While I was in New York last week, I found out that I was accepted for a residency at Playa Summer Lake, an amazing artists' residency in south-central Oregon. I will be there the month of April, 2015. I am grateful and really looking forward to it.
The description from the website is:
"Located at the northwestern edge of the Great Basin in south-central
Oregon, PLAYA sits at the base of Winter Ridge, which rises to 7,200
feet. Summer Lake is directly to the east of PLAYA, which lies at an
elevation of 4,200 feet. Summer Lake, 20 miles long and five miles wide, is a playa, a seasonal desert lake. It is shallow in the winter, and evaporates in the summer."
A number of people who are friends were there this past summer, Bea Nettles, Terri Warpinski, and Dan Mayer, and from what I have heard they all found it a wonderful experience.
"At the north end of Summer Lake, the state-owned Summer Lake Wildlife
Area is one of the finest desert wetlands in Oregon. It is a destination
for birds and birders year-round. The surrounding semi-arid terrain has
diverse wildlife and a varied geology. Thousands of years of human use
of the Summer Lake basin has left a rich record of human habitation.
Weather varies with wind, snow, rain, and sun.
Lake County, with a population of about 8,000 and over 8,000 square
miles, is Oregon’s only county without a stoplight. Ranching, outdoor
recreation, government land management, and a developing alternative
energy industry are the primary economic base. Lake County was featured
in a recent High Country News story, “Rural Oregon timber county seeks economic revival through renewables.”
The place seems quite wonderful, with natural finish building structures.
I'm very much looking forward to the drive there in the Spring and getting a lot of work done while I am in the residency.