Apr 042011
 

sea of cortez artistsThirty American artists from throughout the U.S. just returned from a field trip to San Carlos, Sonora, Mexico, where they were working to produce a body of work for a museum exhibition entitled The Sea of Cortez, scheduled to premiere at The Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum Art Institute from March 16 through June 2, 2013.

The Sea of Cortez will premiere at The Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum Art Institute. The sea is central to its mission, as explained on its Sonoran Desert Studies webpage: “the Sea of Cortez divides the land portion of the Sonoran Desert into two halves, the Baja California Peninsula on the west, and the states of Arizona and Sonora [Mexico] to the east . . . The coast of The Sea of Cortez (also known as the Gulf of California) is characterized by 300 estuaries and other wetlands . . . a unique ecosystem that is home to a rich community of plant and animal life. They are key components of the Gulf’s marine food web, generating primary production and releasing nutrients to the sea, and serving as breeding and nursery grounds for numerous fish, invertebrate, and bird species, and even some marine mammals and reptiles.”

The Sea of Cortez exhibition will focus on the flora and fauna that inhabit the environments around San Carlos, Mexico, including the sea’s incredible marine life, the region’s desert topography, the Estero el Soldado mangroves (one of the most pristine lagoons left in the Gulf), Nacapule Canyon, and scenic overlooks such as Mirador with sweeping vistas, sheer cliffs and the sea below.

The Sea of Cortez exhibition will include plein air paintings, botanical illustrations, sketch books with journal entries, wildlife paintings and sculptures, photographs, and other media. Serving as Curator for the exhibition is David J. Wagner, Ph.D., who also serves as Curator/Tour Director for Art and the Animal of The Society of Animal Artists, and Blossom ~ Art of Flowers sponsored by The Susan Kathleen Black Foundation.

The Sea of Cortez field trip was organized by David J. Wagner, L.L.C. Leading the field trip was Richard C. Brusca, Ph.D., who serves as a member of the Science Faculty at the University of Arizona. Recently retired from the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum where he directed the ASDM Press and served as ASDM Senior Director of Conservation & Science, Dr. Brusca is widely recognized as a leading authority on Sea of Cortez studies. Field Trip transportation was made possible by The Susan Kathleen Black Foundation and Glenn and Martha Thompson.

The Sea of Cortez is available for display in 2013 and 2014 at museums nationwide. The exhibition is being produced by David J. Wagner, L.L.C. For further information contact call (414) 221-6878 or email davidjwagnerllc@yahoo.com.

Photo Caption (photo credit: Molly Moore):

Field Trip to San Carlos, Sonora, Mexico, March 19 – 26, 2011. Pictured are Linda Bittner, Carel Pieter Brest van Kempen, DeVere Burt, Andrew Denman, Kim Diment, Kim Duffek, Cathy Ferrell, Susan Fisher, Susan Fox, Mary Garrish, Ann Geise, Shawn Gould, Mary Helsaple, Heiner Hertling, John Kobald, Deian Moore, John Pitcher, Don Rambadt, Paul Rhymer, Rebecca Richman, Carolyn Thome, Christine Sarazin, Rachelle Siegrist, Wes Siegrist, Martha Thompson, Glenn Thompson, Sue Westin, Ronnie Williford, Debbe Wilson, and Nicholas Wilson. (Not pictured are John Agnew and Molly Moore). Leading the field trip was Richard C. Brusca, Ph.D. The trip was organized by David J. Wagner, Ph.D. for artists to produce a body of artwork for a museum exhibition entitled The Sea of Cortez, produced by David J. Wagner, L.L.C., and scheduled to premiere at The Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum Art Institute from March 16 through June 2, 2013.

March 20 – 26, 2011 SAN CARLOS FIELD TRIP ARTIST LIST

1. Linda Bittner, Cincinnati, OH
2. Rick Brusca, Ph.D., Tucson, AZ
3. DeVere Burt, Cincinnati, OH
4. Carel Pieter Brest van Kempen, Salt Lake City, UT
5. Andrew Denman, Antioch, CA
6. Kim Diment, Grayling, MI
7. Kim Duffek, Tucson, AZ
8. Cathy Ferrell, Vero Beach, FL
9. Susan Fisher, Tucson, AZ
10. Susan Fox, McKinleyville, CA
11. Mary Garrish, Merritt Island, FL
12. Ann Geise, Cincinnati, OH
13. Shawn Gould, Eureka, CA
14. Mary Helsaple, Sedona, AZ
15. Heiner Hertling, Milford, MI
16. John Kobald, Meeker, CO
17. Deian Moore, Blodgett, OR
18. Molly Moore, Cool, CA
19. John Pitcher, Dorset, VT
20. Don Rambadt, Trevor, WI
21. Paul Rhymer, Point of Rocks, MD
22. Rebecca Richman, Parker, CO
23. Chirstine Sarazin, Milford, MI
24. Rachelle Siegrist, Townsend, TN
25. Wes Siegrist, Townsend, TN
26. Martha Thompson, Tucson, AZ
27. David Wagner, Ph.D., Milwaukee, WI
28. Sue Westin, Dorset, VT
29. Nick and Debbe Wilson, Tubac, AZ
30. Ronnie Williford, Georgetown, TX