THE SEA OF CORTEZ Expedition and Exhibition

Produced by David J. Wagner, L.L.C.

Sea of Cortez Group Participants

Participating field trip artists included: Linda Bittner, Carel Pieter Brest van Kempen, DeVere Burt, Andrew Denman, Kim Diment, Kim Duffek, Cathy Ferrell, Susan T. Fisher (who also serves as Director of The Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum Art Institute), Susan Fox, Mary Garrish, Ann Geise, Shawn Gould, Mary Helsaple, Heiner Hertling, John Kobald, Molly Moore, Deian Moore, John Pitcher, Don Rambadt, Paul Rhymer, Rebecca Richman, Carolyn Thome, Christine Sarazin, Rachelle Siegrist, Wes Siegrist, Martha Thompson, Sue Westin, Ronnie Williford, and Nicholas Wilson. (John Agnew, who had to withdraw from the field trip for medical attention, will still participate in the exhibit.)

"This has been the most enjoyable trip of our career and will always be treasured in our memories."
Wes and Rachelle Siegrist


THE SEA OF CORTEZ, FIELD TRIP DOCUMENTARY NOW ON YOUTUBE


THE SEA OF CORTEZ

Field Trip and Museum Exhibition
Produced by David J. Wagner, L.L.C.

Exhibition Premiere made possible by the Michael C. and Priscilla V. Baldwin Foundation
Field Trip Ground Transportation made possible by The Susan Kathleen Black Foundation
Field Trip Water Transportation made possible by Glenn and Martha Thompson
Field Trip Documentary Photo DVD, Molly Moore Fine Art
Field Trip Leader: Richard C. Brusca, Ph.D.
Panel/Label Design: Ronnie Williford
Cortez Webpage: Wes Siegrist

The Sea of Cortez is a traveling exhibition produced to premiere at The Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum Art Institute in 2013. The sea is central to the museum's mission, as explained on its Sonoran Desert Studies webpage: " . . . the Sea of Cortez divides the land portion of the Sonoran Desert into two halves, the Baja California Peninsula on the west, and the states of Arizona and Sonora [Mexico] to the east . . . The coast of the Gulf of California is characterized by 300 estuaries and other wetlands . . . a unique eco-system that is home to a rich community of plant and animal life. They are key components of the Gulf's marine food web, generating primary production and releasing nutrients to the sea, and serving as breeding and nursery grounds for numerous fish, invertebrate, and bird species, and even some marine mammals and reptiles."
To generate a collective body work, 30 artists were invited by Curator/Tour Director, David J . Wagner, Ph.D., to participate in a field trip led by Richard C. Brusca, Ph.D., to San Carlos, Mexico from March 19-26, 2011. The resulting exhibition contains nearly 70 flatworks in various media, 15 sculptures and casts by the following artists, plus a documentary photo DVD. Richard C. Brusca, Ph.D.

Richard C. Brusca, Ph.D.
Field Trip Leader

EXHIBITING ARTISTS
John Agnew, Cincinnati, OH
Linda Bittner, Cincinnati, OH
Carel Pieter Brest van Kempen, Salt Lake City, UT
DeVere Burt, Cincinnati, OH
Andrew Denman, Antioch, CA
Kim Diment, Grayling, MI
Kim Duffek, Tucson, AZ
Cathy Ferrell, Vero Beach, FL
Susan T. Fisher, Denver, CO
Susan Fox, McKinleyville, CA
Mary Garrish, Merritt Island, FL
Ann Geise, Cincinnati, OH
Shawn Gould, Eureka, CA
Mary Helsaple, Sedona, AZ
Heiner Hertling, Milford, MI
Rachel Ivanyi, Tucson, AZ
John Kobald, Meeker, CO
Deian Moore, Blodgett, OR
Molly Moore, Cool, CA
John Pitcher, Dorset, VT
Paul Rhymer, Point of Rocks, MD
Rebecca Richman, Parker, CO
Chirstine Sarazin, Milford, MI
Rachelle Siegrist, Townsend, TN
Wes Siegrist, Townsend, TN
Carolyne Thome, Point of Rocks, MD
Martha Thompson, Tucson, AZ and Guaymas, Sonora, Mexico
Sue Westin, Dorset, VT
Nick Wilson, Tubac, AZ
Ronnie Williford, Georgetown, TX
The Sea of Cortez exhibition focuses on the flora and fauna that inhabit the environments around San Carlos, Mexico, including the sea's incredible marine life, the region's desert topography, the Estero el Soldado mangroves (one of the most pristine lagoons left in the Gulf), Nacapule Canyon, and scenic overlooks such as Mirador with sweeping vistas, sheer cliffs and the sea below. Following its Tucson premiere, the exhibit travels to The Wildlife Experience in Colorado, which is appropriate since the Colorado River, which flows into the Sea of Cortez begins its journey high in Colorado's Rocky Mountains.

The Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum

The Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum

The following artworks have been purchased from THE SEA OF CORTEZ
for the permanent collection of the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum:

Cortez Mangrove, by John Agnew
Flux, by Andrew Denman
Here Today, by Kim Duffek
Journey to the End of Night, by Kim Duffek
Hooded & Streak-backed Orioles, by John Pitcher
Spirits of the Mangroves, by Sue Westin

Sea of Cortez Title Panel

Highlighted Artwork

(Examples of artworks in exhibit by each artist.)

Sea of Cortez I featured artwork
Stones and Bones
John Agnew
Sea of Cortez I featured artwork
Cactus Courtship
Linda Bittner
Sea of Cortez I featured artwork
Flora & Fauna of Upper Nacapule Canyon
Carel Pieter Brest van Kempen
Sea of Cortez I featured artwork
Cliff Dwellers
DeVere Burt
Sea of Cortez I featured artwork
Madonna of the Rocks
Andrew Denman
Sea of Cortez I featured artwork
Three Amigos
Kim Diment
Sea of Cortez I featured artwork
Here Today ...
Kim Duffek
Sea of Cortez I featured artwork
Above and Below
Cathy Ferrell
Sea of Cortez I featured artwork
Where the Desert Meets the Sea
Susan T. Fisher
Sea of Cortez I featured artwork
El Tigre Nacapuli Canyon
Susan Fox
Sea of Cortez I featured artwork
Still Waters Sea of Cortez
Mary Garrish
Sea of Cortez I featured artwork
White Ibis
Ann Geise
Sea of Cortez I featured artwork
Sonoran Sunrise
Shawn Gould
Sea of Cortez I featured artwork
Mangrove Warbler
Mary Helsaple
Sea of Cortez I featured artwork
San Carlos
Heiner Hertling
Sea of Cortez I featured artwork
Stuck on You
Rachel Ivanyi
Sea of Cortez I featured artwork
Beach Combers
John Kobald
Sea of Cortez I featured artwork
Silently Waiting
Deian Moore
Sea of Cortez I featured artwork
Kaleidoscope
Molly Moore
Sea of Cortez I featured artwork
Sea of Cortez Composite
John Pitcher
Sea of Cortez I featured artwork
Peccary Family
Paul Rhymer
Sea of Cortez I featured artwork
Desert Waves
Rebecca Richman
Sea of Cortez I featured artwork
Feeling Blue
Christine Sarazin
Sea of Cortez I featured artwork
Fish Camp at Guaymas
Rachelle Siegrist
Sea of Cortez I featured artwork
Guaymas Shrimpers
Wes Siegrist
Sea of Cortez I featured artwork
Fish
Carolyn Thome
Sea of Cortez I featured artwork
Glowing Beauty
Martha Thompson
Sea of Cortez I featured artwork
Spirits of the Mangroves
Sue Westin
Sea of Cortez I featured artwork
Cala de Para
Ronnie Williford
Sea of Cortez I featured artwork
Lonely Cove San Carlos
Nicholas Wilson
Blogs and postings of some artists who participated in the field trip and who have artwork in the exhibit:
What's Up San Carlos? - Article on the Exhibition
SEA OF CORTEZ Exhibition at the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum

PREMIERE

Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum, Tucson, AZ
Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum, Tucson, AZ
March 16 - June 2, 2013
desertmuseum.org
Photos from the SEA OF CORTEZ Premiere

TOUR

The Wildlife Experience, Parker (Denver), CO
The Wildlife Experience, Parker (Denver), CO
June 22 - September 22, 2013
thewildlifeexperience.org
SEA OF CORTEZ Installation at The Wildlife Experience

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