Pond Farm is a special place. It originally started as an artists’ colony in the late 1940s and then transitioned to Pond Farm Pottery where studio pottery artist Marguerite Wildenhain lived, worked, and taught annual summer workshops. Her work and her teachings have had a significant influence on the Studio Pottery movement in California.
The Pond Farm Artist Residency is a unique opportunity for artists of all kinds to be immersed in nature and become inspired by the spirit of Marguerite's former students – the Pond Farmers. In the meadows above the redwoods, you will find time and space for creativity.
Pond Farm is a rustic oasis nestled in the canyons of Austin Creek State Recreation Area, which is contiguous to the majestic old growth forest of Armstrong Redwoods State Natural Reserve. In addition to access to the 5,000-acre backyard of inspirational space, residents will experience the grandeur of Austin Creek, a dramatic natural setting near the Pacific coast.
Be advised that the remoteness of Pond Farm comes with a small price – access is up a steep, narrow, winding road. If you are looking for a remote quiet place without neighbors close by, this residency is for you. Having a car for transportation is essential.
Ideally, we are looking for artists who have a connection to the story and significance of Pond Farm and the park. We are looking for someone who wants to bring awareness of Pond Farm and the state park to a broader audience and who has a deep appreciation for the larger historical and cultural contexts that inform artistic endeavors.
An important component of this residency is supporting engagement with the communities that Stewards serves, including youth engaged in Stewards’ environmental education programs (many of whom deal with socio-economic challenges); the local community of artists and their supporters who live and work in and around the Russian River area; and the general visiting public who learn about Pond Farm through a visit to the area or through websites, social media and press coverage.
Timeline for Residencies between August and December 2019:
Submittal timeframe – 3/1/19 to 5/1/19
Selection timeframe – 5/2/19 to 6/5/19
Artist notification – 6/15/19
Cost: $100 per week
For more information email Michele Luna at email@example.com