March 18, 2017
Two fun items for the news! First, Kristie Atwood will be teaching a beginning bookmaking class on April 8th, from 10:00am until 4:30pm, 2017. This class is for all beginners or anyone who wants to brush up. Come have some fun with us! The cost is $65.00, and that includes all materials. All proceeds will go to the Genius Loci Foundation. If you are interested, please email Kristie at email@example.com.
Next, it's gotten quite busy around here! Spring has arrived and with it numerous birds and flowers. Please check out the Blog to see pics and more information!
January 26, 2017
The bottom falls out! Winter storms that have been coming all month have undermined our rock dams and created new head cuts. Such is life and movement is always expected with a wash and fast running water. We'll have some work to do though this spring. Look out for the announcement of some dates calling for volunteers to mend and raise dams, do plantings, and check for regrowth of plantings done two years ago. BLOG for more pics.
January 5, 2017
A blade of grass - or two. What does it mean? It doesn't look like much now but these are the beginnings (we hope) of a new planting project. We have cleared an area of weeds, added pathways, and planted several types of cool weather grasses, including indian rice grass, deer grass, and bush muhly. We've also had a deluge of winter rain; a series of storms that began mid December. If only it had happened last year! We can't wait for spring to see what comes back and what new things come up from seed. Check out the BLOG to more news!
October 17th, 2016
One of the most valuable things we can offer birds in a world where their homes are disappearing, is a new home, places to shelter and to nest and raise young. Please join us at Genius Loci Foundation for a special bird box making workshop. We'll be making two: a perch for winter shelter and a nesting box for songbirds. Our amazing woodworking talent and board member, Jim Hilbert will be teaching.
Class will meet November 12, 2016 @ 1-3pm.
Where: 13990 N. Sutherland Trail, Catalina, AZ 85739
All materials are included.
Space is limited.
Please call 825-4043 or email firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to register.
Watch for our winter and spring classes as well. In February Kristie Atwood will be teaching beginning book binding. In April, David Christiana will be teaching a class on etching/printmaking. Also in April, Kristie Atwood will be teaching an intermediate bookbinding class.
September 24, 2016
Hello! We are back from our summer hiatus and although things have been quiet we have still been busy!
We added new plantings late in the spring. We have planted three new trees on the property, three new grasses, and seven new narrow leaf milkweeds that will be more cold tolerant. We lost all of the desert milkweed planted last spring due to it just being too cold for them here in the wash.
With the dry winter, David and I also took to watering last year's plantings this spring. After some good soakings, I did a complete survey on what has made it thus far. At that time we had a 37 plants out of 99 that survived. That is about a third.
The summer monsoons did not turn out as well as well hoped. Although the official rain fall was over an inch above normal, according to records, I don't think we did that well here at GL. In spite of continued, but limited watering, we have lost more of our initial plantings due to dry weather and pests such as gophers, ants, and now grasshoppers in droves. The plant that has done the best is the desert honeysuckle. Nearly all have made it through winter, spring and now summer. They still look healthy.
We are hoping our new milkweeds will make it. It's hard to tell now since the grasshoppers have devoured all their leaves. That doesn't mean they won't come back... keep your fingers crossed!
For more on all plants and plant updates check out the blog.
April 10, 2016
This past weekend, we were thrilled to show the work created by Bobby Long during his Artist Residency last June. We absolutely want to keep this going! It's part of our mission and our joy to help artists work on their goals. We need your help! Last June Bobby was able to stay in our private home while we were away, but we need a place where artists can stay while we are here and when we aren't. We need a residence for artists! This could be the completion of a tiny house or even a camper trailer. If you have an old trailer or supplies, or know someone who does, we are looking! If you can donate that would be GREAT! We have artists waiting for this opportunity and the sooner we have a place for them to stay, the better!
The Genius Loci Foundation will be featured in the Coalition for Sonoran Desert Protection's next issue http://www.sonorandesert.org/.
Thanks to all who attended our open house for the work of our Artist in Residence Bobby Long.