Thursday, March 28, 2013

Connect With The Landscape

UPDATE: Due to an injury, we are sad to announce we are postponing this workshop. We'll let you know when it's rescheduled.

 Dorothy Ramon Learning Center plans a two-day workshop in the Banning area on April 27-28 that will help artists connect with San Gorgonio Pass native landscapes through the paintbrush — and through Native American cultures.

Plein-air artist Terry d. Chacon (Pat Murkland Photo)

In the first part of the workshop, Center President Ernest Siva (Cahuilla/Serrano) of Banning will share traditional area Native American cultural songs and stories. Daniel McCarthy, an archaeologist knowledgable in native plant uses, will share the Native Americans' many uses of local native plants for foods, medicines, tools, and more, and lead a short tour of the landscape. 

Then Terry d. Chacon of Redlands, a national award-winning artist, will take over and lead a plein-air workshop, painting with oils outside on location in natural light.

Proceeds from the $100 workshop will benefit the nonprofit Dorothy Ramon Learning Center's work to save and share Southern California Native American cultures, languages, history, and traditional arts, according to organizers. Class space is limited; to enroll call the Center, 951.849.7736. Information:

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