Spoken / Unspoken
Visual Stories of Migration
Santa Cruz Mountains Art Center
4/18/2018 - 6/16/2018
“Spoken Unspoken” is a Santa Cruz countywide exploration of visual stories at eleven art venues. Each venue dialed in the unifying theme to highlight one area of visual story telling. Santa Cruz Mountains Art Center chose “Visual Stories of Migration”. Some artist took this literally and exhibited works of art focused on birds, such as Laurie Hennig with her ceramic vase with woodpeckers. Others such as Linda Levy focused on the beginning of mankind’s journey and evolution. Many focused on their own family’s migration story such as Jenni Fox with “The War Brides” and Tina Masciocchi with “Family”. Some even had a message to tell, such as Janice Matthews with “Rescue the Dreamers”. For myself I wanted to focus locally and highlight Felton’s 150th birthday as well as the migration story of the San Lorenzo Valley. I submitted three clusters of pictures focused on different aspects of migration and how it has evolved in Felton, the first town of the San Lorenzo Valley.
My first cluster was just two images focused on how travel in to Felton from Santa Cruz has changed. The first image is of the old watering trough which is at mile marker 3-30 on Highway 9. Originally this was the first road along the west bank of the San Lorenzo River and opened in 1868 to much rejoicing. It allowed the most direct route from Santa Cruz to Felton and its saw mills for redwood lumber. First it was just bull teams transporting large logs of redwood that would stop to rest and take a drink here. Later it was stage coach drivers and buggies carrying passengers to their homes or summer vacation spots. Eventually there was a train traveling next to the road or below it. In the 1920s and 1930s buggies were replaced by the automobile and eventually the original dirt road was paved and became Highway 9. This is where my second image comes in showing what Highway 9 looks like inside Henry Cowell state park today.
If you want to experience what it was like to travel this mountain route back in the day, you still can. Those old railroad tracked are now run by Roaring Camp. Their old steam engine will take you from Felton’s original train depot to Santa Cruz board walk and back again, allowing you a few hours between departures to take in everything the board walk has to offer.
My second cluster of images focused on the migration of the Banana Slug which are native to the Santa Cruz Mountains. They can be found in damp coniferous forests along California’s coast all the way north to Alaska. The three pictures are of the same Banana Slug which only traveled a few feet over the hour I was observing it.
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Participants in this exhibition are Karen Asherah, Jody Bare, Terri Basile, Bluzar Blue, Jennifer Fox, Dan Hennig, Laurie Hennig, Judy Hobor, Linda Levy, Noelle Lightbourne, Tina Masciocchi, Janice Matthews, Margaret Morrison, Eileen Murray, Dyann Paynovich, Paula Prekowitz, Carol Riddle, Yvonne Rowe, Erin Wells, and Rachel Wooster.
Map of all Venues: https://www.spokenunspokenart.com/map-of-venues/