Playa - Artist Residency

I spent 2 weeks on the receding shores of Summer Lake at Playa a few weeks ago. 2 hours south of Bend in the pure high desert. After weeks of extraordinary rains, the area was bursting with life. Shorebirds, muskrats, coyotes, snakes and 7 or so other artists, writers and dancers shared this scenic spot in which to indulge our most fervent efforts and ideas. We were given lovely little houses on  a walden like pond with access to studios for our work. Dinners were generously served in a commons house where we could all gather for food and/or society, but most of the time we were each well-immersed in our independent work. It was the very thing I needed to intensify my focus on my carving. Countless thanks to Deb Ford and PLAYA for the generous opportunity.

Perfect working space with roll-up door.

Perfect working space with roll-up door.

Young robin fresh from the nest.

Young robin fresh from the nest.

Horseshoe crab, "giant" plankton, Clio polita on the shore of Summer Lake.

Horseshoe crab, "giant" plankton, Clio polita on the shore of Summer Lake.

Segmented planktonic worm, Tomopteris at play on the Summer Lake beach.

Segmented planktonic worm, Tomopteris at play on the Summer Lake beach.

Dancers at play on PLAYA's pond.

Dancers at play on PLAYA's pond.