The Grand Canyon trust has been an umbrella of sorts, overseeing and sponsoring the funding of various needs for the park, including purchasing and restoring two ranches, originally the property of members of the Church of latter-day saints. Just recently one of those ranches was the site of an artist’s gathering, also sponsored by the trust.
The dozen artists, who work in an array of different mediums, spent a weekend on the ranch, which is located in an isolated part of the North Rim, far from the usual tourist-trod hustle and bustle. With miles of unpaved road, grazing cattle and land as far as the eye could see, photographers, textile workers and painters were inspired to connect with the world of the Grand Canyon and fuse its beauty with their view of the modern perils it’s facing in a 21st century world. The result is curated art exhibit, available for perusal at www.grandcanyontrust.org/artist-retreat.
- The Grand Canyon Trust bought and restored two ranches, formerly owned by Mormon ranchers, in 2005.
- One of these ranches, the Kane Ranch, is located at the end of 11 miles of unpaved road, on the North Rim, far from the usual tourist hullabaloo.
- 12 artists, including painters, photographers and workers in textile, stayed a weekend at Kane Ranch in order to create works that became an online curated exhibit.
“The artists came together to connect with the land and tell its stories — stories of love, loss, challenges or complex beauty seen through the eyes of an eclectic group of nature lovers.”