Honoring Mary Kiesau

We are pleased to announce the launch of the Mary Kiesau Community Fellowship Fund. The Fund will support the independent projects of artists, photographers, and naturalists working to further their own creativity, professional development, and the community’s connection to the land, art, and each other.

The Fund is held at the Community Foundation of North Central Washington and will be guided by Mary’s partner Merle Kirkley and her mother, Carolyn Townsend. Artists, photographers, and naturalists will have an opportunity to apply for the Fellowship, which will provide funds to support their “field” work and ultimately the creation of artistic works and knowledge that can be shared with the community.

Mary Kiesau was a woman of extraordinary energy and drive. This fellowship honors her legacy through celebrating Mary’s educational and artistic passions:

• living in harmony and balance with the earth and its finite resources
• being observant, interested in, and connected with the natural world in order to gain a deep appreciation for the place one calls home
• helping to create a strong, resilient, and enlightened community that is composed of the Methow flora, fauna, and people.

The Fund emerged from a series of conversations with Mary’s close friends, family, and those who worked and served with her at TwispWorks and the Methow Conservancy.

To honor Mary’s legacy and support the Mary Kiesau Community Fellowship Fund, please donate online or send your check, payable to the Mary Kiesau Community Fellowship Fund to CFNCW, 9 South Wenatchee Avenue, Wenatchee, WA 98801. Thank you!