For the past two years, Friends of Pando has been working to bring artist, educators, scientist and community leaders together to understand the Pando and realize opportunities we have right here in our own backyard to study and protect the tree. This event marks the beginning of what we hope will become an annual event to educate the public about the Pando Tree, and explore the ideas, opportunities it inspires.
For this year, we have brought together 9 artists working in very diverse mediums with local, regional national and even international ties to the tree. We have a children’s book author Kate Allen Fox whose award-winning book about Pando will exhibit alongside Sound Artist Jeff Rice work who has recorded Pando for years and worked with the likes of Maya Lin (Lin designed the Vietnam Veterans Memorial). We have painter Kirk Henrichsen whose family has had a cabin in Fishlake for 3 generations and local forest ecologists and photographer Kreig Rasmussen. Then we have up-and-coming photographer Janis Connell, who started documenting Pando last year after hearing about Friends of Pando’s work. Last but not least, the work of Lance Oditt, who will share never seen before photos of Fishlake National Forest as well as a drawing series he is currently working on to help people understand how Pando changes over time.
The art show and the community forums go hand in hand. People can see the art, then hear from the artists as well as community leaders, local students and scientists who have been working in the tree. Every year, Pando makes international headlines, but really, isn’t something we hear about much inside the community where the work to understand it and take care actually happens. We hope this event will mark the beginning of a new conversation, and hopefully be some good fun while we get that work under way.
This event was developed and produced by Friends of Pando and through the the generous support of: EJF Philanthropies, Acoustic Atlas, Snow College Richfield, Richfield Visitor Center, Lensrentals.com and private donors like you.
A a celebration of our connection to Pando and the Fishlake Basin in image, words, color, sound and space.
After retiring from corporate America in 2014, Janis Connell has remade herself into a fine art photographer, glass artist and traveler. She is inspired by the wonders of nature and strives to capture the feeling of joy and beauty that is Mother Nature in her photography. Her photography career began in 2013 when she bought her first digital camera. At that time, cameras were becoming ubiquitous, and she decided she wanted to take unique photographs, not just snapshots. Her life on the road in a RV, as well as other travels, has enabled her to capture some of the most beautiful landscapes in the world. Janis’s work captures scenic landscapes and wildlife as well as lovely abstract artwork.
Things that bring me joy: books, kids, kids reading books, writing books for kids. After nearly a decade as a public health professional, I made the jump from office to keyboard. Now, I spend my days reading stories to my kids and writing stories for kids everywhere. My debut picture book, Pando, A Living Wonder of Trees (illustrated by Turine Tran, published by Capstone), was named one of the best books of 2021 by School Library Journal and Chicago Public Library and a finalist for the SCBWI Crystal Kite Award. Little, Brown will publish my second picture book, A Few Beautiful Minutes (illustrated by Khoa Le), in 2023. I am represented by Leslie Zampetti of Dunham Literary, and my writing has appeared in numerous outlets including, The New York Times, McSweeney’s, and Motherwell Magazine.
Somewhere-nowhere is the collaborative practice of UK artist-researchers, Harriet Fraser and Rob Fraser. Harriet is a writer and poet, Rob is a photographer. Their collaborative work includes land art, moving image and participatory events that explore connections between people and the natural world, offering inspiration and wonder as well as invitations to engage in debate. Their books, which are linked with touring exhibitions, include ‘The Long View: two years with seven remarkably ordinary trees’ which is inspired by trees and landscape in the UK’s Lake District National Park. The Frasers are fascinated by complexity and the co-existence of multiple value systems, and enquire into practices and policies that affect land use and other-than-human worlds. The Frasers like to work alongside people who are experts by experience – including farmers, foresters, ecologists – and get involved in multi-disciplinary research projects. Walking is fundamental to their practice, always slow, always with plenty of time to pause; and often over a continuous series of days. somewhere-nowhere is grounded in the outdoors.
1. Snow College Richfield Library M-F: 8 to 5pm | Map
2. William J. Peters Museum of Art (Monroe, UT) Thur-Sat 1-5pm | Map
My Fine Art Education at Bringham Young University directed me toward a career in museum exhibit design where I promoted the work of many other artists at the Museum of Church History and Art in Salt Lake City. I began my own pursuit of landscape painting in response to the romantic landscapes of Alfred Lambourne and the honest portrayal of commonplace scenes by LeConte Stewart. Although I do not consider myself an impressionist, I have always been drawn to their efforts to capture the effects of light. The process of painting from life out of doors or “en plein air” allows me to focus my full attention on a subject for a few hours and it is almost as if I fall into a sort of meditative state. For two or three hours as I observe and attempt to capture the fleeting effects of light, all my other cares disappear. When the painting is finished the object I created is ready to be passed on to others, to provide them with the opportunity to enjoy the beauty of this world.
Lance Oditt is a photographer, visual artist, accessibility advocate and Lead Photographer on the Pando Photographic Survey, an effort to document the 106-acre Pando Tree in 360 degrees. His photographic works have been shown in Pioneer Square in Seattle, Microsoft Campus in Redmond Washington and The Richfield Visitor Center in Richfield and have won awards and commendations from the Fine Art Photography Awards, Shoot the Frame and American Forests. His work documenting Pando and other unique, vulnerable and endangered trees has been featured in Discover Magazine, National Forest Foundation, Topos Magazine, New York Times, Mountain Journal, KSL and PBS Newshour. Lance is the founder of Friends of Pando, a nonprofit based here in Richfield working to educate the public about Pando, study the tree and preserve it by creating work opportunities for local students, and scientists and artists from around the world.
I am a wildlife biologist by trade and professional photographer by heart. Photography and conservation have been a life long affair for me. I got my first 35mm SLR for Christmas at the age of 12 and later, owned my own color lab and shot wedding and portrait photography while myself and my wife Dixie were going to college. I studied photography at Snow College and Brigham Young University. A resident of the Central Utah town of Salina, my home is only a short distance to some of the most beautiful scenery nature has to offer. Utah having nearly every variety of natural wonder to photograph, draws me out as each new season to find that special moment nature has created. Some special interest areas in my works include The Four Seasons–Nature, National Parks, Wildlife, Panoramas, Country Life, HDR, Seascape–Lighthouses, Black and White and Recreation.
Jeff Rice is a Seattle-based journalist and sound artist with a long-standing interest in natural soundscapes. His work as a field recordist has been featured in Outside Magazine, the Los Angeles Times, and National Public Radio, and in 2018 his recordings of the Pando aspen grove were part of The New York Times Magazine’s Ellie Award-winning issue “Listen to the World.” His recordings have appeared in film, television, and theater productions as well as multimedia exhibits by artists ranging from Maya Lin (What is Missing?) to Ann Hamilton (in videos for the common S E N S E) and Karine Laval’s Trembling Giant. He is excited to be visiting Pando this summer to make more recordings of the tree as an artist in residence.
Friends of Pando is dedicated and working to educate the public, support research and preservation efforts and inspire stewardship of Pando, the world’s largest tree.
Friends of Pando is a proud partner of Pando’s public land stewards, Fishlake National Forest of the U.S. Forest Service, Department of Agriculture. Learn more about our partnership.
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