“Art is not a mirror held up to reality, but a hammer with which to shape it”~Bertolt Brecht
At Bioneers, we believe in the power of art to inspire action, facilitate cross cultural understanding and dialogue, and give voice to important issues. We believe in art as a form of protest, resistance, and hope. In honor, this year’s conference brings together a wide variety of artists who have devoted their lives to using art as a vehicle for personal and social transformation.
Art on the Grounds
Take flight with Toni Milkulka’s flock of beautiful silk bird puppets. Artist, Toni “Tone” Mikulka, makes giant flying, rod-supported bird kite puppets of silk, bamboo, reed, and papier mache, using nontoxic processes. Operated by one, two or three people, the birds are lightweight and can be puppeteered by children as young as four years old with some guidance.
Sit inside a life size “Spirit Nest” created by Jayson Fann. “Throughout the natural world there are numerous species of animals crafting nests for comfort, safety and a sense of home. We find inspiration in the intuitive nature of nest building. Guided by artistic intuition as well as the natural form of the wood we work with we often find the pieces fit into place all on their own.” ~Jayson Fann
Artist Joel Dean Stockdill brings an original sculpture to Bioneers built with found and recycled materials. He will also be talking about his project The Trace, which aims to leave behind a piece of art that can bring life and engagement in the community and change the way people look at waste. “My Wild Life Series began as a simple attempt to restore a line of communication with the wild animals. These homages take form as sculptural cave drawing, built freestyle with found materials.” ~Joel Dean Stockdill
Artist, Wendy Domster has been creating sculptural Installations specifically for the Bioneers Conference over the past ten years. She returns this year to join in the Uprising and re-imagining of our experience of the world around us through sculptural composition, using elements from nature and recycled manufactured materials. This years installation is titled: “STICK TOGETHER”.
Make a prayer inside of Feldsott’s MY ENEMY installation, a global peace offering focused on bridging the divide between you and “your enemy.”
Take a restorative break in a meditation space by the lake, design by John Lum Architecture.
The medicine wheel is the name now used to refer to a Native American symbol of a circle divided by the lines that mark the 4 cardinal directions. Distinguishing the mental, physical, emotional and spiritual aspects of each person. The design has been graffiti painted all over the Bay Area. Ancient medicine wheels like that of Big Horn, WY, were stone installations that outlined solstices and other astrological events. This installation celebrates the new moon on October 19th and holds the artists intentions for the rest of the lunar cycle.
I am a sculptor, art instructor and owner of Earth Art Studio. I have been an artist for as long as I can remember; memories of cutting, bending and building as a child have matured into a career of creating. Passionate about working with clay to build abstract forms and installations that reflect the beauty of the natural world, my favorite days are ones where I am splattered with clay and working in the studio all day long. Outside the studio, I can often be found exploring the forests, mountains or tide pools near my California studio for inspiration, usually with a collection of bones, rocks and wood in my pockets. My exploration of the natural world are referenced throughout my work. I am a wanderer who ventures off to foreign lands where I find inspiration in the people, the land and the art I encounter. A natural teacher and philanthropist, I share my creativity with students at my home studio and abroad.
Lunchtime Performance Schedule
Lunch Hour Music: Join us in the Living Culture House for relaxing and rejuvenating live music by a wide variety of artists, Fri-Sun, 1:00-2:30pm
1:15-1:45 Embodiment Project “Ancient Children” is a hip-hop documentary dance theater production based on Shakti Butler’s new film, Healing Justice, which explores the ways restorative justice can interrupt the school-to-prison pipeline. Performed by eight dancers, this piece illuminates this pressing issue through a combination of theater and hip-hop dance.
1:15-1:45 Dancing Earth Dancing Earth’s Bay Area indigenous contemporary collaborators will create a mobile site-immersive performance that improvises on the theme of ReNewAble Energy from practical, spiritual and cultural perspectives, and responds to the land, water, sky, architecture, people and themes of that moment and place on Oct 21st 2017.
1:50-2:30pm Trashion Show– Truckee High’s Envirolution Club’s annual extravaganza
Artists Village: Exhibit Hall
Join us for an artist village that brings together artists inspired by ecology, social justice and indigenous knowledge. There will also be an artist market with beautiful art work for sale.
Displaying artists include:
Future Parks Foundation: “The goal of the Future Parks Foundation is to create engaging new forms of art to cultivate the support the National Parks need. New types of media about the Parks will spark awareness and stewardship for the next generation.”
Cara Romero: Bioneers’ own Director of the Indigenous Knowledge Program and award winning artist, Cara Romero, displays her stunning photographs. Cara Romero is a Chemehuevi photographer creating monumental fine art photographs. Her work is a response to current events and issues in Indian Country.
Beekeeper Terry Oxford showcases UrbanBee San Francisco Honeycomb art created by bees from local San Francisco hives.