Alabama Hills National Scenic Area Hosts Artists-in-Residence Events in October


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BISHOP, Calif. — The Bureau of Land Management is hosting two Artists-in-Residence events in the Alabama Hills National Scenic Area, near Lone Pine, California. Artists Alyssa Marquez and Kristen Freeborn will spend a week in the Alabama Hills creating art inspired by the spectacular scenery. At the end of their residencies, they will each host a public event to showcase their work and inspire visitors to create artwork. The events are hosted in partnership with the Eastern Sierra Interpretive Association, Alabama Hills Stewardship Group, and the Inyo National Forest.

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“We are hosting the Artist-in-Residence program for a second year in the Alabama Hills." said BLM Bishop Field Manager Sherri Lisius. “I am excited to see how the artists are inspired by the Hills and how their artwork can help encourage others to take care of this special place.”

Alyssa Marquez, an artist based in the eastern Sierra, creates paintings and colorful images with a focus on the scientific aspect of nature. Alyssa will be hosting an Observation and Art Walk from 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, October 7, in the Alabama Hills. Participants of all ages are welcome to accompany Alyssa as she guides them to create a piece of artwork inspired by the Alabama Hills. For more information or to register for this event, see

Headshots of Kristen Freeborn

Kristen Freeborn, from Bakersfield, California, focuses on western themed artwork. Kristen will be hosting a viewing of her western themed paintings at the Eastern Sierra Visitor Center, located at the junction of US395 and State Route 136 in Lone Pine, CA from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Saturday, October 14th. Kristen also invites those wanting to learn new skills in acrylic painting to join her that day at the visitor center from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. for a workshop. For more information or to register for the workshop, see

The Bureau of Land Management Artist-in-Residence program encourages artists to use their observational skills in portraying the variety of cultural and natural resources through images, objects, and performances that bring others enjoyment and forge a deeper understanding of our nation’s public lands. To learn more about this program, please visit the Artist in Residence website.

The BLM manages more than 245 million acres of public land located primarily in 12 western states, including Alaska, on behalf of the American people. The BLM also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. Our mission is to sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of America’s public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations.