The Farallon Gallery
Peruse the archive of
this blog and you'll quickly realize the importance of the research done by
Point Blue, US Fish and Wildlife Service, and their partners here at Farallon
National Wildlife Refuge. Like everyone lucky enough to visit the
Farallones, I am continually awestruck by the abundance of wildlife here and the
island’s intense beauty, as well as the commitment and expertise of the people
who work and have worked to keep it pristine.
Biologists on the Farallones are certainly experienced
and capable, but we are not data-hungry robots living in a cold and
unadorned field station. The artistic creativity of Farallon residents, both past
and present, is apparent when you step inside the old light keeper’s house where
we live. Inside the house there are paintings, photographs, sketches, poems, and
doodles that communicate, celebrate, and at times lampoon the wild world just
outside our door. The end result is a homey, comfortable place to live—snug not
So, below is a snapshot, a smattering of what
can be seen at the Farallon Gallery today. I suggest checking out previous Los
Farallones blogs featuring the photographs of Ron LeValley (see Farallones 40 Years Later
), several of which
hang on the wall, and Sophie Webb's
sketches (see Drawing on the Rock
Disclaimer: I've included the name of the artist where possible. If anyone wish's for me to add your name to your art, remove a photo of your art, or remove your name from this blog I'm more than happy to do so.
|Watercolor: A. Landscape in reclaimed redwood frame , B. Immature Female Calliope Hummer seen on the Farallones in 1986 by Kieth Hansen. C. Tufted Puffins|
| Birds Everywhere: A. Kinetic hummingbirds, B. Paintings of eggs on glass, C. Ice Cream Cartons, Pun Flavored|
|Windows and Doors. Window sealife decorations, Copper Murre and Sally Door Art|
|Kitchen: A. Seabird and Orca Napkin Holders, B. Rockfish tapestry, C. Our dinner table with redwood inlay design of island by Dan Maxwell. |
|Poetry: A. The Edge of Down by Cleo Griffith. B. Los Farallones de los Frayales by Michael Whitt. C. Stairway to the Stanzas. D. Gull Poetry. E. Compost, a philosophy by Emma Kelsey, Jen Aragon, and Erica Lander. |
|Whimsey: A. Island-themed Rubix Cube. B. Cormorant and Western Gull hand puppets, guano not included. C. Sir Mirounga McCartney |
Here are a few of my own sketches and paintings from my stay here. I will be leaving the Farallones tomorrow, taking with me new friendships, a lot of great memories, and hopefully some good ideas for more art. Cheers!
|Sketches and paintings by Jared Zimmerman.|
Blog written by winter research assistant Jared Zimmerman.