2015 ushers in the second Art for the Endangered Landscape project focusing on Wolf Creek along the Continental Divide within the San Juan Mountains of southern Colorado. Artists of all disciplines converged at the Wolf Creek Ski Area on Saturday June 20, 2015 and spent the day in the creative process.
The goals of this project are to highlight the skills of Colorado and regional artists and to translate art inspiration from nature into solutions for land management that will preserve natural scenic resources.
The next stage of the project is a travelling art show and sale featuring art works, interpetation and music inspired from Wolf Creek. The show and sale opened at the Pagosa Springs Center for the Arts on Saturday September 26 and was displayed until November 1. The Sale then traveled to Durango with an opening on Thursday, November 5, 2015. After a month the show tour will finish at the Adams State University Community Partnerships Gallery in Alamosa, to open on Friday December 4, 2015. Proceeds from art sales will go to help our continuing fight to curtail massive resort development on the pass.
The Art Day of June 20 enticed wild country enthusiasts to join in and observe the artists at work and interact with them, discovering the elements of nature-inspired art.
Thank You to all the artists, musicians and wild Wolf Creek Supporters for coming out - it was a special day with great weather, great views and great people.
The concentration on the inate beauty of this high country in its current state leads to the obvious question laced in the title of Endangered Landscape- why is it endangered?
Wolf Creek Pass and its heavily used highway corridor hold a critical place in the ongoing struggle to balance natural systems with human disruption. The pass bisects some of the wildest remaining primitive country in the southern Rocky Mountains. To the north of the pass is half-million acre Weminuche Wildernss and to the south is the South San Juan Wilderness holding 160,000 acres. The boundaries of these two wilderness areas come to within 6 miles of each other at their closest proximity, but those are treacherous miles for wildlife and plant populations to negotiate.
Wolf Creek was also the area selected to release the reintroduced Canada lynx, an endangered species throughout its historic range.
The most controversial endangerment to consider is a 10,000- person resort complex proposed by developers on a piece of private land adjacent to Wolf Creek Ski Area.
From its origination as a questionable land exchange in 1986 to its current incarnation of transfering yet again more public land, this proposal has galvanized opposing factions. For more in-depth information on this aspect go to Wolf Creek Developments.
The Art for the Endangered Landscape project strives to shed a different light on development issues from the aspect of loss of visual beauty. This art celebration also honors what we have now and what we have to lose in a tangible and visceral manner.
For more in-depth information about the 2015 events please click on the links at the top of the page.