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Elisabeth Arzt was born and raised on a farm in Maryland. Since she was a kid she found nature to be the ultimate sage, the pastures were her sandbox, the critters her neighborhood rapscallions, and the forest her chapel. Elisabeth pursued art as a career and earned her BFA in Sculpture from the Corcoran College of Art in Washington, D.C. An avid tree hugger, Elisabeth’s work, both illustration, carving, and jewelry are an exploration of how trees are an integral part of our culture.
Jamie Ford is the great-grandson of Nevada mining pioneer, Min Chung, who emigrated from Hoiping, China to San Francisco in 1865, where he adopted the western name “Ford,” thus confusing countless generations.
His debut novel, Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet, spent two-and-a-half years on the New York Times bestseller list and went on to win the 2010 Asian/Pacific American Award for Literature. Recently, that same novel has been optioned for a Broadway musical, and also for film, with George Takei serving as Executive Producer.
His second book, Songs of Willow Frost, was also a national bestseller. Jamie’s third novel, Love and Other Consolations Prizes, was named one of the Best Historical Fiction Novels of 2017 by Library Journal.
His work has been translated into 35 languages. (He’s still holding out for Klingon, because that’s when you know you’ve made it).
When not writing or giving talks that he describes as “literary vaudeville,” he can be found tweeting @jamieford and posting on Instagram @jamiefordofficial.
Lisa Morehouse is an award-winning public radio reporter and editor focusing on food, agriculture, and the people who make both possible. She produces California Foodways, a county-by-county exploration of stories at the intersection of food, culture, history, economics, labor and the environment. The stories air on KQED’s The California Report Magazine, and national shows like All Things Considered, Here and Now, The World, and The Splendid Table. The series received a national Edward R. Murrow Award and two James Beard nominations. An editor at KALW, Morehouse also teaches audio production to high school and college students.
Water captivates Honor Petrie creatively, her mind is bewitched to its visually powerful appearance. She uses water as a metaphor and medium to explore the fragile relationship between human perception and nature. Employing the effects of chromostereopsis with water, her installations present a celestial environment where light, colour and space melt together — a coming together of minds and nature’s elements.
“Water swirls, twists, distorts. The smooth black liquid moves quick. Immersing all in its path. It swells and disintegrates with immense weight, crashing and tearing down all in its power. Watching, the mind begins to feel the water’s movements, following its ever changeable patterns. The mind tries to connect as one yet is refused. Each rise and fall reveals the mind’s powerlessness and vulnerability. The surrounding space begins to encircle the body, submerging it. Isolated and disconnected, the mind transforms the water into a torrent, dominating its environment, overwhelming any sense of space, leaving behind a strange and anonymous landscape.”