“Homestead is where the art is.”

August 28, 2009

Homesteads in The Sun Runner

Filed under: Literary — magicgroove @ 2:47 am

The August/September Sun Runner is out, and it’s the Third Annual Desert Writers Issue.   Our homestead lifestyle is the background for more than one story, so check it out!

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August 4, 2009

“Don’t Fence Me In”

Filed under: Press — magicgroove @ 11:56 pm

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“Don’t Fence Me In:  Artists embrace harsh desert in creating their own wide open gallery spaces” is the title of a feature on the homestead cabins appearing in the Home section of the Saturday, August 1, 2009 edition of  The Desert Sun:

The homesteads, the result of the Small Tract Act of 1938, are a part of desert history that reminds us of the pioneering spirit of the post-World War II years when Americans yearned for the open spaces and freedoms of the Old West.

And the government yearned to populate the vast stretches of open land.

The article quotes Kim Stringfellow, the artist behind the “Jackrabbit Homesteads” project:

“I got interested in the hinterland fringe communities a long time ago,” she said by phone from Los Angeles. “They are so close to major cities, but they’re worlds apart from civilization.”

Also quoted is yours truly as an example of someone living on a homestead:

Today, some of the surviving homestead cabins are inhabited by artists like Chris Carraher, who see the openness of the high desert not as desolation, but as a place that encourages self-sufficiency and creativity.

“People here allow themselves to exercise their own unique creativity,” said Carraher. “On one level, they live a life of reduced resources, but that also allows them to come up with inventive solutions.”

There is a photo gallery attached to the Web version of the article with dozens of images, including photos of derelict cabins by Kim and more than you ever wanted to see of my own somewhat less derelict place.   (Image above of my studio cabin by Crystal Chatham for The Desert Sun.)

Thanks to writer Judith Salkin and photographer Crystal Chatham for their interest in our desert!

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