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springtime in the desert   12 comments

Pipevine Swallowtail ~ Battus philenor ~ on apricot blossoms ~ 23 March 2011

As mentioned in my last post, I left Bisbee, Arizona, on April 1st and crossed into Canada on April 9th. For now, I’m in Ontario, getting tools and materials together, and fabricating a couple of things to take to the old house in Nova Scotia. Although I’m planning another ambitious summer of work, I’ve also decided to knock back the pace a bit and spend more time going out hiking and maybe even do some paddling on the nearby lakes. I still have a couple of more posts to write about Utah and my visit to Chaco Canyon, in New Mexico. Also, a bit to write about the trip eastward, although I spent most of my time driving and shot comparatively few photos. However, today, I wanted to share a few photos taken shortly before leaving Bisbee.

The top photo (click on all photos to see larger views) is of a Pipevine Swallowtail (Battus philenor). It was taken on March 23rd, when the apricot trees in the garden were in blossom. When at their peak, several butterflies could always be seen nectaring during the day. Around sunset, several dozen White-lined Sphinx Moths (Hyles lineata) moved in to take their place. One evening, I captured one in a plastic bag, put it in the fridge for a minute or two, shot some photos (see below), and then let it go on its way. The concentration of moths on the blossoms was really quite a sight.

White-lined Sphinx Moth ~ Hyles lineata ~ on 22 March 2011

The final week of my stay was hectic. I had volunteered to work on the welcome desk at the MAKE children’s art festival at the Central School (community arts center) in Bisbee. The event was very successful, featuring a lot of talented artists, musicians and other performers, and attracted a huge number of children from the town and neighboring communities.

In addition to getting the van packed and the house cleaned up, I decided to create an art chair to leave with friends in town. They will take it to the annual art chair auction this autumn. I had wanted to donate a chair last year, but the timing of my arrival is too close to the date of the auction. Creating a chair ahead of time seemed like a great solution. However, I’d underestimated how much time and energy I would have during my final days in Bisbee. As it turned out, I spent most of my final 24 hours in town, working on the chair. Of course, nothing ever goes quite according to plan. The day before leaving, with the chair only about 1/3 finished, I was stung on my right forearm, by an Arizona Bark Scorpion like the one that stung me back in December 2009. Fortunately, the sting didn’t hurt quite as much this time, otherwise, I probably wouldn’t have had time to finish the chair. I did manage to get it done, and to pack the van and be on the road by around noon the next day. The art chair was painted indoors the evening before leaving. When mixing the blue for the chair back, I hoped to capture the incredible blue of a springtime Arizona sky. I was thinking that I had made it a little too bright and blue, but when I photographed the chair out in the garden the next morning — well, it was actually pretty close!

Written by bev wigney on April 26th, 2011

CSP Mystery Ball – 2011   15 comments

Posted at 4:24 pm in Art,Bisbee,future

detail from Bisbeeland – an outdoor installation by Robert Bennett

As mentioned in my last post, for the past month, I’ve busy working on several art pieces destined for an installation at the Mystery Ball fundraiser for the Central School Project (Bisbee’s community center for the arts). The event was held on Saturday, February 5th, and has been declared a great success. Over 20 regional artists created visual, audio, multimedia and performance art installations on three levels of the CSP’s unique and historic building located in the center of old Bisbee.

view of MADEA installation by Joe Klinger and Danny Seltzer

All of the installations were wonderfully creative. One interesting aspect of almost every installation was that they were made from found objects and recycled materials. Although I can only feature a few of the works here, please visit the online gallery which I’ve created to display some of the photos that I and a couple of friends shot during the evening. Just click on any image to see its larger view, and the same goes for the photos in this blog post. I spent a good three hours wandering around all levels of the building, studying and photographing installations, and watching the multimedia and performance art productions. All were fascinating or entertaining in some way.

NoVOGRAFIAS: poembirth multimedia performance installation by Logan Phillips

One of my favourites of the evening was Logan Phillips’ multimedia performance installation, NoVOGRAFIAS: poembirth. It was visually intense and kept many watchers spellbound, standing crowded together peering through the doorway into a small room. I sat on some nearby theater seats and slipped over to shoot photos and a couple of video clips when there was a brief gap in the watchers. Here is a short video clip of the performance which went on almost non-stop for three hours (the clip is in .mp4 format). The other multimedia piece that held my attention for quite some time was the Digital Puppets Brought to Life by Natural Interactions – by the Circus of Tiny Invisibility. The installation featured a digital puppet theater consisting of a cloth projection sheet. Passersby could stand within a certain area in front of the screen and move about in ways which would cause clowns, acrobats and other digitally created puppets to move on the projection sheet. All of this is best seen rather than described, so I’ve put up a short video clip of one mystery ball attendee acting out in front of the screen while a clown figure responds on the screen. Of course, each person who came along had his or her own ideas about how they would like the puppet to behave, making for some rather hilarious innovations.

view of LIFE: the ultimate gamble installation by Jen & Judy Harris

My hat is off to all of the artists, and the many volunteers who were responsible for putting together a terrific evening of art and entertainment, and also to Melissa Holden, executive director of the CSP, who did such an able job of coordinating the event. Everything seemed to run so smoothly.

For my part, I enjoyed contributing as one of the installation artists (see below for a photo of attendees viewing some of the pieces and see the main photo gallery for more images). I realize that others may not realize the significance of my participation in this event, but I feel the need to take note. Since my husband, Don’s death, I have not had much interest in creating art. In fact, it has been almost impossible for me to produce much of anything, in spite of lugging a well-stocked sack of art supplies, brushes, pens and canvases, back and forth across North America through several crossings over the past two and a half years. However, something about putting together this installation finally motivated me to be creative and productive, at least for awhile. Here’s hoping that the momentum will continue.

Note: Here is a link to a gallery of images of my own Life’s Little Mysteries installation.

view of Life’s Little Mysteries installation by Bev Wigney

Written by bev wigney on February 9th, 2011