Our new book,Languages of the Land: A Dialogue With The Downs, captures the multisensory experiences and layered stories of the installation that premiered at the Warwick Museum of Art in 2007. This visual and textual portrait, created by artist Holly Ewald and folklorist Michael Bell, invites readers to interact with the history and folklife embedded in this beloved Warwick bayside park. Like history, itself, the book presents multiple layers to leaf through and decipher. We hope that it opens a universe of imagination and inspires others to look more closely at the intricacies of their own favorite places.
• Join Holly Ewald and Michael Bell for a Languages of the Land book signing at the Aspray Boathouse in Pawtuxet Park, Warwick, on Saturday, April 3, 2010 from 4 to 6 p.m.
• Holly and Michael will present an illustrated talk about the Languages of the Land project following the monthly meeting of the Pawtxuet Village Association at Aspray Boathouse in Pawtuxet Park, Warwick, on Wednesday, April 7, 2010. The meeting begins at 7 p.m. The public is invited.
• Holly and Michael have started a new blog to update their community based activities. They invite feedback and commentary.
• Up the watershed from Pawtuxet Village is Mashapaug Pond, polluted with PCBs and dioxins. In an effort to inform the public about the hazards of these chemicals, Holly Ewald has been collaborating with artists. government agencies and informed members of the communities surrounding the pond to educate others. Click on Mashapaug Pond Project to learn more about their efforts.