We are pleased to announce the 2022 Mary Kiesau Community Fellowship recipients! The second year of this wonderful opportunity generated numerous inspiring proposals and the review committee thoroughly enjoyed reading about the creative visions of each applicant. Rosalee de la Foret, Methow Valley naturalist and herbalist, and Suze Woolf, Seattle based visual artist, will each receive a $1,000 award in support of their projects.
Rosalee de la Foret intends to create a naturalist storybook/coloring book that is based on the beings and seasons of the Methow Valley. She is the author of several successful books including Wild Remedies, How to Forage Healing Foods and Craft Your Own Herbal Medicine.
Suze Woolf plans to spend some time in the Methow this summer as a visiting artist, where she will continue two bodies of climate related work. She creates large portraits of individual burned trees and artist books made from bark-beetle-damaged wood and bark. For more about her work, check out www.suzewoolf-fineart.com.
We are also thrilled to see projects by last year’s recipients come to fruition. For a taste of what they’ve been up to, search on Youtube with the key words ‘David Lukas – flowers of the Methow’ for short, informative videos about native flowers in the Methow. It won’t be long before we can hike out to see these flowers in real time! David Moskowitz just printed a limited run of his newest book Life in the Methow. It is a gorgeous book full of his remarkable photography, capturing many elusive animals that live nearby but remain invisible most of the time. More information can be found at https://davidmoskowitz.net/publications. Just like Mary Kiesau, all of the many artists, naturalists, and educators who have applied are so inspiring with the work that they do to connect us to the natural world around us!