Native American Art of the Laguna de Santa Rosa
Lecture by Professor Benjamin Benson

In collaboration with the Sebastopol Center for the Arts
and in honor of the Laguna Foundation's 25th Anniversary
Saturday January 31, 3:00-4:00pm
Location: Sebastopol Center for the Arts, 282 South High Street, Sebastopol, CA 95472
Cost: $25
(no one turned away for inability to pay).
Tickets available at the door (online registration is now closed).

Join us for this special lecture presentation at the Sebastopol Center for the Arts as part of the "Wetlands: Ever-Changing Waters, Land, and Life" exhibit and kick-off to the Laguna Foundation's 25th Anniversary!

Prof. Benjamin Benson is director Emeritus of the Jesse Peter Museum and has taught Native American Studies at both Sonoma State University and Santa Rosa Junior College. As a certified Native American Art Appraiser, Prof. Benson's has worked with the Smithsonian Institute, the California Academy of Sciences, and many more educational and museum settings throughout the U.S. and Europe identifying and evaluating native art.

After the lecture, from 4:00-5:30pm, there will be a private reception at the Laguna Environmental Center for those who wish to become a Sponsor ($100 level) or a Benefactor ($200 level) of the event. More details below.

 

Sponsors' Celebration of the Laguna Foundation's 25th Anniversary and
VIP Private Reception with Professor Benjamin Benson

also with Clint McKay (Wappo/Dry Creek Pomo) & Lucy McKay (Sierra Miwok/Dry Creek Pomo)
following the "Native Art of the Laguna" lecture
Saturday January 31, 4:30-6:30pm
$100 Sponsor, $200 Benefactor
: both levels includes special recognition and admission to the 3-4pm lecture, as well as hors d'oeuvres and fine local wines
Sponsorship tickets available at the door (online registration is now closed).

THE LOCATION FOR THE RECEPTION ONLY HAS BEEN MOVED!
Laguna Environmental Center, Heron Hall
900 Sanford Road, Santa Rosa, CA 95401

Join us for this wonderful private reception with Professor Benjamin Benson and special guests Clint and Lucy McKay, along with the Laguna Foundation's Board of Directors and staff, to help kick off the Laguna Foundation's 25th Anniversary year! Enjoy delectable hors d'oeuvres by A La Heart Catering and fine wines from the Laguna region as well as non-alcoholic drinks. Sponsors and Benefactors of the event recieve free admission to the preceeding 3:00-4:00pm lecture (details above) and special recognition. We wouldlove to see you there!

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Laguna Foundation Public Education Events

2015 Schedule

Laguna Environmental Center Open Houses
Second Saturday of the Month, 10:00am-3:00pm
February 14, March 14, April 11, and so on . . .
Location: 900 Sanford Road, Santa Rosa, CA 95401
Free (donations appreciated)

Learn about the natural and cultural history of the Laguna de Santa Rosa and historic Stone Farm by taking a guide-led tour or exploring a variety of hands-on activities. Birdwatch from the observation deck. Stop by for a visit and take in the beautiful views. Bring a picnic! Enjoy our gift shop in Great Blue Heron Hall and a new art exhibit "Celebrating the Wild" of Molly Eckler paintings and illustrations (on display through April 27). Keep an eye on our monthly schedule, as we offer special themes for some Open Houses. This is a working farm, so please leave your pets at home. The site is wheelchair accessible. No RSVP necessary. Come join us!

Themed Open Houses Coming Up:

  • Saturday February 14 Traditional Native Basket Weaving Demonstration
    with Clint McKay (Wappo/Dry Creek Pomo) and Lucy McKay (Sierra Miwok and Dry Creek Pomo),
    12:30-2:30pm as part of the 10am-3pm Open House. Free. Followed by a 3:00pm slide presentation by Clint McKay about Traditional Native Basket Weaving ($10 at the door, details below).

  • Saturday May 9 Edible and Medicinal Plants of California: A Bioregional Exploration, floristic table displays with Tellur Fenner, 11:00am-2:00pm (as part of our 10am-3pm Open House). Free. Followed by a 3:00pm slide presentation by Tellur Fenner about Edible and Medicinal Plants of California ($10 at the door, details below).

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From Earth to Art: Making Art Supplies from Natural Materials
Workshop with Ane Carla Rovetta

Saturday, February 7, 2015, 10:00am-4:00pm
Location: Heron Hall, Laguna Environmental Center, 900 Sanford Road, Santa Rosa, CA 95401

$65 ($60 Laguna Foundation members). Suitable for adults 18 years and up.
Pre-registration required (see below).

