Stewards of the Coast and Redwoods announces a call for artists for the Pond Farm Artist in Residence Program. This is a unique opportunity for artists to be immersed in nature; inspired by the spirit of past Pond Farmers, as Marguerite’s students are known; and have space and time to create. 1-3 month residencies begin in March 2020.
Deadline: 1 Dec 2019
Pond Farm is a rustic oasis nestled in the middle of Austin Creek State Recreation Area in Sonoma County, CA, which is contiguous to the majestic old growth forest of Armstrong Redwoods State Natural Reserve. In addition to access to the 5,000 acres of inspirational space, residents experience the grandeur of Austin Creek, a dramatic natural setting near the Pacific coast.
Pond Farm Artist in Residence Program Artist Benefits
Pond Farm is a special place, originally started as an artists’ colony in the late 1940s, then transitioned to Pond Farm Pottery, where studio pottery artist Marguerite Wildenhain lived, worked, and taught annual summer workshops. Her work and her teachings had a significant impact on the Studio Pottery movement in California.
“If you have the will to learn, and the eyes to see, and the mind to search, someday too, all the facts you have discovered through nature will be visible in your work, whether you know it or not.”
Marguerite Wildenhain, The Invisible Core
Marguerite Wildenhain dedicated her life to her craft. After finishing her studies at the Bauhaus she became the first female master potter in Germany. She was a remarkable woman who touched many lives through her work and her teachings. Marguerite strongly believed that the journey to become a true artist was not about learning a technique, but much more about the development of the whole person, an “opening of the soul.” She taught her students for over 30 years at Pond Farm Pottery — to look and see into nature, sketch, discuss philosophy, and, of course, be truly dedicated to the rigor of the craft – really to teach a way of life.
Much effort has gone into preserving Pond Farm and its legacy. The Stewards of the Coast and Redwoods are excited to announce that they will begin accepting applications for its Artist in Residence program in the Fall of 2018. Bringing artists to live and work at the site again will ensure that the vision of Pond Farm is not lost. It will provide an opportunity to encourage a dynamic engagement with park visitors and the broader community.
About Stewards of the Coast and Redwoods
Stewards of the Coast and Redwoods (Stewards) is a non-profit organization that partners with the Russian River Sector of California State Parks to promote, restore, and protect the natural and cultural resources in our parks. The sector includes Armstrong Redwoods State Natural Reserve (outside Guerneville), Austin Creek State Recreation Area (a park Stewards is now operating), Sonoma Coast State Park (from Bodega Bay to Jenner). State Parks depends on Stewards to provide funding for the Volunteers in Parks program, educational and interpretive activities, for resource management and stewardship projects, and to assist in the development of interpretive facilities and displays.
The State Parks of Sonoma County’s coast and Russian River valley are rich in natural and cultural history, biological diversity, and distinctive geology. The Stewards’ mission is to promote, restore and protect the natural and cultural resources of Russian River area State Parks through interpretation and public stewardship. They do this (with the help of 300 volunteers) by providing park visitors of all ages with a variety of programs and opportunities to experience and explore these exceptional parks.
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