Over the past couple of months I have been fortunate to visit two magical art and ecology institutions in Oregon. In February I stopped for a return visit to PLAYA at Summer Lake (http://playasummerlake.org/) in the heart of Central Oregon at the edge of the Great Sandy Desert. Today I stopped at the Sitka Center for Art and Ecology (www.sitkacenter.org) located on the Central Oregon Coast just north of Lincoln City. Two very different ecosystems that share a magic that can best be described only by being there – peace infusion.
I have heard about the Sitka Center from friends here in Eugene who have conducted workshops over there and one who just returned from a 3 month residency. I have been wanting to head that way for a some time – not sure what kept me from going. Today was the day – windy and rainy – iconic Oregon Coast weather. Along the way I stopped at Devil’s Punchbowl between Newport and Lincoln City near Otter Rock. I had hoped for surf large enough to spout up thru the bowl for a dramatic image but the surf was just not big enough to get that to happen. So consider this a scouting trip and I will be hawking the websites for a day when the surf comes round. Still it is always great to be on the Oregon Coast.
I drove on up to the Sitka Center and got a tour from a very gracious young woman named Kimberly. Great location, studio space, quiet and creatively spacious. On the way out I stopped to photograph a small stream that crossed the access road. The skunk cabbage is just coming into bloom – love the way they light up the green field.