Kathleen Caprario

In August, 2015, Kathleen Caprario spent ten days as an artist in residence at the HJ Andrews Experimental Forest. Kathleen traded the concrete canyons of the New York/New Jersey Metro Area for the real canyons and broad skies of the Pacific NW in the late 1970’s. Her early work reflected the experience of living and growing up in an urban area. But living in Oregon transformed the architecturally inspired work she had been doing into the architectonic shapes and patterns of the high desert, coastal rock formations and the openness of the seemingly infinite space that was her new home.

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Leah Wilson

Leah Wilson’s creative engagement with the H. J. Andrews Experimental Forest began with her October 2012 residency. However her relationship with the forest began several years earlier in 2007. Not long after meeting river guide Tim Haley on the Rogue River, Leah traveled to Eugene from California so they could to get to know each other better before sharing a boat for 27 days on the Colorado River through the Grand Canyon. On a rainy October day, Tim took Leah to the Andrews Forest, a place he considered one of his “places.” Before heading to the Old-Growth trailhead, they stopped at the kiosk at the head of Road 1506 to read about Tim’s great grandfather, H. J. “Hoss” Andrews. The initial visit to the Andrews and the residency eventually opened a space to allow a convergence of several threads of Leah’s life.

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