DISCOVER NATURE JOURNALING AT OLD CROSSING TREATY PARK AUGUST 22 & 23

The Oxbow Louisville Foundation at Old Crossing will host an artist’s talk and workshops on Nature Journaling Thursday, August 22 and Friday, August 23 at Old Crossing Treaty Park in the north park shelter in Huot.  On Thursday from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. there will be an artist’s talk and exhibit with Sandra Muzzy.  Muzzy will then lead both youth and adult workshops on Friday. 

Muzzy will share a collection of journals, books, stories and more from her years as a naturalist and artist, which event organizer Michelle Roise said will provide something for all ages.“Nature Journaling at the Oxbow is going to something kind of unique in the area as something for all ages,” said Roise.  “Thursday evening Sandra Muzzy, who is a nature journalist and watercolor artist from Bloomington, will present a program on art and nature with some of her work and inspiration.  There will be some question and answer time.  That will happen out at the north park shelter at Old Crossing Treaty Park out by Huot.”

The artist’s talk and exhibit are free and open to the public.  Friday’s workshops have a $10 fee for those pre-registered, $15 at the event if openings remain with the youth workshop in the morning and the adult workshop in the afternoon explained Roise.“The next day she does a workshop in the morning from 10:00 a.m. to noon for children to learn how to do nature journaling,” said Roise.  “School-age to 14 are in that group.  In the afternoon, 1:00 to 4:00 p.m., she has a session scheduled for interested adults.  Three hours of sharing tips and tricks with supplies provided for a small registration fee of $10.  I need a phone call to put your name on the list.”

Roise said nature journaling will change the way you look at nature. “It’s an age-old art and science,” said Roise. “If you want to look back at Lewis and Clark coming across the continent they didn’t have cameras along. Nature journaling allows you to go outside to get up close and personal with nature in a way you don’t when you’re just walking by may be looking at your phone.  If you’re going outside to look closely at something to either illustrate it or write about it, to observe it in a different way. I can guarantee that the next time that you see whatever it is you looked at you will not see it the same way. It gives you a place of connection, a place of understanding.  You step into it in a whole different mindset.  I think that in our day in age, kind of screen occupied, it’s a refreshing break and can be a good antidote to engage in a fresh way with our environment.”

Roise reminds those interested the events will be outside and are funded by The Oxbow and the Clean Water Land & Legacy Grant. “It is an entirely outdoor event,” said Roise.  “We will be in the shelter there.  But it’s just fair to let people know we will not be inside an enclosed building.  And to dress appropriately for that.  We are financed in part by a grant from the Northwest Minnesota Arts Council.  The Clean Water Land & Legacy amendment has provided funds that are being used to help bring this to the area.  This is also sponsored by The Oxbow, Louisville Foundation at Old Crossing.  We are a nonprofit organization working with communities to recognize and reconnect with their unique land and history.  We do that through creative programming in arts, education, and enterprise.”

To register for the workshops, contact Michelle Roise by phone at 701-730-2928 or by email at theoxbowaoc@gmail.com.