THE SONORAN ARTS NETWORK (SAN) calls itself a monthly on-line arts journal. They also identify a sense of community based on our surrounding Sonoran Desert environment. I can relate to that. I am currently limiting my personal art work to just Tumamoc, to see how a relationship with that natural environment changes how I think and work. It does. And, of course, Tumamoc is just a microcosm of the piece of Earth we call the Sonoran Desert. In fact the name Sonoran Desert itself was coined by early researchers at the Carnegie Desert Laboratory on Tumamoc.
To accomplish their mission, SAN posts interviews and articles from local artists, as well as keep you up to date on “Calls for Entry” from galleries and competitions. You can subscribe to their newsletter and get carefully edited content, filtered and relevant to keeping up with what working artists are thinking and doing in your neighborhood. You can be one of those artists yourself by submitting your article to the “My Turn” page.
The Sonoran Arts Network, recently wrote a review of Tumamoc’s new book, This Piece of Earth: Images and Words from Tummaoc Hill. Editor Shane read the Tumamoc book though carefully and comments on many of the individual contributor’s work specifically. Here’s what she says:
TUMAMOC HILL is a Tucson jewel–an 860 acre ecological reserve on the west side of town that provides everyone with an open area for walking and observing and being with nature. It is also a U.S. National Historic Landmark, a U.S. Archaeological District, and an Arizona Environment Study Area.
Now, thanks to a group of local poets and visual artists, Tumamoc Hill is the inspiration for a new book titled “This Piece of Earth: Images and Words from Tumamoc Hill”. The book project, resulting from the creative efforts of the POG poetry group and several Tucson visual artists, was initiated by poet Eric Magrane and visual artist Paul Mirocha. Over a four-month period, the artists and poets each spent time on Tumamoc Hill and individually produced work in response to their experiences there. The book creates a strong “sense of place” and the love of that place is on every page of this book.
Read the rest of the review.