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Featured Community Member - Christina Smith

Christina Smith has returned to The Ranch to oversee and engage the little ones of Pony Express and on-ranch/resident artist. She is charming and calming with a depth of spirit that entices everyone, especially children. Christina nurtures creativity by encouraging children to engage with natural art projects, express movement, and write poems and stories. She has been an artist in various capacities for many years, including her work as an elementary teacher. She likes to remind her students that “there are no mistakes in art” and that true art is “a living force that can be expressed in a multitude of ways.” This kind of open appreciation and curiosity is central to Christina’s being and anyone in her presence gets to enjoy the benefits of it. On a more personal level, as an artist, contrast is the thing that Christina enjoys most about this place. Depending on the season, the time of day, and the weather, the architecture and colors of the landscape express themselves differently. And the contrast of the landscape itself is incredibly versatile; the Durango area is a special place because, here, the great mountains meet the desert, so one moment you can be in a dry mesa, and the next moment you can be in a “fairy-filled, lush forest.” Christina continues to create art, describing herself as an “abstract expressionist.” She just finished a series of small paintings; “little poems,” she calls them. Christina believes there is a profound connection between art and nature and, with a shimmer in her eyes, says, “The natural world here is so very grand.”

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                                                                                                  -Airica Parker

 

Artists' Playground

There is something about this place that liberates the artistic flow – partially it is the spaciousness itself, but there is an abundance of something else too, something that every type of artist can relate to on some level – texture. Sculptors and weavers animate and translate texture intimately. Poets create texture with language, tempo, and space so that images have dimension. Painters have their paint and choice of canvas, photographers their cameras and sensitivity to light – etc. Texture inspires – this is the idea that this place has brought to me – and so I share a few glimpses of its tapestry with you.

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Come play!

 

                                                                                                   -Airica Parker

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