Celebrating Earth Day the OASIS way… with a fair!

It’s been a long hard road to preparing for this year’s Earth Day Fair here in Las Cruces, but it’s coming together again! Seventh annual Earth Day Fair from the student club OASIS (Organization of Aggie Students Inspiring Sustainability)! This year we are celebrating Sunday the 27th between 12pm-5pm and will be set in Young Park with live, solar powered music, food vendors, sustainable goods, education tables, children’s activities and a demo of Las Cruces’ new glass recycling program! A Prius will be raffled off, solar-powered smoothies will be present, and a sustainability based reading section will be hosted by the OASIS club. (My books to boot!) For those of you who are in or near the Las Cruces area I hope you can come out, but for those of you further away, I hope you still get to celebrate Earth Day in your own special way!

(Earth Loving Lea)

 

Here’s a wonderful article from Mountain View Market Co-op written about the upcoming event (plus it has some of my Earth Loving art attached!)

 

Earth Day Fair Las Cruces Style 2014 – Sticking to the Roots!
Earth Day Fair Las Cruces Style 2014 – Sticking to the Roots!

Musecopia – a documentary on what motivates one’s muse – An Introduction

In the past 6 months I was lucky enough to meet Albe Wims, Creative Director of the WIMSA Institute, at a show us graduate students from NMSU were holding down at the West End Art Depot in Las Cruces. After seeing my Agar Box project, we began talking and started doing interviews for one of his new documentary film series, Musecopia. This little short focuses on West End Art Depot, but there is a little piece of interview at end where I talk about art, perception, and our relationships to these.

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Moutain View Market Farm in Las Cruces, New Mexico – A Cooperative Documentary

 

Last fall I worked with Brittany Breedlove to film a short video production on of one of the local farms here in Las Cruces, Mountain View Market Farm. They focus on being organic and sustainable, and serving the needs of local customers, and it was these characteristics which drew my interest in them .

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In learning about the farm, and having the chance to become up close and personal with my camera, I was pleased to be in the midst of company who cared so much to turn their little plot of land into something beautiful and sustainable for their local community.

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I look forward to working with them again in the future!

Bridge Mural Project – ‘Unifying the Divide’ Dayton, Ohio

Aerial View
Back in 2012 UpDayton, a civic improvement organization, put out a call for mural designs for a highway footbridge that had experienced high crime, with the hope that by improving the environment, it would be possible to improve people’s attitudes and behavior. My teammates and I developed a stained-glass style floral design, incorporating the history and architecture of the neighborhoods on both sides of the footbridge, and when our design was selected we used a paint-by-numbers approach to let the mural be painted in large part by the community members themselves.

Indoor Pasture

Complete with a mulched walkway, the Indoor Pasture is a fanciful space that is beautiful in it's green lush grass, but a painful reminder of environments that are inappropriate for growth. By seeing a space that both entrances and disgusts it calls us to think more carefully of how we use our own spaces and resources.
Complete with a mulched walkway, the Indoor Pasture is a fanciful space that is beautiful in it’s green lush grass, but a painful reminder of environments that are inappropriate for growth. By seeing a space that both entrances and disgusts it calls us to think more carefully of how we use our own spaces and resources.