Lynn Marit Peterson – Watercolors on Display at Chocolate Walk

I realized early in my art career that female’s names may change, so I decided to always use my middle name Marit as my art signature.  Good thing!photo

After teaching mostly junior high school art and being a “jack-of- all- trades” for 26 years, I finally settled down a few years ago to explore watercolor. Now a devotee to the medium there is always a painting sitting before me. With an abundance of breathtaking landscapes constantly changing in a never ending parade of shapes, shades and shadows, I am on inspiration overload. As a member of the Eastern Sierra Plein Air Painters my senses have been introduced to the pleasures of painting on location. I also enjoy painting in my studio where light flooding in my window on some object will motivate me to take brush in hand. I am especially excited with the possibilities of carefully combining color and composition and strive to make each painting an expression of what I see.

I received a BS in Visual Design from Auburn University, a Masters in Art from University of South Carolina and have taken and taught many art classes over the years. My work has been exhibited in numerous galleries and shows. I currently have work at Inyo Council of the Arts, Bishop Art Supply Gallery, Radio Shack, and Mono Council of the Arts. I also enjoy showing in the Altrusa Show each year

After retiring from teaching in Germany with the Department of Defense Schools, I now reside with my husband Steve in Paradise in the eastern Sierra Nevada overlooking the lovely Owens Valley and the Eastern Sierra Nevadas. I can be reached at or Lynn Marit Peterson, 17 Sierra Vista Circle, Bishop, CA 93514 760-387-2646

Are You Ready for Chocolate Walk 2014?

Chocolate-Ice-Cream-chocolate-ice-cream-35927584-500-375We are tucked into our new Main Street location, and ready for the event we moved here for – the Chocolate Walk!  (Okay it is not the only reason we moved, but it IS a good one right?) 

Our newest installation of Robert Miller's art - these are some of my favorites so far...
Our newest installation of Robert Miller’s art – these are some of my favorites so far…

Our store will feature the art of talented watercolorist Lynn Marit Petersen and our favorite artist-in-residence Robert Miller will have several new, and stunning, pencil drawing prints.  From jewelry artist Julie Prange we have a lovely collection of bead and mixed media earrings and necklaces, and Beverly Schroeder has for sale some bead and metal earrings that make me drool. photo

Our artist Bob Miller grabbing some of his favorite molasses cookies.
Our artist Bob Miller grabbing some of his favorite molasses cookies.

Musical entertainment will feature the live, eclectic, and unplugged, sounds of father/son duo Mike and Matt Muldoon!  We have been trying to get these talented folks to perform for some time, and the schedule finally worked out – couldn’t be happier!  Mike will be on percussion and Matt will be playing guitar and vocals.  Music will start at 6:00.

And oh yes, the chocolate!  We will be serving Death by Chocolate Ice Cream samples and Night of the Iguana Chocolate Chai Tea.  This tea is named for the complex play by Tennessee Williams set in Mexico, and according to the supplier, lives up to that name in every way.  At least six mysteries share the title Death by Chcoloate, so pick your favorite for that one.  You have to appreciate the literary connections right?  Plus our staffmember Kayla is making us some Nutella and raspberry brownies that sound heavenly, and a selection of other brownies will round out the treat table. 

Please plan on stopping by sometime during the evening to say hello to our artists, start your holiday shopping, enjoy the music and the treats, and visit with friends on the front porch.  With this warm for fall weather, it really should be a nice evening.   Like some of you I’m sure, I’ll be dividing my night between the Homecoming game and the walk, but I sure hope to see you!

Our New Products – elizabethW Artisanal Scents

From the elizabethW brochure, lovely packaging.
From the elizabethW brochure, lovely packaging.

When I went to my first “gift show” in San Francisco this summer, I did not expect to come home with an order for hand lotion.  I love beautiful smelling things as much as anyone, but lots of stores sell hand lotion and it just wasn’t on my list of possibilities.  But when Katie and I passed the elizabethW booth in the handcrafted, local and artisan section of the giant convention center, we were pulled right in. It turns out, these beautifully packaged and unique fragrance items are made in the Bay area, but inspired, says the owner, by his great-grandmother Elizabeth Wightman who started a ranch in the Sierra in the 1800’s  “when neither grace nor style were required or desired”.  The brochure continues that “her spirit of determination and independence went hand in hand with her romantic nature and classic elegance.  She was the obvious inspiration for his business”.   Sounds like my grandma, and truly a woman after my own heart.  How can I pass up that marketing?  And then, you take a few test whiffs, and we were sold! We chose the Purely Essential Collection, with letterpress packaging and the scents of Cucumber, Lavender and Rosemary.  Each one is infused with California Poppy extract and contains only essential oils and extracts.  The catalog states “From the earth to the bottle, this true botanical collection seeks to offer harmonious, incredibly effective products for bath, body and home”.  We are carrying hand lotion, bath fizzes, lip balm, and diffuser oil.  They all smell wonderful, and would be ideal gifts.  Please come by and take a whiff, and honor those determined and independent women who pioneered with grace and style. new store product

The same ElizabethW line was featured in the October issue of Victoria magazine - always a source of beautiful inspiration!
The same ElizabethW line was featured in the October issue of Victoria magazine – always a source of beautiful inspiration!

Grand Opening Extravaganza

What a great turn out for our Grand Opening Celebration!  The store was truly hopping, and everyone seemed excited and pleased to be there.  My family and I truly appreciate all the support and good wishes, it is so nice to celebrate a little after all the weeks of scrubbing, painting and hauling!  We really can’t say enough how glad we are to have the loyal customers we do, and it is so, so good to see new faces as well.  It was certainly the best possible blessing on the new venture to see you all!

There are too many people to thank, but here are a few that can’t go unrecognized: Store staff – Courtney (who managed her first Saturday morning alone while I cooked!) Kayla, Lindsey, Chris, Celica, Rachel, Carla and Jennifer (and mini-helper Sarah),  and their families too, Bob Miller, who brought new artwork to display and frequent treats, Rearview Mirror band (Brad, Brian and  Bart), Brian Grevenkamp for stepping in as a roadie, Corrie Delgiudice for bringing over ground Looney Bean coffee, especially the DELICIOUS Range & River blend, Kaylie Barrett for sharing her wonderful piano music through the evening, Greg Smith and Charlie Broten for agreeing to play and showing up with NO advance notice,  my friend Cindy and niece Elisabeth for sending gorgeous flowers, Deb Murphy for writing a great article about the new store in the Inyo Register, Lauren at KIBS for making sure we got radio advertising, and again, all of you wonderful friends and loyal customers for your support and kindness.

If you missed the big day, we would still be very glad to see you, come drop by!

Great Fun at the Grand Opening!