Soils, soot, milk and sap—for thousands of years humans made nontoxic art from what was at hand. During this day of grinding, mixing, and experimenting, Ane Carla will share the historic recipes she has been researching and using for the past 18 years. Students will make and try paints, chalks and charcoal, and take some home. Join us for this intimate, fun, and memorable hands-on workshop in light-filled, comfortable Heron Hall. You’ll be surrounded by gorgeous views of nature and the peace and quiet of the Laguna Environmental Center. Most workshop supplies will be provided, as well as hot drinks and light snacks.

Ane Carla Rovetta is a local science illustrator, field biologist, amazingly talented storyteller, and teacher of cultural uses of plants and nature crafts. Trained as a zoologist, Ane Carla combines science and art in her paintings, handmade art materials, and public performances. An illustrator since 1978, Ane Carla’s artwork can be seen in five books, as well as many scientific and educational periodicals.


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Raptors in Love: Birds of Prey Courtship and Pair-Bonding
Presentation with Lawrence Broderick
Thursday February 12, 2015, 7:00-8:30pm
Location: Heron Hall, Laguna Environmental Center, 900 Sanford Road, Santa Rosa, CA 95401
$10 at the door. No RSVP necessary.

With Valentine's Day only a couple days away, join us for this fun and informative presentation by birds of prey specialist, Lawrence (Larry) Broderick. With amazing photos, up-to-date scientific information, and engaging stories from the field, Larry will focus on the fascinating world of raptor courtship displays and behavior, breeding, partnership and pair-bonding, and territories.

Larry Broderick runs West County Hawk Watch. With an extensive background in hawk identification, raptor survey and census techniques, Larry is known for his passion for raptors and for his fun and informative talks and walks with real-time narration of hawks as they appear in their natural settings. Larry also leads programs with Sonoma Land Trust, LandPaths, and many other regional groups.

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The Roots of Beauty: The Complex Tradition of Native Basket Weaving
Presentation with Clint McKay (Wappo/Dry Creek Pomo/Wintu)

Saturday February 14, 3:00-4:30pm
Location: Heron Hall, Laguna Environmental Center, 900 Sanford Road, Santa Rosa, CA 95401
$10 at the door. No RSVP necessary.

Around the Laguna and elsewhere, baskets traditionally have been used to collect, clean, store and prepare food, as well as for catching fish, trapping birds and a variety of other needs. Basket weaving is part of daily family and tribal life, and carries a strong spiritual connection between Native Americans and nature. Basket weaving is a lifelong endeavor, often starting in childhood, and takes a long time to master. “We say it takes a lifetime,” said Clint McKay of Forestville, president of the California Indian Basketweavers Association and an enrolled member of the Dry Creek Pomo, Wappo, and Wintu tribes. Join us for this special presentation after our regular Second Saturday of the Month Open House (details above) where Clint and his wife will be demonstrating traditional basket weaving from 12:30-2:30pm.

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Visual Journaling with the Laguna: Using Art to Create a Conversation Between Inner Self and the Natural World
Workshop with Dianne Monroe

Saturday, March 7, 2015, 10:00am-4:00pm
Location: Heron Hall, Laguna Environmental Center, 900 Sanford Road, Santa Rosa, CA 95401

$60 ($50 Laguna Foundation members). Suitable for adults 18 years and up.
Pre-registration required (see below).

Discover Visual Journaling, a way of opening and deepening relations between ourselves and our world, using a blend of expressive arts, creativity and nature connection practices. In this day of creative exploration, you'll learn innovative, easy-to-use approaches for entering into a conversation with the connecting points between inner self and the natural world -- practices you can carry with you and use in your daily life. We'll spend time using these practices to invite a deeper relationship with the Laguna, exploring the richness and diversity of our wetlands and how they reflect the inner pathways of our lives. The workshop will take place rain or shine with Heron Hall as our base, as we invite weather to join us in our conversation. Most workshop supplies will be provided, along with hot drinks and light snacks.

Dianne Monroe is a Life Mentor, Coach, facilitator, writer, and photographer with more than 20 years experience creating and offering experiential and transformational programs and workshops. She blends creativity, Expressive Arts, and deep nature connection to support others in the discovery and deep understanding of their life path and how the threads of their personal story are interwoven with the big story of our world.To learn more about Dianne and her work, visit her website.


