6 FEET OF CONNECTION | BACK TO OUR ROOTS

Supported by the City of Ojai Arts Commission, Flourish Ojai, The Ojai Retreat, and the Porch Gallery, Curated by Marisa Caichiolo, April 21 - 25

The intent of 6 Feet of Connection: Back to our Roots is to create Rituals of Reconnection with the Earth, an open space for local artists and the Ojai Valley community to honor the Earth through the power of artistic expressions that build understanding, connect, transform, and ignite. The community-wide initiative includes 3 free online workshops by international land installation artists and a collection of photos of videos of our own installations throughout the Valley.

Since 1970, people around the world have been promoting and supporting sustainable actions and inspiring constructive approaches to the environmental crisis through Earth Day. Now, more than ever, we must collectively act. In order to survive, we must mobilize our community to work together in bringing back balance between humanity and the natural order of things. We must remember what it means to love the Earth as our Mother. 

 

The pandemic is giving us a pause. For a moment, humanity has no choice but to reflect on its vulnerability. Through art, we have the power to reach each other, to communicate, and to establish a deeper understanding & emotional connection with our planet. 

 

6 Feet of Connection is supported by the City of Ojai Arts Commission, The Ojai Retreat Cultural Center, Flourish Ojai, and Porch Gallery, and in partnership with Building Bridges Art Exchange. For more information, please visit flourishojai.com. Read the latest press release here.

6 FEET OF CONNECTION | BACK TO OUR ROOTS

An International Earth Day event presented by Artist and Flourish Ojai Fellow, Marisa Caichiolo.

The following events are open to the public during Earth Day week.

SUNDAY APRIL 11, 1PM

Marcos Lutyens will share about his national Rose River Memorial project and welcome participation in an exhibit to remember each person who passed away due to COVID-19 in Ventura County.

 

The memorial exhibit will be unveiled on Earth Day, April 22, at 4 - 7:30pm. Before this workshop, free rose-making kits will be available prior to the workshop on April 9 - 10 at the following locations, which will also serve as places for community members to drop off their roses to be included in the exhibit:

 

  • Flourish Ojai, 214 W. Aliso Street

  • The Ojai Retreat, 160 Besant Road

  • Porch Gallery, 310 E. Matilija Street

 

The rose-making kits are made possible by Building Bridges Art Exchange (BBAX). 

 

 

Participating local artists will have the opportunity to have photos and videos of their work exhibited on the BBAX and Flourish Ojai websites and social media pages, with select works exhibited at The Ojai Retreat.

 

Throughout March and April, all community members are invited to submit photos and videos of their land art to the Flourish Ojai website and Facebook and Instagram pages.

WEDNESDAY APRIL 21, 11AM | VIA ZOOM

Land artist Andrea Juan will share about her 15 years of exploration in Antarctica through her uniquely colorful creations. Click the Zoom link at flourishojai.com/earthdayworkshops to join for this 90-minute presentation.

WEDNESDAY APRIL 21, 7 - 9:30PM | PORCH GALLERY

Launch of weekend events featuring a livestream concert with Mapuche vocalist Beatriz Pichimalen singing offerings to Mother Earth and artists Video Installations.

THURSDAY APRIL 22, 4 - 7:30PM | THE OJAI RETREAT

Opening reception honoring Earth Day. Rose River Memorial by Marcos Lutyens, Ventura County COVID-19 Memorial exhibit and local selected artists’ installations.

APRIL 23 - APRIL 25 | THE OJAI RETREAT &

PORCH GALLERY

Outdoor exhibits at The Ojai Retreat will be available for viewing at noon - 7:30pm and video projections of land art installations around the world will be available at 7 - 9:30pm at the Porch Gallery.

SUNDAY APRIL 25, 4PM | VIA ZOOM

Contemporary artist Marisa Caichiolo will share about the power of skin decoration, particularly with natural dyes and oils.

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