Mono Arts Council
MAC provides visual and performing arts education for K-12 students in school, after school, and during the summer. We ensure every student in Mono County has access to this VITAL part of their education. Arts education increases test scores and attendance. Making art supports good mental health and provides opportunities for social-emotional learning. Our adult programs, including Art & Wine, the gallery, and the Mammoth Lakes Arts on the 4th Festival help us raise money and awareness for arts education and give local artists a place to showcase their talents.
Our arts education programs are the core of our mission. Mono Arts Council partners with the Mono County Office of Education, the Mammoth Unified School District, and the Eastern Sierra Unified School District to fill the gaps in arts education. We provide highly skilled Teaching Artists and art supplies for a variety of programs from Kindergarten - 8th grade. These programs range from visual arts, through our Create With the Greats Program to our MAC Music Program.
Our goal is for every student in Mono County to have access to Art, Dance, Theater, Music, and Media Arts.
I was born in Japan to a family of artists and lived as a child in Japan, India, Nepal, Mexico, Canada, and the United States. I have been creating art from a young age and studied painting in college with Nathan Oliveira, among others. Since 2002 my primary medium has been the monotype.
The work arises from a feeling I often have when encountering nature in all her beauty and diversity: a longing to touch the far away and mysterious, that is perhaps universal. The images are evocations of place, refracted through the senses and my own cultural and personal affinities - in particular, the acknowledgment of a boundless presence that permeates the natural world and expresses itself in the gestures of trees and clouds and in the stillness of mountain ranges.
The longing for the far away and mysterious is really a desire to absorb, connect, and learn: human impulses that, for me, are the essence of the creative process.
The extraordinary landscapes of the Eastern Sierra have inspired my work for decades, and for the past four and a half years I have been lucky enough to call this place home.