Aberdeen residents Erik Sandgren, Arthur A. Blauvelt III and Richard Vroman will present an encore performance next week of their experiences traveling to ancient Puebloan sites in the Southwest entitled “Shadows of the Ancient Puebloans.”
A packed crowd filled the Aberdeen Timberland Library on Saturday and the demand is still high for their presentation.
The encore show will be at 6:30 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 22 at the library in Aberdeen.
“I hope it kindles an interest in people to pursue the same interest we’ve had over the past 25 years and draw them to participating in it as well,” Blauvelt said.
Blauvelt and Vroman first visited the Four Corners area together in 1986, and have returned around 17 times since. Sandgren accompanied them for the first time in 1994 and has traveled with them about six times since.
The landscape, ancient architecture, petroglyphs and pictographs or rock art is what interested all three the most about the area.
“I’m a landscape painter and what excited me was to paint a landscape with pictures found on the architecture in it,” Sandgren said, who generally paints in the Pacific Northwest with a color pallete very different from the reds, yellows and browns found in the Four Corners.
The presentation will start with Vroman discussing the geology and geography of the area known as the Four Corners region for its union of the states of Colorado, New Mexico, Arizona and Utah.
“I’m going to introduce the talk by getting people oriented with what we’re going to cover in the rest of the presentation,” Vroman said.
Sandgren, a painter and art instructor at Grays Harbor College, will show photos taken of certain places and then slides showing how he painted the area on canvas.
He also plans to include slides on the Ancient Puebloan architecture and their rock art.
Blauvelt plans to take the audience on a mental tour of a hike through his favorite areas of their journey through photos and stories.
The event is part of Timberland’s month of community reading, “Short Nights of the Shadow Catcher: the epic life and immortal photographs of Edward Curtis.”
Reading the book is not essential to seeing the presentation.