George Caldwell, Sonora llama rancher, humanitarian and instigator of CSAC’s “Woven Arts of the Andes: The Fabric of a Culture” exhibit, along with two other exhibition consultants, will be a part of a series of weekend talks on Andean and Quechua culture. This special exhibition is on view until October 7th at CSAC, 193 S. Washington St, historic downtown Sonora.
CSAC welcomes Tuolumne County’s own experts to speak on their experiences living, working and traveling in the Andes. During the nine-week run of the show llama experts George Caldwell, owner of Llamas Circle Home Ranch, joins with Columbia College art professor and professional photographer Laurie Sylwester as they share their Andean experiences and insights. In addition, the exhibit features photographs by CSAC Board of Directors member Debbi Meir. Throughout the exhibit, Mother Lode Weavers and Spinners Guild members offer demonstrations by its members (Click link for THAT story). These lectures and presentations allow visitors to deepen their appreciation for this exquisite textile and photographic exhibition.
Two major topics are offered:
“Connecting the Threads of Present-day Peru with the Spiritual Past of the Andes”:
CSAC offers a 30-minute conversation each Sunday at 2pm through the end of September:
September 2nd–George Caldwell/ Cusco People: The Keepers of the Spiritual Heritage
September 16th–George Caldwell/ Ancient Sacred Llama Sites
September 23rd–George Caldwell/ The Andean Prophecy: 2012 as a Spiritual Awakening
September 29th–Laurie Sylwester/ Peru: The Ancient, the Sacred, Architecture, Ceramics & Textiles
George Caldwell is the owner of Circle of Home Llama Ranch and a great protector of Llama Lore, Caldwell has traveled extensively in Peru. In addition, Caldwell was honored by the title of “shaman” by the elders of one of Peru’s indigenous tribes. This is a title that he reveres, and has spent countless hours studying and delving into the meaning of shamanism in Andean culture. Now he hopes to impart this cultural history and to clarify understanding of modern-day shamanic practices and animism in Peru today. In addition, Caldwell and his wife Christine have vivid stories of their work in Peru. They are helping to sustain the llama as an integral part of Andean life, thus maintaining the animals’ ancient status among the People of the Andes.
“I look forward to the opportunity to share my insights into the ways people of the Andes,” states Caldwell. “Their cultural heritage is a magical place of brotherhood and spiritual comprehension. The llamas, the gardens at Moray, Machu Picchu and Ollantaytambo are evidence of a very advanced culture.”
Cynthia LeCount is one of California’s leading experts on textile arts with an emphasis on cultural traditions in the Americas. She also hosts travel tours for artists to many countries around the world through her company Behind the Scenes Travel. Her primary emphasis is in textile and fiber arts.
Laurie Sylwester, Professor of Art at Columbia College, will speak on her art experiences, gained while visiting Peru, at CSAC on Saturday, September 29th, at 2PM. Another exciting component of the current exhibition is that Columbia College and Central Sierra Arts Council are working in unison to present Sylwester’s iconic images of the Andes. In addition to her photos that are on view at CSAC, Sylwester will have a concurrent photo exhibition on display in the College Rotunda, running from August 20th until September 24th. Along with her September 29th presentation at CSAC, she will give a similar presentation at the college the preceding evening. On Friday, September 28th, at 7PM in Columbia College’s Cedar 1, Sylwester will share “Peru: The Ancient, the Sacred, Architecture, Ceramics and Textiles.”CSAC is grateful to Laurie Sylwester for this rich contribution to this exhibition. Her work serves as an integral part of the “Woven Arts of the Andes: The Fabric of a Culture”exhibit.
ABOUT LAURIE SYLWESTER, M.A. from California State University, Stanislaus
Sylwester has been teaching at Columbia College since 1989, earning full-time professorial status in 2000. Her courses include ceramics, art history and photography. On her own, she has been a ceramic artist since 1971 and has been doing photography even longer. Her ceramic work has been shown nationally, In addition, she has had her photography published in books and magazines.