Artist Workshop with Graham Winbrow June 1st 11:00am to 5:00pm Don’t Miss it!!!

Artist Workshop with Graham Winbrow June 1st 11:00am to 5:00pm

Location: Mary Jane Falls Trail Head/ Old Ski Tow Area

This workshop will feature site specific work with artist Graham Winbrow. Graham will lead participants to the creation of an “altered” space within the Spring Mountain National Recreation Area, using categorization as an art making technique, participants will emulate the use of order and schemes in every day life to create a colllaborative art installation in the SMNRA.

 

What to bring:

  1. Sunscreen with UV protection.
  2. Work Gloves
  3. A wide brimmed hat.
  4. Wear comfortable shoes or sneakers.
  5. Snacks.
  6. A folding Chair.
  7. A jacket and umbrella.

 

Jean Piaget’s theories regarding mental categorization and the development of “schemes” are especially pertinent when considering a divide between mankind and wilderness. As humans, we naturally contextualize our environment by categorizing sensations and perceptions that are a foundation for our relationship with an external world. As we mature and our awareness about this world grows, our mental processes become increasingly more reliant on recognizable patterns, relationships, and familiar “categories,” conceived of by Piaget as “schemes” for interpreting our daily existence.

 

Mankind’s interactions with nature may be described as a schematic approach to resolving the chaos and uncertainty of dwelling in wilderness; the built environment as an attempt to introduce order and clarity to everyday life; however, the urban landscape of southern Nevada is testament to the forcefulness of our species’ drive to colonize and transform the natural environment.

 

This work engages participants in a cooperative task to transform an area of wilderness within the Spring Mountains National Recreation Area. Individuals will follow a schematic approach for categorizing and sorting elements within set boundaries in a wilderness area. Participants will work cooperatively to define “categories” and a “scheme” for producing results within the timeframe for this project. Examples of manipulated objects may include stones, rocks, fallen branches, trash, and other transient elements that participants will physically move and reposition within the space. The artist does not seek to permanently alter or modify any existing area of wilderness through this action.

 

The Art and Educational programs at Mt. Charleston are designed to use art as a medium to encourage learning about the ecology, geology and natural landscape of the Spring Mountains National Recreation Area. The programs range in focus from traditional photography and drawing workshops to demos in video and sound composing. The art programs include the Wildlife Divide series; an innovative approach to public art programming that includes activities and events intended to bridge the divide between urban and natural environments through artistic activity. The workshops and exhibits encourage the public to participate and collaborate on projects with both artists and naturalists, and to have an enjoyable, relaxing and educational experience within the Spring Mountains National Recreation Area, more commonly known as Mt. Charleston.

 

Please feel free to contact me with any questions, a new blog related to the Wildlife Divide will soon be online at current info is available also on www.gomtcharleston.com.

RSVP: art@gomtcharleston.com

About Graham Winbrow

Graham Wimbrow was born in Baltimore, Maryland, where he lived until
relocating to Las Vegas, Nevada, in 2013. Wimbrow graduated from the
Maryland Institute College of Art in 2011 with a degree in
Interdisciplinary Sculpture, having pursued internships with two organic
farms, the Baltimore Office of Sustainability, and the Contemporary Art
Museum. In 2011 Wimbrow¹s work was featured in an exhibition jointly
hosted by The Walters Art Museum and the Current Gallery, punctuated by
his lecture titled Alcohol, History, and Religion.

Following his graduation, Wimbrow has pursued a career in arts and
environmental education and has held a variety of teaching and educational
positions. Wimbrow currently manages youth and educational programming for
the Outside Las Vegas Foundation, an environmental nonprofit in southern
Nevada.

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Wildlife Divide Workshop With Myranda Bair

Last Saturday we attended the first workshop of the Wildlife Divide series, in attendance were artists and non artists alike. The weather was wonderful and the workshop was lots of fun. Here are some photos of what transpired and a little bit about Myranda Bair and her project. The workshops are a a great way to meet new people share food and a great art experience, sometimes a watermelon will show up! The Postcard Project was lots of fun.

 

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Myranda Bair is a recent resident to Las Vegas here is a little about her work and life as an artist in Las Vegas:

Bio:

Myranda Bair was born in North Dakota.

She received her BFA from the University of Texas at Austin and her MFA from the Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA). She has two French bulldogs and a wonderful husband named Craig. She lives and works in Las Vegas, NV

 

Artist Statement:

The natural sciences are a source of both subject matter and metaphor in my work. In particular I draw on the branches of ecology, botany, entomology, zoology, mycology, and geology, which allow me to explore the ways that human beings immerse themselves in the study of these subjects and also mimic scientific phenomena in their everyday lived experience. I seek to create work that is multidimensional, both physically and conceptually. My current practice is based in watercolor, which I treat less as a two-dimensional medium than a medium with interesting spatial potentials, to be mixed with other materials.

