A Climate of Change
This is the second in our series of conversations between artists, writers and scientists about environmental issues affecting humankind and other species. During the month of July, PLAYA will host three invited groups of residents including photographers, sculptors, botanists, writers, and environmental studies scientists coming to PLAYA to experience, explore and reflect on this theme and ways we might mitigate our carbon footprint. Participants will have ample opportunity to create visual/verbal records of observations, while interpreting and responding to the changing landscape through poetry, visual art, essays and other work. We hope to initiate a dialogue as a means to find deeper connections to community through the practice of art and science. Invited residents include:
Anne Focke , writer (WA)
Barry Lopez , non-fiction (OR)
Becky Evans painter (CA)
Bob Benson, photographer (CA)
Carolyn Law, visual art (WA)
Charles Atkinson, poetry (CA)
Dan Mayer, printmaker/book artist (AZ)
Dana Fritz, photographer (NE)
Debra Gwartney, non-fiction (OR)
Larry Gawell, photographer (NE)
Mary Heather Noble, environmental science/writer, (OR)
Rebecca Lawton, environmental science/writer, (CA)
Sarah Rabkin, writer (OR)
Shelly White, fibers (AZ)
One resident artist from Spring 2014, Carolyn Law, initiated a collaborative partnership with LCRI to explore community-wide conversations about climate change with specifically tailored assistance of the arts & humanities. Working in the interim with LCRI, she returned for the invitational residency to continue this work. In October (2014), LCRI and Law brought leaders from local organizations including USFS, BLM, Lake County, and community members together at PLAYA to start the conversation about Climate Change. Going forward the dialogue seeks to reframe the community’s understanding of accomplishments to date in renewables and reducing their carbon footprint, emphasizing a forward thinking “CAN DO” attitude.
In the coming residency, climate change will be directly addressed with artists, scientists, community leaders and other members of the community to build a proactive platform producing direct actions that contribute to averting greater climate change impacts locally. This proactive effort will be shared with other rural communities, and further. To assist our efforts, specific artists will be invited as partners to collaboratively engage and exchange with this rural community in thoughtful and sensitive ways, exploring concepts of adaptation as well as mitigation.
Lake County Resource Initiative (LCRI), an environmental nonprofit working to promote sustainable economic development in Lake County to prevent climate change and alleviate poverty are partnering with PLAYA to address Lake County’s vulnerability to the impacts of climate change through the collaboration of art, science, and civic engagement. LCRI and PLAYA have partnered on projects since 2012. Both organizations have a history of bringing people together to engage in creative and dynamic processes. This collaboration between LCRI and PLAYA will engage partners and organizations throughout the county, state, and nation to build a proactive platform producing direct actions that contribute to averting greater climate change impacts locally. This effort will be shared with other rural communities, and further. PLAYA’s role in this project is to select and coordinate residency artists and provide accommodations and studios/labs, facilitate community gatherings, and enable programming resources to engage a comprehensive range of regional individuals and organizations.
PLAYA will provide opportunities for fieldwork, resources for artists and scientists to investigate, document and collaborate on a grassroots level with our community to raise awareness and address climate change through real interventions that mitigate the carbon footprint. Using data specific to our Northwest region, artists will lessen problems using real solutions born from community interaction.
While Lake County’s political majority is Republican and conservative, local residents demonstrate that climate change is a partisan issue only among politicians. The people of Lake County face the social, economic, and environmental impacts of climate change every day. Collaborative efforts to address these implications will undoubtedly have a profound impact.
FRIDAY EVENING: TBA
10:00 Welcome Introduction: Deborah Ford, Executive Director PLAYA
10:15-10:45 Interplay Between Arts and Communities in Responding to Impacts of Climate Changes
Carolyn Law, Artist
Anne Focke, Writer/participant in Captiva, Florida Rising Waters Residency
10:45-11:15 Solutions and Interventions Already at Work: Past Projects/Future Visions:
Deborah Ford, Carolyn Law
A selection of artist’s works that explores real world solutions working with community to address issues and solve problems.
