The Georges River Land Trust is grateful to the K2 Family Foundation for sponsoring an Artist in Residence program for three years from 2013-16. Four artists each spent a year in the watershed pursuing their artistic disciplines while being inspired by the Georges River watershed’s extraordinary landscapes.
The 2013 artists in residence, Michael Sacca and Elizabeth Billings of Tunbridge, Vermont, explored the watershed in all seasons and held several events for our members and the public to go exploring with them. Billings and Sacca were chosen from more than 25 applicants to be the first artists in residence. They share a similar visual aesthetic, and approach their work from diverse vantage points: photography, cinematography and the use of digital media on one hand, drawing, gathering, weaving using the natural fibers they found and installation art on the other. Revisit their blog about their year in the watershed.
The 2014 artist in residence was photographer Barbara Bosworth of Massachusetts. Barbara works like a naturalist, collecting specimens of flora and fauna, tracing the profiles of mountains and rivers, taking careful measure of the world with her lens. Rather than a simple accumulation of facts, however, her photographs describe a world far richer than the sum of its parts. Barbara focused her lens on the tributaries, the brooks and streams, and less known natural areas of the Georges River watershed. Barbara created a small book of her residency photos.
George Mason of Damariscotta Mills was the third artist in residence of this partnership during 2015-16. George has a background in ceramic architectural tile and his work in the watershed focused on the powerful interface of art and land to help build, confirm, and sustain a sense of community, and to be a voice of encouragement for getting out on the land. As part of his residency, George created a temporary on-site art installation at the Appleton Preserve.
Click here to download and view a pdf of George Mason’s Catalog, A Year in the Watershed.