The Post Card Project

The Post Card Project will be a workshop held at the Mount Charleston wilderness areas. Participants will be invited to create a minimum of three custom postcards documenting their experience at Mount Charleston. These postcards will than be mailed from the mountain to various city locations. The postcards will have designed backs providing a short description of the project & workshop, address lines, and a stamp. Participants will create the front design of the card, fill in the address and write a message. The front of these postcards can be created using pen, pencil, ink, watercolor, collage, Polaroid, etc.  People are encouraged to bring supplies for creating their cards, though basic materials will be available.

 

This workshop is designed to document the Mount Charleston experience and to use two systems: the Forest Service Service and the United States Postal System. This workshop will highlight the beauty, structure, and flaws of each. What will happen as these postcards travel from one place to another? How will they look when they arrive? Were will they be going?

 

Reference books will be available at the workshop that describe the plants, animals, and provide a brief history of the area. A brief history regarding the American post system will also be made available. Exploring, hiking, and site seeing while on Mt. Charleston is strongly encourage to help you develop the front of your postcards.

 

 

Wildlife Divide Art Programs at Mount Charleston Start Saturday

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This summer and fall is packed with new art programing at Mount Charleston. We invite the public to attend our various workshops; to learn about art, science and nature and to enjoy the scenic and temperate climate of the mountain. Various new and established artists living in las Vegas have been invited to craft an interesting workshop that continues upon the concepts and activities started last year with the Wildlife Divide. Below is a brief description of the workshops.

Artist Workshop with Myranda Bair – May 25 11:00am to 5:00pm

The Post Card Project

Location: Spring Mountains Visitors Center

This workshop is designed to document the Mount Charleston experience and to use two systems: the US Forest Service and the United States Postal System. This workshop will highlight the beauty, structure, and flaws of each. What will happen as these postcards travel from one place to another? How will they look when they arrive? Were will they be going?

Artist Workshop with Graham Winbrow June 1st 11:00am to 5:00pm

Location: Mary Jane Falls Trail Head/Ski Tow Area

This workshop will feature site specific work with artist Graham Winbrow. Graham will lead participants to the creation of an “altered” space within the Spring Mountain National Recreation Area, using categorization as an art making technique, participants will emulate the use of order and schemes in every day life to create a colllaborative art installation in the SMNRA.

 

 

 

 

Artist Workshop with Javier Sanchez – June 22 11:00am to 5:00pm

Location: Mary Jane Falls Trail Head/Ski Tow Area

Local artist Javier Sanchez will give us the opportunity to help put together a work of art inspired by the Land Art movement of the 1960’s. Participants will be asked to build sculptures with found objects and revisit the sites over time to modify them as an ongoing project for the year.

 

Artist Workshop David Sanchez Burr and Checko Salgado –  July 13 11:00am to 5:00pm

Location Lee Meadows/Foxtail

Time Lapse Photo and Film workshop with David Sanchez Burr and Checko Salgado. Participants will be a part of the production of a time-lapse film. Each participant will be asked to bring an object from home creating a “set” in the wilderness. The end result will be a time lapse film juxtaposing the differences in perceived speed of time as it transpires in urban and wildlife settings.

 

Artist Workshop with Alisha Kerlin – July 27 11:00am to 5:00pm

The Condition Report Project

Location: Lee Meadows/Foxtail

Alicia Kerlin Workshop participants will document details found on the trail through methodical inspection and observational drawing and Mt. Charleston visitors are encouraged to send postcards with original condition report drawings into the city as a specific record of a constantly changing landscape.

Electrolab- Evening Nature study & Lantern Workshop – August 3 5:00pm to 9:00pm

Location: Hilltop Campground

Art Program Coordinator David Sanchez Burr will lead a workshop in the construction of DIY lanterns and flashlights. Illumination an essential part of any camping trip can also be a fun and educational experience when combined with art making techniques. This will be a fun way to enjoy Mt Charleston in the early evening.

 

 

 

 

Artist Workshop with Yasmina Chavez Workshop – August 17 11:00am to 5:00pm

Location: Spring Mountains Visitors Center

Yasmina Chavez invites the public to draw and sculpt with sounds.This project will ask participants to investigate the visual aspects of sound by eliminating sight. The project aims to heighten the sense of sound and create visible versions of audio experience in nature through drawing and sculpting.

 

Artist Workshop with Noelle Garcia -September 21 11:00am to 5:00pm

Location: Spring Mountains Visitors Center

The pattern workshop will encourage participants to seek out attractive or familiar patterns in nature and recreate, mimic or alter the pattern. Tools used will be t-shirts, canvas as well as squeezable fabric paint and India ink. Participants will create a wearable t-shirt or wall art in order to commemorate their experience with nature.

The Art and Educational programs at Mt. Charleston are designed to use art as a medium to encourage learning about the ecology, geology and natural landscape of the Spring Mountains National Recreation Area. The programs range in focus from traditional photography and drawing workshops to demos in video and sound composing. The art programs include the Wildlife Divide series; an innovative approach to public art programming that includes activities and events intended to bridge the divide between urban and natural environments through artistic activity. The workshops and exhibits encourage the public to participate and collaborate on projects with both artists and naturalists, and to have an enjoyable, relaxing and educational experience within the Spring Mountains National Recreation Area, more commonly known as Mt. Charleston.