An Afternoon of Sorting, Categorizing and Art Making.

Graham Winbrow treated participants to a collaborative adventure in sorting and processing during his Wildlife Divide workshop on June 1st 2013.

The result of the workshop is documented in the images and time-lapse movie below. The ephemeral installation defined a  distinct but not permanent modification in the landscape and was an educational experience of group participation in art. the workshop resulted in discussions about permanent structures versus the ephemeral and how collaboration between individuals define the end result of the project. The tasks of building the intervention in the landscape included sorting materials and processing aesthetic decision making, all the while marveling at the temperate climate afforded in the sky island of Mount Charleston.





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.