Continuing Engagement

Justin Ralls

Justin Ralls, composer, conductor, and writer, hailing from the Pacific Northwest, is inspired by the beauty of the natural world and the primal forms of creativity. He steadfastly believes in the transformative and communal power of music to bring ideas and communities together, whether human communities or between humans and the natural world.

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Bob Keefer

Eugene artist and journalist Bob Keefer uses the traditional technique of hand-coloring black and white photographs to depict landscapes of the Pacific Northwest. He visited Andrews Forest in the rainy week of April 20-26, 2014. While at the Andrews, Bob made a series of photographs of old-growth stumps and young hemlocks growing on the stumps to illustrate the long-term changes that are visible in the forest. Stumps – especially old-growth stumps from trees cut decades ago – provide haunting evidence of the forest’s past and its current regeneration.

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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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