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California Tiger Salamander Terrestrial Ecology Workshop
With Dave Cook and Jeff Alvarez

Friday, March 27, 8:00am-5:30pm
Location: Heron Hall, Laguna Environmental Center, 900 Sanford Road, Santa Rosa, CA 95401
Pre-registration required.

Rare Pond Species Survey Techniques Workshop
With Dave Cook and Jeff Alvarez

Saturday and Sunday, March 28-29
Location: Heron Hall, Laguna Environmental Center, 900 Sanford Road, Santa Rosa, CA 95401
Pre-registration required.

For complete information and registration, please visit our Rare Pond Species Workshop webpage.

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Edible and Medicinal Plants of California: A Bioregional Exploration
Presentation with Tellur Fenner

Saturday, May 9, 3:00-4:30pm
Location: Heron Hall, Laguna Environmental Center, 900 Sanford Road, Santa Rosa, CA 95401
$10 at the door. No RSVP necessary.

California is home to a diverse array of edible and medicinal plants long valued for their nutritional and therapeutic effects. During this presentation we will explore many of the more common (and lesser known) native/naturalized plants found growing throughout the state, with a focus on historical as well as modern use. Topics to be touched upon include: plant family morphological and phytochemical characteristics, introduction to the major CA bioregions and plant communities, legal and ethical harvesting guidelines, processing/preparation methods, edible/medicinal/utilitarian uses, plant toxicology/safety issues, rare/threatened/endangered status, and more! The presentation is an interactive lecture and includes a large selection of live/dried plant samples. Join us for this insightful and rewarding opportunity to learn about the unique (and useful) flora of our state. (Come early and enjoy the Open House 10am-3pm, with interactive floristic table displays by Tellur Fenner from 11:00-2:00pm. Details on the Open House are at the top of this page).

TELLUR FENNER is a clinical herbalist/educator and has traveled extensively throughout the U.S while studying, collecting, and using plant medicines from all the major bioregions. Tellur attended the Northeast School of Botanical Medicine, the California School of Herbal Studies, and received his Bachelor's Degree from Prescott College where he majored in Western Herbalism. As an herbalist of the “generalist” persuasion, he believes in the importance of an interdisciplinary practice which integrates the study of botany, ethnobotany, botanical pharmacy, human physiology, phytochemistry, and other biological sciences. He has taught classes and led trips for the Regional Parks Botanic Garden in Berkeley, San Francisco Botanical Garden, California Academy of Sciences, Point Reyes National Seashore Association, Pepperwood Preserve, American College of Traditional Chinese Medicine, as well as a number of other organizations. In addition to offering regular weekend workshops throughout the year, he also runs a comprehensive 12-month (240 hour) classroom/field based academic program titled: “Edible & Medicinal Plants of California: A Bioregional Exploration”. He is the owner/director of the Blue Wind Botanical Medicine Clinic and Education Center located in Ukiah, CA. To learn more, visit his facebook page and his website.

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Whole Willow Shoot Twined Basket
Workshop with Charlie Kennard
Saturday, May 30, 2015, 9:30am-3:30pm
Location: Heron Hall, Laguna Environmental Center, 900 Sanford Road, Santa Rosa, CA 95401

$75 ($65 Laguna Foundation members). Suitable for adults 18 years and up.
Pre-registration required (see below).

We will make open-weave twined baskets with whole willow, using Pomo techniques. Peeled and unpeeled willows will be available, and students can choose whether to make a small, fine-textured container, or a larger tray shape suitable for gathering seaweed.

Charlie Kennard of San Anselmo is a long-time basket weaver and student of California Indian and European techniques. He has taught for the Miwok Archeological Preserve of Marin (MAPOM), Point Reyes Field Institute, East Bay Regional Parks Botanic Garden, and in many schools and at teacher trainings. Tule boats made in his workshops can be seen at the California Academy of Sciences, the Bay Model in Sausalito, and another is in the collection of the Oakland Museum. You can also visit a basketry plant garden he has created at the Marin Art and Garden Center in Ross. Charlie is active in native habitat restoration in Marin, managing several projects for Friends of Corte Madera Creek Watershed.


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Also on tap . . . Stay tuned for details!

  • Talks about reptiles, arachnids, and butterflies
  • Photography workshop
  • Mid-Week Movie Nights
  • And much, much more!!!

For more information, contact Anita Smith, Public Education Coordinator, (707) 527-9277 x110 or anita@lagunafoundation.org