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Registration Open for A Forest Happening: WINTER

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Interested in a winter hike for wild edibles in Southeastern Ohio? Register NOW for A Forest Happening: Winter edition. To minimize our ecological footprint this hike is limited to eight people. A mini field guide zine will be given to all participants. The hike is only $15.00 and there is a sliding scale/student option as well.
 
A Forest Happening: Winter
REGISTER BY TUESDAY February 4th.
Sunday February 9, 2020 (bad weather date: Sunday Feb. 23rd)
9:30 am carpool meeting time
We’ll meet at the HILLS MARKET DOWNTOWN, 95 N Grant Ave, Columbus, OH 43215
Hike 10:45-1:15 pm in scenic Appalachia Ohio
 
Click here to register now, and please feel free to share the link!
A list of recommended supplies will be emailed to you prior to the event.
 

Artists & writers in the forest

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The Appalachian Forest Stewardship Residency is hosted at the Arc of Appalachia, a network of nature preserves in Southern Ohio. (photo by Clint Sleeper)

The pilot program of the Appalachian Forest Stewardship Residency is now complete.

There were two work days of invasive species pulling (bush honeysuckle, autumn olive);
cyanotypes of invasive species;
a jamboree in town;
cave hikes;
visits to the Mennonite bakery & grocery;
drinking & pictionary;
outdoor sculptures;
journaling;
two stranded artists at the airport and one amazing friend who put them up for the night until they could get a ride down;
a visit to Serpent Mound and Fort Hill earthworks;
communal meals;
and a temperature drop of 45 degrees in one day.

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Joel Atkinson holds a chicken of the woods (Laetiporus) mushroom found while foraging at nearby Pike State Forest. (photo by Ellen Pettruzzella)

If this sounds like your cup of tea, read more about the art residency here. Or email me, lexiestoia at gmail dot com to be added to the list for next year. Dates for the 2020 residency will be in late October/early November, announced shortly.

Andrea Jaeger of the Arc of Appalachia leads residents on a hike. (photo by Emma Akmakdjian)

Would you do an art residency right before, during, or after a presidential election? Drop out for a little bit?

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Residents listen as Deanna Lee describes her art practice. (photo by Nate Larson)

Thank you to Columbus College of Art & Design for their support of the pilot program, and to the staff of the Arc of Appalachia for partnering with me.

Registration Open for A Forest Happening: FALL

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Interested in a fall hike for wild edibles in Southeastern Ohio? Register NOW for A Forest Happening: Fall edition. To minimize our ecological footprint this hike is limited to eight people. A mini field guide zine will be given to all participants. The hike is only $15.00 and there is a sliding scale/student option as well.
 
A Forest Happening: Fall
REGISTER BY TUESDAY October 8th.
Sunday October 13th, 2019 (rain date: Saturday October 19th)
9:00 am carpool meeting time
We’ll meet at the HILLS MARKET DOWNTOWN, 95 N Grant Ave, Columbus, OH 43215
Hike 10:30-1:30 pm in scenic Appalachia Ohio
 
Click here to register now, and please feel free to share the link!
A list of recommended supplies will be emailed to you prior to the event.
 
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                   Dryad’s Saddle (Polyporus squamosus), photo credit: Trish Clark

Registration Open for A Forest Happening: SUMMER

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Interested in an summer hike for wild edibles in the leafy shade of Southeastern Ohio? Register NOW for A Forest Happening: Summer edition. To minimize our ecological footprint this hike is limited to six people. A mini field guide zine will be given to all participants. The hike is only $15.00 and there is a sliding scale/student option as well.
 
A Forest Happening: Summer
REGISTER BY TUESDAY JULY 23rd.
Sunday July  28th, 2019 (rain date: Sunday August 4th)
9:00 am carpool meeting time
We’ll meet at the HILLS MARKET DOWNTOWN, 95 N Grant Ave, Columbus, OH 43215
Hike 10:30-1:30 pm in scenic Appalachia Ohio
 
Click here to register now, and please feel free to share the link!
Upon registering, a list of recommended supplies will be emailed to you.
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                                                      photo credit: Trish Clark

Registration Open for A Forest Happening: Spring

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Are you interested in getting outside, hunting for wild edibles, and doing an art exercise or two? Register NOW for A Forest Happening: Spring edition. We’ll take a hike in the woods searching for morels and other wild edibles, as well as do some short art exercises (no skills required). Participation is limited to 10 participants and is free. A mini field guide zine will be given to all participants.

A Forest Happening: Spring
REGISTER BY TUESDAY APRIL 23rd.
Sunday April 28th, 2019 (bad weather backup date: Saturday May 4th)
9:30 am carpool meeting time
We’ll meet at the HILLS MARKET DOWNTOWN, 95 N Grant Ave, Columbus, OH 43215
Hike 11-1:30 pm (hiking location TBA but it will be in a state forest in SE OH)
Click here to register now, and please feel free to share the link!
Upon registering, a list of recommended supplies will be emailed to you.

Thank you to the Greater Columbus Arts Council for providing support for the field guide zine.

Megapolis Audio Festival

Greetings! If you are Philadelphia this weekend (or, ya know, in the region) I suggest you come check out the Megapolis Audio Festival, part of Fringe Fest. This “delightfully weird” festival features audio walks, installations, workshops, and performances.

I am collaborating with Toby Kaufmann-Buhler on an audio walk titled “Stalking Wild Sounds.” It’s a nod to Euell Gibbons, who was an advocate for wild food foraging and wrote his famous book Stalking the Wild Asparagus in the 1960s near Philadelphia.

Our piece imagines a future where nature has reclaimed the built environment and foraging for food reigns. Participants will use a provided audio player and field guide on a self-guided 30 minute walk. The walk will start at Philadelphia Community Access Media (Philly CAM), go through the formal landscaping of Washington Square Park, and return to Philly CAM. Taking the form of a real-time science fiction, with the sounds of “alien” flora and fauna, the audience will find themselves moving through the city accompanied by the sound work that maps onto their surroundings.

Our event is free and open to the public, during select times, September 16th and 17th. Check out the Megapolis schedule for more info.