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Welcome to YAMPA Sculpture PATH & Studio

UNDER CONSTRUCTION Interactive Map : This is our Vision :

Interactive Map

LEGEND
1. The Studio, Historic Building
2. County Rd 2
3. Entrance/Parking
4. Sculpture Exhibit Area I
5. Sculpture Exhibit Area II and Trail Marker Tree
6. Children’s Sculpture Garden
7. Tree Grove: Pollinator Hedgerows with Sculptures
8. Spiral Pollinator Garden Path with Sculpture
9. Unbounded Splendor Expo
Top of Hill:
10. Eagle-Eye Vista
11. Native American Sculpture (coming soon)
12. Hawk Ridge

Interactive Map
1. Historic Building, ”The Studio” 2. County Rd2 3. Main Entrance to Parking 4. Sculpture Exhibit I 3. Parking Lot 5. Sculpture Exhibit II near Historic Trail Marker Tree 6. Sculpture For Children to Explore 7. Tree Grove: Hedgerows with Sculpture 8. Spiral Pollinator Garden Path with Sculpture 9. Unbounded Splendor Expo 10. Eagle Eye Vista 11. Sculpture of Native Americans Artists 12. Hawk Ridge

1. Historic Building, ”The Studio”

Art classes, gift shop and meditation space will be here. Sculpture will be displayed outside along the path and in exhibition areas. Click SECOND time to return to LEGEND

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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4. Sculpture Exhibit I

Coming soon.

3. Parking Lot

All visitors to the Sculpture garden will park here.

 

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5. Sculpture Exhibit II near Historic Trail Marker Tree

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.

Historic Trail Marker Tree (pictured below)

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. Sculpture For Children to Explore

Children's Sculpture Garden is for young people to explore the many dimensions of sculpture within the natural environment. Children will also have opportunity to participate in art workshops to make their own sculptures.

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7. Tree Grove: Hedgerows with Sculpture

A Special Grove Of Trees

Our pollinator Hedgerows of trees and plants will be here in the northwest corner of the property extending up the hill.

It will be a quiet place to come sit, reflect and listen to the birds. The small grove will attract more woodland birds and pollinators to the area, as well as, providing interesting spaces for sculpture.

Please, support us by donating to this project at the bottom of the page, thank you 🌀🌹🌀

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8. Spiral Pollinator Garden Path with Sculpture

~The Spiral Walkabout Project~

This Spiral Path of pollinator plants has a site-specific artwork of painted, triangular sails that will be straddled over the entrance of the path representing butterflies. In the center of the spiral will be another site-specific sculpture that symbolizes metamorphosis. Along and throughout the path will be gardens of pollinator plant for bees, butterflies and hummingbirds with sculptural markers. Coming together soon.

Drawing by Sherburn LaBelle. Second Stage begun.

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9. Unbounded Splendor Expo

Unbounded Splendor Expo

Is an exhibition area for visiting sculptors to display their work. It is a large area near the road for easy access. We have invited Burning Man artists to display work here after the Burning Man Event…(for more information, check our CALL FOR ARTISTS page)

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10. Eagle Eye Vista

View looking north.
In the late afternoon you might get a glimpse of a Bald Eagle  swooping down to grab a rabbit. We have a nesting pair in canyon near here 🦅🕊🦅

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11. Sculpture of Native Americans Artists

Coming Soon.

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12. Hawk Ridge

View looking southeast.

Hawks, Bluebirds, Swallows and Owls  🪶 🕊🙃🦉🪶 If you’re lucky you might see a Sandhill Crane catching a snake for dinner in the high grass.

 

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Yampa Sculpture Path & Studio is an evolving idea. We are a registered 501c3 nonprofit. We found a home consisting of 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.

Fort Bidwell is situated within what is called the tri-state 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 Root

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.

 

Petroglyphs off nearby Barrel Springs Rd.

Petroglyphs Before the Paiute, their was a more ancient nomadic people living here we know very little about. We see evidence of them throughout the landscape painted on rock walls and overhangs. The images are fading away. We want to honor these people by reproducing some on these images on cornerstone-markers along the path designating exhibition areas.

 

 

Assembled tufa, granite, obsidian with partial wild horse skull.

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 will 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.

 

Drawing for Butterfly Sails. Artist, Brenda Sherburn LaBelle

The Spiral Pollinator Garden with Sculptures  A centerpiece to explore at YSPS is the Sprial Pollinator Garden. Along the path will be large wedge-shaped gardens of pollinator plants for bees, butterflies, and hummingbirds. These areas will be endowed with sculptures casting back some other kinds of light to ponder. The spiral path is a walk to breathe attention to our vulnerable pollinators. Our butterflies, our hummingbirds, our bees, and also our artists who cross-pollinate ideas into our communities. Anyone can walk the path and hopefully learn that beauty inspires life. I am the founder of Yampa Sculpture Path & Studio, but first of all, I am an artist. I am hoping this place will attract more artists, connecting them to their own journey and finding some solid ground inside themselves for soulful utterance. The hummingbirds will be your guide, the butterflies will test your benevolence and the bees will sound your mantra.

 

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 large scale sculptures will be permanently exhibited here, so that they can be visited and revisited as many times as one wants.

Yampa Studio While the purpose of ~Yampa Sculpture Path~ is skillful contemplation and cross-pollination through art and nature, the purpose of the Yampa Studio will be to include engaging contemporary 3D works. The works will incorporate any 3D artist that wants to participate, with a special invitation to contemporary Native American artists.

Yampa Sculpture Path & Studio will provide a place for promoting new ideas attracting new travelers to the area. 

The Historical Building Remarkably the original house on the property still stands. It dates 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 back 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.

Preservation We would like to preserve part of the integrity of the original outside design of this building and put up a plaque about it’s history honoring the families that went through this heart wrenching time. We will convert the inside the building to be Yampa Studio. It will be divided into three small spaces: a gallery, gift shop and meditation space. The streams of sunlight flowing through the building is like a brief mirage into the past. But the building is fading and we are doing a gofundme fundraiser to stabilize and rebuild it. Please donate. https://gofund.me/c2b0aecc

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