As an environmental community artist, I work to connect people to nature and each other through the arts. Remarkable outcomes abound when I engage communities in watershed studies. My approach is site specific and mixed media, in a context of impromptu creative collaboration. Based in accurate regional science, activities highlight biodiversity and the vital role of pollinators in our food supply. Projects are learning opportunities as well as engaging pieces of art. As we study together the region’s natural history and deepen spiritual ownership in our communities, our place as stewards in a sustainable future is re-envisioned. The results of collective inquiry create community-relevant remedial gardens with interactive and kinetic sculptures and events. With two decades of work in the field, I continue to be delighted, inspired and informed by the process of impromptu creative group practice.
RiverWise Labyrinth Park
The rich natural history of the Greenbrier River watershed was the inspiration for this unique community-designed and -built labyrinth walking path. The central path shows the whole beautiful ribbon of the entire river and each section is hand-designed and drawn. Hundreds of folks pitched in to create the park area, which includes a children's play area, native plant rain gardens. seating and educational signage about local natural history. The Greenbrier River is an essential part of our community life, it enriches and inspires us. RiverWise Labyrinth has become a beloved place for locals and is visited by thousands of travelers each year.
These public art projects are the result of community engaged design-build activities that integrate the arts, environmental education and community building.