Sunday, October 7, 2012

Earth Chronicles Project Oklahoma exhibition at the Mabee-Gerrer Museum of Art

Entrance to the exhibition

Our exhibition 'Earth Chronicles Project, The Artist's Process: Oklahoma' opened September 14th and is running until October 28th at the Mabee-Gerrer Museum of Art in Shawnee, Oklahoma.

Our documentary of the same name is still airing on Oklahoma PBS. The next airing is October 12th at 10am and 3 pm on their OKLA station.

Below is a visual walk through of the exhibit which contains artists interviewed in the documentary and an installation on the trees and native plants of Oklahoma by co-producer, curator and environmental artist, Fran Hardy.

The artists included in the exhibition are Jeri Redcorn, Caddo potter, Grace Grothaus's synthetic and interactive landscapes, Jack Bryan and Katherine Liontas-Warren and their very different depictions of the Wichita Mountains, Dr. Ian Thompson, Choctaw pots and traditional arts, Sue Folsom, Choctaw beadwork, Kim Baker, conservation photographer and Fran Hardy, environmental artist.

Installation on the trees of Oklahoma with Jeri Redcorn's pots in case to right and Choctaw dress by Sue Folsom to the left with charcoal drawings by Katherine Liontas-Warren on back wall

View of case containing Choctaw work by Dr. Ian Thompson and Sue Folsom with Grace Grothaus's work to the right

Keystone Ancient Forest and Quintus's River Birch by Fran Hardy

More trees of Oklahoma by Fran Hardy

Jack Bryan's work with display of his painting and drawing tools

Kim Baker's photographs of rivers and waterways of Oklahoma

Jeri Redcorn's pots and Fran Hardy's trees and native plants

Grace Grothaus:
Jeri Redcorn:
Kim Baker:
Dr. Ian Thompson, Sue Folsom:
Jack Bryan:
Katherine Liontas-Warren:

Some special places depicted in the exhibition:
The Wichita Mountains are located in the southwestern portion of the U.S. state of Oklahoma.[1] The mountains are a northwest-southeast trending series of rocky promontories, many capped by 540 million-year old granite. These were exposed and rounded by weathering during the Permian Period. The eastern end of the mountains offers 1,000 feet (305 m) of topographic relief in a region otherwise dominated by gently rolling grasslands.

Keystone Ancient Forest/Crosstimbers
For another day on top of the centuries that have come and gone, the winter trees of the Keystone Ancient Forest Preserve raise their twisted branches against whatever might come of this latest weather assault sweeping across Lake Keystone.
Ice? Fire? Drought? This ancient forest is made of tougher stuffthan most people know. These hard-crusted trees, some of them 300, 400, even 500 years old, stand as a sage army of post oaks and redcedars, undisturbed, unyielding, less than 15 miles from Tulsa, marking the gateway from the deciduous forests of the East to the prairies of the West.
Fortunately, the craggy terrain has left developers unwilling or unable to tackle the area. Some of these trees have had their tops knocked off by wind or broken by ice some time over the passing centuries. But they'd be here, lush in the spring, painted in the fall or bare in winter when visitors can see through the maze of branches over the high bluffs on windy days and watch cloud shadows chase sun streaks across the lake below.
The Illinois River which begins in Arkansas and extends into Oklahoma:

The Illinois River is a 145-mile-long (233 km)[1] tributary of the Arkansas River in the U.S. states of Arkansas and Oklahoma. The Osage Indians named it Ne-eng-wah-kon-dah, which translates as "Medicine Stone River." The state of Oklahoma has designated its portion as a Scenic River.

Four Canyon Preserve:

The Conservancy's Four Canyon Preserve encompasses 4,000 acres of mixed-grass prairie, rugged canyons, and floodplain along the Canadian River in southern Ellis County. Scenic prairie ridges traverse the landscape, dissected by deep chinquapin oak-lined canyons draining to the river. These prairies provide habitat for a number of rare grassland birds, such as Cassin's sparrow and Swainson's hawk, and additional species of concern including reptiles like the Texas horned lizard, as well as numerous state-rare plants. The cool, wooded canyons stand in contrast to the surrounding prairies, and provide habitat for birds like red-bellied woodpecker and painted bunting. The Canadian River on the preserve provides habitat for the federally endangered least tern, the threatened Arkansas River shiner, as well as stopover habitat for migratory shorebirds including the sandhill crane.

Tallgrass Prairie:
The Tallgrass Prairie Preserve, located in Osage County, Oklahoma near Foraker, Oklahoma, is owned and managed by The Nature Conservancy. It is protected as the largest tract of remaining tallgrass prairie in the world. The preserve contains 39,000 acres (160 km2) owned by the Conservancy and another 6,000 acres (24 km2) leased in what was the original tallgrass region of the Great Plains that stretched from Texas to Manitoba.
The Tallgrass Prairie Preserve is the largest protected remnant of tallgrass prairie left on earth. Originally spanning portions of 14 states from Texas to Minnesota, urban sprawl and conversion to cropland have left less than 10% of this magnificent American landscape. Since 1989, the Conservancy has proven successful at restoring this fully-functioning portion of the tallgrass prairie ecosystem with the use of about 2500 free-roaming bison and a "patch-burn" model approach to prescribed burning.

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