ArtStart director, Carol Sirrine and the Minnesota Valley Wildlife Refuge sponsored 13 serious artist/naturalists. Their charge was to create art through the lens of nature using various mediums.
Flooded Long Meadow Trail Photo by Anissa Wallingford
The Minnesota River flooded trails in the refuge. A serendipitous hiking experience…
Skyholes at the Bass Ponds Photo by Michael Croswell
Carter Antin worked with Michael Croswell capturing field recordings of nature sounds at the Bass Ponds and then mixed in some synthesized tones to create an ambient music composition using Garage Band.
Trail less traveled, Bass Ponds, Minnesota Valley Wildlife Refuge. Photography by Michael Croswell.
We could feel the wildness of nature at the Bass Ponds, even though the Mall of America was less than a half mile away.
Adi Banks – Woodland meditation.
Storm sewer trash from the Mall of America
After heavy rains, the storm sewer from the Mall of America showed us that we were not far from humans.
Garter snake feeding on grasshoppers. Slithering through the grape vines.
Anissa with a toad friend.
Anissa Wallingford is an accomplished song writer and she composed and performed the song “Quicksand” at Youth Express studios in Saint Paul. Many thanks to Michael Croswell for generously sharing the sound recordings from the studio.
Monarch Caterpillar Photograph by Anissa Wallingford.
Temporary Art Sculptures using clay from the Minnesota River.
Leo Anderson/Carter Antin
Art from Plant Pigments
Finding the Extraordinary in the Ordinary – Olivine Sand Photo through 30x scope Haley Larson
Finding the Extraordinary in the Ordinary. The internal organs of a leech. 30X. Photo by Justine Anderson.
Prairie Nature Notes
Greta Shore – Sketches made on hand-made paper
My Inner Spirit
SoundScape experience with Michael Croswell. Flannery McGreevey (L), Serena Raths (C), and Adi Banks. Photo by Julie Boada
Hajar Ahmed working on some of her poetry. photo by Julie Boada
Adi Banks incorporated deer antlers to create his work. Photo by Justine Anderson.
Ana Kirshner created a whole series of nature-based art. Photo by Justine Anderson
To create her sculpture, Maeve Murphy use recycled materials. Photograph by Justine Anderson.
Maeve Murphy cut-out leaf shapes from recycled materials.Then painted each one in a unique way. The leaves will be placed on her tree (see above). Photo by Justine Anderson
Haley Larson working on her group prairie flower installation using recyled materials. Photo by Julie Boada
Adi Banks, Serena Raths, and Haley Larson created a prairie installation using recycled materials. Photo by Julie Boada.
Justine had never worked with stained glass and with the help of artist Jeanette Dickinson, she worked tirelessly on her Great Blue Heron.
Justine Anderson Photo by Michael Croswell
Leo Anderson and Carter Antin created a mix in the studio which they titled “Nature Gang”.
Leo Anderson (L) and Carter Antin (R). Composer Michael Croswell is in the background.
Julie Boada, Our Fearless Leader Photo by Anissa Wallingford
Get ready world! It won’t be business as usual with this group. Photograph by Michael Croswell