11:25-1:00 Science Meets Art: An Interdisciplinary Discussion
(What is at the heart of my work?)
Dana Fritz/Mary Heather Noble/Becky Evans/Dan Mayer/Sarah Rabkin
1:00-2:00 Light Lunch: Please RSVP.
2:00-3:00 Working From the Data: Where We Are Today.
Michael Crotteau (USFS), Camilla Thorndike (Oregon Climate),moderated by Jim Walls (LCRI)
Presentations and Activity with all participants.
3:00-4:00 Where Do We Go From Here?
All participant planning for future steps in creating a community conversation and actions
4:30-5:30 BYOB Happy hour…
Watch for combined publication coming spring 2016 from Beyond Creating: A Climate of Change and Landscape: Views From Within.
2015 Summer Invitational Residents
Anne Focke is intentionally a generalist, a matchmaker, writer, and creator. She has created both short-lived and lasting enterprises, projects, conversations, and events. Some she has left or closed down on purpose. She works with words, ideas, and almost always in concert with others. She always has new things on her mind.She was the first executive director of Grantmakers in the Arts (1999-2008). She has led or helped instigate the start-up of both nonprofit, for-profit, and informal enterprises including the Community Democracy Workshop (2009-14); What’s Up, an informal monthly conversation with Carolyn Law (2002-13); Arts Wire, a national online network for the arts (1990-95); Artist Trust, a nonprofit supporting Washington state artists (1986); Artech, a for-profit art-handling company (1978), and and/or, an artists’ organization (1974-84). The Anne Focke Gallery in Seattle’s City Hall acknowledges her contributions to the city, where she has lived for over 40 years.
Barry Lopez is the author of 14 books, including Arctic Dreams, for which he received the National Book Award, and six collections of short stories, among them Light Action in the Caribbean and Resistance. He writes regularly for Harper’s, Orion, Granta, The Georgia Review and other periodicals and frequently collaborates with, and writes about, other artists. His work is widely translated and anthologized and he is the recipient of numerous major literary and cultural awards. He is married to the writer Debra Gwartney and lives with her on the upper McKenzie River in western Oregon. More at www.barrylopez.com.
Becky Evans is a land-based artist. Her recent solo exhibits explore the unique bioregions in the Klamath Knot, the State of Jefferson, and the edge of the Great Basin. She exhibits her work regionally and nationally. She recently participated in the State of the State of Jefferson Conference at the University of Oregon, organized by the School of Journalism and Communication at the University of Oregon and the Department of Geography at Humboldt State University. Her artist residences have included the Morris Graves Foundation, (Loleta, California), Playa (Summer Lake, Oregon), and the Earthwatch Institute (Skagit River, Washington). She was a faculty member of the Art Department at the College of the Redwoods (Eureka, California) for 30 years. She has her home and studio near Humboldt Bay, California.
Bob Benson lives near Humboldt Bay, California. He holds a bachelor’s degree from Humboldt State and an MFA from University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana. He’s taught painting at the College of the Redwoods from 1974-2007. Recent exhibitions include “Robert Benson”( Piante Gallery) and “River as Home” (Morris Graves Museum) among many others. He also was the Curator-Redwoods Collection of Native American Baskets and Objects, College of the Redwoods.
Carolyn Law’s public art projects range widely -- from design team collaborations with designers and/or engineers coupled with extensive interface with agencies and community groups, to artworks integrated into a specific project area. Her award-winning projects involve a myriad of places - civic plazas, parks, and infrastructure (such as bridges, public transit, wastewater treatment and streetscapes). Her art planning efforts include conceptual and practical outlines for incorporating public art into a wide variety of sites and locations. Civic engagement with a focus on the public arena has also been a priority. Carolyn’s studio work has been shown regionally and nationally. Currently her focus is on drawings as a visual journal of her thinking, interests and research, and temporary sculptural installations in outdoor settings. Finally, she writes on the creative process and public art.
