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Andrew Beckham returns to Buffalo Peaks Ranch!
Finding the Cosmos in the Bramble: A Photographic Study of Seeds, Stars & Sedges
Saturday, June 9th, 10 am to 3:30 pm
Andrew Beckham serves as the Visual Arts Department Chair at St. Mary’s Academy in Englewood, Colorado, where he teaches aesthetics, photography, works on paper and the illustrated book. In recent years Andrew has devoted much of his creative practice to the design and construction of artist’s books, some of which have been placed in the Special Collections Departments at both the Penrose Library at the University of Denver and the Norlin Library at the University of Colorado, Boulder. Two of these books, The Lost Christmas Gift and Firmament, have been acquired by enthusiastic publishers (Princeton Architectural Press and GFT Publishing) who have helped to bring his work to a much wider audience.
In the fall of 2013, Andrew Beckham’s first solo museum exhibition was installed in the Taylor Museum at the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center.
“Andrew Beckham is a lot of things, but I would consider him a visual poet, using language both written and visual to construct nuanced work that is compelling, fragile, and poignant.” — Aline Smithson, Lenscratch
For more on Andrew Beckham and his work, be sure to visit his website!
Over the next few weeks we’ll be sharing much more information on this summer’s Ranch Workshops & Events. But for now, we are excited to announce that registration has begun for our 2018 schedule!
Please join us this summer, and enjoy the inspiring learning landscape that is Buffalo Peaks Ranch!
What an amazing day! Yesterday the Rocky Mountain Land Library hosted it’s first volunteer Ranch Work Day of 2018. Denver was socked in with low clouds and showers, but somehow South Park managed to have a glorious blue-sky day.
Over 20 volunteers turned out, and before much time had past we had crews spread across the ranch doing a variety of tasks, including clearing the corral stalls of blown-in debris and preparing two old ranch trucks for their new lives. One truck will allow folks to string up hammocks for a night under the stars. And the old white pickup (seen above) will be the ranch’s new stage for live music!
We also cleared out a promising building that will soon house the ranch’s Childrens Library. While that was happening, another crew was rehabilitating an old caravan that will soon provide people a comfortable book-lined place to stay while visiting the ranch:
And it that wasn’t enough, we had a separate team digging holes, adding ranch manure, and planting seven hardy varieties of apple trees, along with two cherry trees!
What a remarkable crew!
Stay tuned for much more on Buffalo Peaks ranch’s best summer yet!
And if you’ve missed recent volunteer calls, feel free to email email@example.com for updates & shout-outs!
The Rocky Mountain Land Library is thrilled to be presenting at the South Park National Heritage Area Symposium, June 9th in Como. Come and learn more about South Park & explore a wonderful historic railroad town, which includes the Como Roundhouse!
Thanks to great volunteers, the Rocky Mountain Land Library’s urban center is taking shape! Yesterday’s team (pictured above) arrived eager to unload over 1,000 boxes of Land Library books. Those boxes have been safely stored at Acme Distribution Center for more than five years. They were about to move on to actual book shelves!
While we waited for the truck to arrive, we continued to pop in shelves to the old Tattered Cover Book Store bookcases.
We had a few dozen book boxes already at the Globeville site, so we started to spread them across the empty shelves. This was a volunteer team that just couldn’t relate to an empty shelf!
Before we knew it, our new space started to look more and more like a library.
We were also getting excited about what amazing treasures we’d find once the 1,000+ book-boxes arrived.
We even had time to set up a wall of magazines & journals!
As those early tasks wrapped up, our semi-truck arrived from the Acme Distribution Center’s warehouse.
Alex, the driver, had an incredibly tight fit to deal with. After a few tries be docked the oversize load as if he was on a NASA mission to the moon.
We started rolling book pallets off the truck. Here’s the first 6, with 18 more to go!
Job done, and we even had time to sweep out the truck!
This was a great (& pivotal) day for the Land Library’s new home in Denver’s Globeville neighborhood. Our thanks and admiration goes to all our volunteers, Patricia Miller for taking so many great photos, and to our friends at Acme Distribution Centers for helping the Land Library move forward over the past few years. Acme’s help with both transport and storage is about to reap a harvest in Globeville!
Stay tuned for what’s ahead — we’ve only just begun!