Camp Long’s rustic cabins will house the Museum of Sound where artists will take up residency for the weekend creating multidisciplinary installations blending sound, auditory arts, music and visual arts. The cabins meander through the forested perimeter of the park, and festival goers will have the opportunity to enter and explore each cabin. Most of the cabins will have a hands-on component allowing attendees to interact with the artists’ work. Here are a few descriptions of this year’s cabin:
Building Bridges Arts Collaborative
Building Bridges Arts Collaborative
Building Bridges was founded in Cleveland Ohio on the west side of the Cuyahoga River by artist Katherine Chilcote and Pastor Doug Horner. Katherine Chilcote and Pastor Doug began to collaborate back in 2004 for a mural for the exterior of St. Paul's Community Church. Many projects branched out from that year, as Building Bridges built a board of directors and formed as a 501 c3 in 2007. As we grew as an organization the Cleveland Foundation invested in our growth through Project Access, providing Consultant Janus Small to help us form our long term strategic plan for integrating public art into the urban fabric of Cleveland. Ten years later we have completed 26 murals for the greater Cleveland Area, as well as branched into work in multiple other cities. We have served on average 150 youth per year with our Summer Mural Institute, and Artist Mentoring Programs. Through those programs our organization has brought the mural making process into the public schools, and residential treatment centers of Cuyahoga County. Our Summer Mural Institute provides a positive job training experience to youth ages 15-19 who are aspiring emerging artist. We create a paid work training experience to bridge the gap in the workforce opportunities available to creative artists. Through experiential learning in the processes of creating community based public murals, our teens find their creative voice.
"Bower (n)... A vague poetic word for an idealized abode, not realized in any actual dwelling" -From the OED.
Bower I is an ongoing interactive installation created from moss, queen annes lace, and various flowers to create a space for festival goers to sit and stay in. Because of it's ephemeral nature, in an attempt to create an ideal, it has had multiple manifestations throughout the years, including one in the museum of sound last year. This is the first manifestation of this project, created in 2015.
"Green River Gorge, The Power of Place"
The Green River Gorge Greenway is one of this last remaining wild areas left along the Green-Duwamish below the Howard Hanson Dam. My installation introduces the Green River Gorge to communities downstream and highlights that this last wild remnant of the river is the same river we see downstream surrounded by farm lands, suburbs, and in the urban city of Seattle.
Our relationship with the Green-Duwamish river that passes through our community has the power to connect. The river connects us to the people, habitat, wildlife, and water both up stream and down. What we do to the river in our community affects the entire river and everything that relies on it, including the salmon.
The life cycle of Salmon tells us a very powerful story of connection that can teach us about our interconnectedness. Through learning about the role we can play in protecting salmon in this one river ecosystem we can learn about the interconnected relationships that are essential to life on this planet.
James W. and Janie Washington Foundation
The Dr. James and Janie Washington Center’s mission is to preserve the art, writing, and lifetime works of Dr. James Washington Jr and share the Washington’s vision through the preservation, interpretation and showing of Dr. Washington’s works, studio and the family’s gardens and home.
Through the art, philosophy, and the life stories of Dr. and Mrs. Washington, the Foundation endeavors to illuminate the bond between creativity and spirituality by emphasis in the universal wholeness seeing expression through everything . This wholeness synonymous with what we mean when we say God, has the power to bring stone to life.
Jax Braun and John Theroux
"Three Ways to Center"
Sharing in touch, light and sound - these are experiences of nature and humanity. Presented to meditate on the strength in softness. And the softness in strength.
The “Listening Center” is about interactive and intentional listening. Come get swept away by cosmic drones and soundscapes. Sit amongst the unexpected atmosphere and control the volume of your experience. Stay as long or short as you wish.
Alyssa Anne and Wynn Adele
Alyssa and Wynn are two mixed media visual artists based in the Seattle area who are inspired by space, dreams, bodies, and justice. The cabin will serve as a temporary vessel for visitors to imagine and re-imagine our bodies and humanity existing amongst a surreal dream landscape. Within the landscape of our imaginations, there will be both a garden and a graveyard that visitors will have the chance to transform, making the cabin a space of collective visioning. Visitors will be inspired by the thought provoking displays, and will have the chance to lay to rest aspects of their life or society they wish to let go of as well as plant seeds for the cultivation of new ideas and beginnings. It will be a space of inspiration, beauty, darkness, and re-envisioning.
C. Wyly Astley
I seek to create a beautiful, comfortable place for people to both listen to recorded stories about hair and to tell stories about themselves with regards to their own hair. I will use natural materials such as wool, cotton, silk, hemp, wood, metal, stones and hair to take best advantage of the cabin's lighting to create an inviting, safe space to hear and share intimate, sometimes emotional, stories about hair.
34 paintings by 80 Maple Elementary School Students will be exhibited in the meadow on Saturday and Sunday. This project was supported by King County Wastewater Treatment. Led by DNDA’s Nature Consortiums teaching artists.
Add twigs, moss, leaves, and lichen to a large birds nest, tucked along a forest trail. The Dream Hatching nest also provides participants the context and an opportunity to contemplate, clarify and commit to a Dream they’d like to bring to life. Following the metaphor of nesting and gestation, people of all ages are invited to write a Dream on a piece of paper and place it in the nest. Visually enchanting, the Dream Hatching interactive display invites meaningful engagement.
David Johansson has been painting Seattle skylines since the early 1980’s. His approach is often whimsical and colorful. His theme during the Arts In Nature Festival will be to be live painting, interacting with and encouraging people to get involved in their community by volunteering, treating others with kindness, and talking about the values of just being good to each other.
“We need to place great value in the human connections, and create green spaces for all of us to enjoy and be healthier in communion with nature.”
Flashes of rainbow color. Tinkling bells. Dancers bearing long, graceful chains of paper cranes come into view along the forest path. They stop and circle round a gnarly trunk, moving slowly and mysteriously in conversation with the trees. They invite you to breathe with them, to see the wind, to smell the moss, to hear the chattering crows. They move on. You follow…or watch them fade into the distance, carrying their aspirations for peace forward.
The dancers will wander slowly through the forest without speaking, making a stately and graceful procession. They will stop at several spots to create brief site-specific performances focused on a particular feature of the park – such as a special tree, fern, or rock. The focus of the dance is on creating an aura of peace and connection for the viewers – a feeling that they can carry within themselves and tap into as they move through the world. The origami cranes that the dancers carry are a symbol of hope, healing, persistence, and peace.