Charles Atkinson’s first poetry collection, The Only Cure I Know (San Diego Poets Press), received the American Book Series award for poetry; a chapbook, The Best of Us on Fire, won the Wayland Press competition. A third volume, Because We Are Men, was awarded the Sow’s Ear Poetry Chapbook Prize. His most recent full-length collections are Fossil Honey, from Hummingbird Press, and World News, Local Weather, a prizewinner from Finishing Line Press. He has also received the Stanford Prize, the Comstock Review Prize, the Paumanok Poetry Award (SUNY Farmingdale), the Emily Dickinson Award (Universities West Press), The Ledge Poetry Prize, and The Sow’s Ear Poetry Prize. He taught writing of various sorts for 30 years at the University of California, Santa Cruz, and still resides near Santa Cruz with his wife—writer and artist Sarah Rabkin
Dana Fritz is a Professor in the Department of Art & Art History at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Her honors include an Arizona Commission on the Arts Fellowship, a Rotary Foundation Group Study Exchange to Japan, the 2013 Society for Photographic Education Imagemaker Award and Juror’s Awards in national exhibitions. Fritz’s work has been exhibited in over 60 venues in the last decade including the Center for Photography at Woodstock, the Houston Center for Photography, Florida State University Museum of Fine Arts, the Griffin Museum of Photography and the Sheldon Museum of Art as well as in France, China and Japan. Fritz’s work has been published in numerous exhibition catalogs and featured in Orion, Photography Quarterly, Artland and PDNedu. Her work is held in several collections including the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Kansas City; Museum of Contemporary Photography, Chicago; New Mexico State University, Las Cruces; Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art, Arizona; Weeks Gallery Global Collection of Photography at Jamestown Community College, New York; and Bibliothèque Nationale de France, Paris. Fritz has been awarded artist residencies at Villa Montalvo in Saratoga, CA; Château de Rochefort-en-Terre in Brittany, France; and Biosphere 2
Daniel Mayer is a Tempe book and letterpress artist who also works and teaches in the School of Art at Arizona State University. Mayer’s private studio activities include large-scale public artworks (PHX Sky Train, architectural glass and terrazzo), artist’s books, prints and collaborations with Andrei Codrescu, among others. Mayer’s public artworks were recently featured in the PBS special ArtBeat Nation, Season 2, Episode 25. http://www.azpbs.org/artbeat/play.php?vidId=6702 Since 1986, Daniel Mayer has been the Book Arts Printer and Studio Manager for Pyracantha Press where he publishes fine-press artists’ books in collaboration with artists, writers, musicians, and architects, among others. Projects have included Eco Songs in collaboration with Macedonian composer Dimitrije Buzarovski, a song cycle based on earth and ecology, Petrified forEast in collaboration with three Hungarian artists after the fall of the East Block, and the forthcoming publication “Individualocracy” in collaboration with the architect Matthew Salenger on the rippling effects of urban sprawl. Mayer exhibits nationally and internationally and has work in numerous private and public special collections such as the Getty, Wellesley, Yale, NY Public Library, Klingspor Stadt Museum in Offenbach, ArtPool Artists Books Archives in Budapest, the Ruth and Marvin Sachner Archives of Visual and Concrete Poetry, among others.
Debra Gwartney is the author of a memoir, Live Through This, a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award, the Pacific Northwest Booksellers Award, and the Oregon Book Award. She is co-editor, with Barry Lopez, of Home Ground: Language for an American Landscape. Debra has published in such journals as Tin House, Prairie Schooner, the Normal School, American Scholar, Brevity, and her work has appeared in The New York Times. She lives in Western Oregon with her husband, Barry Lopez, and teaches in the MFA program at Pacific University.
