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Welcome to YAMPA Sculpture PATH & Studio

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1. The Studio, Historic Building
2. County Rd 2
3. Entrance/Parking
4. Native Plants Garden
5. Trail Marker Tree
6. Children’s Sculpture Garden
7. Local Artist Exhibit
8. Tree Planting Area
9. Spiral Path with Featured Sculpture
10. Unbounded Splendor Expo
Top of Hill:
11. Hawk Ridge
12-13-14. Featured Sculpture Gardens
15. Eagle Eye Vista

The PATH is the DK ORANGE LINE.

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1. Historic Building, ”The Studio” 2. County Rd2 3. Main Entrance to Parking 3. Parking Lot 4. Native Plant Garden 5. Historic Trail Marker Tree 6. Children's Sculpture Garden 7. Local Artist's Sculpture Area 8. Tree Planting Area 9. Spiral Path with Featured Sculpture 10. Unbounded Splendor Expo 11. Hawk Ridge Lookout 12. Featured Sculpture of Native Americans Artists 13. Featured Sculpture Area 14. Featured Sculpture Garden 15. Eagle Eye Vista

1. Historic Building, ”The Studio”

Art classes, gift shop and meditation space will be here. Sculpture will be displayed outside along the path going up the hill and around the property. We will also be developing a separate display area outside for local artists and a children’s sculpture garden. We hope to feature large scale work of Native Americans along with other inspirational artists to generate different ways of experiencing sculpture.

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2. County Rd2

Scenic Route from Cedarville to Fort Bidwell, Co Rd 1.     We’re located one mile north of Fort Bidwell on Co Rd 2.

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3. Main Entrance to Parking

Under construction.

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3. Parking Lot

All visitors  to the Sculpture garden will park here.

 

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4. Native Plant Garden

5. Historic Trail Marker Tree

Historic Trail Marker Tree

Shaped by Native Americans long ago these living icons are a national treasure. Before road maps and street signs the Trail Marker Trees were used along with standing stones and petroglyphs to navigate safe passage. For us here at Yampa, it is a blessing, a gateway to new beginnings.

 

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6. Children's Sculpture Garden

Children's Sculpture Garden is for young people to explore sculpture within the natural environment.

Local Children will also have opportunities to make and display their budding artwork!

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7. Local Artist's Sculpture Area

Under construction but will be ready to display sculpture late summer. Local artists in the Tri-corner Regions of NV, OR, Northern CA can show and sell their work here. Please see ”Call For Artists” page for more information.

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8. Tree Planting Area

Tree Area (New Planting Area) We are planting a grove of trees extending up the hill along the path. We hope to attract more woodland birds, as well as, providing some shade.

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9. Spiral Path with Featured Sculpture

Spiral Path of Native Plants with Featured Sculpture in center.

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10. Unbounded Splendor Expo

Unbounded Splendor Expo

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11. Hawk Ridge Lookout

View looking north.

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12. Featured Sculpture of Native Americans Artists

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13. Featured Sculpture Area

Featured Sculpture Area

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14. Featured Sculpture Garden

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15. Eagle Eye Vista

View looking southeast.

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Yampa Sculpture Path & Studio is an evolving idea.  We are now a registered 501c3 nonprofit. As of February 2019, we own roughly 12 acres of open land just outside of the town of Fort Bidwell which is located in the far northeastern corner of California known as Surprise Valley.

Southeast corner of the property for sculpture path. Photo by Sherburn LaBelle

Fort Bidwell is situated within what is called the Tri-Corner region of Oregon, Nevada, and California.

The entire area is a historic treasure, cradling part of the old wagon train route that cuts across the Great Basin stretching through northwestern Nevada to the edge of northeastern California, arriving at the unexpected grassy meadows and hot springs of Surprise Valley. This was a resting place for the early settlers before attempting the treacherous Fandango Pass over the Warner Mountains.

Yampa is the Paiute word for an edible tuber that provides nourishment. The wild tuber still grows in the surrounding hills here. It was an important food source for the Northern Paiute living in this region and could be eaten raw or cooked. It was also dried and stored to eat during the long hard winters. Like the wild tuber provides food for the body, We believe, art provides nourishment for the soul.

”Yampa Sculpture Path” will cultivate a place for enjoying sculpture within nature, fostering creativity, contemplation and health-giving relaxation for all who visit. It also would provide opportunities for the surrounding region to experience the arts in profound and meaningful ways. ”Yampa Sculpture Path” walks at the northern edge of the high desert and grasslands of Surprise Valley surrounded by mountains… just beautiful. The Sandhill Cranes nest here in the spring and the views are quiet ones.

The proposed ”Studio” is a historical building on the property dating back to the late 1800s when the old fort closed down. The property is referred to by the locals as the “Old Indian Property.” When the reservation was established and the government was closing the fort, it still owned parcels of lands associated with the old fort. So the land was divided up and given to Native American families. The government built a small house on each parcel of land. Later on, most of these families sold their property to the local settlers and the little houses were abandon.

 

Original House . Gift Shop and classes meet here.

Remarkably, the original house on the property still stands. I would like to preserve the integrity of the original outside design of the building and put up a plaque about it’s history honoring the families that went through this heartwrenching time. Inside the building will be the ”studio”, it will be divided into three small spaces: a gallery, gift shop and meditation space. I hope to artistically preserve the ambiance of the old inside, with streams of sunlight flowing through the building like a brief mirage into the past.

The ”Yampa Sculpture Path” will inspire to be to a place where people can come to walk or sit, to reflect or heal, while experiencing the awesome relationship art has with nature. Some of the large scale sculptures will be permanently exhibited here, so that they can be visited and revisited as many times as one wants.

 

 

“When we heal ourselves,
We heal our ancestors from wounds that run deep in our family.
When we heal our ancestors,
We heal the World from wounds that run deep in humanity.”

— Miriam Rose Ungunmerr-Baumann
Aboriginal descent, educator and artist.

 

To the right and to the left of the apricot tree are two large flat areas we would  like to place commissioned work.

While the purpose of ”Yampa Sculpture Path” is to focus on outside sculpture, the purpose of the ”Studio” will be to include a variety of contemporary 3D work, including bead work, woven textiles, cradle boards, small sculptures and more. The works will incorporate both contemporary Native American artists along side work of other interesting artists that believe in our mission.

The space will also provide a place for both local artisans and sculptors to sell their works.

 

You don’t have to be a history buff to have a good time in Surprise Valley. It’s has been a vacation destination for rock-hounds, hot spring enthusiasts and back-country explorers. It’s great place to go birding or you can go fishing in the nearby lakes. There’s horseback riding, hiking and it’s easy bike riding throughout the Valley. At the end of every summer, Burning Man holds its big event. The ”Burners” pass through here on their way south into Nevada’s Black Rock Desert which is about an hour’s drive. In October, Fort Bidwell has a big parade honoring the Native American Elders that were forced to go to the government boarding schools when they were children. It’s put on by the local Paiutes at the Gidutikid Reservation with an entire weekend full of activities. There are also a couple Old Car Shows that drive to Fort Bidwell and the town puts on a big BBQ to celebrate.

All these events could be augmented with a visit to Yampa Sculpture Path, a nice way to begin or end the day, perhaps staying a night at the local Hotel or an AirB&B. It could stimulate the area by adding a few new jobs, increase tourism while offering a public forum for artistic expression. We are working on establishing funding along with other details for its success. My aim is that it will include a visiting artist program, educational opportunities for children and art excursions for adults.

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