Join visual artist Todd Gilens for a talk about the READING FOREST PROJECT, an artwork celebrating the wisdom and resilience of forests in conjunction with the National Forest Foundation. Todd's Reading Forest project consists of a series of drawings of imagined tree growth rings, made of earth pigments and ink. As part of this year’s Visions of the Wild Festival, the drawings are featured at the Temple Arts Loft gallery.
Local journalist and author Aleta George introduces Ina Coolbrith, one of early California's most beloved poets and the state's first Poet Laureate. Learn how Ina mentored Jack London, rebuffed the matchmaking schemes of John Muir, and spoke her mind about polygamy to her Mormon cousin, Joseph F. Smith. This year marks the centennial of the Ina Coolbrith Circle, a California-focused literary group that formed during Ina's lifetime.
Magical Moonshine Theatre puppeteers Michael and Valerie Nelson return to the McCune with a delightful sampling of their wares; including a new *Crankie show (*also called a panoramic theater), in which a specially designed crank advances the scenery as shadow puppets tell the story from behind the scrolling screen. The Nelsons will share their large and wonderful Toy Theatre collection with the audience during this enchanting interactive family program.