Hubbs; and the Ultimate Bar-B-Que Basket, donated by Mr. Stubbs Legendary Kitchen. In addition, a butterfly-design quilt will be raffled off, said Margaret Warner, Lone Pine Community Association president.
The fundraising effort supports the revitalization of a mural that has â€śbecome iconic,â€ť said Seiter of â€śGateway to the Sierra.â€ť â€śWe get calls from people; they miss seeing the mural â€¦ On some websites, itâ€™s featured as the opening picture, welcoming people to the Eastern Sierra,â€ť said Seiter. It is even featured in a book on water tank designs, she added.
The Eastern Sierra icon had itâ€™s genesis in 2006, when Seiter collaborated with students of the Lone Pine Paiute Shoshone community to create a mural that celebrates the natural environment and Native folklore. The 18-foot by 30-foot mural features â€śLittle Lake,â€ť a painting which depicts â€śthe origin of the peopleâ€ť and â€śMt. Whitneyâ€ť which is â€śthe old one,â€ť both originals by Seiter, and â€śWinnahduma,â€ť which means â€śstand right there on the crest,â€ť a painting by Sieterâ€™s son, artist Max Sullivan. Seiterâ€™s son and graphic artist Ashley Seiter, combined the paintings with triangular symbols from Sequoia basketry and angular basketry designs, which are meant to be symbolic of mountains.
â€śWith much cooperation from local business and from Department of Water Power,â€ť said Cierniak, â€śthe tank was prepared and the vinyl wrap was mounted.â€ť Nature will out, however, and the original vinyl wrap version of the mural twice succumbed to the ravages of the Owens Valleyâ€™s shredding winds and searing sun at a cost of $2,000 each time, Cierniak said.
Seiter said she and her team of artists plan to use the old vinyl wrap, digitally produced by Lamar Sign Company, as a template for the new permanent â€śGateway to the Sierra.â€ť Starting the mural six feet off the ground and taking temperatures into account, the expensive undertaking will require primer, the proper oil-based paints, scaffolding, a lift rental and so on. Hoping to start in the fall, finances and weather permitting, Seiter, working with her sons and other local artists, anticipates a spring 2013 completion, she said. Interested artists should contact Seiter at (760) 793-7115.
For event tickets, contact Carin at Alpine Signs, 263 S. Main St., Bishop; Karen at Lone Pine Film History Museums;, Alta One, 111 Mountain View Ln., Lone Pine; Margaret Warner (760) 876-4208 between 8 a.m.-6 p.m., Monday through Saturday; Marlene Cierniak at (760) 876-5526; or the Southern Inyo Museum, 127 W. Bush St., Lone Pine, open Thursday through Saturday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Tickets may also be purchased at the door on Sept. 8.