Larry Gawel is an Instructor of Photography and the Photography Program Coordinator at Metropolitan Community College in Omaha, Nebraska. He received a BFA from Edinboro University of Pennsylvania in 1991 and an MFA from the Pennsylvania State University in 1994, both with concentrations in photography. His work has been exhibited in numerous venues including the Southeast Museum of Photography, the Sheldon Museum of Art, the Toyota Municipal Museum of Art, Pittsburgh Filmmakers, the Lux Center for the Arts, the Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts, Truman State University, and College of St. Mary. In 2013 he was selected as an artist with the Lincoln Arts Council’s CSArt program for which he produced tintypes of the various plants and animals that he harvests from the land. In March 2008, he and his wife Dana Fritz, opened WorkSpace Gallery, a gallery exhibiting work by contemporary photographers who explore the photographic medium through notions of its past, present, and future. In 2012, he was elected to the office of Chairperson of the Society for Photographic Education’s Midwest Region.
Mary Heather Noble is an environmental scientist and writer whose work focuses on environmental health issues and the intersection of the natural world, family, and place. Her work has been honored with the 2014 Siskiyou Prize for New Environmental Literature (sponsored by Ashland Creek Press), and first prize in Creative Nonfiction’s The Human Face of Sustainability essay contest. Her writing has also appeared in About Place Journal, High Desert Journal, Fourth Genre, Minerva Rising, Literal Latté, The Sun, and Utne Reader, among others. Noble is a 2015 Oregon Arts Commission Fellowship recipient, and a graduate of the Stonecoast MFA in Creative Writing Program with the University of Southern Maine. She lives in Bend, Oregon with her husband and two daughters.
Rebecca Lawton is an author and scientist whose honors include a Fulbright Visiting Research Chair Award, the Waterston Desert Writing Prize, a WILLA Award for original softcover fiction, the Ellen Meloy Fund Award for Desert Writers, and residencies at Hedgebrook Retreat for Women Writers and The Island Institute. For many years she was Director of Research for a publicly funded research, restoration, and education organization in northern California, where she founded, built, and oversaw a U.S. EPA-approved laboratory for monitoring stream flow and sediment. She holds an MFA in Creative Writing from Mills College and B.S. in Earth Sciences with honors from the University of California, Santa Cruz. One of the first women guides on Western whitewater, Rebecca was an oarswoman on the Colorado in Grand Canyon and other rivers for fourteen seasons.
Sarah Rabkin is a keeper of illustrated field journals and the author of What I Learned at Bug Camp: Essays on Finding a Home in the World. A longtime teacher of writing and environmental studies at the University of California, Santa Cruz, she also leads writing retreats and workshops in California and Oregon, and works as an oral history interviewer and freelance editor. Sarah was a contributor to the volume Creating a Climate for Change: Communicating Climate Change and Facilitating Social Change (edited by Susanne Moser & Lisa Dilling, Cambridge University Press, 2007). She lives near the shore of Monterey Bay with her husband, poet Charles Atkinson.
Shelly White is an Arizona fiber artist using hand-dyed, stitched and collaged textiles to create two and three-dimensional works. Transparency, the stitched line, color and texture are key elements of her artMs. White’s most recent works reflect a fascination with the shape and texture of geographic landforms and the patterns created by human occupation. Wall pieces combine dyed and painted fabric, found papers and stitching to reference maps, community and personal experience. Ms. White studied surface design techniques in the School of Art at Arizona State University focusing on Shibori (Japanese dye methods) and screen and relief printing on fabric. She works from her home studio, exhibits in local and national venues and is currently employed at the Musical Instrument Museum in Phoenix as Education Coordinator.
"At the end of a span of extraordinary days, breathing in the Great Basin, writing, exploring--Abert Lake,
Winter Ridge, Sycan River, Paisley Caves, and always Playa, Playa, Playa. For this gift, I am forever grateful."
--Pepper Trail (Resident 2012)
Winter Ridge, Sycan River, Paisley Caves, and always Playa, Playa, Playa. For this gift, I am forever grateful."
--Pepper Trail (Resident 2012)