A Water Connections Journey....
Big Stone Lake Stories is a youth art-science-mapping camp hosted by Bonanza Education Center in western Minnesota. It took place August 13-17, 2018 with community presentations and activities on August 18th at Corn Fest in Ortonville, MN.
Big Stone Lake Stories Video Poem
August 14th, 2018: Two days into camp and I already feel like we've
traveled so far together. At sunset I was sitting on a dock, listening
to the lake. Two fish jumped. There were crickets. -Jonee Kulman Brigham, Full Spring Studio, LLC
The Meander Arts Crawl was October 5-7, 2018 and Bonanza Education Center was stop #38 along the way, the furthest "upstream" of all the stops that generally follow along the Minnesota River Valley. Big Stone Lake Stories artifacts and leaders were represented at this stop so that visitors could learn about the camp.
Camp Artist Organizer, Don Sherman showed visitors how to make paper, including the paper made of aquatic invasive weeds - an activity he'd shared with campers over the summer. The summer techniques and results were on display along with other drawings, paintings, and sculptures from his studio. Don discussed how different natural materials have different properties for paper. Some hold together more, others can be made thinner, and others he uses for texture and color. A summer camper, Kirby, stopped by and was pleased to discover that his idea to use clay from Bonanza was incorporated into some of the paper art works.
Southwest Minnesota Arts Council (SMAC) is hosting their annual celebration in Ortonville today. Members of the Big Stone Lake Stories team will be present and available to share project stories.
Congratulations on a successful year, SMAC!
- And thank you. With your support, Big Stone Lake Stories was a success and we look forward to sharing more project stories as project documentation proceeds.