Photos by Brian Perkins
"Everybody needs beauty as well as bread, places to play in and pray in, where nature may heal and give strength to body and soul alike." John Muir
Art for the Endangered Landscape is a special project sponsored by the SLV Ecosystem Council and Community Partnerships of Adams State University which aims to integrate artistic expression with sensibility to our western wildlands. This first expression focused on an area that is a proposed wildcat oil well exploration site that is within a rural residential site surrounded by public land. Click for in-depth situation.
This premiere project had 2 events:
1. The "paint-out" of Saturday, September 29, 2012 adjacent to a proposed oil drilling site on San Francisco Creek south of Del Norte, Colorado. The purpose of the event was to celebrate the existing conditions of the area through the various artistic avenues; painting, drawing, photography, videography, songwriting, sculpture, printmaking, poetry, dance etc. Education professionals were encouraged to bring their students as a unique learning opportunity. The focus of this project was on human interaction with the land and the implications of the loss of wildlands and anticipated environmental impacts resulting from proposed industrial activity. See the news report by Valley Courier reporter Lauren Krizansky. Click here.
Here are some pics of the days activities with 20 artists participating and the local neighbors hosting a tasty lunch.
Evelyn Sprouse Rowe on location, Frank Scott and Deb Nichols entertaining and composing.
Greg Gosar and Steve Goldstein.
2. An exhibition and reception for the completed works/presentations.
Other Features of Art for the Endangered Landscape
Public and media education about the scope of the drilling, subsequent fracking and the associated degradation to rural lifestyle, wildlife and watershed was laid out in the project. This was augmented by welcoming general public and media on the day of the events.
This was also a fundraising event for the San Luis Valley Ecosystem Council which has been at the forefront in educating and galvanizing public scrutiny for the exploratory drilling proposal through the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) process.