July 22, to September 5, 2021, Marking Their Trail features wax rubbings of the Basque aspen carvings in the Sierra Nevada mountains.
In the early to mid-20th century, the mountain meadows of the Sierra Nevada served as an important source of summer forage for vast flocks of sheep, most of which were tended by a community of Basque sheepherders. As they guided their flocks, the shepherds proved to be unexpected artists, leaving a trail of carefully carved images in their wake. This exhibition features a collection of rubbings taken from these arborglyphs, the distinctive figures carved into aspen trees. Artists Jean Earl and the late Phillip Earl used clues from old maps, letters and books to find and document these carvings, using canvas and wax to create well-preserved rubbings.
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