An Evening of Poetry, Ghost Stories, and Ceramic Molds

Our first Open Studio of the season on March 21st, was a blend of creativity, insight, and community engagement. Attendees had the opportunity to immerse themselves in poetry inspired by days on a mango farm in Miami, explore stories of ghost and settler colonialism from Colorado, and even try their hand at making ceramic molds of invasive species.

A huge thank you to Jen Karetnick, Natasha Varner, and Mychelle Moritz for sharing their talents and perspectives, making it an informative and enjoyable event.

Photo credit: Loma Smith

Welcome to Pine Meadow Ranch Center for Arts and Agriculture (PMRCAA)

The PMRCAA classroom, pictured on the right, is the host of many of our workshops and events including the Open Studio on March 21st. The kiosk outside the classroom is a great source of information about upcoming events.  Be sure to stop by when you visit the Ranch. There are so many options this season they don’t all fit in the kiosk. Visit our Upcoming Events page for the full list.

Attendees gathered to hear from the artist-residents:
(from left to right) Dr. Natasha Varner, Jen Karetnick, Mychelle Moritz

Opening Notes from Becky Lukens, Residency Coordinator

Each resident had the opportunity to talk about their work and how it relates to the PMRCAA 2024 theme of Transitions and Migrations. Dr. Natasha Varner, shared Colorado ghost stories and spoke on settler colonialism. Jen Karetnick read several of her poems from her new book, Inheritance with a High Error Rate, and her experience as a mango farmer. And Mychelle Moritz talked about how invasive species, and the role humans play in their migration, inspired her clay molds project.

Attendees were invited to press clay molds in contribution to Mychelle’s invasive species collection and decorate blank postcards for Jen’s upcoming National Poetry Month project. Dr. Natasha Varner shared her books and distributed her zines.

Thank you to our wonderful residents and attendees for making this Open Studio a success.