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We all have at one time in our life experienced a tree in one way or another.

We climbed trees with our friends seeing who could climb the highest, built a tree house that was our refuge, walked through a cool dense forest in the springtime, plucked a plump red apple off a tree, speculated on what kind of a tree we would be.

On a hot summer evening, did you run to a tree for safe base when you played tag?

Somewhere within you there is a tree story.

Just as the rings of a tree embody the stories of the tree, so too we carry the stories of trees. These stories inspire us to renew our sense of wonder. They connect us to one another through shared experiences as they deepen our understanding to our connection with nature.

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You are invited to a special preview

Nature Inspires x 4 Art Exhibition

at the Grange Insurance Audubon Center

from 6-8pm, Thursday, January 5th

RSVP at this link

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Photos by Pamela Paulsrud

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Leaf collectors

Photos by Pamela Paulsrud

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Leave the leaves

https://www.nwf.org/Magazines/National-Wildlife/2015/OctNov/Gardening/Leave-the-Leaves

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It was such a joy to share the creative papermaking process with adults and children alike last Sunday. Parent’s taught children. Children taught parents. Onlookers eased in to join the fun. Stories were shared and trees were celebrated.

Many thanks to Artists Book House for sponsoring the event with the Evanston Arts Council Special Projects Grant. Additional confetti to celebrate community building activist Jamie Thome ; amazing artist, fiber and pulp provider Melissa Jay Craig; Evanston Library and librarian (now papermaker) Laura Antolin; volunteers extraordinaires Michael Swierz, Katie Kucera and ABH Intern Kerrigan; and to all who shared in the papermaking/tree storytelling event. It was beautiful!

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“Elderflora: A Modern History of Ancient Trees” by Jared Farmer

Sunday, October 23 2022 – 1:00pm

Event Speaker: Jared Farmer

Walter H. Annenberg Professor of History

Upper Gallery, Widener Visitor Center
Morris Arboretum of the University of Pennsylvania 100 E. Northwestern Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19118

Jared Farmer

Please join us on Sunday, October 23, 1:00–3:00 pm, for the official book launch of Elderflora: A Modern History of Ancient Trees, by prize-winning author and historian Jared Farmer.

Humans have always revered long-lived trees. But as Jared Farmer reveals in Elderflora, our veneration took a modern turn in the eighteenth century, when naturalists embarked on a quest to locate and precisely date the oldest living things on earth.

Moving from the ancient past to the present and traveling the world from India to Australia to Mexico to Wales, Farmer introduces readers to some of the most cherished remaining big old trees in existence while taking a deep dive into the botany of longevity and the discipline of tree-ring science. It is his hope that we can all channel our shared respect for these trees into collective action to preserve them for future generations.

A presentation by the author will be followed by Q&A and time for book signing. Advance registration is required, and space is limited.


SPECIAL OPPORTUNITY: All event registrants will receive complimentary admission to the Morris Arboretum on October 23 to spend time before or after the launch event to explore the grounds. Please visit www.morrisarboretum.org for hours.

Thank you to Leslie Winakur for sharing the post!

https://www.sas.upenn.edu/events/elderflora-modern-history-ancient-trees-jared-farmer

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Artwork by Luce Zolna

In anticipation and celebration of the upcoming 2023 exhibition at Audubon, I’m combing the archives to honor the commensalistic relationship of birds and trees.

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Photo by Dona Liston

Grateful to Leslie Winakur for sharing this beautiful tree story.

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Dynamic image shared by Phawnda Moore of driftwood log on Navarro River Beach near Mendocino, CA.

Photo by Phawnda Moore

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Story by Noah

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In the shadows

Photo by Pamela Paulsrud

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IMG_0140Artwork by Renée Tuveson, South Bend, IN, 2013

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Photos by Pamela Paulsrud

Driving through the Logan Square neighborhood in Chicago I came across these incredible sculptures—then learned about this citywide project honoring dead and dying trees.

Press Release

CHICAGO TREE PROJECT 2018: SCULPTORS GIVE NEW LIFE TO DEAD AND DYING TREES THROUGHOUT CHICAGO PARKS

CHICAGO—Chicago Sculpture International (CSI), in conjunction with the Chicago Park District (CPD), is proud to announce the “Chicago Tree Project 2018,” an annual citywide effort to transform sick and dying trees into vibrant public art. Using art as a vessel for public engagement, sculptors will transform a variety of trees into fun and whimsical experiences for the greater Chicago community. The collaborative project between CSI artists and CPD and is part of the greater initiative to expand the reach of public art in Chicago.

“The Chicago Park District strives to integrate art and nature in many ways to enhance the experience of public spaces,” said General Superintendent and Chief Executive Officer of the Chicago Park District Michael P. Kelly. “This project builds on the city’s reputation for great public art, and brings the work of local sculptors to a wide array of neighborhoods throughout the city.”

Over the course of the Summer and continuing into the Fall, artists have adopted trees throughout Chicago and will modify them through sculpture. With traditional carving methods, as well as mixed media and other embellishments, each tree will receive a new life as a centerpiece designed to encourage dialogue and enrich the surrounding park. The chosen trees are in geographically diverse areas to give as many residents as possible access to the pieces.

The tree project was originally proposed and organized by Chicago Sculpture International, a group of artists devoted to the understanding and creation of sculpture as a unique and vital contribution to society. The project will be completed by the end of November, and the decorated and carved trees will remain in the parks as long as the trees remain secure.

 

http://www.chicagotreeproject.org/

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Artwork by Jenn Waltemath, Omaha, NE

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Photo by Pamela Paulsrud

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Reflections

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Photo by Pamela Paulsrud

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