Where the Wild Birds Fly: the Mystery of Migration

November 16th, 2013
Where the Wild Birds Fly: the Mystery of Migration

LAST WEEK when we were hiking at Tsankawi Ruins in the Jemez Mountains, I heard flocks of cranes flying above us. It’s a very different sound, a chorus of croaking, chortling, rattley, raspy calls…  quite unmistakable.  (The Forest service says that “Both the males and females make a rattling “kar-r-r-r- o-o-o” sound.”) As soon as […]

Petroglyphs and Jackrabbits.

April 13th, 2012
Petroglyphs and Jackrabbits.

“What is a country without rabbits and partridges? – Henry David Thoreau Thoreau retreated into nature. My retreat here at the Wurlitzer Foundation is much more comfortable than Thoreau’s cabin on Walden Pond. But the time is almost over.  It has been a very productive experience in  many ways. An unanticipated aspect is that I […]

Floating Artists

October 18th, 2011
Floating Artists

Not all who wander are  lost.  –Tolkein I have been wandering. Not alone, but with a group of students from Castleton State College. We’ve been all over the southwestern US. Studying art and anthropology, we are finding both in abundance. The markings left by ancient people resonate with their ancestral traditions. Art is what we […]

When Art reaches out and Grabs you

September 20th, 2011
When Art reaches out and Grabs you

“What is life? It is the flash of a firefly in the night. It is the breath of a buffalo in the wintertime. It is the little shadow which runs across the grass and loses itself in the sunset. –Crowfoot, Blackfoot warrior & orator There are moments when art just reaches out and grabs you […]

The National Mall of Curiosities

July 22nd, 2011

The life of the arts, far from being an interruption, a distraction, in the life of a nation, is very close to the center of a nation’s purpose…and is a test of the quality of a nation’s civilization. -John Fitzgerald Kennedy I took a day away from my studio in the Torpedo Factory Art Center […]