I got to ride along as the art instructor on this San Juan river trip with Kanab High school students. Every teen should have the option to go on a trip like this without it breaking their parents bank account. Students were so engaged, observant and attentive. They were much more inclined to take an interest in subjects like botany, poetry, watercolor and conservation in this environment than they would ever be in a classroom.
I really enjoyed the challenge of designing Crowdengine's tradeshow booth. It was a little like painting a giant painting. I based the design on the idea of fractal geometry. No matter what your distance is from the design there is something legible and informative. The large C/C logo is most visible from a distance, then the icons, then the title & subtitle, then the icon descriptions and finally the background. Crowdengine designs crowd funding software. Their website is crowdengine.com
K-Town Plaza is a teen-friendly, outdoor rec. center where teens can spend time, be safe, be active, be productive, and have fun. K-Town Plaza is designed to solve 3 major problems facing teens in the Kanab area:
1. There is no place in the community for teens to hang out that is safe, wide open, and far from residential housing.
2. El-Ball, basketball played on an 8 ft. standard, is a highly popular sport in the community. The basketball standards at K-Town Plaza will be adjustable and designed for slam dunking. go to megaslamhoops.com for more information.
3. The old skatepark is in really bad shape and needs to be relocated.
4. BONUS: K-Town Plaza also incorporates a shaded gazebo where teens can hangout, do homework, and eat food. This gazebo would also act as a stage for concerts and dances. We're hoping to include a filtered wifi port as an incentive to keep the area clean and in good shape.
I was hired by Kane County, Utah to develop this sketch to help visualize a possible layout for a Kanab events center. The idea has since been scratched, and moved to a different plot of land.
Architectural renderings are really handy for this process; it's nice to work through the logistics of a project in an animated design, rather than build the whole thing, and discover major design flaws after the fact.
...and yes that's a statue of Elvis.
More than 40 Kanab High School Students have restored their community’s life-size nativity set over the past several months.
The Nativity project was directed by the school’s art teacher, Joshua Baird. Baird says the set would cost approximately $6,000 to replace, but was only about $600 to restore. Ultimately though, Baird says this endeavor was more valuable than any savings.
Go to KUER.org to read more.
Nathan Forbush, a former student, entered Kanab's guerrilla film-making competition, Little Hollywood Shootout. He asked if I would score his film. Nate only had a few days to make his video, and I only had a few hours. Nate won 1st place in his category!
I later took the score from the film short and adapted it to the Grand River Anthology project. It became Lee's Lament, a piece about the brutality of a different September 11th attack, one that happened over 150 years ago:
“On September 11, 1857, some 50 to 60 local militiamen in southern Utah, aided by some American indian[s], massacred about 120 emigrants who were traveling by wagon to California. The horrific crime, which spared only 17 children age six and under, occurred in a highland valley called the Mountain Meadows, roughly 35 miles southwest of Cedar City. The victims, most of them from Arkansas, were on their way to California with dreams of a bright future” (Richard E. Turley Jr., “The Mountain Meadows Massacre,” Ensign, Sept. 2007).
Click to read more on lds.org.
* The Grand River Anthology is a 4 part musical history of the Colorado Plateau blending symphonic, electronic and bluegrass genres. Ama8a is my Soundcloud username.
My friend Laurel Anderson and I made these videos to promote a local festival of arts, culture and landscape. I learned a ton about production, interviewing, editing and so much more. I love working with Laurel, she's always the consummate professional. Another friend and talented musician, Arvel Bird, allowed us to use his music for these videos free of charge.
Arvel's website: arvelbird.com
"The Lab" is a place for sharing the results of other creative pursuits. You'll find research, music, experiments, discoveries, and other random stuff. I hope you enjoy these "productive distractions" as much as I do.