Ya’pa’ Sculpture Park is an evolving idea. As of December 2018, we have purchased roughly 12 acres of open land located in the town of Fort Bidwell in the far northeastern corner of California known as Surprise Valley. It is situated within the tri-state region of Oregon, Nevada, and California. This entire area is considered a historic landmark cradling part of the old wagon-train route of the famous Applegate-Lassen trail that cuts across the Great Basin that stretches through northwestern Nevada to the edge of northeastern California arriving at the unexpected grassy meadows and hot springs of Surprize Valley. This was a resting place for the early settlers before attempting the treacherous Fandango Pass over the Warner Mountains.  

Ya’pa’ is the Paiute word for an edible tuber that provides nourishment. The Ya’pa’ Sculpture Park would cultivate a place for enjoying sculpture within nature, fostering creativity, contemplation and health-giving relaxation for all who visit. It also would provide educational opportunities to the surrounding region to experience the arts in profound and meaningful ways. Ya’pa’ Sculpture Park lies at the edge of the high desert and at the foot of the Warner Mts… just beautiful, where Sandhill Cranes nest and the views are quiet ones.

There is a historical building on our property dating back to the late 1800s to early 1900s, built when the old Fort closed down. The property is referred to by locals as the old Indian property. When the reservation was established and the government was closing the Fort, it still owned parcels of lands associated with Fort Bidwell. So the land was divided up and given to Native American families. Many of these families sold their property to local settlers. Remarkably, the house on the property still stands. I would like to preserve it. Trying to keep the ambiance of this structure, the streams of sunlight flowing through the building. I will also be including a plaque about the history of the building, honoring the families that went through this heartwrenching time in our history. Inside the building will be a gallery, gift shop and meditation space.

“When we heal ourselves,
We heal our ancestors from wounds that run deep in our family.
When we heal our ancestors,
We heal the World from wounds that run deep in humanity.”
                                                       
                                                          — Miriam Rose Ungunmerr-Baumann
                                                              Aboriginal activitist, educator and artist.

The purpose of Ya’pa’ Sculpture Park is to incorporate work from both contemporary Native American sculptors and other sculptors in the  Western Hemisphere, including Japan. I’m hoping to create a shared spiritual place where people can come to reflect, to heal and to be awed by the relationship art has with nature. 

I believe the park could stimulate a powwow of sorts—a heart to heart exchange on multiple levels. And importantly, in addition, it will add a few jobs, increase tourism in the area and offer a public forum for artistic expression by providing an awesome place to experience art and nature. I’m working on establishing funding, a website, along with other details for its success. My aim is that it will include an annual art grant with a retreat option and educational opportunities for children. 

👏👏👏  Plz check back for more information.

Thank you for any support you can give.
Go to https://www.saveworlddraw.org/ya-pa-sculpture-park/

 

 

A Call for Sculptors

A new sculpture park is being created in the far northeast corner of California called Ya’pa’ Sculpture Park. It skirts the boundary lines of Oregon and Nevada. The Tri-State Region is home to the Northern Paiute Reservation that crisscrosses the entire territory. The location of the park is in the small historic town of Fort Bidwell. Fort Bidwell is on the edge of the high desert and at the foot of the Warner Mts… Beautiful, where Sandhill Cranes nest and the views are quiet ones.

A photographer, Larry Turner describes the area, “Surprise Valley has been a recreation destination for history buffs, rock-hounds, hikers, fisherman, horseback riders, hot spring aficionados, back-country explorers, and birders. “Burners” also pass through every Labor Day, on their way to the Burning Man event, 60 miles south of Cedarville in Nevada’s Black Rock Desert.” Check out Larry’s article to see some beautiful photos of this area.

The Sculpture Park will incorporate work from both contemporary Native American sculptors and other sculptors in the Western Hemisphere, including Japan. I’m hoping to create a shared spiritual place where people can come to reflect, to heal and to be awed by the relationship art has with nature. I believe the park could stimulate a powwow of sorts—a heart to heart exchange on multiple levels. In addition, it will add a few jobs, some artistic expression and a peaceful place the community can visit.

I am in the final phase of establishing some funding and will be creating a website for the park, along with other details for its success. There will be annual art grant with a retreat option. Also, art retreat spaces will be available to rent for both writers, poets, and visual artists.

If you are interested in being on the mailing list, please, email me your name, email address with a link to your website or information about your work. Thank you.

brenda@saveworlddraw.org  (plz put, “call for sculptors” for the subject in your email)

Thank you with smiles.

“When we heal ourselves,
We heal our ancestors from wounds that run deep in our family.
When we heal our ancestors,
We heal the World from wounds that run deep in humanity.”
                                                       
                                                          — Miriam Rose Ungunmerr-Baumann
                                                              Aboriginal activitist, educator and artist.

👏👏👏  Plz check back for more information: www.saveworlddraw.org/ya-pa-sculpture-park/

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2016 / Syrian Refugees in Turkey & Greece: Artist, Ifgen Bico