Annual Open Garden & Environmental Art event on May 1

CALEDONIA— Terradise Nature Center at 1536 Whetstone River Road North, Caledonia, announces the culminating public event of their April Terradise Environmental Arts Residency—their annual Open Garden & Environmental Art event, to be held on Sunday, May 1, from 2 p.m. 4 p.m., rain or shine, at the Terradise Nature Center outside Caledonia. The free two-hour environmental art event picks up on Terradise Nature Center’s annual spring Open Garden event – a tradition started by Terradise founder Trella Romine, in which visitors are invited to stroll the grounds of Terradise to see blooming river bottom flowers and ecosystem.

It will also offer workshops with Terradise Nature Center’s two April 2022 artists in residence: musician, creative writer, ambient sound recorder and painter Chris Gherman, from Marion and Delaware counties, and creative writer, memoirist and author of children’s books Deborah Jessie, of Marion County.

Writer Deborah Jessie will lead the event with “Wild Hope,” a community workshop open from 2 to 3 p.m. for children and their families on identifying flowers native to north-central Ohio – part of the project of children’s book about Marion County wildflowers that she worked on as part of her residency.

Musician and artist Chris Gherman will follow from 3-4pm with “Songs of Remembrance”: a performance and sharing of songs, music and poetry Chris has collected, composed and produced in residence, culminating in a participatory sound walk /sound collection event.

The community is invited to stroll the grounds before and after the workshops to admire the impressive array of native and cultivated plants that will be in bloom! Both Jessie and Gherman served as April’s artist-in-residence with the new Terradise Environmental Arts Residency: a six-month series of fully-funded, month-long non-residential residencies for Marion and Morrow County artists in all genres whose work intersects with or could use Terradise’s unparalleled Whetstone River (Olentangy) shallows, Terradise’s mission or the long history of founders Trella and Ray Romine in conserving local grasslands and rivers.

The events will run concurrently with an ambient Open Garden event – a Terradise tradition, and a chance for the public to stroll the grounds and admire the spring flowers. North-central Ohio native plants and prairie botanicals will be available for sale by Marengo-based Natives in Harmony, with 30% of proceeds going to the Terradise Nature Center.

The entire event is free, open to the public, and suitable for families and community members of all ages and abilities.

ABOUT TERRADISE NATURE CENTER: Terradise Nature Center is a non-profit nature center that spans the south bank of the historic Whetstone River (Olentangy) downstream from downtown Caledonia: across the river from the historically affiliated Terradise Nature Preserve, which today is separately managed by the Marion County Parks District. The larger 18-acre property – historically known, together, as “Terradise”: poet Ray Romine’s neologism for “heaven on earth” – was the home of pioneering Marion County naturalist, conservationist and local historian Trella Romine , who, along with friends like Kensel Clutter, helped launch what has become a powerful regional movement to research, document, preserve, and reseede the unique grassland ecology of the Sandusky Plains of Marion, Wyandot, and Crawford counties.

ABOUT THE TERRADISE ENVIRONMENTAL ART RESIDENCE: Terradise is one of the only nature centers in our region to have this dual vocation of natural and cultural heritage; and the new environmental arts residency Terradise—made possible by a $15,000 Arts Resilience Initiative Community Project Grant from the Ohio Arts Council—offers the only paid arts residency in the area. Bi-County County (Marion & Morrow), open to Ohio artists living in, working in, or having an ancestral connection to Marion or Morrow counties. The OAC Arts Resilience Initiative was funded by ARP Dollars to the Ohio State Arts Granting Agency, and was designed – like the beloved community arts and culture projects of the 1930s Works Progress Administration (WPA) – to spark the economic recovery from COVID-19 1536 Whetstone River Road North, Caledonia, Ohio 43314. The residence was designed by Jess Lamar Reece Holler, Secretary of the Board of the Terradise Nature Center and Cultural Heritage Programs Coordinator, who drew inspiration from similar environmental arts residencies at nature centers and sanctuaries in other parts of Ohio – such as the Deep Ecology Artists. ‘ Residency at United Plant Savers’ Goldenseal Sanctuary in Meigs County – but wanted to include generous artist and materials stipends, and design the residency as non-residential, to help make the residency experience accessible to artists who have need to work for a source of income. Jess is now the coordinator of the Terradise Environmental Arts residency. TERRADISE NATURE CENTER 1536 Whetstone River Road North CALEDONIA, OHIO 43314 [email protected] ###

Offers free hands-on workshops on native flora, poetry, and more.

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