Earth Chronicles Project, The Artist’s Process: New Mexico

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Earth Chronicles Project, The Artist’s Process: New Mexico
An Exhibition, Film Screening, and Poetry Workshop

Encore Screening and Q&A in partnership with the Nature Conservancy
With filmmakers Fran Hardy & Bob Demboski and Martha Cooper, Nature Conservancy Southwest New Mexico Field Representative

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Monday, May 13, 2013
6pm @ SFAI
$10 general | $5 students/seniors

April 16 – May 17
9am – 5pm @ SFAI

The Sound of Sunset: How to Write About the Edge of Time
An Earth Chronicles Poetry Workshop
With Lauren Camp
Thursday, May 9
6:30 – 8:30pm

Santa Fe, NM –The Santa Fe Art Institute (SFAI) is pleased to welcome – as part of the SFAI’s 2013 season of public programming, Contested Space – an exhibition, film screening, and poetry workshop as part of the Earth Chronicles Project, The Artist’s Process: New Mexico.

About Earth Chronicles Project, The Artist’s Process: New Mexico:
This exhibition is unique in that its content is inspired by a documentary. It features diverse artists and creative individuals who share a passionate relationship to their cultures and the environment.

The documentary and exhibition will be at the Santa Fe Art Institute April 15 to May 17, 2013 with an airing of the documentary further along in its progress of being completed on April 15, 2013 at 6pm and a Q&A with the filmmakers and some of the individuals interviewed in the documentary. This is an exceptional opportunity to have a glimpse into the co-producers’ creative process and see the dynamic exhibition that is an outgrowth of this exciting project.

Earth Chronicles Project, The Artist’s Process: New Mexico explores the art of the documentary producer, environmental artist, and curator of the exhibition, Fran Hardy, whose featured artworks on native plants and trees were inspired by her travels around New Mexico while shooting the documentary. Other exceptional New Mexico artists featured in the film and exhibit include Catherine Harris, Bill Gilbert, Lauren Camp, Rourke McDermott, Irvin and Lisa Trujillo, the Navajo weavers of the Two Grey Hills region and Stacey Neff and the New Mexico Experimental Glass Workshop. Through their art, each of these artists reveals what New Mexico’s culture and environment means to them.

Dane Pollei, Director and Chief Curator of the Mabee-Gerrer Museum of Art said about the Earth Chronicles Project in Oklahoma and the exhibit at their museum, “The exhibit illustrates both the beauty and history of the state as well as highlighting the need for conservation of our natural resources.”

“We promise you an exciting journey through a state that is far more diverse than most people realize. Be prepared to meet inspiring and passionate individuals and unique places you may never have dreamed of,” said Fran Hardy.

The documentary will highlight Fran Hardy’s environmental art on native plants and trees of New Mexico; Toadlena Trading Post and the Navajo weavers of the Two Grey Hills region; The Nature Conservancy’s Gila and Mimbres Riparian Preserves; Irvin Trujillo, Chimayo/Rio Grande weaver and NEA National Heritage Fellow; Bill Gilbert, environmental artist and Lannan Endowed Chair of the Art and Ecology department at University of New Mexico; Catherine Harris, artist and landscape architect, faculty of UNM Art and Ecology Department; Lauren Camp, fiber artist and poet; Rulan Tangen, founder of Dancing Earth Intertribal Dance Company; Stacey Neff, founder of the Experimental Glass Workshop; Judith Phillips, writer and landscape designer who specializes in drought tolerance and xeriscaping; Rourke McDermott, Landscape Architect at Valles Caldera National Preserve; Santa Fe Community College’s Alternative Trades and Technology Center’s implementation of sustainable energy.

Fran Hardy, M.Ed., artist and educator, and Bob Demboski, filmmaker, are producing a series of documentaries that illustrate the intersection of art, creativity, ecological sustainability, and cultural preservation in different regions of the United States.

The documentaries and exhibits also include accompanying educational curriculum for grades 3-12. Fran’s work has been featured in six solo museum exhibitions including a retrospective and two traveling exhibits. Bob comes from a long career in television and filmmaking with such clients as The Oprah Show, Bravo, Discovery Channel, HBO, and behind the scenes work on feature films.

Combining their unique skills to produce educational documentaries, Fran and Bob interview a variety of creative individuals in different professions about their approach to conserving the environment. The documentarians also visit those places that tell a unique story about the conservation and preservation of natural beauty and resources. Through their work, Fran and Bob hope to offer creative solutions to conservation and inspire action.

For more information about the documentary or the exhibit:
http://www.earthchroniclesproject.blogspot.comto follow the co-producers of the documentary around the state of New Mexico filming.

To see Fran Hardy’s work visit

About the Poetry Workshop, The Sound of Sunset: How to Write About the Edge of  Time:
Sunset is a magical time, resplendent with the deep beauty of evening. This workshop offers time to slow down and focus on the shifting colors, unusual angles, and positive and negative space that show up in and around SFAI. Lauren will lead you gently into poetry through example, discussion and writing exercise. Join a small group intent on considering and re-shaping the mysterious phenomena of the nearby physical landscape.

Lauren Camp is represented in SFAI’s current Earth Chronicles exhibit and documentary as both a poet and an artist. She is the host of KSFR’s “Audio Saucepan” (a global music/poetry show that airs Sundays 6-7PM), the author of the poetry collection This Business of Wisdom, and an acclaimed fiber artist. She writes the poetry blog, Which Silk Shirt, and teaches creative writing at numerous venues around Santa Fe.

About Contested Space:
CONTESTED SPACE will explore the complex contemporary landscape: social, political, physical, and cultural, and the arts, ideas and artists that play a major role in shaping public understanding of the powerful dynamics of those spaces.

Historically, land was the great frontier and artists had a major role in shaping public understanding of those spaces. Now the frontiers of the past have become the “contested spaces” of the present. These new frontiers are no longer just physical space, but constantly assume new morphologies- local, national, transnational, geopolitical, social, cultural, physical, virtual. At this point in time the planet has been entirely mapped and Googled and has become a globalized space that conveys the fears and hopes of humankind. Cosmic space is being unraveled and mapped and we are closing all the distances that seemed, at one point, unimaginably vast. When distance has been abolished and time and space have shrunk, can art still explore new territory? Yes, it is the territory of “contested space” in which transformation and re-imagining begins and the arts play a central role.

Artists are powerful commentators and describers of these spaces, presenting diverse perspectives and creative ways of engagement. From the vast openness of the internet to the closed, restrictive space of a jail cell, from urban center to wildlife preserve, artists make art that offers new perspectives: challenging assumptions, presenting new ideas, opening discourse and inviting the audience to engage around important issues.

By presenting artists and their works through lectures, workshops, exhibitions, residencies, and arts education to the youth of our city and region, we use the arts to foster individual thinking, creative engagement, and community by focusing on the arts to offer new ways to participate in and navigate contemporary life. We invite artists who bring Native, Hispanic, Asian, and Anglo perspectives supporting the diversity and history of our region.

This programming reflects our mission to support and promote the arts as a positive social force by presenting artists whose work addresses important issues of social justice, cultural freedom and environmental responsibility. These programs support creation of and public access to art, nurture artists at all phases of their careers, and foster learning via the arts for people of all ages.

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