During the OUTDOOR SCHOOL artist residency at the Banff Centre for the Arts this summer, I co-ordinated a unique Geology Tour with Jim Olver and Susan Monteith. We led residents across the campus, down the mountain, and into the rock shops - to discuss and handle all manner of stones, gems, minerals, crystals, geodes, fossils, petrified wood and meteorites. We examined glacial erratic boulders in gardens along the way, specimens for sale and on display in the shops, and stone countertops - to learn about the formation and appearance of geological materials.
OUTDOOR SCHOOL was led by Diane Borsato, Amish Morrell and Tania Willard. Among the artists we worked with at the residency were:
Aislinn Thomas, Artur Vidal, D'Arcy Wilson, Holly Ward, Jamie Ross, Kirstie McCallum, Lili Huston- Herterich, Nicole Kelly Westman, Onya Hogan-Finlay, Tor Jonsson, Kelly Andres, Marjan Verstappen, Gesig Isaac, Hannah Rowan, Rita McKeough, Abby Hepner, and Robin Cumming.
Special thanks to Jacqueline Bell, Brandy Darouge, Jim Olver and Susan Monteith from the Banff Centre for the Arts.