Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Cheraw State Park Artist-in-Residence

On Monday, June 15th, Rob and I head for Cheraw State Park where I am honored to be their Artist-in-Residence for 1 week. There were 65 applicants, of which 10 artists were chosen.

The South Carolina State Park Service offers this program to painters, photographers, potters, sculptors, weavers and other artists that they may capture the natural and hisotorical resources of the parks. Applications are available from mid June and must be postmarked no later than October 31st. You can obtain information by calling 864-638-5353 or email; oconeestatepark-at-scprt-dot-com.

Last year, artists had 10 parks to choose from. While most were upstate, my top three picks (Cheraw, Givhans Ferry and Poinsett) offered the opportunity to further my current low country theme.

I'm especially excited that I was awarded Cheraw, as it is home to the rare Red-cockaded Woodpecker, Picoides borealis. I first saw them while studying to become a Master Naturalist. They are found in mature longleaf pine savannas and live in colonies. They will only nest in longleaf pines that are 60 plus years old, as the trees, at that age, are soft inside and make good nesting cavities. Consequently, the lack of longleaf pine, Pinus palustris, savannahs has really dwindled their population. You can click on the link to read more about these trees from an earlier post.

Cheraw is also home to cypress wetland. Another favorite. The trees remind me of dancing ladies with big hoop skirts :)

The photographs are courtesy of Cheraw State Park's website. Other links are below:
Trail Map for Cheraw State Park
Mountain Bike Trail
Cheraw State Park Map

I've been soooooo looking forward to this get-away! Gotta run, need to take my time packing my gear, as I surely don't want to forget anything :)