Wildlife Divide Evening Nature Study & Lantern Workshop – August 3 5:00pm to 9:00pm

Location: Hilltop Campground

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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.

What To Bring:

1. Reflective Materials like Tin Foil and metals. 2.Wear comfortable shoes or sneakers.
3. Snacks.
4.A folding Chair.

5.A jacket and umbrella.

The art of latern making will be explored in the evening workshop. David Sanchez Burr will give a tutorial on simple DC lighiting circuits and how to make a great looking lantern.

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 https://wildlifedivide.wordpress.com current info is available also on http://www.gomtcharleston.com.
email: art@gomtcharleston.com

Wildlife Divide Condition Reporting with Alisha Kerlin

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Once again we had a wonderful and well attended workshop at Mt Charleston last Saturday. Aside from the very unfortunate and devastating damage that the Carpenter 1 fire had on the Spring Mountain National Recreational Area, we were able to learn a lot about the botany in the area thanks to Amanda from the Great Basin Institute and Cody Dix from the Forest Service. Through the keen observation required in a condition report, participants were able to create some amazing drawings in both documented areas.

Our first area was the Fletcher Canyon trail, an area that has not been affected by the fire. Participants were able to see the types of plants and flowers in the latter stage of flowering that is typical in a Sky Island in the South Western United States around this time. The second stage of the workshop took us down to the lower Riparian Zone near Harris Spring Road where the Carpenter 1 fire was extensive and severe. Participants were able to document an area where junipers, mountain mahogany, yucca, and joshua trees were completely or partially burned. The area is extremely ecologically sensitive and will take decades for natural growth to return to these levels. Thanks to the many government agencies that have assisted in the fire and are currently helping with the rehabilitation efforts. Without their dedication to the preservation of our parks, the damage could have been even more extensive.

The workshop was led by Alisha Kerlin, who aside from being a professional visual artist works at the Barrick Museum at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Her experience in Condition reporting at the Barrick was in large part an inspiration for this workshop. Postcards were made to accommodate condition report drawings, then mailed out to the city.

Thanks to everyone who came out to make this such a great event. Here are a few pictures.

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

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

The Condition Report Project

AGAVE CONDITION REPORT:EXAMINER GABRIELA AGUILAR

Location: Spring Mountains Visitors Center
Alicia Kerlin Workshop participants will document details found on the trail through methodical inspection and observational drawing. 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.

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

CONDITION REPORT POSTCARD

In museum or gallery practice a condition report is a method used to document the general condition, details, and if applicable changes or damage to an object. Workshop participants will document details found on the trail through methodical inspection and observational drawing and Mt. Charleston visitors are encouraged to send their postcards with original condition report drawings into the city as a specific record of a constantly changing landscape.

The landscape is constantly changing, and those changes are either natural (growth, blooms, drought, age) or impacted by human intervention (graffiti, litter, trampled…etc.) Workshop participants may isolate details that are likely to change in the time it takes to send a postcard to an urban area, thus creating a personalized record and message. Slowing down to observe and condition report contributes to the awareness of our impact on the landscape.

Trail-goers will receive various 5x7inch template designs inspired by postcards found by Kerlin’s recent visits to National Parks. These postcards will feature plenty of room for drawing and pen-pal correspondence.
A caption with information about Mt. Charleston and The Wildlife Divide Project is featured in the small print on the reverse.

In addition to the postcard templates participants will be provided with a basic drawing supplies (a pencil, eraser and fine tipped black marker). Participants are encouraged to bring drawing boards and any additional materials they prefer to work with.

 

Alisha Kerlin is an artist who uses painting, writing, sculpture, digital photography, and installation. Solitaire games, fallen trees, vultures, dismissive cats, tic tac toe, measuring tapes, dangling cookies, lizards, sleepy birds, potatoes, traffic cones, garden hoses, and the carrot and stick idiom are examples of subject matter used within her artworks. She received her BFA from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville and MFA from the Milton Avery School of Art, Bard College, New York.

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Since 2005 her work has been exhibited throughout the United States, including one person shows in New York, Brooklyn, Long Island City, San Francisco, Boston, and Knoxville. She has two upcoming solo projects for P3 Studio at the Cosmopolitan and the Clark County Government Center Rotunda Gallery, Las Vegas. Her work has been included in numerous group shows including “Greater New York” at PS1 MoMA, 2010. Interviews and reviews about Kerlin’s work can be found in publications such as Spike, Art Forum, New York Arts Magazine, and Art21.com.

Kerlin recently moved to Las Vegas after teaching as the Artist in Residence, University of Nevada, Las Vegas, Spring 2012. In addition to her studio, Kerlin manages three collections at the UNLV Marjorie Barrick Museum.

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 https://wildlifedivide.wordpress.com current info is available also on www.gomtcharleston.com.

email: art@gomtcharleston.com